The VA Maine HealthCare System in Augusta, Maine, offers both a post graduate year one (PGY1) residency which began in 2006 and a post graduate year two (PGY2) residency in rural health which began in 2014. Both programs are accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).
The PGY1 program offers a pharmacy experience that focuses on the ambulatory care setting, but is also balanced with inpatient pharmacy practice as well. The primary purpose of our pharmacy residency program is to develop your individual skills in many areas of pharmacy practice. Our focus is on deepening your proficiency in managing the complex pharmacotherapy of our patients. To develop your clinical pharmacy skills you will be training in a healthcare system which has long recognized the value of pharmacy services to our Veteran population. Along the way our preceptors will assist and guide you in getting the greatest benefit from each rotation.
Your year as a VA resident will be a challenging, yet rewarding experience. Residency training at the VA has many advantages including access to patient records through the computerized patient record system, barcode medication administration technology, and training in pharmacist-run clinics operating under Scope of Practice agreements with a supervising physician. Additionally, opportunities exist for the precepting and teaching of pharmacy students in affiliation with local Colleges of Pharmacy. Precepting pharmacy students will help the resident to make the transition from pharmacy student to clinical instructor.
Finally, residents will be required to design, conduct, and complete one approved research project suitable for publishing during the year. Residents present their preliminary results at a poster session at the ASHP midyear clinical meeting in December and final results are then presented at the Eastern States Pharmacy Residency Conference in April. Overall, the program is comprehensive yet also flexible to match the career goals of each resident.
About VA Maine Healthcare System
VA Maine Healthcare System's Togus VA Medical Center (VAMC) is a Joint Commission accredited, complexity Level 1C facility in Augusta, Maine that serves over 42,500 Veterans. Full-time community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) are located in Bangor, Calais, Caribou, Lewiston, Lincoln, Portland, Rumford and Saco. Part-time clinics are located in Fort Kent and Houlton. A 53-foot mobile clinic, an Office of Rural Health pilot program, was converted to a fixed-site part-time clinic in Bingham.
Togus VAMC is a 67-operating bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as a 100-bed Nursing Home consisting of 50 Skilled and Longer Stay beds, and a 50-bed Dementia Unit. The oldest veterans' facility in the country, having opened in the fall of 1866, Togus is located five miles east of Augusta, the state capital. Togus campus encompasses 500+ acres of buildings and natural woodlands serving as natural habitats for Maine's wildlife. Additionally, the National Cemetery is located on the Togus campus.