The Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center Pharmacy Practice Residency was started in 1993 and is designed to develop the practice skills of a pharmacy graduate in a broad range of clinical settings. The residency provides substantial learning opportunities and stimulates professional growth. The Residency in Pharmacy Practice will develop the resident's competence, skills, and application of drug therapy while providing multiple opportunities to transform accumulated experiences and knowledge into improved drug therapy outcomes and enhanced pharmaceutical care.
The residency focuses on cultivation of clinical evaluation and decision-making skills through applied pharmacotherapeutic principles. Areas of focus include acute patient care, ambulatory patient care, drug information, drug use policy development, and practice management.
Inpatient clinical activities include participation in daily rounds with critical care, medical, and surgical teams to provide drug information, adverse drug reaction and drug interaction monitoring, and recommendations on appropriate dosing and rational therapy. Ambulatory care activities include participation in management of hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and anticoagulation, as well as patient education classes, including smoking cessation.
The Clinical Pharmacy staff is composed of twenty-one clinical pharmacists: three devoted to inpatient services, six in Ambulatory Care, two in Home Based Primary Care, one in Psychiatry, one Formulary specialist, one in Academic Detailing, one in Pain Management, one in Geriatrics, three in Rural Health, one at Charleston satellite clinic and one at Prestonsburg satellite clinic.
The Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center is an 80 bed university affiliated medical center providing acute medical and surgical inpatient care as well as intermediate and extended care services. Additionally, the medical center has an ambulatory care program consisting of both primary and specialized outpatient services which receives over 330,000 patient visits per year. The integration of inpatient and outpatient treatment modalities assures a continuity of medical care for patients.
Four satellite outpatient clinics located near Prestonsburg, KY, Charleston, WV, Gallipolis, OH, and Lenore, WV provide non-emergent general medical services to veterans in eastern Kentucky, southeastern Ohio, and central West Virginia.
The affiliation with Marshall University School of Medicine places the medical center in the role of a training site for residents and fellows in internal medicine, cardiology, pulmonology, endocrinology, infectious disease, hematology-oncology, pulmonary diseases, pathology, and general surgery.
The Pharmacy Service offers computerized physician order entry, unit dose services, I.V admixture preparation and outpatient prescription services. Clinical pharmacy services include formulary management, ambulatory care services, inpatient rounding, Mental Health Pharmacy, Pain Management, drug information services, pharmacokinetics service, targeted antimicrobial therapy monitoring, quality assurance, research, and drug use evaluation programs.
Clinical Rotation Choices
The residency is a 12 month post-graduate program which begins at the end of June each year. The goals and objectives of each rotation are designed to meet or exceed ASHP standards, while allowing enough flexibility to develop the specific interests of the resident. The following rotations are available.
-Orientation (Exposure to Inpatient, Outpatient, Various Clinics, and Clinical Pearl Boot camps in July)