The Minneapolis VA Pharmacy Practice Residency was established in 1963 and is ASHP accredited. The Residency Program includes the following residency positions: PGY1- general (3 positions), PGY1 - general with an interprofessional experience in mental health (1 position), PGY2 - psychiatric pharmacy (1 position), PGY2 – geriatrics (1 position), and PGY2 - Pain and Palliative Care (1 position).This program incorporates core pharmacy practice components, while allowing for customization to the resident’s areas of interest. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive, well-rounded experience that will build a solid foundation for your future. The resident will be working with pharmacists within the outpatient and inpatient pharmacies, as well as in clinics and on the hospital floors.
Residents are directly involved in providing direct, patient-oriented pharmaceutical care and precepting opportunities through our affiliation with the Colleges of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Concordia University, and Creighton University. Core learning experiences include Acute Care rotations: adult internal medicine, cardiology, and critical care; Ambulatory Care Rotations: primary and specialty care clinics and geriatric medicine. A wide variety of elective rotations are available in both acute care and ambulatory care setting. By combining direct clinical services with staffing responsibilities, residents develop a thorough understanding of the medication use system.
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is a teaching facility, which operates approximately 273 acute care beds and 104 long term care beds through the Community Living Center. In addition to offering primary, extended, and specialty care, the Minneapolis VA operates Community Clinics. By combining advanced technology with comprehensive clinical services, the Minneapolis VA Pharmacy Department continuously seeks new ways of improving patient care. Clinical services are provided in the following areas: Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Geriatrics (Long Term Care/Home Based Primary Care), Anticoagulation, Renal, Ambulatory Care General Medicine, Endocrinology, Pain Management, Spinal Cord, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women’s Health, Psychiatry and Drug Information. Examples of clinical services include pharmacokinetic monitoring, drug utilization evaluations, chronic disease state management, and overall monitoring to provide optimal pharmaceutical care.
Requirements and Eligibility
Be registered with ASHP Resident Matching Program
Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy
United States Citizenship
Pharmacy licensure or test-eligible
All application materials must be submitted through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS), plus required supplemental materials as follows:
Letter of Intent: For PGY-1 residency positions, please specify which residency you would like to apply for; the PGY-1 general residency based at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System or the PGY-1 general residency with an with an interprofessional experience in mental health (or both). If interested in both positions, please submit a separate application for each program.
Example of Written Work (PGY-2 programs only): One (1) example of written work from PGY-1 residency. Examples of written work may include a drug information response or a completed pharmacy consult (with patient identifiers removed).
References: We require applicants to submit 3 references. References should be submitted through the PHORCAS Standardized Reference form.
Minneapolis VA Health Care System is a teaching facility which operates approximately 273 acute care beds as well as 104 long term care beds through the Community Living Center. In addition to offering primary, extended, and specialty care, Minneapolis operates VA Community Clinics such as Rice Lake & Hayward. Pharmacy Service at Minneapolis is affiliated with University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, and Creighton University Colleges of Pharmacy. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is institutionally affiliated with University of Minnesota, School of Medicine.