The purpose of the VANJHCS PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to prepare the resident for direct patient care clinical pharmacy practice. Upon completion of the PGY-1 program, the resident will be eligible for board certification and a postgraduate year two (PGY-2) pharmacy specialty residency training program.
Our PGY-1 residency program focuses on ambulatory care pharmacy practice. It is designed to strengthen the residents’ skills in direct patient care and medication management, clinical pharmacy practice, and leadership.
Many of our preceptors have a scope of practice with prescribing privileges and work in pharmacist-run clinics. They are credentialed to provide disease state and medication management for the patients in their clinic. The pharmacist-run clinics include primary care (management of diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, smoking cessation), infectious disease, anti-coagulation and psychiatry. Most preceptors have completed residency training and are board certified within their specialty.
Residents will develop the clinical and communication skills needed to provide direct patient care. As an integral member of interdisciplinary patient care teams, residents will use their drug therapy expertise and clinical judgment to improve patient outcomes. There are many opportunities to provide patient and staff education, present journal clubs and patient cases, and precept pharmacy students.
Building on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education, learning experiences will develop well-rounded pharmacists with skills in critical thinking, project management, leadership, and oral and written communication. Everyone involved with the residency program is focused on ensuring that the residents are able to get the most out of the residency year. Residents will be well prepared for PGY-2 specialty training or clinical pharmacy practice.
There are 7 required core and 5 elective rotations as well as required longitudinal rotations.
About VA New Jersey Health Care System PGY-1 Residency Program
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides near-comprehensive healthcare services to eligible military veterans at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics located throughout the country.
The VANJHCS is a consolidated facility comprised of two main campuses, one in East Orange, the corporate office located in Northeastern New Jersey within the greater New York metropolitan area, and one in Lyons, 22 miles to the west of the East Orange Campus. A satellite outpatient clinic is located in Brick, and access points are located in Elizabeth, Hackensack, Hamilton, Jersey City, Morristown, Newton (Sussex), Paterson, Piscataway and Tinton Falls. Primary care is emphasized at the VANJHCS. Veterans are assigned their own health care providers whom they see on a regular basis. Access to a wide variety of specialists is available through the primary providers. In addition to general medical, psychiatry, and long-term care, a full range of medical and surgical subspecialty care is provided to veterans of the VANJHCS in a variety of special programs as listed below. Because the VANJHCS is dedicated to developing programs that meet all veterans' needs, teams of physicians..., nurses, therapists, social workers and others all work together to develop programs of distinction that often become models for the health care field.