The VACCHCS ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is a 12-month comprehensive year of education and experience with an emphasis on direct pharmaceutical care. Residents serve the veteran population in both ambulatory and acute care settings. Emphasis is also placed on experiences in leadership, practice management, and teaching. Residents participate in formulary and medication-use management, medication safety, performance improvement, and providing education to patients and health professionals. VACCHCS offers a progressive training environment, where pharmacists with a scope of practice may prescribe medications, order laboratory and diagnostic tests, and place consults to other services.
VACCHCS is a 57-bed acute care, general medical, and surgical center with state of the art primary, secondary, and tertiary care in major diagnostic and treatment specializations. In addition, a 60-bed Community Living Center (CLC) is located on campus and provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation care.
VACCHCS has three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Merced, Oakhurst, and Tulare. In total, over 32,000 Veterans are served throughout Central California. The health care system is a teaching facility, with a strong affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. It is located in the heart of California, and is known as California’s Year-Round Playground due to having over 300 sunny days per year. Home to more than 522,000 people, Fresno is the fifth largest city in California and is also the world’s most productive agricultural region. It is situated near three National Parks, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Park, offering the perks of a big city as well as beautiful natural scenery.
Residency Program Benefits
Competitive annual stipend
13 days of paid vacation and 13 days of sick leave
10 paid federal holidays
Federal health benefits and life insurance available
Education and travel allowances
Ability to practice with pharmacy license from any state
Access to the VA health care system with opportunities for continuing education and networking nationwide
United States Citizen
Graduate of an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
Ability to obtain pharmacist licensure by Oct 1st of the residency year
Registered in the ASHP Resident Matching Program
Application through PhORCAS:
Letter of intent
Three letters of recommendation using the PhORCAS Standardized Reference Form
At least one letter should come from a preceptor with whom the applicant had a clinical rotation
Application Deadline: January 1st
Interview: An onsite interview is required and takes place in early February
About VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS)
About the VA Central California Health Care System:
VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS), located in Fresno, California, is part of VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN21), which includes facilities in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. VACCHCS is a 57-bed acute care, general medical and surgical center with state of the art primary, secondary and tertiary care in major diagnostic, and treatment specializations. In addition, a 54-bed Community Living Center (CLC) is located on campus and provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation care.
VACCHCS has 40,000 Veterans currently enrolled for health care eligibility and serves more than 28,000 Veterans in six counties in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The six counties include Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced and Mariposa. Three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) support the wide catchment area served by the health care system.
The Merced CBOC, located 60 miles north of Fresno in downtown Merced, provides primary care, mental health, audiology and eye care to patients from Madera and Merced Counties.
The Tulare CBOC, located 46 miles south of Fresno, provides Primary Care, Mental Health, Audiology, and Ey...e Care to patients. The Tulare CBOC serves patients in Tulare County, which includes the cities of Visalia, Tulare, Porterville and Veterans residing in Kings County, the home of Naval Air Station, Lemoore, CA.
The Oakhurst CBOC, located 46 miles northeast of Fresno, opened in April 2011. It is in close proximity to Yosemite National Park and serves Veterans living in the rural foothill areas of Madera and Mariposa Counties. For all other healthcare needs, Veterans are referred to the Fresno facility.
VACCHCS CBOCs use Telehealth services to increase access to specialty care such as neurology, diabetes and nutritional consultation, dermatology, wound care, mental health and other services.