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 PGY-2 pain management and palliative care pharmacy residency program aims to produce a pharmacist specialist who functions as a practice leader, and focuses on patient centered care through interprofessional team development, education, and medication therapy optimization. Although experiences are offered across a variety of care settings, graduates of the program will be primed for practice leadership to serve as experts in medication prescribing in the areas of pain management, palliative care, and opioid addiction recovery.
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.
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) is a teaching facility dedicated to providing comprehensive pain management in both outpatient and inpatient care settings. In addition, the MVAHCS has prioritized the provision of high-quality care in the areas of palliative care, opioid safety, and addiction recovery. The resident will gain expertise in these areas which are often closely aligned with primary care and mental health services. The MVAHCS is also highly recognized as a leader in pain research and trainees will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects. Upon completion of the program, the trainee will be a practice leader capable of implementing clinical pain management concepts, identifying factors that contribute to pain outcomes, and manage clinical comorbidities associated with pain.
The Comprehensive Pain Center located within the Minneapolis VA Medical Center consists of interdisciplinary staff with specialized training in pain management who are committed to a multimodal treatment approach of acute, chronic, and malignant pain. The Comprehensive Pain Center also supports interventional pain procedures and a four-week CARF accredited residential Chronic Pain Rehab Program. Projects will require trainees to manage project scope, optimize interprofessional collaboration, and facilitate organizational change. Pain Center team members are located in the same clinic area and readily have access to one another. As a member of this team, the pharmacy resident will manage a patient panel, staff the inpatient pain consult team, and join the CARA high-risk opioid review team.
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.
Example of Written Work: 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.