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 geriatric pharmacy residency program aims to produce a geriatric pharmacist who functions as a practice leader, and focuses on patient centered care through interdisciplinary team development, education, and medication therapy optimization. Although experiences are offered across a variety of care settings, graduates of the MVAHCS geriatric care residency program will be highly qualified independent practitioners able to excel at providing geriatric service in any diverse setting.
The Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) is a multidisciplinary team that provides specialty care to older veterans. Minneapolis GRECC focuses on dementia research. The mission of the GRECC program is to improve the delivery of health care to elderly veterans through a multidisciplinary program emphasizing disorders of the aging nervous system.
The Trainees are actively involved in the GRECC team in a Memory Clinic. This is a half day clinic every Thursday for patients that have been referred by Primary Care. GRECC uses a multidisciplinary team method. New Patients are seen by a physician, pharmacist, and social worker. Veteran can also be referred to occupational therapy for additional evaluation in regards to the veterans cognitive impairment. The trainee works with the veterans to determine safety, efficacy, appropriateness, and complexity of medication regimen. The trainee works with providers and family to identify and resolve problems that arise during the visit. The trainee often interacts with other trainees including fellows, medical residents and occupational therapy students while precepting first year pharmacy residents. The trainee has interprofessional involvement through participation in the hospitals Geriatric Journal club, where the trainee has the opportunity to learn and interact with psychiatrist, neurologist, and other medical residents. The trainee has the opportunity to evaluate and present two articles at the Geriatric Journal Club throughout the year.
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.