This PGY1 pharmacy residency is a 12 month program designed to develop the resident's skills and competency in providing patient-centered care as part of an interdisciplinary team with a focus in primary care, mental health, and geriatrics. Many of our preceptors have completed residencies themselves or have multiple years of experience in their areas. We are excited to provide unique learning opportunities with preceptors who are dedicated to advancing the field of pharmacy.
Learning experiences will include pharmacist run anticoagulation & medication management clinics in primary care, inpatient mental health (including acute psychiatry and mental health residential rehab programs), geriatrics (including long-term care and medicine), pharmacy management, inpatient/outpatient staffing, and home-based primary care.
Residents will have the opportunity to precept pharmacy students during their learning experiences. Residents can elect to obtain a Teaching and Learning Certificate from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy in Birmingham.
Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center also has a PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy program. PGY1 residents at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center can apply for early commitment to this PGY2 program if they are interested.
Required Rotations (plus 4 elective rotations):
Geriatric Primary Care
Home-based Primary Care
Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (Psych)
Outpatient Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder
Pain/Substance Use Disorder
May Also Repeat a Required Rotation for More Intensive Experience
Required Longitudinal Experiences (12 months):
Centralized Anticoagulation Clinic
Staffing in outpatient/inpatient pharmacy
Required Presentations and Projects (subject to change):
Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)
One drug monograph update
Two department newsletters
Two educational in-services to the medical and/or pharmacy staff
Two community service projects
Poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
Formal presentation of their residency research project
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
Alabama Residency Conference
Application Packet Requirements:
Applications will be processed through the PhORCAS system only:
Official pharmacy school transcripts
Three letters of recommendation
Letter of intent
Also required: U.S. Citizenship; PharmD degree from an accredited school of pharmacy; PhORCAS application; Eligibility for licensure in any state; Successful completion of pre-employment physical and federal background investigation
Applications Due: January 10, 2020
NMS Code: 202113
About Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is located on a beautiful 125 acre campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Medical Center provides primary care, long-term health care, and mental health care services to eligible veterans. Clinical Pharmacists are extensively involved in the Primary Care Clinics to help manage anticoagulation, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, Hepatitis C, and other disease states. Clinical Pharmacists are also involved in inpatient mental health, long term care, and home based primary care.