Pharmacy Residency Programs - Phoenix VA Health Care System
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Phoenix VA Health Care System


Pharmacy Residency Programs

Pharmacy residencies allow an licensed pharmacist to apply the knowledge and skills learned in school to real patients, situations, and settings. You will also be exposed to different facets of practice and learn about the many and varied career paths available to pharmacists today.   

The purpose of a postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency is to prepare pharmacists for the responsibilities associated with providing optimal medication management in various settings. Residency training is designed to provide residents experience working with a wide range of patients.  A postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency is designed to build upon those competencies developed by a postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency.  (

The Phoenix VA Health Care System Pharmacy Residency Programs for 2018-2019 include: 

PGY 1 Residency Features: This PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program develops the pharmacotherapy skills that will prepare a clinical pharmacist to provide medication management services in a variety of acute and ambulatory patient care settings. A 60 member clinical pharmacy team supports resident rotations and longitudinal learning experiences. Disease state management, patient education, and oral/written communication are emphasized. Residents will have opportunities to participate in other areas such as P&T committee meetings, pharmacoeconomics, medication use evaluations, drug information, drug literature evaluation, and completion of a drug monograph. A research project will be designed and implemented with the assistance of faculty members and will be utilized to impact practices on the department and/or facility. learning opportunities include internal medicine, primary care, critical care, specialty service clinics, mental health, geriatrics, infectious disease, anticoagulation, smoking cessation, management, and leadership seminars. This program is highly flexible and allows individual advancement based on personal motivation and ability, including the opportunity to co-precept PharmD students.