VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS)
exists to serve veterans through the delivery of timely, quality care by staff who demonstrate outstanding customer service, the advancement of health care through research, and the education of tomorrow's health care providers.
VABHS consists of three campuses:
Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and
Brockton where pharmacists are responsible for providing pharmaceutical care in a variety of ambulatory care and inpatient settings.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialists (CPS) are actively involved in the management of patients with various disease states and work closely with other health care professionals. CPS at VABHS have prescriptive privileges under an approved scope of practice.
Residents are exposed to a wide variety of additional experiences and opportunities. VABHS has strong relationships that provide teaching opportunities with two pharmacy schools in Boston: Northeastern University and MCPHS University. There is also an optional teaching certificate program available which networks with other programs in Boston.
All PGY-1 residents at VABHS have flexibility with rotation choices and elective experiences. During the 12 week ambulatory blocks, the residents will spend a minimum of two days in primary care clinic, one day in anticoagulation clinic and the remaining time devoted to educational activities and electives. During more intensive, 4-week blocks the resident focuses on a single experience. The required 4-week blocks are inpatient general medicine, critical care and management. Our preceptors work hard to develop new clinical experiences. The hardest part of the year will be getting to do all of the electives you can before the year is over!
An emphasis is placed on resident research projects. Each resident is paired with a project preceptor with research experience to mentor them through the process. Residents are also responsible for obtaining approval for their research. These projects are presented at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Conference for Residents and Preceptors and a finished, publication-ready manuscript is prepared at the end of the residency year.
VABHS PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Program Code 136713
Required Application Materials to be
submitted via PhORCAS to director:
Three standard recommendations
Letter of intent/personal statement:
Official transcript from college of pharmacy
Applicants invited to interview will do so in person before February 28
Candidates will be interviewed by the:
Residency Program Director
Selected preceptors and residents
The applicants will be independently rated using standardized criteria
Selection will be made by a committee consisting of the Program Director and selected preceptors
Qualifications for Application:
Citizen of the United States
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of pharmacy or eligible for graduation before July 1; GPA 3.0 or higher
Licensed pharmacist or eligible for licensure in any US state before September 1
Core Required Experiences
Primary Care Clinic
Anticoagulation Clinic (Outpt)
Inpatient General Medicine
Critical Care Medicine
Sample Elective Experiences
Home Based Primary Care
Medication Use and Evaluation
Staff Development Presentations / CE
Total Quality Management
Teaching Certificate Program
Once Weekly, Twelve-Week Experiences
Smoking Cessation Group
Teaching (ambulatory care)
Shared Medical Appointments
One weekend per month in inpatient pharmacy
Four hours per week in inpatient or outpatient pharmacy
Residency Project and Presentations
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
Eastern States Conference
Bryan R. Wood, Pharm.D.
PGY1 Residency Program Director