PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program - Curriculum - VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System
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VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System


PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program - Curriculum

The following is a list of required rotations/activities:

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  • Acute Medicine I (Leavenworth)
  • Ambulatory Care
    • Anticoagulation Clinic
    • Primary Care (Patient Aligned Care Team – PACT)
  • Advanced Ambulatory Care
    • Anticoagulation Clinic / Primary Care
    • IPPE/APPE student precepting
    • Non-traditional modalities of care delivery
  • General Psychiatry
  • Drug Information and Teaching
  • Geriatrics/Long-term Care
  • Administration & Leadership
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Residency project

The following is a list of elective rotations:

  • Infectious Disease/ Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Acute Medicine II (Topeka)
  • Teaching Certificate Program (UMKC)


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ACUTE MEDICINE — Residents are responsible for participating as part of the medical team responsible for the medication-related needs of admitted patients. Responsibilities include medication reconciliation, discharge counseling, anticoagulation management, and therapeutic drug monitoring, among others. Areas of focus are internal medicine and infectious disease pharmacotherapy.


ANTICOAGULATION CLINIC — This pharmacist-managed clinic is responsible for the safe and effective use of oral and injectable anticoagulant medications. Residents provide care to ambulatory patients in clinic as well as via telephone-based services.  

Primary Care (Patient Aligned Care Team – PACT) — Residents manage patients as part of the primary care team for a range of chronic medical conditions such as for diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hypothyroidism and polypharmacy. Pharmacy providers in primary care are also responsible for providing education, drug information, and population health management. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in this setting operate as providers with a scope-of-practice.

DRUG INFORMATION/ TEACHING (Longitudinal) — Residents are responsible for providing responses to requests for drug information from medical staff as well as developing skills in critically evaluating health related literature in this longitudinal experience. Each resident will complete formal journal club and CE presentations during the year. Residents typically teach in the KU Clinical Assessment course and often provide a didactic lecture at KU.

GERIATRICS/LONG-TERM CARE — Residents gain an understanding of therapeutics in geriatric patients residing in the Community Living Center (a nursing home setting) and for patients as part of the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program.  Responsibilities include medication management, drug information, coordination of care, attendance at interdisciplinary team meetings, and medication therapy reviews.

PSYCHIATRY  — Residents will gain clinical experience and develop expertise in the pharmacotherapy management of patients with behavioral health disorders.  The resident will work collaboratively with a team of health care personnel to provide care to hospitalized patients and develop an active role in interdisciplinary rounds.   The resident can also be able to work with ambulatory patients for medication reviews and clozapine monitoring.

ADMINISTRATION and LEADERSHIP— Residents learn and devise strategies to promote cost-effective medication therapy utilization and clinical services management at VA EKHCS. Residents are responsible for completion of non-formulary consults, medication use evaluation, and clinical protocol development/revision. Residents will work with the management team to gain perspectives in budget planning, resource allocation, leadership and professional/clinical service development. Activities include, but are not limited to: P&T meetings, medication-use-evaluations, drug monograph development, protocol development, longitudinal discussions on leadership development, etc.

PHARMACY OPERATIONS (Longitudinal) — Residents develop skill in medication preparation, dispensing, order verification, patient counseling, and supervision of technicians during this longitudinal experience.

RESEARCH PROJECT (Longitudinal) — Residents are expected to design, implement, and present a practice-related research project during the course of the year in conjunction with a pharmacist  preceptor.  A written manuscript of publishable quality is required to complete the rotation and earn a residency certificate.