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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

Program Overview

The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC is offering a 12-month PGY 2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy residency. The goal of the residency is to provide experiential training in ambulatory care pharmacy practice in order to prepare pharmacists to become independent clinical practitioners of direct patient care with the skills necessary for attainment of a clinical pharmacy position and knowledge to obtain board certification as an ambulatory care pharmacist. Research and continuing educational activities are encouraged and are made available to the resident.

Chief of Pharmacy: Sharon Castle, PharmD, BCPS
Program Director: Laura Phillips, PharmD, BCACP

Residency Program Specifics

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Estimated Starting Date: July 1
  • Estimated Stipend: $44,522

Basic Requirements

  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) from an ACPE-Accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Licensure may be through any U.S. State Board of Pharmacy
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Application, Curriculum Vitae, Academic Transcripts, Letter of Intent and Three Letters of Reference
  • On-site interview
  • Completion of an accredited PGY1 Residency

Following orientation in July, the residency is made up of core, longitudinal, extended, and elective experiences.

Core Experiences: 9 months

  • Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Pharmacist (2 months)
  • Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Clinic (1-2 months)
  • Pharmacy Administration (1 month)
  • Pain Management (1 month)
  • Mental Health (1 month)
  • Project Month (1 month)

Extended Experiences

  • Anticoagulation (1 day/week for 5 months of the year)
  • Home Based Primary Care (1 day/week for 5 months of the year)

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Formulary Management (ongoing, incorporated during other rotation months)
  • Staffing (16 hours per month)

Elective experiences: 

During these months, the resident tailors the residency to his/her interest area(s). Potential electives include: 

  • Anemia/Nephrology Clinic
  • Endocrinology Clinic
  • Geriatrics/PILL Clinic
  • Infectious Disease Clinic
  • Neurology Clinic
  • Rheumatology Clinic
  • Transplant Clinic
  • Women's Health Clinic

The majority of these clinics are not in operation each day of the week, therefore it may be possible to combine 2 specialty clinics into a month-long ration. Additionally, residents requests to complete additional elective time in a core rotation can also be considered.

Requirements to receive Residency Certificate

All residents are expected to make satisfactory progress through the residency goals. Using a 3-point scale, the Ambulatory Care resident is required to achieve at least 80% of all required goals/objectives by the end of the residency year.

3: ACHIEVED: The resident has mastered the goals/objective and can perform associated tasks independently across the scope of pharmacy practice.

2: SATISFACTORY: The resident is performing and progressing at a rate that should eventually lead to mastery of the goal/objective during the residency year.

1: NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: The resident is not performing at a level expected of similar residents; significant improvement is needed to meet this goal/objective during the residency year

  • Satisfactory completion of all rotational experiences.
  • Completion of a service or research project including formal presentation of findings and a manuscript acceptable for publication or presentation.
  • Completion of all assignments, presentations and projects as defined by the preceptors and residency program director.
  • Active participation in department Medication Use Evaluation, Quality Assurance and Cost Savings initiatives.
  • Compliance with all institutional and departmental policies.
  • Participation in the teaching activities of the department, which may include clinical and didactic teaching for Pharmacy students, PGY 1 Pharmacy practice residents, medical students and residents, hospital personnel, and departmental staff.
  • Completion of staffing commitment of 16 hours per month.
  • Active participation in the recruitment efforts of the department.


Residents have the opportunity to participate in the teaching certificate program at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, MUSC Campus. The college will award a "certificate of academic preparation" at completion of the program.


  • Four hours vacation and sick leave earned per pay period (every two weeks)
  • Paid administrative leave for educational meetings
  • Opportunity for continuing education credits
  • Pharmacist salary for staffing hours (separate from residency stipend)
  • Health and Life insurance available
  • Free parking