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South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)

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Pharmacy Residency Information

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South Texas VA Clinical Pharmacy Specialists

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South Texas VA Pharmacy Residents - 2016-2017

Program Overview

Mission and Vision of the South Texas Health Care System


Mission: To improve the health and quality of life of our patient community by providing appropriate, compassionate and quality care; conduct education and research activities and support the Department of Defense (DOD).
Vision: To be a health system of choice for Veterans and other beneficiaries and to be recognized as a center of excellence and an employer of choice.

About the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
The STVHCS is comprised of the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital division, the Kerrville division, and the satellite clinic division. The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital is a 567-bed health care system which consists of a 259-bed Community Living Center (CLC), a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, an eight-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, 46 surgery beds, 103 medicine and 22 rehabilitation beds. The system also boasts a Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center. The facility is located in northwest San Antonio and provides primary, secondary, and tertiary health care in medicine, psychiatry, oncology, surgery, and rehabilitation medicine to serve the health care needs of area veterans. Primary care needs of veterans are also addressed at several outpatient clinics that are located near Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital. The Pharmacy Service offers 24-hour coverage, centralized unit-dose drug distribution, complete IV-admixture program, and clinical services. Pharmacies are also located in the outpatient clinics and operate during clinic business hours.

Clinical Pharmacy is very involved in the care of our veterans. We have over 50 clinical pharmacy specialists covering areas such as HIV, Primary Care, Hematology and Oncology, Psychiatry, Infectious Diseases/Critical Care, Anticoagulation, Geriatrics and Spinal Cord Injury. Most of these pharmacists also retain adjunctive faculty appointments with the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Our VA-funded pharmacy practice residency and pharmacy specialty residencies also highlight our commitment to quality pharmaceutical care. We have specialty residency positions in Ambulatory Care, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, and Psychiatric Pharmacy. Our residents are appointed as Clinical Instructors with the College of Pharmacy and have opportunities in both didactic and experiential instruction. VA residents also have the opportunity to work with other local pharmacy residents and masters’ students from the University of Texas.

At the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, we strive to develop residents that are successful in the application of pharmaceutical care and can compete in the changing healthcare market place.  Pharmacists completing this residency will be able to provide proficient, confident, and compassionate direct patient care to a wide range of conditions. They will be accountable for promoting safe and effective drug usage and achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as vital members of the health care team. These practitioners will exercise skill in educating other health care professionals, patients, and the community on drug therapy-related topics. Furthermore, they will demonstrate professional maturity by developing and following a personal philosophy of practice and exhibiting commitment to the profession.

At the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, we strive to develop residents that are successful in the application of pharmaceutical care and can compete in the changing health care marketplace.

Pharmacists completing this residency will be able to provide proficient, confident, and compassionate direct patient care to a wide range of conditions. They will be accountable for promoting safe and effective drug usage and achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as vital members of the health care team. These practitioners will exercise skill in educating other health care professionals, patients, and the community on drug therapy-related topics. Furthermore, they will demonstrate professional maturity by developing and following a personal philosophy of practice and exhibiting commitment to the profession.


Specialized Program Information

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice 
PGY2 Ambulatory Care - Behavioral Health
PGY2 Ambulatory Care
PGY2 Geriatrics
PGY2 Infectious Diseases
PGY2 Internal Medicine
PGY2 Oncology
PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy

Program Requirements

General
  • U.S. citizen
  • Pharm D. degree from ACP-accredited institution
  • Eligible to practice pharmacy in at least one state - Texas license required
  • Selection is based on professional competence, scholastic achievement, references, communication skills and clinical practice and research interests


Application
  • All application materials should be submitted through ASHP PhORCAS
  • Personal letter of intent
  • Three letters of reference
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official pharmacy school transcript


For more information including application deadlines, please visit https://sites.utexas.edu/phr-residencies/ and http://www.ashp.org/phorcas