St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the VA St. Louis Healthcare System co-sponsor two different PGY2 residency programs which emphasize the development of clinical skills in either internal medicine or infectious diseases. Both programs provide opportunities for development of teaching skills in didactic and experiential environments.
The VA St. Louis Healthcare System, John Cochran Division, provides primary, secondary, and tertiary care for veterans of the St. Louis metro area, eastern Missouri, and southern Illinois. Services include acute care internal medicine, surgery, associated inpatient subspecialties, and comprehensive general/specialty ambulatory care. The center serves as a training site for medical residents and students of Saint Louis University and Washington University Schools of Medicine. A tailored online, real-time computer system links all hospital departments, provides access to information sources, and retrieves data from other tertiary care centers.
For the PGY2 Internal Medicine residency, required clinical rotations include internal medicine, critical care, practice management, and infectious disease. A variety of elective rotations are available within the VA medical center. The resident will also have a longitudinal ambulatory care experience.
For the PGY2 Infectious Diseases residency, required rotations include microbiology, infectious diseases, critical care, practice management, and a longitudinal experience in the infectious disease clinic. A variety of election rotations are available.
Residents are directly supervised by board-certified (BCPS or BCACP) preceptors on inpatient rotations or in pharmacist-run clinics. Preceptors meet regularly with residents to provide advice and feedback, share clinical expertise, guide student precepting activities, and ensure back-up clinical coverage.
The residents participate in journal clubs, case presentations, and resident seminars, as well as providing educational in-services to pharmacists, medical residents, and staff physicians. An independent or collaborative research or pharmacy practice project is completed during the residency year. The residents receive a faculty appointment at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and are eligible to complete a teaching certificate program. Teaching opportunities include classroom presentations, small group case discussion facilitation, and clerkship precepting.
Applicants must be self-directed individuals with excellent interpersonal skills who hold the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The successful applicant will possess these core values: a desire to make a difference, a commitment to excellence, demonstrated professionalism, and a spirit of inquiry. Current enrollment or prior completion of residency training is required for those individuals applying to this PGY2 residency program.
About St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the fourth-oldest and 10th-largest college of pharmacy in America. The College primarily admits students directly from high school, and the curriculum integrates the liberal arts and sciences with a professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The College offers a full student-life experience, including nearly 50 student organizations and intercollegiate athletics. Nearly 1400 students from 31 states and several countries are currently enrolled at the College.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy is located on eight acres in the heart of one of the world’s finest biomedical and patient-care centers. The College is actively forging partnerships with nearby institutions such as Washington University, Saint Louis University, and Goldfarb School of Nursing.
Our new strategic plan will guide us to be globally prominent in pharmacy and health care education, interprofessional patient-centered care, and collaborative research. We are guided by our values of integrity, professionalism, personal development, valuing diversity and our desire to make a positive difference.