The PGY2 pharmacy residency in psychiatry is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice focused on the care of patients with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders. Residency graduates are equipped to participate as integral members of inpatient and outpatient interdisciplinary teams caring for individuals with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders, assuming responsibility for patient-centered medication therapy. In that role they are skilled at running psychoeducation sessions involving individuals with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders whose focus is on the achievement of adherence and persistence.
Psychiatric pharmacy residency graduates will serve health care organizations successfully as the ultimate resource for information about medications used for the care of individuals with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders and for decision-making affecting the care of these patients. This includes leadership in decision-making related to the use or modification of guidelines for the care of individual patients and for organizational planning and implementation of technology and automation systems.
Exiting residents have been trained to assume responsibility for identifying and implementing opportunities to improve the medication-use system in psychiatric practice areas. Groomed for practice leadership, psychiatric pharmacy residency graduates can be expected to continue their pursuit of expertise in practice; to possess advanced skills to identify the pharmacotherapy and medication-use training needs of other health care professionals caring for individuals with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders; to deliver effective training to those health care professionals; and to contribute to public health efforts for mental health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention.
Graduates of the PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency are well-equipped to initiate and establish a successful clinical pharmacy service in diverse healthcare settings (e.g., clinic, hospital, day treatment program) and provide exemplary patient-centered medication therapy for individuals with psychiatric and neurologic disorders.
The Battle Creek VA PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy resident will participate in many of the facilities mental health treatment services, including inpatient, residential, and outpatient mental health care. They will be responsible for psychotropic medication management across a variety of disease states including mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, substance use, and pain management. Additionally, the psychiatric pharmacy resident will participate in formulary and pharmacy management and research. Furthermore, the resident will be expected to serve as Chief Resident and precept PGY1 pharmacy residents and pharmacy students. The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency program at the BCVAMC is a pre-candidate for ASHP accreditation. This program joins our well established, two PGY1 residency positions with emphasis on ambulatory care and mental health.
The applicant must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) from an ACPE-accredited school or college and a state pharmacy practice licensure.
Successful completion of PGY-1 pharmacy residency is required.
Full, unrestricted pharmacy practice licensure in any state is required.
U.S. citizenship is required.
The applicant must be registered with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Matching Program and Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).
An on-site interview is required for all applicants.
About Battle Creek VA Medical Center
The Battle Creek VA Medical Center (BCVAMC) is a teaching hospital that provides primary care, long term care and mental health services to eligible Veterans. Battle Creek is the regional referral center for mental health care across the state of Michigan. The facility consists of 276 total operating beds, including 55 inpatient mental health beds, 11 inpatient medical beds, 109 Community Living Center beds, and 101 Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) beds.