The Virginia Mason Medical Center PGY2 residency program in ambulatory care is an ASHP accredited second year residency program established in 2018. This program provides residents with robust learning opportunities in both primary care and specialty clinic settings, as well as a focus on leadership development, teaching, population health, specialty pharmacy, and project management. Residents will be trained in Virginia Mason’s management philosophy: the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS).
Residents will be welcomed as part of our growing team of clinic pharmacist providers. Residents will be credentialed and privileged as providers during their residency year. The residents are based at our main Seattle campus and have opportunities for rotations in our multiple regional medical clinics across the greater Seattle area. Program graduates will be prepared to serve as pharmacist providers, independently managing medication therapy for a variety of chronic conditions under collaborative practice agreements. Residents will gain experience developing therapeutic relationships with patients and their caregivers, managing a busy clinic schedule, and devising care plans utilizing shared decision making. Residents will also develop their project management, problem solving, presentation, teaching, and preceptor skills. Our past residents have gone on to accept positions in both primary care clinics and specialty clinics after the conclusion of their residency. Program graduates will advocate for and advance the role of pharmacist providers in the ambulatory setting.
Virginia Mason Medical Center is a non-academic, teaching medical center dedicated to teamwork, innovation, and collaborative care. We have been serving the communities of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest for over 100 years and have a history of developing strong providers.
After an orientation rotation, residents will do a primary care rotation block at one of our regional medical centers. Residents will then continue in primary care as a continuity clinic 1 day per week. The rest of the week residents will rotate through 5 specialty required rotations and elective experiences. Rotations will be 4-8 weeks in length and include:
Nephrology and Transplant
Georgetown Specialty Pharmacy
Longitudinal experiences will occur throughout the residency year.
Leadership – gain leadership skills through involvement in routine department operations and well as growth strategies. The resident will help lead team meetings, complete lean (VMPS) training, participate in a leadership book club, in addition to many more opportunities for growth as a clinical leader in the pharmacy community.
Project Management – Complete one-two major quality improvement projects which will be presented at ASHP midyear and a regional pharmacy meeting. Residents are encouraged to submit a manuscript for publication. Residents will also participate in various other quality improvement initiates throughout the year.
Staffing – Staffing commitment is one Saturday every three weeks at an outpatient dispensing pharmacy and / or doing population health outreach work.
Teaching – Residents will have multiple opportunities to precept learners. Residents will precept IPPE and APPE students, and / or PGY1 residents on clinical rotation. Residents will also oversee educational programing for pharmacy interns. Residents will also provide educational presentations to medical residents, pharmacy staff, and other professional groups. Formal didactic teaching opportunities may be available through the UW School of Pharmacy.
Time will be reserved for elective experiences. Elective experiences may include:
Gastro-intestinal (GI) Clinic
Refill Authorization Center
Advanced Endocrine Experience
Advanced Neurology Experience
Stipend & Benefits
Benefits include paid time away to be used for vacation and holidays, in addition to available time off for sick leave, as well as medical, dental and life insurance benefits for residents and dependents. Paid educational leave and a travel allowance are available to support attendance at state, regional and national meetings. The current stipend is $63,148 annually. Additional benefits include paid membership to ASHP, reduced cost public transportation pass, retirement savings options, and a resident specific wellness and resiliency program.
Virginia Mason Culture
Virginia Mason Medical Center has created a culture rooted in continuous quality improvement and interdisciplinary care. At Virginia Mason staff and teams are empowered to innovate and create change. Residents will promote a culture where the patient comes first, quality and safety is the first priority, and pharmacists practice at the top of their license.
This residency recruits for two resident positions from candidates throughout the United States who have completed or are completing a PGY1 residency and are eligible for pharmacist licensure in Washington State.
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is a leading health system in Washington state. Formed by the integration of two outstanding health systems—CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason—Virginia Mason Franciscan Health offers a wealth of convenient hospital, clinic and care locations in western Washington.
With more than 18,000 team members and staff and nearly 5,000 employed physicians and affiliated providers, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health provides expert, compassionate medical care at 10 hospitals and nearly 300 care sites throughout the Puget Sound region.
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has nearly 1,500 hospital beds and also includes Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, an internationally-recognized medical research institute committed to advancing the science to predict, prevent, reverse and cure diseases of the immune system; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improvin...g quality and safety.
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s post-graduate residency programs provide unparalleled training for your medical career. Our hospitals, medical centers and clinics offer broad, hands-on experience with teaching faculty who are leaders in their fields. With a wealth of resources, our programs enable graduates to develop excellent clinical skills while attaining long-term career goals.
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s programs include residencies in:
Anesthesiology: Virginia Mason Medical Center,
Diagnostic radiology: Virginia Mason Medical Center,
Family medicine: Northwest Washington Family Medicine,
General surgery: Virginia Mason Medical Center,
General surgery: St. Joseph Medical Center,
Internal medicine: St. Joseph Medical Center,
Internal medicine: Virginia Mason Medical Center,
Pharmacy: Virginia Mason Medical Center,
Pharmacy: St. Anne Hospital,
Pharmacy: St. Joseph Medical Center (Ambulatory),
Pharmacy: St. Joseph Medical Center,
Pharmacy: St. Michael Medical Center,
Podiatry: St. Francis Hospital,
Transitional year: Virginia Mason Medical Center,
Urology: Virginia Mason Medical Center.
Our anti-discriminatory practice:
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of age, race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical, mental or other disability, citizenship, medical condition, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Virginia Mason Franciscan Health arranges to carry out its programs and activities.
Equal opportunity employer:
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of relations with our employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is a:
Member of the Washington State Hospital Association,
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization,
Health care system affiliated with CommonSpirit Health.