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Boise VA Medical Center

 

Boise VA Medical Center Pharmacy Resident Program

To access a 'Sample Schedule' please click here.

To access a list of 'Past Residents' please click here.

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To access a list of 'Pharmacy Preceptors' please click here. 

To access the 'PGY-1 Residency Program Brochure' please click here.

To access the 'PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Brochure' please click here.

To access the 'PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program Brochure' please click here.

Program Overview

The Boise VA Medical Center offers American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residencies for both PGY1’s in general pharmacy and PGY2’s specializing in ambulatory care.  The program has enjoyed ASHP accreditation since 1985. Boise's newest PGY2 program in psychiatric pharmacy started in 2016. The residency program starts in early July and runs through June of the following year.

The program is highly oriented around the resident’s pharmacy practice interests and individual career goals. Based on the resident’s previous experience, areas of interest, and residency goals an individualized learning plan is developed and continually evaluated throughout the program.

Teaching is another important aspect of the residency program. Residents will be expected to participate in the precepting of Pharm.D. students. Additionally, residents will have the option to complete an elective rotation in academics, participate in a Teaching Certificate program, deliver didactic lectures, and manage other classroom activities in association with the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy.  

Program Purpose

The PGY1 Residency Program develops pharmacists who are well equipped to enter a wide variety of pharmacy practice environments or pursue PGY2 residency training.  The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency is designed to produce advanced pharmacy practitioners in primary care.  Graduates may find employment in academia and in institutions as ambulatory care clinical pharmacy specialists or clinical coordinators. 

Residents at the Boise VA Medical Center, as members of the health care team, are responsible for providing evidence based, patient-centered care. Residents will develop professional maturity through demonstrating leadership and practice management skills, evaluating their own performance in the program, and educating patients and providers all while promoting the practice of pharmacy.

Training Site Overview

The Boise VA Medical Center is part of VA NW Health Network (VISN 20), which includes facilities in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  The Boise VA Medical Center is a 46-bed facility with an adjacent 32-bed extended care unit which houses nine beds for inpatient substance abuse.  The Boise VA Medical Center also operates Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Twin Falls and Caldwell, Idaho and Outreach Clinics in Burns, Oregon and Salmon, Idaho. The Boise VA Medical Center is an acute care teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research.  Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, secondary, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.

Evaluation

Residents are evaluated on required and elective ASHP outcomes, goals, and objectives. Residents receive formal quarterly feedback throughout the residency as well as rotation specific feedback at the conclusion of each block.

Residents are expected to continually evaluate their own performance as well as establish and modify personal goals and objectives to be achieved over the course of their residency training.

Benefits

A competitive annual stipend is provided to residents as well as 13 paid holidays, annual leave, sick leave, health care benefits, personal office space, and free parking.

Additionally, residents can participate in Resident Forum which consists of weekly meetings with other Boise area residents. Through Resident Forum, residents have the opportunity to complete a Teaching Certificate, participate in BCPS review sessions, and solidify their post residency plans through CV reviews and panel discussions.

The Boise VA Medical Center is also one of seven facilities in the nation chosen to participate in the VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education. The goal of this program is to encourage transformation of clinical education by preparing graduates of health professional programs to work in and lead patient‐centered interprofessional teams that provide coordinated longitudinal care. Both PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents will be involved in this exciting program. More information on this exciting program can be found here: http://www.va.gov/OAA/coepce/

 

PGY1
Program Requirements

PGY1 Residents at the Boise VA Medical Center are required to complete a minimum of 2,000 clock hours over a 12-month period. During this time residents will complete an orientation period, seven required rotations, longitudinal requirements, and various elective opportunities.

Longitudinal Requirements:

  • Manage consulted ambulatory care patients through clinic visits and regular telephone follow-up
  • Select and present a research or medication use evaluation project at the ISHP Fall Meeting
  • Complete a final manuscript of your chosen research or medication use evaluation project
  • Present to the medical house staff at Noon Conference
  • Fulfill discharge staffing requirement
  • Precept Doctor of Pharmacy Students
  • Participate in management meetings led by VA and local program directors
  • Participate in monthly management and leadership skill building seminars and complete at least one management project

Required Rotations:

  • Ambulatory Care (8 weeks)
  • Advanced Ambulatory Care (4 weeks)
  • Geriatrics (6 weeks)
  • Information Technology (2 weeks)
  • Inpatient (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Pharmacoeconomics (2 weeks)

Potential Elective Rotations (4 weeks)

  • Academics
  • Anticoagulation
  • Hepatitis C
  • Infectious Disease
  • Management
  • Mental Health
  • Oncology

*Any required rotation can be repeated as an elective with focus on learning advanced skills and/or practice knowledge.

Application Process PGY1

Applicants must be a graduate of a College of Pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and must be a U.S. citizen.  Additionally, the candidate must participate in the Matching Program and include their National Matching Service (NMS) applicant number with their application.

Competitive candidates will demonstrate leadership abilities, professional competence, communication skills, scholastic achievement, dependability, and the ability to work well with others.

Interested applicants must submit the following information by the first Monday in January via Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):

  1. Completed application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of intent describing how this residency training will help you attain your professional goals
  4. Three online reference forms completed in PhORCAS from healthcare professionals (written letters of recommendation are not required)
  5. Pharmacy school transcripts


Contact Information:

Paul Black, Pharm.D., BCPS
PGY1 Residency Director
Boise VA Medical Center
500 W. Fort Street (119)
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 422.1000 ext. 7753
Email: Paul.Black2@va.gov


PGY2 Ambulatory Care
Program Requirements

PGY2 residents at the Boise VA Medical Center will complete four required rotations and longitudinal requirements, as well as have various elective opportunities.

Longitudinal Requirements:

  • Manage consulted ambulatory care patients through clinic visits and regular telephone follow-up
  • Work with trainees in other disciplines and present an interdisciplinary presentation to house staff at Ambulatory Care Rounds
  • Fulfill discharge staffing requirements
  • Develop a new ambulatory service project
  • Write and submit one article for publication
  • Participate in monthly management and leadership skill building seminars
  • Precept Doctor of Pharmacy students
  • Participate in management meetings led by VA and local program directors

Required Rotations (PGY2 residents will be the clinical pharmacist for the following areas):

  • Primary Aligned Care Team (4 months)
  • Rural Community Based Outpatient Clinic (2 months)
  • Outpatient Infectious Disease (HIV, Hep C, OPAT, etc.) (1 month)
  • Women’s Health Clinic (1 month)

Potential Elective Rotations (4 weeks):

  • Academics
  • Anticoagulation
  • Hepatitis C
  • Infectious Disease
  • Management
  • Mental Health
  • Oncology

*Any required rotation can be repeated as an elective with focus on learning advanced skills and/or practice knowledge.

Application Process PGY2 Ambulatory Care

Interested applicants must submit the following information by the first Monday in January via Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):

1. Completed application
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Letter of intent describing your PGY1 experiences and how you think an ambulatory care residency will solidify your ability to create an innovative pharmacy practice at another site (500-750 words).
4. Two online reference forms completed in PhORCAS from healthcare professionals (written letters of recommendation are not required)
5. Pharmacy school transcripts

Contact Information:

Amber K. Fisher PharmD, BCACP
PGY2 Residency Director
500 W. Fort Street (119)
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 422-1000 ext. 1488
E-mail: amber.fisher3@va.gov

PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy
Program Requirements

PGY2 residents at the Boise VA Medical Center will complete 3 required experiences and longitudinal requirements, and have the option for customizing various elective opportunities.

Longitudinal Requirements:

  • Facilitate pharmacy pain management clinic weekly, with longitudinal follow up
  • Function as Mental Health Pharmacist on trainee Patient Aligned Care Team three days weekly (30% of residency)
  • Manage consulted psychiatric patient panel via clinic visits, Clinical Video Telehealth, and regular telephone follow-up
  • Participate in interdisciplinary care rounds on the trainee PACT team, focusing on complicated patients
  • Represent pain management clinic pharmacist in the monthly interprofessional Opioid Shared Medical Appointments
  • Work with trainees in other disciplines to collaborate on an interdisciplinary presentation to house staff at Ambulatory Care Noon Conference
  • Present at least one psychopharmacology didactic seminar (2 hours) for University of Washington Psychiatry Residents
  • Be actively involved with the Centers of Excellence educational opportunities, including completing an interdisciplinary quality improvement project for the Curriculum of Inquiry program.
  • Fulfill discharge staffing requirements
  • Develop proposal for and implement a new pharmacy service project
  • Write and submit one article for publication
  • Participate in monthly Leadership and Management Seminars (LAMS), being responsible for one leadership presentation during the year
  • Precept Doctor of Pharmacy students and PGY1 residents
  • Participate in management meetings led by VA and local program directors

Required Rotations (PGY2 residents will be the clinical pharmacist for the following areas):

  • Inpatient psychiatry
  • Outpatient psychiatry
  • Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT)

Potential Elective Rotations (4-8 weeks):

  • Academia
  • Residential Substance Abuse (RSAT) and PTSD Inpatient Treatment programs
  • Program Management
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Mental Health Intensive Care Management (MHICM)

*Any required rotation can be repeated as an elective with focus on learning advanced skills and/or practice knowledge.

Application Process PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy

Interested applicants must submit the following information by the second Monday in January via Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):
1. Completed application
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Letter of intent describing your PGY1 experiences and how you think an ambulatory care residency will solidify your ability to create an innovative pharmacy practice at another site (500-750 words).
4. Two online reference forms completed in PhORCAS from healthcare
5. Pharmacy school transcripts

Contact Information:

Kristin Helmboldt, PharmD, BCPP
PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director
500 W. Fort Street (119)
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 422-1000 ext. 4071
E-mail: kristin.helmboldt@va.gov