The VA Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo Facility) has two Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialty Residency Positions. The Buffalo VA Medical Center is a 150 bed Tertiary Care facility affiliated with the State University of New York at Buffalo. This ASHP-accredited PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalized practice to specialized practice focusing on the care of patients with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders. Our residents provide care to patients as members of a multidisciplinary team of professionals. The purpose of this program is to equip our residents with the knowledge and skill necessary to initiate and establish a successful psychiatric pharmacy practice in diverse healthcare settings providing exemplary patient-centered medication therapy management.
Core Learning Experiences
Intended Outcomes of the Residency
- Mental Health Clinic - This is a longitudinal rotation that provides a variety of experiences including patient evaluation, medication therapy management and monitoring, and patient medication counseling. Clinics include PTSD Medication Management Clinic, Metabolic Management Clinic, Walk-in Clinic and Telehealth Psychotropic Medication Management Clinic.
- Inpatient Psychiatry - The resident will round on the acute inpatient psychiatry unit with the inpatient psychiatrist, psychiatry residents and students. The resident will make recommendations on medication therapy and medication monitoring as indicated, and will facilitate medication groups.
- PGY2 Research - Under the preceptor’s guidance, the resident will select an appropriate topic, prepare a research protocol, secure necessary IRB/R&D/MUC approvals, implement the project, collect and analyze data, and prepare a manuscript for publication in an appropriate pharmacy journal.
- Other core learning experiences include substance abuse, liaison psychiatry, and neurology.
- Serve as preceptor for PGY1 residents and PharmD students – earn a teaching certificate from SUNY Buffalo
- Through instruction and mentoring, the resident will progress from observing the preceptor evaluating patients and developing medication management plans, to performing patient evaluations and developing medication management plans under the preceptor’s guidance, and finally to independently evaluating patients and developing medication management plans for a caseload of patients.
- The resident will develop accountability, expert knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities to ensure success as a Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist.
- The resident will develop the ability to provide care in the most complex of cases or in the support of care through practice leadership.
The prospective trainee must have a Doctor of Pharmacy or equivalent educational experience and to have completed a PGY1 Residency from an ASHP-accredited program prior to entering the residency. A pharmacy license from one of the 50 states is required. The residency will begin about July 1 and will require 2080 hours of residency training. The stipend for the resident is $45,622 which also includes 13 days each of sick and personal leave. Additional benefits include health and life insurance. Upon completion of the residency, the trainee will receive a certificate of completion. You MUST be a US Citizen. A resume (curriculum vitae) is required for consideration and application must be received by December 31st. All application materials must be submitted through ASHP Phorcas.
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