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San Francisco VA Health Care System

 

Pharmacy Residency Program

About the Pharmacy Service

The San Francisco VA Health Care System Pharmacy Service is a progressive department with over 110 employees, including 76 pharmacists. Computerized provider order entry is utilized in all settings, bar code recognition technology is in place for verification and documentation of medication administration, and the patient medical record is fully integrated and available online. The Pharmacy Service has implemented automated technology for many of its dispensing activities. The Pharmacy Service has a formal affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of the Pacific (UOP) Schools of Pharmacy. Clinical pharmacists provide services to a variety of inpatient areas. Clinical services include medication reconciliation, discharge counseling, drug information, and pharmacokinetics. Clinical pharmacists provide disease management and other services to the Ambulatory Care Clinics.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Programs

The Pharmacy Service offers three PGY1 pharmacy residencies: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency with a Focus in Geriatrics,  and  PGY1 Pharmacy Residency with a Focus in Ambulatory Care. Learn more about each program below and view the Pharmacy Residency Program FAQ.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (NMS Code 188313)

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency offers a flexible program which provides a concentrated clinical, teaching, and administrative experience with experienced, individualized preceptorship. Required clinical rotations include Acute Care (Internal Medicine, Critical Care or Surgical specialty), and Ambulatory Care.  The resident will also gain experience in other required learning experiences such as: Introduction to Medication Safety; Inpatient Operations; Formulary Management, and Chief Resident/Pharmacy Administration. Elective rotations are available for Infectious Diseases; Inpatient Anticoagulation; Pain Management; Oncology, Advanced Internal Medicine, Medication Safety, Clinical Teaching/Residency Program Development, Pharmacy Administration, and Geriatrics/Long Term Care. Residents may precept UCSF and UOP clerkship students. Other responsibilities include: Emergency Medical Response (code blue and acute stroke) participation; and completion of a quality improvement or research project which is presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors. All PGY1 residents actively participate in the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE) program, which promotes a patient-centered, interprofessional teaming environment. Learn more.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency with a Focus in Geriatrics (NMS Code 188322)

One position is reserved each year for residents who desire more experience in the geriatric setting. Residents choosing to focus in geriatrics wil complete the same core required rotations as other PGY1 pharmacy residents at the San Francisco VA Health Care System, but will also complete 12 weeks of geriatric rotations, in lieu of other elective rotations. Applicants must apply separately to this program using the NMS code listed above.

Possible geriatric rotations include:

  • Geriatrics Clinic
  • Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Clinic
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Palliative Care

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency with a Focus in Ambulatory Care (NMS Code 188321)

Two positions are reserved each year for residents who desire more experience in the ambulatory care setting. Residents choosing to focus in ambulatory care will complete the same core required rotations as other PGY1 pharmacy residents at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, but will also complete a 12-week longitudinal experience in additional ambulatory care clinics, in lieu of other elective rotations. Applicants must apply separately to this program using the NMS code listed above.

Possible clinics include:

  • Hepatitis C Clinic
  • HIV Clinic
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Geriatrics Clinic
  • Pain Management
  • Epilepsy Clinic
  • Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Clinic

View our pharmacy residency brochure here.

Contact Information for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Programs:

Sharya Bourdet, Pharm.D., BCPS
PGY1 Residency Director
Pharmacy Service (119)
San Francisco VA Medical Center
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA  94121
sharya.bourdet@va.gov