Residency Listing

VA St. Louis Health Care System
915 N. Grand Avenue (JC/119)
St. Louis, MO 63106
Code: 64800
NMS Code: 249513
Postgraduate Year One (PGY1)
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Residency Program Director: Jonathan A. McMahan, Pharm.D., BCPS
(314) 652-4100 x5-1832
Fax: (314) 289-6400
Director of Pharmacy: Andrea Chen, Pharm.D., BCPS
(314) 652-4100 x5-7094
Residency Information:
Duration/Type: 12 mo/residency
Number of Positions: 4
Application Deadline: 2018-12-31
Starting Date: 2019-06-24
Estimated Stipend: 41098
Interview Required: Yes
Residency Special Features:   This residency is based at the VA St. Louis Health Care System, John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions, and is affiliated with St. Louis College of Pharmacy. It is a comprehensive clinical residency with opportunities for clinical development in inpatient medicine, primary/ambulatory care, critical care, geriatric care, management, research, infectious disease, long-term care, and longitudinal ambulatory care. A wide variety of elective rotations are available within the VA St. Louis Health Care System or may be arranged through St. Louis College of Pharmacy at affiliated institutions in the greater metropolitan St. Louis area. While the VA St. Louis Health Care System PGY-1 Residency Program is designed to provide a balanced approach to resident development, specific tracks are available to tailor resident experiences and development toward care in the acute or ambulatory settings. Residents in the acute care track are required to complete two acute care general medicine rotations, an infectious disease rotation, a critical care rotation, two ambulatory care rotations, a practice management rotation and have the opportunity to complete two elective rotations. Residents in the ambulatory care track are required to complete four ambulatory care rotations, an acute care general medicine rotation, an acute care elective, a practice management rotation, and have the opportunity to complete two additional elective rotations. All residents are required to complete a longitudinal ambulatory care experience and have staffing responsibilities (inpatient, outpatient, and clinical staffing). Residents participate in journal club, case presentations, and resident seminar, as well as provide educational in-services to pharmacists, medical residents, and staff physicians. An independent or collaborative research or pharmacy practice project is completed during the residency year along with quality improvement projects/initiatives. Residents receive a faculty appointment at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and complete an ACPE-Accredited teaching certificate program with workshops incorporating active learning strategies and critical thinking abilities into the development of class lectures, handouts/study guides, providing formative and summative assessments, and scripting class sessions. Teaching opportunities include classroom presentations, small group case discussion facilitation, and clerkship precepting.
Fringe Benefits:   Ten paid holidays, 13 days of annual and sick leave, free parking, administrative leave for meetings, group insurance is available.
Special Requirements for Acceptance:   Applications will be accepted through the ASHP PhORCAS. Successful applicants will have completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree or other appropriate advanced degree with clinical emphasis prior to residency start date and be eligible for licensure within the U.S. Application requirements to be uploaded to PhORCAS: 1. Standard PhORCAS application information, 2. curriculum vitae, 3. letter of intent/personal statement outlining your professional interests, qualifications and which track (acute care/ambulatory care/both) you would like to be considered for, 4. transcripts, and 5. materials from three professional references including the ASHP standard reference form and sufficient narrative comments (via PhORCAS). All completed applications will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for on-site interviews in January/February. Reference request: Applicants are required to have three professional references submit the standard ASHP reference form via PhORCAS. In addition to this we request that references provide sufficient narrative responses within the available text boxes at the bottom of the ASHP form in PhORCAS to candidly evaluate the applicant's character, work ethic and willingness to accept/assume responsibility; response to feedback and ability for self-improvement; self-learning, clinical, and professional abilities; overall suitability for residency training; and an evaluation of how much guidance may be required in ensuring the candidate becomes a successful resident. The reference is expected to be someone in a position to evaluate the applicant's performance, potential, and qualifications for residency training. All comments, information, and materials will be kept confidential. This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. Residency applicants will be notified of their interview status by January 31.
Training Site Type: Hospital
Owner Affiliate: Federal
Model Type(s): Teaching
Patients Enrolled: 500000 
Tax Status: Nonprofit
Professional Staff: 47
Non-Professional Staff: 49
Number of Medical Centers: 2
Total Beds: 684
Average Daily Census: 579
Site Special Features:   This ASHP-accredited residency program is primarily based at the VA St. Louis Health Care System, John Cochran Division, although training opportunities are available at the Jefferson Barracks Division. A tailored, online, real-time computer system links all hospital departments, provides access to information sources, and retrieves data from other tertiary care centers. The medical center provides comprehensive care for veterans of the St. Louis metropolitan area, eastern Missouri, and southern Illinois. Services include acute care medicine, surgery, associated inpatient subspecialties, and comprehensive general/specialty ambulatory care. The medical center serves as a training site for medical residents and students from both Saint Louis University and Washington University medical schools. The practice site offers opportunities to work with attending physicians and house staff affiliated with St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Washington University School of Medicine.