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Minneapolis VA Health Care System


Pharmacy Student and Residency Programs

At the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS), more than 85 pharmacists play a vital role in the delivery of patient care; working closely with physicians, nurses and other health care team members to ensure America's Veterans receive the finest care.

Pharmacy students (pre-licensure):

  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) for 2nd/3rd year pharmacy students
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) for 4th year pharmacy students
  • Paid Internships for post-2nd year pharmacy students

Student rotations are in the areas of acute care, ambulatory care, geriatrics, pharmacoeconomics and institutional pharmacy practice. Students work with licensed preceptor pharmacists in the areas of drug monitoring and optimization, interprofessional team development, patient counseling, formulary management, and drug product preparation. Rotations are full-time and range from 5 to 10 weeks.

Pharmacy Residency Program (post-graduate training):

Minneapolis VA Health Care System is a teaching facility which operates approximately 273 acute care beds as well as 104 long term care beds through the Community Living Center. In addition to offering primary, extended, and specialty care, Minneapolis operates community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) such as Rice Lake & Hayward CBOC. Pharmacy Service at Minneapolis is affiliated with University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, and Creighton University Colleges of Pharmacy. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is institutionally affiliated with University of Minnesota, School of Medicine.

By combining advanced technology with comprehensive clinical services, the Minneapolis Pharmacy Department continuously seeks new ways of improving patient care. Clinical services are provided in the following areas: Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Geriatrics (Long Term Care/Home Based Primary Care), Anticoagulation, Renal, Ambulatory Care General Medicine, Endocrinology, Pain Management, Spinal Cord, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women’s Health, Psychiatry and Drug Information. Examples of clinical services include pharmacokinetic monitoring, drug utilization evaluations, chronic disease state management, and overall monitoring to provide optimal pharmaceutical care.

Minneapolis Pharmacy Practice Residency was established in 1963 and is ASHP accredited. This program incorporates core pharmacy practice components while allowing for customization to the resident’s areas of interest. The resident will be working with pharmacists both within the outpatient and inpatient pharmacies as well as in clinics and on the hospital floors. By combining direct clinical services with staffing responsibilities, the resident will develop an understanding of the medication use system.

This residency program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive, well-rounded experience that will build a solid foundation for the future. Please see brochures for more information about our various PGY1 and PGY2 positions.

PGY1 - Pharmacy Practice Residency (5 Positions)
  - 3 positions: Pharmacy Practice
  - 1 position: Rural Health/Ambulatory Care
  - 1 position: Pharmacy Practice – Mental Health Track

PGY2 - Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency (1 Position)
  - 1 position: Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice (ASHP Accreditation Candidate Status)

PGY1/PGY2 Residency Application Procedure

  1. Participation in PHORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application) plus required supplemental materials as follows:
    a. Letter of Intent: For PGY-1 residency positions, please specify which residency you would like to apply for; the PGY-1 general residency based at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, the PGY-1 residency with a focus in mental health or the PGY-1 Rural Health Care residency based at the Rice Lake, WI clinic (or all). If interested in two or more positions, please submit a separate application for each program.
    b. Essay (PGY-1 Programs only): In 500 total words or less please describe the following: Describe the situation you learned most from in pharmacy school and how it helped you prepare for residency. (Examples: a class, a subject, a patient, a situation, a paper, an organization, a trip, a meeting or a project). In addition describe how this residency program will help you achieve your future career goals.
    c. Example of Written Work (PGY-2 Program only): Additional required supplemental material includes one (1) example of written work from PGY1 residency. Examples of written work may include a drug information response or a completed pharmacy consult (with patient identifiers removed).
  2. Letters of reference: We require 3 letters of recommendation. In addition to the PHORCAS Standardized Reference form, we request references submit submit their standard letters via email to the corresponding Residency Program Director or input the letter in the PHORCAS Standardized Reference form TEXT BOX. Letters will be uploaded into the applicant’s file in the program’s selection portal.
  3. Submit the required application materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) on or before the 1st Monday of January. The PhORCAS website is available at or

Contact Information:

PGY1 Residency Programs
IPPE/APPE Student Educational Program
Jennifer A. Bolduc PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director
Education Program Manager
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 467-3119
Fax: (612) 727-5654

PGY2 Psychiatric Residency Program
Kara Wong PharmD, BCPP
Residency Program Coordinator
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 467-3884
Fax: (612) 727-5654

Internship Program
Lucy Notermann
Evening Pharmacy Supervisor
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 467-3115
Fax: (612) 727-5654


PGY1 Residency Programs
Jennifer A. Bolduc, Education Program Manager

PGY2 Psychiatric Residency Program
Kara Wong, Residency Program Coordinator

Internship Program
Lucy Notermann

Applicant Info

ASHP Resident Matching Program

• Applicant Registration
• Information for Applicants
• Minneapolis ASHP Match Information
• Rice Lake ASHP Match Information

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