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Minneapolis VA Health Care System

 

Pharmacy Student and Residency Programs

At the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS), over 100 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 student application forms and requirements are located on the Registration and Applications page.

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 VA Community Clinics such as Rice Lake & Hayward. 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
  - 4 positions: Pharmacy Practice
  - 1 position: Pharmacy Practice – Mental Health

PGY2 - Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency
  - 1 position: Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice

PGY2 - Geriatric Pharmacy Residency (ASHP-Candidate status)
  - 1 position: Geriatric Pharmacy Practice

PGY2 - Pain Management/Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency (ASHP-Pre-candidate status)
  - 1 position: Pain Management/Palliative Care Pharmacy Practice

PGY1/PGY2 Residency Application Procedure

  • 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 or the PGY-1 residency with a focus in mental health or both. If interested in two 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: What has been your biggest disappointment and how have you overcome this?  How will this experience help you in a 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).
  • Letters of reference: We require applicants to submit 3 references. References should be submitted through the PHORCAS Standardized Reference form. We prefer references submit “free text” comments formatted similar to a traditional Letter of Recommendation in this PhORCAS form.
  • Submit the required application materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) on or before January 5 each year. The PhORCAS website is available at http://www.ashp.org/phorcas or https://portal.phorcas.org/.


Contact Information:

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Programs
Tess Kemp, PharmD BPACP, BCPP, BCGP
Residency Program Director
Education Program Manager
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 467-5423
Fax: (612) 727-5654
Email: Tessa.Kemp@va.gov

PGY2 Psychiatric Residency Program
Kara Wong, PharmD, BCPP
Residency Program Director
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 467-3884
Fax: (612) 727-5654
Email: Kara.Wong3@va.gov

PGY2 Geriatric Residency Program
Melissa Atwood, Pharm D. BCPS, CDE, BCACP
Residency Program Director
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
612-467-3546
Fax: (612) 727-5654
Email: Melissa.Atwood@va.gov

PGY2 Pain Management/Palliative Care
Vinh Dao, Pharm D., BCPS
Residency Program Director
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
612-467-5535
Fax: (612) 727-5654
Email: Vinh.Dao@va.gov

Internship Program
Lisa Shivnarine
Evening Pharmacy Supervisor
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 467-3115
Fax: (612) 727-5654
Email: Lisa.Shivnarine@va.gov

IPPE/APPE Student Educational Program
Lindsey Pritchard, PharmD, BCACP CDE
Associate Chief of Pharmacy, Quality Assurance and Education
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Fax: (612) 727-5654
Email: Lindsey.Pritchard@va.gov

Contact

PGY1 Residency Programs, Tess Kemp,
Residency Program Director
612-467-5423
Tessa.Kemp@va.gov

PGY2 Psychiatric Residency Program
Kara Wong, Residency Program Director
612-467-3864
Kara.Wong3@va.gov

Internship Program
Lisa Shivnarine
612-467-3115
Lisa.Shivnarine@va.gov

PGY2 Geriatric Residency Program
Melissa Atwood, Residency Program Director
612-467-3546
Melissa.Atwood@va.gov

PGY2 Pain Management/Palliative Care Program
Vinh Dao, Residency Program Director
612-467-5535
Vinh.Dao@va.gov

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