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Pharmacy First Year Residency Program

The Postgraduate Year-1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center (VAMC) is an ASHP-accredited program established in 2010.

Battle Creek VAMC Pharmacy PGY-1 Residency Program

The residency program is located at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center (BCVAMC), a teaching hospital that provides primary care, long term care and mental health services to eligible Veterans. Battle Creek is the regional referral center for mental health care across the state of Michigan. The facility consists of 276 total operating beds, including 55 inpatient mental health beds, 11 inpatient medical beds, 109 Community Living Center beds, and 101 Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) beds.

In addition to our main facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, we offer services at four Community Based Outpatient Clinics.  These clinics are located in:

  • Wyoming, Michigan
  • Muskegon, Michigan
  • Lansing, Michigan
  • Benton Harbor, Michigan

PGY-1 Program Overview

The Postgraduate Year-1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center (VAMC) is an ASHP-accredited program established in 2010. While the residency program requires core pharmacy practice components, it also allows for flexibility in order for residents to customize the program toward their interests. The resident will be working with pharmacists within the outpatient and inpatient pharmacies as well as in clinics and within the hospital.  In total, over 20 pharmacist preceptors provide guidance and instruction for the residents.

Two residency positions are available. Each resident will have longitudinal experiences that promote functioning similar to that of the the clinical pharmacist practitioners within our facility. Residents completing a residency at the Battle Creek VAMC will be prepared to become clinical pharmacists who provide exemplary patient care in interdisciplinary teams, capable of leading the profession and working within the framework of a health care system.

Past graduates of the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency have gained employment in several different settings and institutions. Many have continued as clinical pharmacy practitioners within the VA system, while some are now clinical faculty or ambulatory care pharmacists in the private sector. Others continued their training in PGY-2 Psychiatry pharmacy residency programs.

Learning Experiences

Required Rotations

o Anticoagulation

o Dispensing pharmacy

o Education and drug information

o Home-based primary care

o Inpatient Mental Health

o Primary care

o Orientation

o Pharmacy administration

o Pharmacy project


Elective Rotations

o Erythropoietin-Stimulating Agents

o Learning Experience Development

o Longitudinal leadership

o Population Management

o Outpatient mental health clinic

o Women’s Health

o Mental health residential rehabilitation treatment programs

o Women’s Health


Fringe Benefits

o Leave
    - 4 hours annual leave every pay period
    - 4 hours sick leave every pay period

o 11 Federal holidays

o Participation in VA Health Insurance Plan

o Opportunity to earn additional income after-hours


Basic Requirements

o Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) from an ACPE-accredited school or college.

o Licensure from any U.S. State Board of Pharmacy within 120 days. It is preferred if incoming  residents are licensed prior to entering the program.

o U.S. citizenship.

o Registration with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Matching Program  and Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

o Required application documents:

    - Curriculum vitae
    - College transcripts
    - Letter of intent
    - Three letters of recommendation from professional sources
    - Supplemental questions (See Below)

o An interview is required for all applicants.

Application Process

All interested candidates must use PhORCAS to submit an application to the program.

o Number of positions: 2

o Application deadline: January 5th of each year.

Contact Information

For more information about pharmacy residency programs at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, please contact Residency Program Director Dr. Brad Baugh, Pharm.D., BCPS ( or Residency Program Coordinator Dr. Angela Forrester, Pharm.D., BCPS (