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Pharmacy residency program - PGY2 Geriatrics curriculum

Learn more about our pharmacy residency program's geriatrics curriculum.

Program purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Requirements for Certificate of Completion

  • 12 months of residency learning experiences
  • Satisfactory completion of all learning experiences. If a learning experience is not satisfactorily completed, appropriate remedial work must be completed as determined by the preceptor(s) and program director
  • Minimum of 75% of objectives (20 of 27 required ASHP PGY2 Geriatric objectives) must be achieved for the residency (ACHR) before the end of the residency year, with no objectives with a final rating of “needs improvement”
  • Progress for these objectives will be discussed with the resident at each quarterly meeting
  • Timely completion of all evaluations in PharmAcademic
  • Tracking of PGY2 Geriatric Appendix Disease States (documented in PharmAcademic)
  • Participation in recruitment
  • Quarterly submission of Resident Development Plan
  • Save all portfolio items: presentation slides, in-service handouts, etc. into specified folder on S-drive
  • UAMS Teaching Certificate Program (required if no teaching certificate during PGY1, otherwise, elective)

Required learning experiences

  • Orientation – 2 weeks
  • Primary Care (PACT) with emphasis in Geriatrics – 6-8 weeks
  • Geriatric Evaluation Management (GEM) Unit and Physical Rehab – 1 month
    • Typically scheduled after Geriatric Long-term Care learning experience
  • Geriatric Long-term Care – 1 month
  • Geriatric Primary Care (GeriPACT) Clinic (PharmD preceptor) – 1 month
  • Geriatric Primary Care (GeriPACT) Clinic (MD preceptor) – 1 month
    • Typically scheduled during Spring semester and after GeriPACT w/ PharmD preceptor to ensure resident is familiar with the teams and because the RPD and preceptors must determine that the resident is prepared for independent practice before this learning experience
  • Home Based Primary Care – 1 month
  • Memory Clinic and Polypharmacy – 1 semester
  • Presentations – 12 months
  • Recitation – 1 semester
  • Resident Review and Self-Assessment – 12 months
    • Includes MUE project with presentation at MUE Subcommittee
  • Residency Research Project – 12 months
    • Includes Practice-related project, manuscript, and presentation of project results at CAVHS Resident Research Conference
  • Staffing – 12 months

Every effort will be given to providing all required learning experiences. However, in the event that a required learning experience becomes unavailable during the year, an alternative learning experience will be arranged.

Elective learning experiences

Electives may be arranged from well-established pharmaceutical care areas or developed for unconventional areas. Any required learning experience may be selected as an advanced elective learning experience. The selection of elective rotations should be based on the resident's interest area and previous experiences and is also subject to approval by the Residency Program Director.

  • Informatics: 1 month
  • Pain Management: 1 month
  • Palliative Care: 1 month
  • Surgical ICU: 1 month

Example resident schedule

July-August: Orientation, PACT with emphasis in Geriatrics

September: Geriatric Long-term Care

October: GEM unit and Physical Rehab

November: GeriPACT (PharmD preceptor)

December: Admin/Project Month

January: Elective #1

February: GeriPACT (MD preceptor)

March: Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

April: Elective #2

May: Elective #3

June: Elective #4, Close-out, Graduation

Longitudinal or extended learning experiences:

  • Memory Clinic and Polypharmacy (Spring semester)
  • Presentations (12 months)
    • Fall Grand Rounds ~October
    • Spring Grand Rounds ~March
  • Recitation (Fall semester)
  • Resident Review and Self-Assessment (12 months)
  • Residency Research Project (12 months)
  • Staffing (12 months)
Madeline Burke

Madeline Burke Pharm.D., BCGP

Pharmacy Residency PGY2 Geriatrics Program Director

VA Central Arkansas health care



The PGY2 Geriatrics Residency conducted by Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is accredited by ASHP.