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Pharmacy Residency Program

The CAVHS Pharmacy Residency Program offers a well-rounded curriculum with experiences in both acute care and ambulatory care settings. As the referral center for VA Medical Centers in our region, CAVHS provides the opportunity to care for a variety of patients.

Pharmacy residency students

2021-2022 PGY1 Pharmacy Residents:  Candra Hubbard, PharmD; Jennifer Tran, PharmD; Caroline Culley, PharmD; Whitney Blasen, PharmD; Krystin Howard, PharmD; Rebecca Wahrmund, PharmD.

Pharmacy residency students

2021-2022 PGY2 Pharmacy Residents:  Anu Nicole Asonganyi, PharmD, Ambulatory Care; Dzifa Avalime, PharmD, Geriatrics; Anne Cetto, PharmD, Pain Management/Palliative Care; Neil Shah, PharmD, Pain Management/Palliative Care.

Pharmacy Service at CAVHS is progressive and growing.  We employ more than 100 pharmacists in operations and clinical areas.  Clinical Pharmacists are an integral part of the treatment teams, serving medicine, critical care, surgical, geriatric cardiology, emergency department, and infectious disease teams.  They also practice in various outpatient clinics including primary care, geriatrics, home-base primary care, psychiatry, integrated medicine, and hepatitis C.  Clinical pharmacy services are in high demand at this federal facility, giving us ample opportunity to develop innovative and advanced patient care practices in collaboration with the medical staff.

CAVHS has an academic affiliation and physical connection with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, home to the UAMS College of Pharmacy.  Pharmacy Residents in the CAVHS program complete a Teaching Certificate Program and a Research Certificate Program offered by the UAMS College of Pharmacy.  Our residents are also appointed as adjunct faculty and facilitate the Therapeutics Recitation course for 2nd and 3rd year Pharmacy students.  Additional lecture opportunities are also offered for those wishing to explore academia.

Application Deadline: January 3


All residents must be United States citizens and have graduated from an American Council on Pharmaceutical Education accredited college or school of pharmacy.  Applicants must meet requirements for federal employment, including physical exam.  PGY1 residents are required to obtain a pharmacist license from any US state no later than 90 days from the start of the residency.

Candidates for the PGY2 specialty residencies should have completed an ASHP Accredited PGY1 Residency. In addition, PGY2 Residents must hold an active pharmacist license in good standing in 1 of the 50 states of the United States of America or the District of Columbia.  However, note that an Arkansas Pharmacist license may also be required.  See program specific requirements.

Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs health care personnel and trainees.

Application checklist

  • Completed CAVHS residency application form - see below
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcript from an ACPE accredited pharmacy program
  • Letter of intent
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Three references using recommendation form through PhORCAS (PGY2 applicants: one must be from PGY1 RPD)
  • Copy of intern/pharmacist license

Applications will only be accepted through PhORCAS.  Please combine the CAVHS application form, your proof of citizenship, and the copy of your intern/pharmacist license into one PDF document and upload it into PhORCAS as a supplemental document.

Angela Gordon

Angela Gordon Pharm.D., BCPS

Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Program Director

VA Central Arkansas health care

Phone: 501-257-6364


David Dillinger

David Dillinger Pharm.D., BCACP

Pharmacy Residency PGY2 Ambulatory Care Program Director

VA Central Arkansas health care

Phone: 501-257-2374


Madeline Burke

Madeline Burke Pharm.D., BCGP

Pharmacy Residency PGY2 Geriatrics Program Director

VA Central Arkansas health care

Phone: 501-257-3741


Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler Pharm.D., BCGP

Pharmacy Residency PGY2 Palliative Care/Pain Management Program Director

VA Central Arkansas health care

Phone: 501-257-6325


This residency agrees that no person at this residency will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.