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Internships and fellowships

Choosing an internship, residency, or fellowship program is a big decision. VA Charleston Healthcare System offers training programs for university and postgraduate students. Let us help you develop your career as a health care professional while you serve today’s Veterans.

Information for students and residents

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a 1A 5-star facility. Our mission is to honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Our vision focuses on being a patient-centered, integrated health-care organization by providing excellent health care, research, and education to its recipients.

For information on the requirements of our education programs, please visit our resident and student information page.

Residency programs
 

Our Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency (PBNR) Program is 1 of 16 federally funded nurse residency programs in the US. We offer a 1-year comprehensive nurse residency program that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). During our program, we provide opportunities to immerse the new graduate nurse into the role of a professional competent nurse utilizing a 4-phase clinical rotation. The goal of the PBNR program is to recruit new graduate nurses seeking lifelong learning and the pursuit of nursing leadership while providing excellent and compassionate care to our nation’s heroes our Veterans.

Learn more about the Post Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is part of the VA Nursing Academic Partnership program (VANAP), a partnership with the Medical University College of Nursing (MUSC CON). This residency is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners in Veteran-Centric continuum of care services and evidence based practice for Veterans in urban, rural and remote settings in the area of Psychiatric-mental health.

Learn more about the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Residency Program.

The Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) offers a 12-month, PGY1 pharmacy residency. The goal of the residency is to develop the resident's skills and competency in providing patient-centered care as part of multi-disciplinary teams. We develop pharmacist clinicians for patient care positions, adjunct faculty or faculty positions, or PGY2 training. Education and training will involve patients in the ambulatory care and acute care settings. Research and continuing educational activities are encouraged and are made available to the resident.

Learn more about the PGY1 Pharmacy residency.

The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC offers a 12-month, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy residency designed to develop the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to practice in a wide array of adult ambulatory care settings. The goal of this residency is to provide experiential training in ambulatory care pharmacy practice in order to prepare pharmacists to become independent clinical practitioners of direct patient care with the skills necessary for attainment of a clinical pharmacy position and knowledge to obtain board certification as an ambulatory care pharmacist. Research and continuing educational activities are encouraged and are made available to the resident.

Learn more about the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency.

The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC offers a 12-month Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership PGY2 residency. The goal of the residency is to develop the resident's skills necessary to conceptualize, implement, and evaluate pharmacy services. Education and training will involve practice sites in the Inpatient, Outpatient, and Decentralized Ambulatory Care Services. Research and continuing educational activities are encouraged and are made available to the resident.

Learn more about the PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency.

The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC offers a 12-month PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency. The goal of the residency is to provide training in a variety of mental health practice environments and psychiatric patient populations in order to develop a clinical pharmacist able to serve as a board-certified psychopharmacology expert for the Veteran population. Research, leadership, and continuing education activities are available and encouraged.

Learn more about the PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency.

The VHA Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP), is designed to provide focused training and developmental experiences, that directly contribute to the talent management framework designed to ensure a viable foundation for potential VHA leaders. 

This program provides a one year training opportunity in a VAMC Director's office, and prepares candidates for management positions within VA organizations. The GHATP is administratively supported and managed by the VHA Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute (HLTI) Program Office​, and Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Workforce Services.  The purpose of this support, consistent with our mission, is to "…work with VISN and medical center staff to institute a talent management framework at all levels in VHA."   
 

  • Preceptor open application season is annually from August 1st to October 15th.
  • GHATP trainee recruitment season is from November to June.
  • Participating medical centers vary yearly, and are subject to change during the recruitment season.
  • Medical Centers determine the time and duration of recruitment efforts specific to their location.
  • Host sites are responsible for the recruitment and selection of trainees.
  • The HLTI office provides GS9-Step1 salary dollars for the trainee for 1-year.
  • Recruitment opportunities are posted as Job Opportunity Announcements (JOAs) on USAjobs.gov.
  • Inquiries specific to JOAs are to be addressed to the contact listed on the "How to Apply" tab of the announcement.
  • Selected candidates are onboarded and on station NLT the 1st Monday of PP13
    ~No exceptions-No extensions!
  • The GHATP training year runs from June to June.
  • All trainees must be completely on board, ready to work and ready to attend the Training Event 1 - Expectations & Objectives Orientation the last week of July.

Fellowships
 

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina, offers two one-year clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowships with a focus in couples and family psychology. Our post-doctoral fellows will gain expertise in treating families and couples experiencing a wide range of relationship issues, including relationship distress, family dysfunction, and child behavioral problems.

Learn more about the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Couples and Family Psychology.

The MIRECC Psychology Fellowship Program at the Charleston VAMC supports the professional development of research-focused psychologists to become clinical researchers in the innovative approaches to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its comorbidities.

Learn more about the MIRECC Psychology Fellowship Program.

 

The VAQS Fellowship recruits and trains future clinical leaders, researchers, and innovators specially equipped to improve access to healthcare and to promote equity in health services and outcomes for all Veterans, focusing on quality improvement and implementation science.

Learn more about the VA Quality Scholars Fellowship (VAQS).

The Charleston HSR Fellowship prepares future health services researchers and innovators specially equipped for operations-partnered research and evaluation to improve access to and equity in healthcare for all Veterans.

Learn more about the VA HSR Fellowship (VA HSR).

Internships

Charleston Consortium Internship Program

The Charleston Consortium’s mission is to provide interns with training that will enhance their expertise in research, clinical assessment and treatment, integration of science and practice, and understanding cultural and individual differences in our increasingly diverse society.

The Charleston Consortium’s mission is to provide interns with training that will enhance their expertise in research, clinical assessment and treatment, integration of science and practice, and understanding cultural and individual differences in our increasingly diverse society.

Learn more about the Charleston Consortium Internship Program.