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PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center offers a 52-week Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency. Following completion of the program, the resident will have the knowledge and skills to serve as a psychopharmacology expert in inpatient, outpatient, or academic psychiatric settings. Learning in a variety of mental health practice environments and psychiatric patient populations, as well as the opportunity to function as a mid-level provider, prepares the resident to work as a Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner in Psychiatry and obtain Board Certification in Psychiatric Pharmacy.

Residency Program Specifics

  • Duration: 52-weeks
  • Number of Positions: 2
  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Starting Date: July 1 (approximately)
  • Estimated Stipend: $50,679

Basic Requirements

  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited or candidate-status PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) from an ACPE-Accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Licensure may be through any U.S. State Board of Pharmacy
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Application, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and three letters of reference
  • Resident must clear onboarding process through Human Resources which may include background check, physical, drug test, fingerprints, references, required vaccinations, etc. Specific details to be provided to applicants.

Core Learning Experiences (*Longitudinal)

  • Orientation
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Goose Creek Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
  • Pain Management
  • Neurology
  • Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI)
  • Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT)*
  • Hinesville Outpatient Mental Health Clinic*
  • Clozapine Treatment Team*
  • Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM)*
  • Didactics and Leadership*
  • Staffing*
  • Research Project*

Elective Learning Experiences

Required learning experiences may be repeated as an elective to allow the resident to gain further exposure and pursue an area of interest. The elective learning experience durations will be flexible and dependent upon the clinical need and trainee specific goals/interests.

  • Clinical Resource Hub
  • Psychiatry Consult Service
  • Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery Services (ICMHR)


Requirements for Residency Completion

Satisfactory completion of all learning experiences, including required competency areas, projects/assignments, and evaluations.

  • The resident is required to attain a rating of ACHIEVED on all direct patient care goals and objectives and 85% of the remaining required goals and objectives to successfully complete the program.
  • Satisfactory completion of the following projects/assignments are required:
    • Research/quality improvement project, including a presentation at a clinical meeting and a manuscript of publishable quality
    • Four comprehensive clozapine reviews
    • Patient education handout
    • Approved continuing education seminar
    • MUE
    • Drug class review, monograph, treatment guideline/protocol/order set development or review
    • Didactic lecture at MUSC (if available/assigned)
    • Fulfill residency staffing commitment (8-14 hours per month)
    • Facilitate BCPP Reviews
    • Participate in pharmacy department recruitment efforts for residency program
    • The resident will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to determine areas of deficiency. The program will be restructured to meet the needs of the resident, however, failure to demonstrate competence in the required areas will result in unsuccessful completion of the program.
  • Compliance with all institutional and departmental policies and procedures.


  • Four hours vacation and sick leave earned per pay period (every two weeks)
  • Paid administrative leave and financial support for educational meetings
  • Opportunity for free continuing education credits
  • Pharmacist salary for staffing hours (separate from residency stipend)
  • Health and Life insurance available
  • Free parking

Recruitment Information

  • Interviews typically take place during the months of January and February
  • In an effort to promote diversity and lessen the financial burden for candidates, interviews will primarily be virtual, with an option for an on-site tour/meet and greet if desired
  • The RHJ VAMC makes every effort to recruit a diverse residency class that is reflective of all segments of society and provides an environment that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (I-DEA). Our program is dedicated to the idea that increased self-awareness and appreciation for other worldviews and cultures makes pharmacists more effective clinicians, consultants, researchers, educators, and advocates.

Chief of Pharmacy 


Sharon Castle, Acting Assistant Director

Sharon Castle Pharm D., BCPS

Acting, Assistant Director

VA Charleston health care


Program Director


Calleen Lavinghousez PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

VA Charleston health care