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PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center 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 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.

Residency Program Specifics

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Starting Date: July 1
  • Estimated Stipend: $44,651

Basic Requirements

  • Completion of an accredited PGY1 Residency
  • Doctor of Phamacy Degree (Pharm.D.) 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
  • On-site interview

Core Learning Experiences (*Longitudinal)

  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Outpatient Mental Health Clinic/ Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team*
  • Pain Management
  • Neurology
  • Clozapine Treatment Team*
  • Pharmacy Benefits Management*
  • Mental Health Didactics*
  • Research*

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. Unless longitudinal, the electives will be offered after completion of the required rotations.

  • Academic Detailing
  • Geriatric & Extended Care
  • Psychiatry Consult Service
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Smoking Cessation Clinic
  • Emergency Department
  • Internal Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care

Requirements for Residency Completion

  • Satisfactory completion of all learning experiences and associated assignments/presentations/evaluations
  • Completion of a research project, including a formal presentation at a clinical meeting and a manuscript of publishable quality
  • Compliance with all institution and department policies


  • Four hours vacation and sick leave earned per pay period (every two weeks)
  • Paid administrative leave for educational meetings
  • Opportunity for continuing education credits
  • Pharmacist salary for staffing hours (separate from residency stipend)
  • All federal holidays off (10 total)
  • Health and Life insurance available
  • Free parking

Chief of Pharmacy 


Sharon Castle, Acting Assistant Director

Sharon Castle Pharm D., BCPS

Acting, Assistant Director

VA Charleston health care

Phone: 843-789-6190

Program Director


Kirby Rhodes Pharm.D., BCPP

Clinical Pharmacist

VA Charleston health care

Phone: 843-789-7834