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Pharmacy Residency Program

The Columbia VA HCS Pharmacy Residency Program offers a wide variety of options for potential residency candidates.

As the referral center for surrounding facilities in our region, our facility provides the resident with exposure to a wide variety of patients. Our graduates currently serve in various clinical roles including faculty positions at Colleges of Pharmacy, Clinical Coordinators, and clinical positions at various facilities. We appreciate the opportunity to show you all that our residency can offer you.


Contact Information

Eric Sanderson

Eric Sanderson PharmD

Residency Coordinator/PGY1 Residency Program Director

VA Columbia South Carolina health care

Phone: 803-776-4000, ext. 57041


MaryAnne Maurer

MaryAnne Maurer PharmD, BCACP, BCPS

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Program Director

VA Columbia South Carolina health care

Phone: 803-776-4000, ext. 54988


About the Pharmacy Residency Program

Duration/Type: 12 months/Residency
Number of Positions: Five (three PGY1, two PGY2 Ambulatory Care)
Application Deadline: December 28
Starting Date: July 1
Estimated Stipend: $41,000 to $45,000 (depending on PGY1 or PGY2 status)
Special Requirements for Acceptance: U.S. citizenship, Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited program


The Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC, is a 200-bed teaching hospital, which provides comprehensive health care to more than 84,000 Veterans and more than 1 million outpatient visits per year. In addition to acute Medicine, Surgery, and Psychiatry units, four long-term care units and one hospice unit are operated within the main hospital, which also provides cardiac services, oncology services, psychiatric services, substance abuse treatment, and many types of surgery. In addition to the main hospital, there are seven outpatient clinics throughout the state associated with the Columbia VA Health Care System. The VA medical center is affiliated with the University of South Carolina (UofSC) School of Medicine, which shares its campus with the hospital and the Pharmacy Service has affiliations with Colleges of Pharmacy at UofSC, South University, and Presbyterian College.

Residency Special Features

The PGY1 residency is a 12-month program based at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC that offers comprehensive training with a goal of producing well-rounded clinical pharmacists who, when successfully completed, are well prepared to enter the role of a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist or pursue specialized PGY2 training. The program's required rotations are well-balanced between inpatient and outpatient settings, but residents can customize their year with the multitude of available elective rotations. The focus of the residency is on pharmacotherapy management in pharmacy-run clinics and services and residents will also receive training in practice management and pharmacy leadership, pharmacy operations, medication safety reporting, research, and participation in multidisciplinary committees such as Pharmacy Benefits Management. Research projects will be presented formally and as a poster at local, regional, and/or national conferences. PGY1 residents are also required to complete the Clinical Teaching Certificate program offered by the UofSC College of Pharmacy.

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care program is a 12-month program based at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC, that specializes in the VA patient population. Practice components include pharmacy-run clinics, clinical interventions, formulary management, drug-use policy development, research, adverse-drug-reaction reporting, medication error reporting, drug-use evaluation, and participation in PBM and other multidisciplinary committees. Residents will complete a research/process improvement project focused in ambulatory care and will have the opportunity to participate in the Clinical Teaching Certificate program offered by the UofSC College of Pharmacy.

All programs participate in PhORCAS for applications and the National Match.


Health insurance, free lab coats and scrubs, 2 weeks of sick leave, 2 weeks of annual leave (vacation), 11 holidays, free on-site parking, and funding for travel and tuition to a national and a regional conference.

Application Information

Deadline for application submission is second business day after Christmas; Candidates will be notified of interview status no later than January 20.

Match Information


All residents must be United States citizens and have graduated from an American Council on Pharmaceutical Education accredited college or school of pharmacy. All residents are required to be licensed or be eligible for licensure. License must be obtained no later than 90 days after the start of the residency for PGY1 residents. Candidates for the Specialty Residencies should have completed a Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) Residency.

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. Appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical exam, including negative drug test. Applicants must meet requirements for federal employment.

Application for PGY1 Program:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • Academic Transcript from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy program
  • Three letters of Recommendation

Application for PGY2 Programs:

Please contact the Residency Program Director for complete application information for PGY2 Programs. Required materials include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • Academic Transcript from an ACPE accredited pharmacy program
  • Three letters of Recommendation
  • Proof of Pharmacist licensure
  • Letter from PGY1 Residency Program Director confirming candidate on track for PGY1 Residency completion