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Pharmacy Residency Program

The Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dayton VAMC) in Dayton, Ohio is a comprehensive tertiary health care center, teaching hospital, and research facility. The Dayton VAMC has strong affiliations with Wright State University-Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University-College of Nursing and all Colleges of Pharmacy in Ohio.

Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency Program

The Medical Center operates 161 long term care (LTC) beds, 91 acute care beds and 99 MHRRTP (the DOM) beds for a total of 351 beds. The Medical Center operates community-based outpatient clinics in Ohio: Middletown, Springfield, Lima and Richmond Indiana. 

We will be participating the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. We will also participate in: Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists Residency showcase and the VA Virtual pharmacy residency showcase in the fall. Specific dates to be determined annually.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The PGY-1 Residency in Pharmacy at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been designed with the standards of The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This is a traditional program emphasizing inpatient and ambulatory care.

The required competency areas, goals, and objectives for PGY1 Pharmacy Residencies can be found by copying and pasting the following link: PGY1 Required Competency Areas (

There are three resident positions available.

Purpose Statement: PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

Program Description: The residency program is designed to prepare residents for acute care or ambulatory care positions, adjunct faculty positions, or PGY2 training. The Dayton VAMC is a tertiary care academic facility that provides the capability to involve each resident in patient care, project management and administration exposure.  

Residents will learn to perform self-monitoring and demonstrate leadership through contributing to performance improvement. In addition, residents will be encouraged to develop an approach to the profession that can lead to life-long learning and career satisfaction.

Program Governance: The Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) governs the residency program. It is comprised of all preceptors as well as members of management leadership. The Committee is chaired by the Residency Program Director. The Residency Advisory Committee meet at least quarterly to review and discuss the progress of the resident(s) and program development. Interactive feedback is utilized in preparation of further residency activities. The RAC make modifications to the resident (s) schedule as recommended via feedback.

Appointment Period: 52 weeks, starting end of June or July 1st each year.

Rachel Chandra, PharmD, MPH, FASHP
PGY-1 Program Director
4100 West 3rd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45428

Robert (Tony) Wootton, PharmD
Chief, Pharmacy Services
4100 West 3rd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45428


Application process:

PGY1 positions are matched through PhORCAS. Application materials must be submitted using PhORCAS by January 8. Applications submitted outside the PhORCAS system will not be accepted. The Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency NMS Code is 171713. If selected, a virtual interview is required and is usually scheduled in February.  See links below for application requirements.

We encourage applicants to customize their cover letter to our program. Applicants should expand on why they are interested in our program, career goals and what makes them a strong candidate.

The applicant should have three individuals complete the standardized reference template in PhORCAS. We recommend each applicant select individuals who can comment on their clinical knowledge and/or work in a pharmacy setting.

Requirements for Applicants:

All applicants must be a graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduation Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

The Department of Veterans Affairs adheres to all federal Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA)/Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) oversees all clinical health professions training programs. To participate in training at a VA you will receive a Federal Appointment. However, to be appointed you must be eligible. 

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

Licensure: The resident is required to obtain a pharmacist license as defined by ASHP. Immediate dismissal of the program may result if individuals are not licensed within 120 days into the residency year.  An Ohio licensure is not required but encouraged to allow for non-VA rotations and to maximize learning experiences.

VA residencies requires a licensure in any one of the 50 states. Licensure to participate in the learning experience (Critical Care) at Kettering Medical Center will require Pharmacy licensure in Ohio. If the resident plans to complete a rotation at KMC, this will be mapped in the second 6 months of the residency year.

Application deadline: January 8

To allow for diversity and inclusivity to all candidates nationally, a virtual interview will be conducted using Microsoft Teams. All applicants will be notified of their interview status by January 31st.

For additional information, address all correspondence to:

Rachel Chandra, PharmD, MPH, FASHP
PGY-1 Program Director
4100 West 3rd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45428

Residents Benefits

The resident in our program is considered a federal full-time employee with a salary and benefit package. Salary is paid by the VA Office of Academic affiliations and rates may increase depending on the current year allocation rate. In addition, residents accrue annual/sick leave and other benefits,

Salary (stipend)
Stipend is ~ $48,500 for PGY-1 Residents

Health benefits
Information about federal employment benefits can be accessed at

Benefits include:

  • Government health care medical plan.
  • Option for dental and life insurance.
  • Basic Life Support/Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support 
  • Resident is not vested and does not have a 401K matching fund benefit during their first year of employment.

There are 11 paid Federal holidays during the year.

Annual leave
Four hours per pay period (13 days per year). Must be accrued prior to using.

Sick leave
Four hours per pay period (13 days per year). Must be accrued prior to using.

Maximum time away from the residency program
37 days per 52 week training

Travel stipends
Funding for travel is reassessed annually and is not guaranteed.