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Pharmacy Residency Program

The VA Illiana Health Care System Pharmacy Practice Residency Program information.

The VA Illiana Heath Care System Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is a 12-Month Program

NMS Code: 212713

Program Description

  • Number of positions: 2
  • Application Deadline: Received by January 3, 2022
  • Starting Date: July 1st
  • Estimated Stipend: $41,533
  • Interview Required: Yes
  • Benefits: Affordable Health, Dental, and Liability Insurance, 11 Holidays, 13 days of annual leave and 13 sick days and travel assistance

Purpose

Our ASHP-Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is a structured and advanced education and training experience that provides the foundational skills required to become competent and confident clinical practitioners, as well as future leaders in pharmacy practice. This program builds on PharmD education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for PGY2 pharmacy residency training.

VA Illiana Pharmacy Department

VA Illiana Pharmacy Department Pharmacy Service includes the inpatient and outpatient pharmacies in Danville and an outpatient pharmacy at the Peoria CBOC. In addition to these pharmacy locations, Clinical Pharmacy Specialists (CPSs) work on-site at all VA Illiana facilities, except the Mattoon CBOC. Within the Pharmacy Service, approximately 60 employees work to provide exceptional care to our Veterans. Outpatient Pharmacy processes about 30,000 prescriptions per month and Inpatient Pharmacy provides care to approximately 150 beds that consist of acute care, long term care, rehabilitation, and mental health. In addition to traditional dispensing services provided in the inpatient and outpatient pharmacies, multiple other pharmacy services are provided throughout the health care system. Inpatient clinical pharmacists perform pharmacokinetic dosing, round with medicine teams, conduct chart reviews, and provide bedside medication education.

VA Illiana Clinical Pharmacy Services

CPSs practice at the top of their pharmacy licenses with prescriptive authority under a scope of practice. Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) CPSs manage Veterans in primary care, with respect to diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, tobacco cessation, and erythropoietin stimulating agents. Anticoagulation CPSs manage patients on warfarin, direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), and parenteral anticoagulants. Some outpatient clinical services are provided through the telehealth program, including a Telewarfarin Clinic. Mental Health CPSs provide pharmaceutical care across the entire spectrum of the Mental Health Service., including outpatient psychiatric clinics, substance use disorder, and acute psychiatric care. Other areas involving CPS include Pain Management, Home Based Primary care (HBPC), and Long Term Care. Many of our CPSs have obtained board certifications, and most are residency trained.

Pharmacy Preceptors at the VA Illiana health care system

Associate Chief of Clinical Pharmacy - Residency Program Director

Kristina S. Gill, Pharm.D.

Dr. Gill is a graduate of Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy (War Eagle!). She completed her PGY1 residency at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida and her PGY2 in cardiology at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Gill serves as the Associate Chief of Clinical Pharmacy at VA Illiana and is the primary preceptor for the internal medicine rotation and longitudinal staffing. She is a huge Auburn football fan and loves dogs. She secretly aspires to open her own rescue in the distant future.

Residency Program Coordinator

Jordan Meyer, Pharm.D.

Dr. Meyer is a 2011 graduate from Drake University. She did a PGY1 in Acute Care and PGY2 in Pediatrics at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  She worked in pediatrics for 5 years and then transitioned into her ambulatory care role at the VA Illiana in 2015.  She started at the Peoria CBOC and now is the ambulatory care pharmacist at the Bloomington CBOC and also serves as the PGY1 residency program director. She enjoys traveling and “being on the go” with her husband and 2 kids.

Academic Detailing

Elizabeth Dinges, PharmD

Dr. Dinges is one of the academic detailers within VISN12 with her clinic duties being at the Springfield CBOC in ambulatory care. She completed pharmacy school at the University of Iowa and did her PGY1 at the Southern Arizona Healthcare System in Tucson and PGY2 at the VA San Diego Health Care System. Her hobbies include keeping her 3 young children alive and healthy!

Anticoagulation

Britney Anderson, PharmD

Dr. Anderson is one of the Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacists and has been with VA Illiana since 2012. Prior to that, she completed her PGY1 residency at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-School of Pharmacy. When she is not working, she and her husband enjoy being outdoors with their 5 year old son, 2 year old daughter, 5 month old baby boy and their golden retriever. A fun fact about her is that she was able to ride along on a Med Flight helicopter during her residency.

Dawn Bolton, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Bolton is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University in 2005.  She practiced as an inpatient clinical pharmacist and also as an outpatient anticoagulation pharmacist at a private sector hospital in Joliet, IL for over 14 years prior to joining VA Illiana in 2020.  She is currently a clinical pharmacy specialist in anticoagulation and is a preceptor for PGY-1 pharmacy residents for the anticoagulation rotation.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, playing tennis, baking, and gardening.

Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

Marcus Lockhart, PharmD

Dr. Lockhart graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.  He then went on to complete his PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Butner Federal Medical Center prison hospital and his PGY-2 in Pharmacotherapy at Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Lockhart currently is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Home Based Primary Care Program and also oversees patients in the palliative care ward. His interests outside of pharmacy include personal finance, semi-competitive running, American history, and international food.

Dallas Banning, PharmD

Dallas Banning is a 2020 graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency here at VA Illiana Health Care System in 2021. Dallas is now a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Home Based Primary Care/Geriatric Clinic. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, and adventuring with her dog.

Internal Medicine

Kristina Gill, PharmD

Dr. Gill is a graduate of Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy (War Eagle!). She completed her PGY1 residency at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida and her PGY2 in cardiology at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Gill serves as the inpatient pharmacy supervisor at VA Illiana and is the primary preceptor for the internal medicine rotation and longitudinal staffing. She is a huge Auburn football fan and loves dogs. She secretly aspires to open her own rescue in the distant future.

Long Term Care

Cameron Norton, PharmD

Dr. Norton graduated from Butler University in 1999.  She worked the majority of the years following graduation in a high-volume community setting and managed in the retail setting for several years before transitioning to the inpatient setting in 2015.  She joined VA Illiana in May of that year as an inpatient clinical pharmacist.  In April 2020, she assumed her current role as Long Term Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist.

Medication Safety/Antimicrobial Stewardship

Alexandra (Allie) Dothager, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Allie Dothager is the medication safety program manager and antimicrobial stewardship clinical pharmacy specialist at VA Illiana Healthcare System. She graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy (now University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis) in 2019, completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the Orlando VA Healthcare System in Orlando, Florida in 2020, and earned her BCPS in 2021. Allie enjoys hiking with her border collie mix Lola, trying out local restaurants with her husband, and spending time reading historical fiction novels and knitting blankets. Allie’s fun fact is that she participated in musical theater, choir, and concert band from elementary school through college!

Mental Health/SUD

Kylie Gones, PharmD, BCPP

Dr. Gones is the Inpatient Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist for the acute psychiatric unit and psychosocial residential rehabilitation treatment program (PRRTP) at VA Illiana. She  earned her PharmD degree at Butler University in Indianapolis IN and completed my PGY-1 Residency at VA Illiana Health Care System here in Danville, Illinois and has been working at this facility ever since. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and doing anything outdoors!

Andrew Wakefield, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Andrew N. Wakefield grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University in 2019 and went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, TX and a PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency though Eskenazi Health and Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN. He started at VA Illiana Health Care System in October 2021 as an outpatient clinical pharmacy specialist in mental health and substance use disorders. In his free time, Dr. Wakefield enjoys hiking, playing tennis, reading, writing, spending too much time on TikTok, and spending time with his wife, mini golden doodle, friends, and family.

Megan Johnson-Bacon, PharmD

Dr. Megan Johnson-Bacon is originally from Minnesota and received her PharmD degree from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.  She completed her first year of residency training at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System and her second year of specialty mental health training at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System.  Her current position is as a psychiatric pharmacist provider in outpatient mental health at VA Illiana Healthcare System.   Dr. Johnson-Bacon enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and hiking/spending time outdoors with her miniature Australian Shepherd.

Pain Management

Annie Tam, PharmD

Dr. Tam grew up in Dayton, OH. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University in 2020 and completed a PGY1 residency at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Dr. Tam is the facility Pain Management, Opioid Safety, and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMOP) Coordinator and the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist supervisor. In her free time, she enjoys music, gardening, hiking, and attempting to cook.

Darcy Holzum, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Dr. Holzum grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 at the VA St. Louis Health Care System in the acute care track and then headed south to complete a PGY2 in psychiatry at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (Roll Tide!). Darcy is board certified in psychiatry and pharmacotherapy. She currently practices in outpatient pain management, taking consults for headaches, low back pain, musculoskeletal pain, neuropathy, and traumatic brain injuries. She also works with patients on opioid tapers and transitioning to a buprenorphine product. After living in Tuscaloosa for a year, Darcy has become a huge Alabama football fan and is also a big St. Louis Blues hockey fan. In her free time, she loves to go ice skating, go hiking, and try new restaurants.

Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT)

Andrew Scaefer, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Schaefer is one of the ambulatory care pharmacists at the Danville main campus. He attended pharmacy school at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy. He has been at Danville the longest out of all the preceptors, starting his career here in 1998! For fun, he enjoys manual labor, listening/watching comedy, spending time just about anywhere outdoors and would play about any sport (including curling, seriously!).  He drives the speed limit but thinks he would enjoy racing about any vehicle if given the opportunity.

Rachel Badovick, PharmD, MBA, BCACP

Dr. Badovick is a graduate of the University of Toledo. She completed both her PGY1 and PGY2 in ambulatory care at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. She currently serves as the ambulatory care clinical pharmacy practitioner at the Danville main facility and is also a member of the residency advisory committee. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and playing with her adorable cat Zoey.

Todd Smith, PharmD

Dr. Smith is a 2020 graduate from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science College of Pharmacy. Prior to pharmacy school, he earned his Bachelor of Science in molecular biology at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Dr. Smith completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency at VA Illiana Health Care System in 2021. Dr. Smith currently serves as a clinical pharmacy practitioner in ambulatory care at the Springfield CBOC. Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys travelling and spending time with family.

Ashley Thais, PharmD, CDCES

Dr. Thais is a graduate of Purdue University and completed her residency at the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. Her current practice setting is within ambulatory care and she also serves as the preceptor for the core ambulatory care rotation as well as the longitudinal rotation. In her time off, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and four children.

Paige Meade, PharmD

Dr. Meade graduated from Creighton School of Pharmacy & Health Profession with her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2018. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the VA Illiana Healthcare System in 2019. Dr. Meade first took a position as a Danville PACT clinical pharmacist following completion of her residency program, and she now specializes as a PACT rural health clinical pharmacist across all CBOCs (community based outpatient clinics). Outside of the pharmacy profession, Dr. Meade enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She also enjoys refurbishing furniture, true crime podcasts, and traveling.

Holly Bourgeois, PharmD

Dr. Bourgeois is the ambulatory care pharmacist at the Peoria CBOC. She completed pharmacy school at University of North Carolina and completed PGY1 at Oregon State University. Her hobbies include hiking and spending time outdoors.

Latoiya Purifoy, PharmD

Dr. Purifoy is a graduate of University of Illinois Chicago Pharmacy School.  She currently works at the VA Illiana Health Care System in the Peoria CBOC as a clinical pharmacist where she manages patients with diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia amongst other disease states.  When not at work, she enjoys baking and cooking for her family of six.

Elizabeth Dinges, PharmD (see profile above)

Jordan Meyer, PharmD (see profile above)

Staffing

Kristina Gill, PharmD (see profile above)

VA Illiana Health Care System follows the rules of the Residency Matching Program, therefore, all applicants must be registered with the ASHP Residency Matching Program. The NMS Code is 212713.

Pharmacy Residency Application Process

VA Illiana Health Care System VAMC follows the rules of the Residency Matching Program, therefore, all applicants must be registered with the ASHP Residency Matching Program. The Program Code is 212713. To apply for the VA Illiana Health Care System Pharmacy Practice Residency, please submit your application package containing a curriculum vitae (CV), letter of intent, official copy of your pharmacy school transcript, and three letters of recommendation to the Residency Program Director. If any of the above materials are not received by the application deadline, the applicant will not be considered for an interview. The application deadline is January 3, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

The degree program must have been approved by The American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of the Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

  • Participation in the ASHP matching program
  • Participation PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service)
  • Eligibility for pharmacy licensure in any state of the United States
  • Resident must obtain Pharmacist License and Authorization to Administer Injectables before August 1st.

Application Package submitted via PhORCAS

  • Pharm.D. Degree
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official copy of academic transcripts from pharmacy school
  • Eligible for licensure
  • Onsite interview

Deadlines

All application paperwork must be received by January 3, 2022.

U.S. Citizenship

It is a federal requirement that all employees of the VA must be a US citizen either by birth or naturalization.

Supplemental Application Forms

Found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/
▪ Application for Health Professions Trainees (VA Form 10-2850D)
▪ OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment

Contact Information

Kristina Gill, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Residency Program Director 
Phone: 217-554-4891
Kristina.Gill@va.gov

Jordan Meyer, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Residency Program Coordinator
800-320-8387 Ext. 47846
Jordan.Meyer@va.gov

Pharmacy Residency Curriculum at the VA Illiana Health Care System.

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Anticoagulation
  • Pain Management
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Internal Medicine/Acute Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Medication Safety/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Mental Health – Inpatient
  • Mental Health – Outpatient
  • Pharmacy Leadership
  • Primary Care

Required Rotations

  • Internal Medicine/Acute Care
  • Anticoagulation
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Medication Safety/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Mental Health Inpatient
  • Mental Health Outpatient
  • Pharmacy Leadership
  • Primary Care

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Pharmacy Leadership
  • Quality Improvement Project

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Advanced Ambulatory Care
  • Drug Literature
  • Internal Medicine
  • Palliative Care
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Evidence-Based Medicine