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Pharmacy residency programs

Pharmacy residency programs


As an accredited American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) program, the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) in Albuquerque, New Mexico offers postgraduate (PGY1 and PGY2) specialized residency in pharmacy practice. The mission of the residency program is to equip pharmacists with the skills necessary to provide the highest quality of care to meet today’s health care challenges within the Veteran community. The resident gains experience in direct patient care, decision making, policy, and program development.

The Pharmacy Residency Program at NMVAHCS is a one-year program

that currently admits four PGY1 residents and two PGY2 residents

(one in psychiatry and one in pain management).


Campus Setting

 The Pharmacy Residency Program is located at The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of the NMVAHCS. This campus opened in 1932, includes a 310-bed care facility, and is a Level 1 tertiary referral center. Today, it is part of a network of 14 locations with health care services and 13 community-based outpatient clinics that serves the needs of Veterans in New Mexico, southern Colorado, and West Texas. This teaching institution is affiliated with the University of New Mexico and the Central New Mexico Community College.



In 1985, NMVAHCS established a Pharmacy Residency — a clinically based, collaborative program designed to meet the needs of our veterans. We are staffed with over 25 qualified preceptors across multiple disciplines who emphasize evidence-based pharmacotherapy practices. The entire department participates in training residents and facilitates a comprehensive level of experience.

Residents are immersed in a variety of patient care settings — inpatient, outpatient, and longitudinal — requiring constant interaction with physicians and other health care professionals. Through our rotations, we encourage our residents to develop areas of interest and expertise in pharmacy practice.

Throughout the year, residents are expected to gain proficiency in managing drug therapy for optimal patient outcomes:

  • Review patient charts, drug interactions, therapeutic duplications, and contraindications
  • Educate patients and other health professionals on drug information
  • Develop strategies to improve medication adherence
  • Perform physical assessments and patient triage
  • Obtain prescriptive authority under sponsoring physician (PGY2)


PGY1 residents are required to complete a medication use evaluation (MUE) and research protocol during the year.  PGY2 residents are required to complete a research protocol and may include an MUE.


Residents are also expected to participate in other learning experiences to supplement their training while at the NMVAHCS, and, at a minimum, include the following activities:

  • Present research results at regional residency conferences and ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Teach health care professionals, patients, and students on pharmacy topics
  • Provide oversight and preceptorship to pharmacy students
  • Approve/deny non-formulary drug consults following patient chart reviews
  • Present recent medical literature and patient cases to pharmacy department
  • Review, design, and/or implement new clinical services, protocols, and workflows


Benefits provided to the resident include a competitive annual stipend, health insurance, annual leave, and sick leave.   Educational leave required to attend meetings and conferences is also included as part of the benefits package.


Questions regarding our residency programs, application process, deadlines, and expectations can be directed to the individuals listed below.

Thank you for your interest in our programs.


PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director: 

Rocsanna Namdar-Yeganeh, PharmD, FCCP

Pharmacy Department (119)

1501 San Pedro Drive SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108

Phone: 505-265-1711 ext. 3128



PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Director:

Wesley D. Campbell, PharmD, PhC, BCPS, BCPP

Pharmacy Department (119)

1501 San Pedro Drive SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108

Phone: 505-262-1711 ext. 6861



PGY2  Pain Management Pharmacy Residency Director:

Keith Thornell, PharmD

1501 San Pedro Drive SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108

Phone: 505-262-1711 ext. 7714



The VA New Mexico Healthcare System is one of the leading health care systems serving Veterans in the VA Desert Pacific Network.




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