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Pharmacy residency program

The Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System offers a 12-month Post Graduate Year Two (PGY2) residency program in psychiatric pharmacy.

Our American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited PGY2 program has one position based in Sacramento, CA. The NMS code for this program is 723466.

About the Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) psychiatric pharmacy residency program

The VA Northern California Health Care System’s psychiatric pharmacy residency program (PGY2) produces highly skilled psychiatric pharmacists able to excel in a psychiatric-focused inpatient or outpatient setting.  The residency includes rotations/experiences in outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse, severely mentally ill, geriatrics, pharmacy benefits management/leadership, and teaching, as well as electives in areas of interest. Completion of the residency positions graduates to assume clinical positions in a variety of settings and to be well prepared to pursue board certification in psychiatric pharmacy.
Residents will precept APPE pharmacy students and Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) pharmacy residents. Other responsibilities include completion of a quality improvement or research project which is presented at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists annual meeting.

The PGY2 application deadline for the 2022-2023 Residency Year is January 7, 2022.​
PGY2 applicants will be notified of their interview status no later than January 21, 2022.​

Required Supplemental Information to be submitted through Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):

  • VA Form 10-2850D
  • Copy of current active pharmacist license

Contact Information for the PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency program:

Christine Johnston Pharm.D., BCPP

PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director

VA Northern California health care

Phone: 916-843-9357

Email: christine.johnston2@va.gov