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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 6, 2023.
PGY2 applicants will be notified of their interview status no later than January 20, 2023.

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:

Dr. Kristina Ward Pharm.D., BCPP

PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Director

VA Northern California health care

Phone: 925-370-4014

Email: kristina.ward@va.gov