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Pharmacy Residency Programs

Pharmacy residencies allow a licensed pharmacist to apply the knowledge and skills learned in school to real patients, situations, and settings. You will also be exposed to different facets of practice and learn about the many and varied career paths available to pharmacists today.

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Residency DEI Statement

The Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System (PVAHCS) Pharmacy Residency program commits to promote resident diversity. We strive to ensure that every resident know that they belong and feels they are appreciated and supported. We believe that recruiting, supporting, and promoting a diverse resident and preceptor workforce improves education and clinical decision-making. We commit to be intentionally inclusive in the culture and curriculum offered to the residents. We believe that a diverse workforce will better serve the needs of our Veteran community.

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PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

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Courtney Speaks PharmD, BCPS, VHA-CM

Associate Chief of Ambulatory Care and Education, Residency Program Director

VA Phoenix health care



Applications must be completed through PhORCAS and are due January 8, 2024.

The following should be included in the application:

Essay (this replaces a formal letter of intent)

Answer ONE of the following in 500 words or less:

  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  • What have you experienced personally or professionally related to learning about backgrounds and ideas that are different from yours? If you haven't had the opportunity for this experience, what would you hope to learn?
  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Curriculum Vitae, which should include:

  • Pertinent education experiences, including brief descriptions of APPEs, clinical activities, and projects/presentations.
  • Work experiences with a description of hours worked during the summer and/or school year.
  • Extra-curricular activities, membership and/or leadership in professional organizations, publications, and research in which you have participated.

Recommendations / References

Three completed PhORCAS References forms

Additional Documents