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Pharmacy Residency Programs

The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center offers both Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) and Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) residencies. Each of the postgraduate programs is 12 months in duration. Our objective is to train residents for patient-centric clinical positions by advancing their knowledge, skills and attributes in pharmaceutical care.

TVAMC Residency Programs At-A-Glance

                TVAMC PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

                ASHP Program Code: 51105

                NMS Match Code: 202113

                Number of Positions: 4

                Application Deadline: 1st Friday of January

                Estimated Stipend: $41,641.00

                Virtual Interview Required: Yes

                Benefits:   Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, 11 Federal Holidays in

                                     addition  to 13 days of annual leave and 13 sick days (accrued)

                RPD: Shelley McIntire, PharmD, BCPS                      Contact info: shelley.mcintire@va.gov

 

                TVAMC PGY2 Psychiatric Residency Program

                ASHP Program Code: 51104

                NMS Match Code: 502466

                Number of Positions: 2

                Application Deadline: 01/14/22

                Estimated Stipend: $44,522.00

                Virtual Interview Required: Yes

                Benefits:   Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, 11 Federal Holidays in

                                     addition to 13 days of annual leave and 13 sick days (accrued)

                RPD: June Griffith, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP                Contact info: june.griffith@va.gov

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Psychiatric Residency Program Information

TVAMC PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

  • This PGY1 residency is a 12-month program designed to develop the resident’s skills and competency in providing patient-centered care as part of an interdisciplinary team with a focus in primary care, mental health, and geriatrics. Our preceptors are considered experts in their areas, having completed residencies and board certifications and/or having many years of experience. We are excited to provide unique learning opportunities with preceptors who are dedicated to advancing the field of pharmacy.
  • The PGY1 residency program was established in 1997 and was accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1999. The residency program was initially sponsored by Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy (MSOP) and the initial accreditation was for a Primary Care Pharmacy Practice. TVAMC subsequently added a Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice residency. In 2006, ASHP required residents to complete a broad spectrum PGY1 residency prior to completion of a specialty residency.  TVAMC converted its positions to a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 in Psychiatry Pharmacy. TVAMC’s residency programs also reestablished a relationship with MSOP by adding an elective teaching certificate program in 2010.  Except for attendance for the elective at MSOP, all other functions of the resident, such as patient care, education, program management and research are performed at TVAMC.
  • ASHP PGY1 Program Purpose: PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (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 postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
  • TVAMC PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Purpose: The goal for the TVAMC PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to build upon the foundation of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists that will be competent and confident practitioners of pharmaceutical care in the areas of primary care, mental health, geriatrics, inpatient/outpatient pharmacy staffing, and pharmacy management. These pharmacists will exercise skill in educating other health care professionals, patients, and the community on drug related topics. Residents will display a commitment to the profession of pharmacy, desire for continued professional growth, and exercise leadership to achieve department goals. These pharmacists will possess skills which will enable them to pursue a variety of career interests requiring pharmacological expertise.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation- month of July
  • Primary Care (PACT)- 6 weeks
  • Mental Health (Acute or Outpatient)- 6 weeks
  • Geriatrics- 6 weeks
  • Pharmacy Operations- 6 weeks
  • Centralized Anticoagulation Clinic- longitudinal
  • Pharmacy Management- longitudinal
  • Research- longitudinal
  • Presentations- longitudinal
  • Staffing Inpatient/Outpatient Pharmacy- longitudinal 

 

Elective Learning Experiences (4 weeks each)

  • Home-Based Primary Care
  • Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (Psychiatry)
  • Outpatient Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder
  • Acute Mental Health
  • Pain Management
  • Academic Detailing
  • Geropsychiatry
  • May repeat a required rotation for a more intensive experience

 

Elective Longitudinal Rotation

  • Teaching and Learning Certificate through Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacist Licensure within 90 days of Start of Residency
  • Two In-services (may be to pharmacy staff or other health care providers)
  • One Medication Use Evaluation
  • Two Departmental Newsletters
  • One Criteria-for-use Document or Participation in a Cost-Savings Initiative
  • Two Community Service Projects
  • Two Journal Clubs (this is a minimum- more may be required per preceptor discretion)
  • Two Patient Presentations (this is a minimum- more may be required per preceptor discretion)
  • One Continuing Education Presentation
  • Research Project with Formal Presentation at a Regional Residency Conference
  • Poster Presentation at a National Pharmacy Meeting
  • Completed Final Manuscript of Residency Project

Applications must be submitted through the PhorCAS system

  • Must be US Citizen
  • Official Pharmacy School Transcript
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Professional Letters of Recommendation
    • Applications due the 1st Friday of January
    • NMS Match Code: 202113
    • Virtual Interviews Only: Dates TBD

TVAMC PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program

  • The PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Psychiatry is designed to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Programs to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist specialized in Psychiatric, Geriatric, Pain Management and Neurological Disorders. This residency provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge, then incorporating both into the provision of patient care to a wide variety of psychiatric, geriatric, pain management and neurological disorders. Residency graduates who successfully complete this PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency are prepared to act as an integral member of inpatient and outpatient interdisciplinary teams caring for individuals with psychiatric, geriatric, pain management and neurological disorders, assuming responsibility for patient-centered medication therapy. In that role they are skilled at running pharmaco-education sessions involving individuals with psychiatric, geriatric, substance use, pain management, and neurological disorders whose focus is on the achievement of adherence and improvement in mental health disorders.
  • This residency program was established in 1997, with the first resident completing the program in June of 1998. The program has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 1999. The residency program was initially sponsored by Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy (MSOP). The initial accreditation was for a Primary Care Pharmacy Practice residency and then later the addition of a Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice residency. In 2006, ASHP required residents to complete a general PGY1 residency prior to completion of a specialty residency.  TVAMC converted its positions to a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 in Psychiatry Pharmacy.
  • ASHP PGY2 Program Purpose: PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.
  • TVAMC PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Purpose: The PGY2 Pharmacy Practice Residency in Psychiatry is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from general to specialized practice. The resident will be trained to focus on the care of patients with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders. Graduates of the PGY2 Psychiatric Residency should be well prepared to initiate and establish a successful clinical pharmacy service in diverse healthcare setting and provide exemplary patient-centered medication therapy for individuals with psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

Required Rotations:

  • Concentrated (7 months)
    • Orientation (1 month)
    • Inpatient Acute Psychiatric Pharmacy (1 months)
    • Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) (1 month)
    • Pain Management (1 month)
    • Geriatric Psychiatric Pharmacy (1 month)
    • Mental Outpatient/Substance Use Disorder Clinic (3 months)  
  • Longitudinal
    • Outpatient Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) and Clozapine Management (6 months)
    • Outpatient Mental Health (3 months)
    • Academia (12 months)
    • Drug Information and Consults (6 months)
    • Research (12 months)
    • Pharmacy management (12 months  

Electives (3 months)

  • May choose any of the previous concentrated rotations for an additional month or rotate at another VA for more intense training.
  • Longitudinal Staffing (1 to 6 months)
  • Two presentations to the medical and/or pharmacy staff
  • CPNP Poster Presentation
  • Community Service
  • Medical Use Evaluation/Drug Use Evaluation Completion
  • Participation in Pharmacy Newsletter
  • Group Discussions with Veterans
  • Research Project with Final Manuscript
  • Education of Staff and Veterans
  • Clozapine Monitoring and Reports
  • Pain Management & Substance Abuse Treatment
  • One Presentation at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Two presentations for Nursing Students at the University of Alabama

Early Commitment Option from TVAMC PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

  • Other applications must be submitted through the PhorCAS system
    • Must be US Citizen
    • Official Pharmacy School Transcript
    • Letter of Intent
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 3 Professional Letters of Recommendation
  • Applications due the January 14, 2022
  • NMS Match Code: 502466
  • Virtual Interview Only: Dates TBD

Pharmacy Preceptors

Shelly McIntire

Shelley McIntire PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist & PGY1 Residency Program Director

VA Tuscaloosa health care

Phone: 205-554-2000 ext:3761

Email: shelley.mcintire@va.gov

Dr. June Griffith is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Psychiatry and Geriatrics and the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency

June Griffith BCGP, BCPP

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Psychiatry and Geriatrics, Residency Program Director PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency

VA Tuscaloosa health care

Phone: 2052-554-2000 ext: 3856

Email: June.Griffith@va.gov

Current Residents

Jordan Graves, PharmD                 email: jordan.graves1@va.gov

Bryce Parker, PharmD                    email: bryce.parker@va.gov

Alivia Price, PharmD                       email: alivia.price@va.gov

Raymond Cruz Tidwell, PharmD email: raymond.tidwell@va.gov

PGY2 Current Residents

Anisa Britt, PharmD (PGY1 at TVAMC)    email: anisa.britt@va.gov

Tiffany Clark, PharmD (PGY1 at TVAMC) email: tiffany.clark@va.gov

Past Residents 

2020-2021 PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Class

  • Anisa Britt, PharmD- PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident at TVAMC
  • Tiffany Clark, PharmD- PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident at TVAMC
  • Megan Day, PharmD- PGY2 Ambulatory Care Resident w/ Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Hali Swanson, PharmD- Unit-Based Clinical Pharmacist at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Hunter Johnston, PharmD- Inpatient/Outpatient Clinical Pharmacist at Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC)

2019-2020 PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Class

  • Sarah Bockman, PharmD- Completed a PGY2 in Psychiatric Pharmacy at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Waco, TX 2020-2021. Now a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Outpatient Mental Health in the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
  • Terrence Brown, PharmD- Substance Use Disorder Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at CAVHCS in Montgomery, AL
  • Morgan Moulton, PharmD, BCPS - Completed a PGY2 in Ambulatory Care at the University of Georgia 2020-2021. Currently a PACT Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at the Columbus, GA VA CBOC
  • Meghan Perry, PharmD- PGY2 in Geriatrics at the Cleveland VAMC 2020-2021. Now an Outpatient Clinical Pharmacist at Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

2018-2019 PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Class

  • Kaitlyn (Ledbetter) Rosser, PharmD, BCACP- Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at VISN 7 VA Clinical Resource Hub in Atlanta, GA
  • Karlette Stewart, PharmD- Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at BVAMC
  • Cameron Turner, PharmD- Clinical Pharmacist at BVAMC

2017-2018 PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Class

  • Jacob Campbell, PharmD, BCPS- Clinical Pharmacist at Huntsville Hospital
  • Caroline Hawk, PharmD- Clinical Pharmacist, St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • Josh Maline, PharmD, BCPP- Completed a PGY2 in Psychiatric Pharmacy at the Pittsburg VAMC, now a Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist at the Cleveland Clinic
  • Sarah Neill, PharmD- Specialty Clinical Pharmacist at UAB Medicine in Birmingham, AL

2016-2017 PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Class

  • Jaimie Chambers, PharmD, BCPS- Medication Reconciliation Pharmacist at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS
  • Michelle Krichbaum, PharmD, BCPP- Completed a PGY2 in Pain at NFSGVA. Now a Clinical Coordinator for Pain Management, Palliative Care, and Mental Health at Broward Health in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Haley (Ervin) Shepherd, PharmD, BCPS- Director of Pharmacy at Select Specialty Hospital in Powell, TN

2015-2016 PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Class

  • (Laura) Rebekah Findley, PharmD- Home Based Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at TVAMC
  • Jennifer (Lehman) Voyles, PharmD, BCPS- Long-term Care Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at TVAM

2020-2021

  • Rebecca Wynn, PharmD – Emergency Department / Medication Reconciliation Pharmacist in Tallahassee, FL

2019-2020

  • Dorothy (Darcy) Holzum, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP - Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Pain Management and Mental Health at VA Iliana Health Care System in Urbana, IL
  • Katherine (Katie) Morgan, PharmD- Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Mental Health at the Phoenix VAHCS

2018-2019

  • Latilia Mack, PharmD- Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Mental Health at the VISN 7 VA Clinical Resource Hub in Atlanta, GA
  • Angela (Angie) Marsella, PharmD, MBA - Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Mental Health at the Memphis VAMC

2016-2017

  • Joni Baker, PharmD, BCPP- Clinical Pharmacist in Mental Health at G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital in Columbia, SC
  • Brittany (Hill) Denson, PharmD, BCPP- Clinical Pharmacist in Mental Health at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL

2015-2016

  • Joshua Gauthier, PharmD- Clinical Pharmacist in Acute Psychiatry at VA Southeast Louisiana Health Care System in New Orleans, LA
  • Joni Morgan, PharmD- Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Mental Health at TVAMC
  • Eun Pyung Im, PharmD, BCPP- Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Mental Health at the Atlanta VA Medical Center
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About Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center

The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (TVAMC) is located on a beautiful 125-acre campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. TVAMC primarily serves West Central Alabama, where 12 out of the 13 counties are considered rural. TVAMC provides primary care, long-term care, mental health, and rehabilitative care services to eligible Veterans. The Outpatient Pharmacy serves 16,000+ Veterans each year. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are extensively involved in the Primary Care Clinics, Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics, Residential Rehabilitation (psychiatry), Geriatrics (long-term care and home-based primary care), and Acute Psychiatry.