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VA Salt Lake City Health Care System

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Pharmacy Residency Program

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The intended audience of this web page includes Veterans, pharmacists and pharmacy resident applicants.


Pharmacy Residency Application PGY1 Residency
Pharmacy Residency Program Requirements PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency
Pharmacy Residency Salary and Benefits  PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency
Pharmacy Residency Directors Current Residents
Pharmacy Residency Advisory Committee  

Welcome to the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) residency homepage. VASLCHCS currently offers both Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) General Pharmacy Practice and Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Psychiatric Pharmacy residencies. Both postgraduate programs are 12 months in duration and ASHP accredited. Our objective is to train residents for patient-centric clinical positions by advancing their knowledge, skills and attributes in pharmaceutical care. A new 12 month PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency will be offered for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you have any questions about our programs, please feel free to contact the respective residency program director.

  • The PGY1 General Pharmacy Practice Residency: There will be three PGY1 positions available in Salt Lake City for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a traditional program emphasizing inpatient and ambulatory care and is designed to prepare residents for acute care or ambulatory care positions, adjunct faculty positions, or further PGY2 or fellowship training. The Pocatello site that was previously available is currently closed.
  • The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency: There are three resident positions available. This program is an advanced practice mental health residency designed to prepare the resident for a psychiatric pharmacy specialist position or adjunct faculty position.
  • The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Program: This is a new program available in Salt Lake for the 2019-2020 academic year. There will be one resident position available. This program will be an advanced practice ambulatory care residency, designed to prepare the resident for clinical pharmacist positions in ambulatory care.   

Site Description

VASLCHCS is a member of one of the world’s largest integrated health care systems. It consists of the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and 10 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. George E. Wahlen Medical Center is located in Salt Lake City on an 81 acre plot situated at the foot of the rugged Wasatch Mountains overlooking the city below. It is a 121-bed tertiary care facility serving veterans from the Intermountain West. VASLCHCS is closely affiliated with the University of Utah School of Medicine, which is located adjacent to the Medical Center. The pharmacy residency program has affiliations with the University of Utah College of Pharmacy and Roseman University College of Pharmacy.

VA Mission Statement: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. VASLCHCS aspires to this goal by providing exceptional health care improving the wellbeing of our Veterans.

VA Core Values: Our core values describe the culture of care that we want to provide to our Veterans. These core values are contained in the mnemonic I-CARE which stands for integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence. 

Living in Utah

Salt Lake City is located between two mountain ranges, the Wasatch Mountains to the East and the Oquirrh Mountains to the West. Numerous restaurants, shops, theatres and outdoor concerts make Salt Lake City an exciting place to live. In addition to professional sporting teams, the city hosts its own symphony and ballet. No matter what your taste in music or entertainment, you are likely to find something to suit you at one of the many indoor and outdoor music and performance venues available around Salt Lake City. World class skiing and snowboarding areas are easily accessible from Salt Lake City with 10 of the nation’s top ski resorts within an hour of downtown. Utah is also home to 5 national parks. For warmer weather during winter, Moab and southern Utah offer hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, and camping.

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