Chillicothe VAMC Residency Programs, Chillicothe, OH

Last updated: 09/06/2018

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Christopher Thomas, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
12 years as an RPD
17273 St. Rt. 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Primary Practice: Chillicothe VAMC
4 positions reported
Phone: (740) 773-1141 x7536
Email: chris.thomas2@va.gov

Maximum Number of Positions

  • PGY1: 2
  • PGY2 Psychiatry: 2
  • PGY2 Neurology: 0

Program Details

  • Primary Practice Site: VAMC
  • PGY2 Required Practice Settings: 50% Inpatient / 50% Outpatient
  • ASHP Accreditation Status: Yes (code: 44151)
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 177413)
  • Program Inception: 2010
  • Application Deadline: January 1
  • Starting Date: July 1
  • Estimated Stipend: PGY-1: $42,500 PGY-2: $46,000
  • Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Varies/TBD
  • Fringe Benefits: 13 days of vacation and sick leave; 10 federal holidays; health and life insurance; administrative leave for selected meetings.
  • Interviews Required: Yes
  • Offers pre-commitment: Yes, PGY-1 precommittment is prefered and highly encouraged among the PGY-1 residents

Special Requirements for Application

  • PharmD
  • Completion of PGY1 Residency OR equivalent experience
  • College transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • US Citizenship

PGY2 Rotations offered

  • Administration
  • Adult inpatient psychiatry
  • Adult outpatient psychiatry
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Consultation liaison psychiatry
  • Chronic, intermediate, or extended inpatient psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Pain management
  • Substance abuse
  • Other:

PGY2 Features

  • PGY2 Staffing Component: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Other Features: This residency program focuses on individualized attention and professional development throughout the year by emphasizing core areas of psychiatric pharmacy practice. Residents are required to complete the following learning experiences: 1. Inpatient Acute Psychiatry I – 3 months 2. Inpatient Acute Psychiatry II – 3 months 3. Substance Abuse Treatment Program – 1 month 4. Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment–3 months 5. Longitudinal Outpatient Mental Health Treatment (Primary Care/MH integration) – total of half day per week for 6 months 6. Longitudinal Outpatient Mental Health Treatment –(Psychiatry Clinic) total of half day per week for 6 months 7. Longitudinal Long-Term Care Psychiatry- total of half day per week for 6 months 8. Longitudinal Drug Information–to be competed throughout year 9. Longitudinal Research– to be competed throughout year 10. Longitudinal Teaching and Staff Development B. Residents are allowed to choose two elective months and one elective longitudinal experience from the following rotation options: 1. Smoking Cessation – half day per week for 6 months 2. Spinal Cord Injury-half day per week for 6 months 3. Academic and Staff Development Experience- half day per week for 6 months 4. Suboxone Clinic- half day per week for 6 months 5. Smoking Cessation- half day per week for 6 months 6. Psychiatric ER-half per week for 6 months 7. Consult Liaison 8. Neurology 9. Community Mental Health 10. Child/Adolescent Psychiatry 11. Additional experiences in substance abuse program, PCMHI, and Outpatient Mental Health On top of the required learning and elective rotations, the program offers several teaching opportunities to Psychiatry Residents, Psychology Interns, Physician Assistant Residents, and several pharmacy students.
  • PGY2 Preceptors: 4 BCPPs, 1 Other Pharmacists, 0 Non-Pharmacists

PGY1 Elective Rotations offered

  • Psychiatry

PGY1 Special Features

This residency program focuses on individualized attention and professional development throughout the year by emphasizing core areas of pharmacy practice (ambulatory care, general medicine, psychiatry, geriatrics, and administration), while customizing the learning experiences and electives to meet the residents needs. Longitudinal experiences available at the site include home based primary care, drug information, mental health intensive care management, spinal cord injury, anticoagulation, and formulary management. The Chillicothe VAMC is affiliated with seven schools of pharmacy in West Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio and has a research affiliation with the University of Cincinnati. A teaching certificate program is also available through the Ohio State University

Program Philosophy

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 psychiatric pharmacy. 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.

Site Special Features

The Chillicothe VAMC is located 30 miles south of Columbus, OH and provides acute and chronic psychiatric services, primary and secondary medical services, and a wide range of ambulatory care services in five outpatient clinics to serve veterans in southern Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. In addition to training pharmacy students and residents, the Chillicothe VAMC serves as a training site for medical, psychology, nursing, physician students; along with post graduate residency training in psychiatry (D.O), optometry, and dental. PGY-1 residents have the opportunity to continue their education by prematching with the PGY-2 program.