Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN

Last updated: 10/19/2020

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Kara Wong, PharmD, BCPP
7 years as an RPD
One Veterans Drive
Pharmacy Department (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Primary Practice: Inpatient Psychiatry
2 positions reported
Phone: 612-467-3884
Fax: 612-727-5654
Email: Kara.Wong3@va.gov
Web: http://www.minneapolis.va.gov/ed...

Maximum Number of Positions

  • PGY1: 1
  • PGY2 Psychiatry: 1
  • PGY2 Neurology: 0

Program Details

  • Primary Practice Site: VAMC
  • PGY2 Required Practice Settings: 33% Inpatient / 67% Outpatient
  • ASHP Accreditation Status: Yes (code: 63025)
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 690666)
  • Program Inception: 2013
  • Application Deadline: January 2
  • Starting Date: July 1 (flexible)
  • Estimated Stipend: PGY1 $44,413 - PGY2 $48,114
  • Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Varies/TBD
  • Fringe Benefits: Benefits include vacation, holiday and sick leave, and eligibility for federal employee health and life insurance, educational and travel support. Note: educational and travel allowances vary each year.
  • Interviews Required: Yes
  • Offers pre-commitment: Yes, Pre-commitment is offered first to our PGY1 resident with an emphasis in psychiatry

Special Requirements for Application

  • PharmD
  • Eligible for state licensure
  • College transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • US Citizenship

PGY2 Rotations offered

  • Administration
  • Adult inpatient psychiatry
  • Adult outpatient psychiatry
  • Consultation liaison psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Pain management
  • Specialty clinic
  • Substance abuse
  • Other: Traumatic Brain Injury, Chief Resident, PTSD

PGY2 Features

  • PGY2 Staffing Component: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: No (or N/A)
  • PGY2 Other Features: The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) is dedicated to providing comprehensive psychiatric care. Services span a variety of settings, including a 24-bed locked inpatient psychiatric unit, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programming, intensive case management services, programming for the homeless, and general outpatient services. Additionally, outpatient specialty teams exist for Serious Mental Illness, PTSD, Addictive Disorders, Geriatric Psychiatry, Mood Disorders, and Gender Dysmorphic Disorder. A core element of the PGY2 program is participation in the interprofessional education (IPE) program, which consists of trainees from pharmacy, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and social work. Trainees will be integrated into the Serious Mental Illness team and will have their own caseload of patients to follow longitudinally.
  • PGY2 Preceptors: 4 BCPPs, 2 Other Pharmacists, 3 Non-Pharmacists

PGY1 Elective Rotations offered

  • Psychiatry

PGY1 Special Features

In addition to the required PGY1 pharmacy practice rotations, the PGY1 resident with an emphasis in psychiatry will participate in the longitudinal interprofessional education (IPE) program described above.

Program Philosophy

This postgraduate year two (PGY-2) psychiatric pharmacy residency program aims to produce a psychiatric pharmacist who functions as a practice leader, and focuses on patient centered care through interprofessional team development, education, and medication therapy optimization. Although experiences are offered across a variety of care settings, graduates of the MVAHCS psychiatric care residency program will be highly qualified independent practitioners able to excel at providing adult ambulatory care psychiatric services.

Site Special Features

PGY2 Program Requirements - Applicant must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, US citizenship, pharmacist license, and complete an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency program. The applicant must also participate in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Standard requirements for an application include: demographics, academic history, transcript, curriculum vitae, letter of intent, extracurricular activities and three (3) references. Additional required supplemental material includes one (1) example of written work from PGY1 residency. Examples of written work may include a drug information response or a completed pharmacy consult (with patient identifiers removed).
The medical center is one of the ten largest VA medical centers in the country, serving more than 100,000 veterans in a six-state area of the upper Midwest. Our facility is a teaching hospital affiliated with the colleges of medicine and pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, and provides a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, educational resources, and research. This provides an excellent climate for education as evidenced by regular lectures, conferences, and teaching rounds.