Columbia VA Health Care System, COLUMBIA, SC

Last updated: 09/17/2021

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Jennifer Phillips, PharmD, BCPP
7 years as an RPD
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Primary Practice: Columbia VA Health Care System
2 positions reported
Phone: (803) 776-4000, ext 7889
Fax: (803) 695-6862

Maximum Number of Positions

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

Program Details

  • Primary Practice Site: VAMC
  • PGY2 Required Practice Settings: 30% Inpatient / 70% Outpatient
  • ASHP Accreditation Status: Yes (code: 37011 )
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 711866)
  • Program Inception: 2014
  • Application Deadline: 12/28/21
  • Starting Date: 7/01//22
  • Estimated Stipend: $45,000
  • Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Full Support
  • Fringe Benefits: Lab coats, parking, health insurance, sick leave, vacation, authorized absence for meetings and educational sessions, paid tuition to regional meeting and a national meeting
  • Interviews Required: Yes
  • Offers pre-commitment: Yes, only applicable to current PGY-1's at the Columbia VA

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

  • Adult inpatient psychiatry
  • Adult outpatient psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Pain management
  • Specialty clinic
  • Substance abuse
  • Other: Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Trauma Recovery Program (TRP)

PGY2 Features

  • PGY2 Staffing Component: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Other Features: The PGY-2 psychiatric pharmacy program specializes in medication management of patients followed in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Teaching responsibilities: educating patients, mental health and pharmacy staff, students/residents on rotation, and students at area colleges of pharmacy. Teaching certificate offered if not already obtained in PGY-1 year. A research project will be presented at a regional conference and submitted as a poster at a national meeting (likely CPNP). Additional practice components: clozapine clinic, neuropsychology, neurology, tobacco treatment group (TTG), substance treatment and recovery services (STARS), Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI), Trauma Recovery Program (TRP), Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM), and pain management. Finally, throughout the year, the residents engage in a weekly didactic session to enhance their learning (e.g. review of BCPP chapters, pivotal trials, movie discussions, informal case patient presentations, "clinical pearl" of the week and more!)
  • PGY2 Preceptors: 6 BCPPs, 3 Other Pharmacists, 0 Non-Pharmacists

Program Philosophy

The goal and expectation of this residency program is to produce a health professional with highly specialized skills in the practice of psychiatric pharmacy. In addition, the resident will be prepared to attain Board Certification in Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP) after graduation. Finally, by the end of this program, it is anticipated that this individual will be capable of working independently to provide drug therapy for people with mental illness, as well as applying this refined body of knowledge to the education of other health professionals and the public at large.

Site Special Features

The Columbia VA Health Care System is a teaching hospital located in Columbia, SC, which provides comprehensive health care to more than 70,000 veterans across the state of South Carolina. In addition to the main hospital, there are also 7 community-based outpatient clinics. The hospital is affiliated with the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine, which shares its campus with the hospital. The Pharmacy Service has affiliations with South Carolina College of Pharmacy, South University and Presbyterian College. The Columbia VA is a 216 bed facility with an average daily census of 136. More than 930,000 outpatient visits were conducted in 2013. In addition to the main hospital, the campus houses a separate Psychiatry Building and Geriatrics and Extended Care Building. The Psychiatry Building offers inpatient and outpatient services and has a separate pharmacy.