Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI
Last updated: 09/28/2021
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5500 Armstrong Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Primary Practice: Substance use disorder and PTSD residential treatment
Maximum Number of Positions
- PGY1: 2
- PGY2 Psychiatry: 1
- PGY2 Neurology: 0
- Primary Practice Site: VAMC
- ASHP Accreditation Status: Yes (code: 43043)
- NMS Participant: Yes
- Program Inception: 2019
- Application Deadline: 1/3/2022 (first Monday in January)
- Starting Date: Monday of the pay period including or following July 1st
- Estimated Stipend: $46,399
- Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Varies/TBD
- Fringe Benefits: Residents receive the following benefits:
-13 days paid leave + 11 federal holidays
-13 days sick leave
-Health, dental, vision, and life insurance available
Additionally, no weekend or evening staffing hours are required. As a resident at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, residents enjoy the benefits of being part of a nationwide network of clinical pharmacists and pharmacy residents.
- Interviews Required: Yes
- Offers pre-commitment: Yes, PGY1 residents may apply to early commit for the PGY2, but acceptance is not guaranteed
Special Requirements for Application
- Completion of PGY1 Residency OR equivalent experience
- Curriculum vitae
- Letters of recommendation (3)
- US Citizenship
PGY2 Rotations offered
- Adult inpatient psychiatry
- Adult outpatient psychiatry
- Geriatric psychiatry
- Pain management
- Substance abuse
- Other: PTSD, Primary Care Mental Health Integration, Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs
- PGY2 Staffing Component: No (or N/A)
- PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Required
- PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: Yes, Optional
- PGY2 Other Features: The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is a regional referral center for mental health treatment with clinical pharmacy specialists integrated in to many services including inpatient mental health, three residential rehabilitation treatment programs (substance use disorder, PTSD, and psychosocial), outpatient mental health clinic, primary care mental health integration, substance use disorder and PTSD specialty clinics, and outpatient pain specialty clinics. Additionally, the Battle Creek VA Medical Center offers mental health intensive case management, dementia care in an on-site community living center, services for the homeless, vocational rehabilitation and many other services catering to Veterans with mental illness.
While the emphasis of the residency is on independent provision of direct patient care, residents are also involved in administrative and educational responsibilities consistent with those of other mental health clinical pharmacy specialists at the facility, including precepting of PGY1 pharmacy residents and pharmacy students, interprofessional education, and development of policies and initiatives supporting the safe and effective use of psychiatric medications across the medical center. For residents with an interest in academia, a teaching certificate program is offered through partnership with Ferris State University, though is not required.
- PGY2 Preceptors: 3 BCPPs, 2 Other Pharmacists, 0 Non-Pharmacists
PGY1 Elective Rotations offered
PGY1 Special Features
The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is primarily an ambulatory care facility with clinical pharmacists integrated in to primary care teams and specialty clinics. As such, the emphasis of the PGY1 residency is on provision of ambulatory care pharmacy services. All PGY1 residents are required to complete a one-month psychiatry rotation with a mental health clinical pharmacy specialist with additional electives in psychiatric pharmacy available if desired.
Residents are provided opportunities to function independently as practitioners in a variety of mental health settings by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and transforming both into improved medication therapy for patients. This emphasis on independent practice in varied settings prepares residents for practice post-residency and board certification.
Site Special Features
All clinical pharmacy specialists at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center have a scope of practice allowing for independent medication management. This allows pharmacists to order medication, lab work for monitoring, and place other consults as necessary to facilitate safe and effective use of medications across a variety of disease states. Residents practice under the scope of practice of the precepting clinical pharmacy specialist.
Both the PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs utilize a longitudinal model for the majority of the residency year in which learning experiences rotate every half day. This allows residents to participate follow both outpatients and policy/project work on a long-term basis to build relationships and see first-hand the impact of their decisions and actions over time.