Minneapolis VA Health Care System - PGY1 Residency Program, Minneapolis, MN

Last updated: 09/10/2021

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Tessa Kemp, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP, BCGP, AAHIVP
3 years as an RPD
Contact: Tessa Kemp
One Veterans Drive
Pharmacy Department (119)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Primary Practice: Specialty Care
5 positions reported
Phone: 612-467-1100
Fax: 612-727-5654
Email: tessa.kemp@va.gov
Web: https://www.va.gov/minneapolis-h...

Maximum Number of Positions

  • PGY1: 4
  • 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: 63101)
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 190813 (General) and 190821 (MH))
  • Program Inception: 1963
  • Application Deadline: December 31st
  • Starting Date: July 5th
  • Estimated Stipend: PGY1 $44,878 - 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, 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: 5 BCPPs, 2 Other Pharmacists, 3 Non-Pharmacists

PGY1 Elective Rotations offered

  • Psychiatry

PGY1 Special Features

This post-graduate year one (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency program is one of the first accredited residency programs with over 50 years of continuous accreditation by ASHP. This program provides a comprehensive year of education and experience with an emphasis on direct patient centered care, interprofessional team development and medication optimization. Core rotations offer a variety of experiences in both inpatient and ambulatory care settings. Residents are highly involved within all areas of pharmacy practice at Minneapolis VA HCS. PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with a Mental Health Interprofessional Experience (IPE): The Mental Health IPE Resident completes the same required rotations as the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents with a longitudinal experience focusing on mental health. The resident works closely with the PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident and is a member of the Serious Mental Illness team.

Program Philosophy

The purpose of the Pharmacy PGY1 Residency is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. Residency graduates will be prepared for a PGY2 residency or to provide pharmaceutical care, primarily to ambulatory, geriatric and long term care patients, participate as a member of the health care team, and provide education to patients and health professionals.

Site Special Features

PGY1 Program Requirements - Applicant must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, US citizenship, pharmacy license within 90 days of start date, and registration with ASHP Match 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 (supplemental essay).
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.