VA Boston Healthcare System, Brockton, MA

Last updated: 08/23/2021

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Ilona S. Almeida, Pharm.D., BCPP
1.5 years as an RPD
940 Belmont St
Brockton, MA 02301
Primary Practice: Outpatient Mental Health
1 positions reported
Phone: (617) 581 3247
Email: ilona.almeida@va.gov

Maximum Number of Positions

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

Program Details

  • Primary Practice Site: VAMC
  • PGY2 Required Practice Settings: 50% Inpatient / 50% Outpatient
  • ASHP Accreditation Status: Yes (code: 13036)
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 755866)
  • Program Inception: 2017
  • Application Deadline: December 26, 2021
  • Starting Date: July 2021
  • Estimated Stipend: $50,353
  • Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Varies/TBD
  • Fringe Benefits: Thirteen days vacation; 13 days sick leave; 11 holidays; health insurance available.
  • Interviews Required: Yes
  • Offers pre-commitment: No

Special Requirements for Application

  • PharmD
  • Completion of PGY1 Residency OR equivalent experience
  • 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
  • Chronic, intermediate, or extended inpatient psychiatry
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Pain management
  • Specialty clinic
  • Substance abuse

PGY2 Features

  • PGY2 Staffing Component: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Other Features: This residency allows for ample teaching opportunities, both didactic and preceptorship, as well as offers a formal teaching certificate program. At the completion of this year-long training program, the resident is qualified for positions in clinical pharmacy and academia as clinical faculty.
  • PGY2 Preceptors: 2 BCPPs, 4 Other Pharmacists, 0 Non-Pharmacists

Program Philosophy

The Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program at VA Boston has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 2019. The program is designed to provide a training opportunity for individuals desiring to develop clinical competency in the area of psychiatric pharmacy. The 12-month training period incorporates outpatient, inpatient, and residential experiences devoted to the development of skills essential for the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients with mental illness.

Site Special Features

Affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard University Medical School, the medical center is a tertiary care referral center for the VA in the Northeast. The three medical centers and five Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) serve as a training site for undergraduate and graduate students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University and Northeastern University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health. The VA Medical Center in Boston is one of seven National Centers of Excellence for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).