Battle Creek Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI

Last updated: 08/26/2020

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Katherine Koller, PharmD, BCPP
2 years as an RPD
Contact: Ellen Reed, PharmD, BCPP
5500 Armstrong Road (119A)
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Primary Practice: Residential Rehabilitation Program
3 positions reported
Phone: 269-966-5600

Maximum Number of Positions

  • PGY1: 2
  • PGY2 Psychiatry: 1
  • PGY2 Neurology: 0

Program Details

  • Primary Practice Site: VAMC
  • PGY2 Required Practice Settings: 32% Inpatient / 40% Outpatient
  • ASHP Accreditation Status: Candidate
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 796266)
  • Program Inception: 2019
  • Application Deadline: January 4, 2020
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2020 (negotiable)
  • Estimated Stipend: $44,994
  • Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Varies/TBD
  • Fringe Benefits: • Two and one-half weeks paid vacation and all Federal holidays • Participation in VA Health and Life Insurance Plans • Two and one-half weeks paid sick leave • Potential for authorized absence to attend and participate in regional and national pharmacy meetings
  • Interviews Required: Yes
  • Offers pre-commitment: Yes, PGY1 internal candidates may apply for and be interviewed for early commitment to the PGY2 program

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
  • Chronic, intermediate, or extended inpatient psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Pain management
  • Specialty clinic
  • Substance abuse
  • Other: Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs

PGY2 Features

  • PGY2 Staffing Component: No (or N/A)
  • PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Other Features: This residency program is located at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center (BCVAMC), a teaching hospital that provides primary care, long term care and mental health services to eligible Veterans. Battle Creek is the regional referral center for mental health care across the state of Michigan. The facility consists of 276 total operating beds, including 55 inpatient mental health beds, 11 inpatient medical beds, 109 Community Living Center beds, and 101 Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) beds. The Psychiatric Pharmacy resident will participate in many of the facilities mental health treatment services, including inpatient, residential, and outpatient mental health care. They will be responsible for psychotropic medication management across a variety of disease states including mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, substance use, and pain management. Additionally, the psychiatric pharmacy resident will participate in formulary and pharmacy management and research. Furthermore, the resident will be expected to serve as Chief Resident and precept PGY1 pharmacy residents and pharmacy students, and has the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate.
  • PGY2 Preceptors: 3 BCPPs, 3 Other Pharmacists, 2 Non-Pharmacists

PGY1 Elective Rotations offered

  • Psychiatry

PGY1 Special Features

Two residency positions are available that are Ambulatory Care track focused. Each resident will have longitudinal experiences that allow him/her to function similarly to the clinical pharmacists within our facility. Residents completing a residency at the Battle Creek VAMC will be prepared to become clinical pharmacists who provide exemplary patient care in interdisciplinary teams, capable of leading the profession and working within the framework of a health care system. Residents are offered the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate, and spend time teaching both PharmD students and trainees of other discipline.

Program Philosophy

The Battle Creek VA Medical Center PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency program will build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in psychiatry. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification in the psychiatric pharmacy (BCPP).

Site Special Features

The Battle Creek VA Medical Center currently consists of 66 medical and psychiatric beds, 101 residential rehabilitation beds, and 109 nursing home care unit beds. In addition, specialized services offered include a Palliative Care Unit, a Substance Use Disorder Clinic, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program and a Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Program. The Medical Center offers a wide variety of health care services, which includes both inpatient and outpatient care.