Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Iowa City, IA

Last updated: 09/16/2021

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Lucas Watson Pharm.D., BCPP
2 years as an RPD
601 US-6 W
Pharmacy Department
Iowa City, IA 52246
Primary Practice: Iowa CIty VA - inpatient psychiatry
1 positions reported
Phone: 316-338-0581 ext 635448
Fax: 319-339-7066

Maximum Number of Positions

  • PGY1: 4
  • PGY2 Psychiatry: 1
  • PGY2 Neurology: 0

Program Details

  • Primary Practice Site: VAMC
  • PGY2 Required Practice Settings: 60% Inpatient / 40% Outpatient
  • ASHP Accreditation Status: Yes (code: 61007)
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 692466)
  • Program Inception: 2014
  • Application Deadline: 12/31/21
  • Starting Date: 7/5/22
  • Estimated Stipend: $44,994
  • Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Partial Support
  • Fringe Benefits: Federal employee benefits, earned annual/sick leave, all federal holidays, administrative leave to attend professional meetings, and partial travel funds.
  • Interviews Required: Yes
  • Offers pre-commitment: Yes, for interested ICVAHCS PGY1 residents through interview process.

Special Requirements for Application

  • PharmD
  • Completion of PGY1 Residency OR equivalent experience
  • Eligible for state licensure
  • College transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • GRE
  • US Citizenship

PGY2 Rotations offered

  • Administration
  • Adult inpatient psychiatry
  • Adult outpatient psychiatry
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Consultation liaison psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Pain management
  • Specialty clinic
  • Substance abuse

PGY2 Features

  • PGY2 Staffing Component: No (or N/A)
  • PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Other Features: Participation in non-clinical activities includes: medication use evaluation, teaching of medical and pharmacy students/residents, journal clubs, precepting pharmacy students, development of new clinical services, and community outreach. Residents are required to conduct a research project, presenting results and summarizing in a manuscript suitable for publication.
  • PGY2 Preceptors: 4 BCPPs, 7 Other Pharmacists, 1 Non-Pharmacists

PGY1 Elective Rotations offered

  • Psychiatry

PGY1 Special Features

Besides clinical activities, residents are appointed adjunct faculty status at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and will participate in precepting/ teaching pharmacy students. Residents will also participate in patient and staff education, present formal lectures, case discussions and journal clubs, and respond to drug information questions. Residents are required to conduct a research project, present the results, and summarize in a manuscript suitable for publication.

Program Philosophy

The ICVAHCS PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency will provide a challenging and comprehensive program designed to prepare the resident to become a skillful, competent clinician in psychiatric pharmacy practice, to help develop their skills in psychiatric pharmacy clinical outcomes research, and to foster their growth as an educator of psychiatric pharmacotherapy.

Site Special Features

The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) in Iowa City, Iowa is a comprehensive tertiary health care center, teaching hospital, and research facility. It has a strong and effective affiliation with the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. There are approximately 3400 inpatient and more than 205,000 outpatient visits per year. Up to 3 rotations during the year will take place at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as well.