PGY1 Pharmacy Residency-Reno, Nevada

We have longstanding history of clinical pharmacy at VA Sierra Nevada Care System (VASNHCS). Our program incorporates a progressive view of pharmacy practice, utilizing informatics, automation and advanced clinical technician skills to support our pharmaceutical services. Residents will participate in the ongoing revision and improvement of a managed health care system. VASNHCS provides tremendous opportunities to include the development of pharmaceutical care plans with defined outcomes utilizing collaborative drug therapy management and systems that support a progressive view of pharmacy practice. After completing their residency, pharmacists will be able to independently manage patients in a variety of disease states and practice settings. They will initiate, modify, and evaluate drug therapy according to defined outcomes and under an expansive scope of practice. Practice management experiences include formulary system management, committee involvement, grand rounds presentations, journal clubs, leadership discussions and a residency project presented at Western States Conference.

Required learning experiences:

– Orientation (4 weeks)

– Ambulatory Care (4 weeks)

– Anticoagulation (4 weeks)

– Geriatrics (CLC) (5 weeks)

– Infectious Disease (4 weeks)

– Inpatient Pharmacy Operations (2 weeks)

– Internal Medicine (4 weeks)

– Outpatient Pharmacy Operations (2 week)

– Pharmacoeconomics (4 weeks)

– 1-weekend per month staffing

Elective learning experiences

– Academic Detailing (4 weeks)

– Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)

– Home Based Primary Care (4 weeks)

– Hospice/Palliative Care (4 weeks)

– ICU (4 weeks)

– Inpatient Mental Health (4 weeks)

– Oncology (4 weeks)

– Pain Management (4 weeks)

– Rural Disease State management (4 weeks, option for 1-3 rotations)

– Specialty Pharmacy Clinic (4 weeks)

– VISN 21 Population Health Management (4 weeks)

For more information see our website here:

Opportunity to come meet us:

• *IN-PERSON* Midyear Residency Showcase on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023 from 1-4PM (Booth 6087)

Other information


• Estimated stipend is $47,397 per year

• Eligible for medical insurance as a VA employee – multiple plans available

• Thirteen (13) days of annual leave

• Thirteen (13) days of sick leave

• 11 Federal holidays (some of which will be staffed)

• Support with tuition and travel to ASHP Midyear Meeting and Western States Residency Conference.

Application Qualifications:

• Graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy with a Pharm.D. degree

• United States citizenship

• Licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist (licensure must be obtained within the first month of residency)

• Successfully pass pre-employment physical exam

• Application submitted via PhORCAS

Application Requirements:

• A written response to the following prompted questions:

o From these 5 characteristics: communication, adaptability, dependability, problem solving, organization, rank in order from 1 to 5 (1 = area of strength, 5 = area of improvement).






o Please provide two specific examples as to why the characteristic you ranked as number 1 is your greatest strength.

o Please provide two specific examples as to why the characteristic you ranked as number 5 is your greatest area of improvement.

o How do you feel a residency at VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System will help highlight your areas of strength and improve upon your areas of improvement?

• Curriculum vitae

• Three letters of recommendation; at least one letter should come from a preceptor from a clinical rotation submitted through PhORCAS

• Official College of Pharmacy Transcript

Phase 1 application deadline: January 7, 2024

• NMS Match Code: 170013


• A virtual interview is required and takes place in mid-February

Please email with questions!

• Residency Program Director: Carrie Linn, PharmD, MPH (

Carrie Linn, PharmD, MPH (she/her/hers)

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner- Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT)

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

Reno, NV


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