The VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) located in Reno, NV is recruiting for 6 PGY1 Pharmacy Residents!

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)

– Overnight Inpatient Pharmacy (2 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:

Opportunities to come meet us:

• *VIRTUAL* Open-house and meet & greet on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 from 330pm to 5pm PST (630 PM to 8 PM EST)


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• *IN-PERSON* Midyear Residency Showcase on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 from 8-11 AM (Booth 5500)

• *VIRTUAL* VA Virtual Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022 from 7 AM to 9 AM PST (10 AM to 12 PM EST)


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About VASNHCS: VASNHCS is the embodiment of the ICARE values and prides itself on being a “Next Level” workplace where trust, mutual respect, communication, and excellent service is provided to our Veterans. We are looking for someone who shares our values and wants to be part of an organization that recognizes that our hardworking team members are who make the difference in the services we provide. Our highly respected Clinical Pharmacy Specialists function at the top of their scope of practice to initiate, modify, discontinue, and monitor medication therapy and are an integral part of the care team.

About Reno: Reno is located near the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and enjoys about 300 days of sunshine per year. A myriad of adventures are located at the doorstep of town: Lake Tahoe, multiple ski resorts, hundreds of mountain biking and hiking trails, countless lakes, and the Truckee River flowing through downtown. Reno embodies the spirit of Nevada and the Old West and is minutes away from Virginia City and the State Capitol in Carson City. There’s no shortage of annual events in the area: Reno Air Races, Reno Rodeo, Reno Tahoe Open, Balloon Races, Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations, and the world famous Rib Cook-off.

Other information


• Current resident salary is $41,832 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:

• Letter of intent and curriculum vitae

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

• Official transcript

Phase 1 application deadline: December 31, 2022

• NMS Match Code: 170013


• Telephone interview is required and takes place mid to late January

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

Please email with questions!

• Residency Program Director: Jessica Cate, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP (

Jessica Cate, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

975 Kirman Ave

Reno, NV 89502

775-786-7200 ext 6729

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