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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Pharmacy Residency Program


Our residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and we have been graduating residents since 1995.  As a VA with a 27-year tradition of collaborative practice relations between our clinical pharmacy specialists and our physician colleagues, we have an excellent reputation for advanced practice opportunities for pharmacists, we are always seeking to expand and advance practice and be innovative in the services we offer.  Our department is clearly valued in our medical center and our expertise in medications, disease state management and drug utilization is sought after in all patient care areas.  The focus of VHA and the Cincinnati VA is to ensure we provide all of our patients with safe and effective care and improve their disease state outcomes.  Our clinical pharmacists work in well-defined multidisciplinary teams to help ensure we achieve these outcomes for our veterans. We are very proud of our mission to serve the men and women who have served our country.   Additionally, the VA offers an exceptional environment for learning as the second mission of the VHA is providing education for healthcare providers.

All our clinical pharmacy staff, as well as most our physician colleagues, hold faculty positions at one or more professional colleges and we share a love of teaching, scholarship, learning and giving back to our students and patients.   Our clinical staff relate well to the challenges and pressures facing residents and they are always there to provide guidance and support for our residents as they go through their year.  In addition, we have a wonderful pharmacy department and all of our pharmacists, technicians and administrative staff supports our residency program and work hard to ensure our residents have a successful and happy year with us at the Cincinnati VA.  In 2014, we added a PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program in Mental Health and currently have one residency position in this area. Dr. Matthew Brown is the Residency Program Director for this ASHP accredited PGY2 Residency Program.

The purpose of a PGY1 pharmacy residency program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

We have four PGY1 residents and have been very successful at recruiting residents from many different areas and colleges of pharmacy over the years leading to a wonderful diversity among our residents and ultimately our clinical staff since we currently have thirteen of our former residents on staff.  Overall, about 46% of our graduating residents have opted to stay in VA practice for their careers which speaks volumes about the wonderful practice available to pharmacists within the VHA family.  Click here for more information on VA Pharmacy Positions.

Program Goals

Our one-year postgraduate pharmacy resident training program is intended to provide its graduates with a variety of advanced practice stills including:

  • Functioning effectively as a pharmacist in multiple healthcare environments.
  • Functioning effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary primary care team.
  • Working under a service agreement to provide direct patient care services including disease state management, patient education and wellness promotion.
  • Developing leadership skills in all areas of pharmacy practice management including continuous quality improvement, medication use evaluation, medication reconciliation, drug information, staff development and formulary management.
  • Developing and refining teaching, writing and speaking skills to ensure professionalism in providing patient/staff education and information.
  • Developing the ability to manage one’s own practice.
  • Becoming a self-directed learner who takes personal responsibility for attaining excellence in one’s ability to provide pharmaceutical care.

Resident Benefits

The resident will be appointed as a temporary pharmacy employee of the Cincinnati VAMC with the following benefits:

  • $43,153 stipend
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid leave days: 13 vacation, 13 sick, 9 holiday
  • Financial assistance and time for selected professional meetings
  • BLS and ACLS certification
  • Computers (PC/Internet)
  • Designated office space, supplies and support
  • Copying and medical media services
  • Free Parking
  • Separate Teaching Certificate

Application Requirements include the following:

  • United States Citizenship
  • On-Site Interview
  • Eligibility for Licensure
  • Pharm. D. from an ACPE accredited College of Pharmacy

Application Process (apply through Phorcas System)

  • United States Citizen
  • Licensed Pharmacist (or in process of licensure)
  • Completed PHorcas application with three recommendations
  • Copy of Pharmacy college transcripts
  • Letter of Intent (see guidelines for this)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (see guidelines for this)

Please contact our Residency Program Director, Tina M. Hamilton, with any questions:
Phone:  513-861-3100 ext. 4034
Mail:  Tina M. Hamilton, Pharm D., BCPS
 Pharmacy (119)
 VA Medical Center
 3200 Vine Street
 Cincinnati, OH 45220


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