VA Black Hills Health Care System
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency
The VA Black Hills PGY-1 pharmacy residency program builds on a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education to contribute to the development of skilled clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of Veterans with a wide variety of health conditions. Our residents graduate from the program eligible for board certification and PGY-2 pharmacy residency training.
The VA Black Hills PGY-1 pharmacy residency trains pharmacy residents in the setting of a large, rural VA health care system. The VA Black Hills Health Care System serves over 20,000 Veterans across two main Medical Center facilities (Fort Meade and Hot Springs) and several Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Our health care system is located in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota.
While both inpatient and outpatient learning experiences are required, resident involvement in the ambulatory care setting is robust. This includes participation in established medication therapy management (MTM) clinics such as: anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, tobacco cessation, COPD, and hepatitis C. Residents also have required learning experiences in long-term care (Community Living Center), home based primary care, inpatient clinical pharmacy, and internal medicine. Most of our learning experiences are longitudinal, allowing residents to maintain their clinical skills in these different practice areas throughout the year.
Residents also participate in a longitudinal professional development rotation designed to enhance leadership ability and emotional intelligence. An elective teaching certificate program is available which equips residents to pursue a position in an academic setting. Our site has numerous academic affiliations, including the South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions. Feedback from both residents and preceptors is highly valued and used to customize each resident’s experience.