The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program offers a well-rounded curriculum with a variety of experiences in both acute care and ambulatory care settings. As the referral center for VA Medical Centers in our region, CAVHS provides the opportunity to care for a diverse array of complex patients. The CAVHS residency program has enjoyed a rich history that dates back to 1974 and boasts the graduation of over 200 residents. Our graduates currently serve in various roles, including clinical pharmacy specialist positions, clinical coordinators, and faculty positions at Colleges of Pharmacy.
As a member of one of the world’s largest integrated health care systems, CAVHS is a tertiary care, teaching facility that serves as the primary health care provider for more than 88,000 Veterans in Arkansas and is a referral center for VA Medical Centers in surrounding states. CAVHS is a busy health care center, logging over 1.2 million ambulatory care clinic visits each year. This includes satellite clinics in Searcy, Pine Bluff, Conway, Mena, El Dorado, Mountain Home, Hot Springs, and Russellville.
CAVHS provides healthcare services on two main campuses, the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital located near downtown Little Rock and the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center, located on the grounds of an old Army Post known as Fort Roots, approximately 7 miles away in North Little Rock. CAVHS provides a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology. Comprehensive healthcare is provided through primary, tertiary, and long-term care. General medicine and surgical services are offered as well as many specialty areas including mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, dentistry, ophthalmology, geriatrics, and women’s health. The Medical Center has 280 operating hospital beds on both campuses as well as a 152-bed Community Living Center on the North Little Rock campus. In addition, a 119-bed Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Unit provides long-term rehabilitative care on the North Little Rock campus. Both campuses have an inpatient and outpatient pharmacy.
CAVHS is physically connected with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, home to the UAMS College of Pharmacy. Residents will complete the Teaching Certificate Program and the Research Certificate Program offered through the UAMS College of Pharmacy. In addition, PGY1 Residents are appointed to the faculty as clinical instructors for the purpose of facilitating in the P-2 and P-3 Therapeutics Recitation course.
Pharmacy Service at CAVHS is progressive and growing. We employ over 90 pharmacists in operations and clinical areas. Clinical Pharmacists are an integral part of the treatment teams, serving medicine, surgical, geriatric, cardiology, emergency department, and infectious disease teams as well as practicing in various outpatient clinics including primary care, geriatrics, home care, psychiatry, integrated medicine, and pain. Clinical pharmacy services are in high demand at this federal facility, giving us ample opportunity to develop innovative and advanced patient care practices in collaboration with the medical staff.
Estimated Stipend: $41,533
Accrued vacation leave and sick leave
Medical, dental, and life insurance policies offered
Ten paid Federal holidays
Expected start date: June 24, 2019
Positions available: Up to six
All residents must be United States citizens and have graduated from an American Council on Pharmaceutical Education accredited college or school of pharmacy. Applicants must meet requirements for federal employment, including physical exam. PGY1 residents are required to obtain a pharmacist license from any US state no later than 90 days from the start of the residency.
CAVHS will accept residency applications through PhORCAS. Application requirements include:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Official Transcript from a U.S. Accredited pharmacy program
3. Letter of Intent
4. Three references using recommendation from through PhORCAS
5. Completed CAVHS Residency Application Form (Upload as supplemental document)