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Kansas City VA Medical Center

 

Pharmacy Residency Programs

VA Health Care – Defining EXCELLENCE in the 21st Century

The Pharmacy Residency Program at the Kansas City VA has been defining excellence in pharmacy practice.  We are proud to be a part of the largest program for advanced clinical pharmacy training in the country.  Nationally, the VA trains over 600 residency annually in over 200 American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (ASHP) accredited residencies.

 

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Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1)

Pharmacy Residency Program

 The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide variety of conditions, eligible for board certification and eligible for PGY2 pharmacy residency training.

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 Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2)

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

 The 12 month PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency builds on Doctor of Pharmacy education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to contribute to the development of clinical skills necessary to function as an independent pharmacist practitioner in a variety of ambulatory care settings.

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Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2)

Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency

 The 12 month PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency program builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to support the development of the clinical skills necessary to function independently as a pharmacist practitioner in infectious diseases.

 

Kansas City VA Medical Center Overview

 The Kansas City VA Medical Center (KCVA) currently provides services to over 55,000 Veterans who reside in the Kansas City primary service area.  The KCVA is a tertiary care hospital that serves as a referral center for the Kansas VA Medical Centers in Leavenworth, Topeka, and Wichita, Kansas as well as the Columbia, Missouri VA Medical Center.  This integrated health care system is dedicated to providing quality health care to the Veterans of mid-America.

In additional to acute care medicine services, the KCVA has primary care services for all enrolled Veteran patients.  Community based outpatient clinics (CBOC) in Shawnee and Paola, Kansas, and in Belton, Cameron, Excelsior Springs, Nevada, and Warrensburg, Missouri provide an extension of these services to Veterans in rural areas.  Specialty care is also available to patients in the areas of endocrinology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, nephrology, cardiology, hematology/oncology, and infectious diseases.

Kansas City VA Clinical Pharmacy Services

Patient care is provided by a staff of approximately 60 pharmacists and 35 pharmacy technicians. In addition to distributive functions, a wide variety of clinical services are maintained to ensure our Veterans receive optimal care.  Clinical Pharmacy Specialists play an integral role by enhancing care to patients in all settings at the KCVA including primary and specialty care, both at the medical center and in community based clinics.  These pharmacists function as licensed independent practitioners and work under a scope of practice to provide medication therapy management services.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services

Clinical pharmacy services for primary care are provided by approximately 12 pharmacists at the main campus and outlying CBOCs.  Over 14 clinical pharmacy specialists practice in multiple other specialty areas including geriatrics, home based primary care, behavioral health, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, oncology/hematology, pulmonary, pain management, and anticoagulation.

Acute Care Pharmacy Services

In addition to centralized pharmacists supporting the 24 hour operational hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacists are aligned with inpatient care teams including internal medicine, psychiatry, critical care, cardiology, surgery, and infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship.

 Additionally, our pharmacists promote the pharmacy profession through involvement in multidisciplinary committees and work groups throughout the medical center.

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.

 

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program



POSITION DETAILS

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Duration:

Position(s):

Starting Date:

Estimated Stipend:

Application Deadline:

Interview Required:

12 months

3

July 1, 2021

$41, 796 plus compensation for staffing

 January 3, 2021

 
Yes

Benefits:
Benefits include health and life insurance, annual leave (vacation), days off for illness/medical appointments/family care and 10 paid federal holidays. 

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Lauri Witt, PharmD, BCACP
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Pulmonary Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
lauri.witt@va.gov
816-861-4700 extension 57423

CURRENT RESIDENTS

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Kennedy Moore, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2020-2021
kennedy.moore@va.gov
PharmD: University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Lauren Sudhoff, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2020-2021
lauren.sudhoff@va.gov
PharmD: University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Jordan Thoman, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2020-2021
jordan.thoman@va.gov
PharmD: University of Missouri-Kansas City

 

 

 
 



Purpose
 

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.


Program Overview

This 12 month residency in Pharmacy Practice has been conducted for over 30 years.  The ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center offers training opportunities for the individual desiring to develop clinical competency in both acute and ambulatory clinic settings. This Pharmacy Practice training program offers a variety learning experiences designed to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide personalized pharmaceutical care services and enhance patient outcomes in all care settings.

 

Residency Structure

After a 6 weeks Orientation period, the residency is divided into 9 rotations of varying length.  The rotations are arranged to combine required experiences along with electives in the resident’s identified area of interest to allow for growth of skills throughout the year.  Simultaneously, the resident is expected to prioritize and work on ongoing requirements in longitudinal clinical, didactic, management and residency project rotations.

In each experience, the resident works closely with the residency director and the rotation preceptor to develop goals and objectives that will assist the resident in expanding skills for current and future practice.  Regular meetings with the residency director ensure that long-term goals are met.

Core Rotations (Required)

  • Orientation (5 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care (PACT) (6 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Acute Care Selective (pick 1 rotation)
Advanced Internal Medicine
Cardiology
Critical Care
ID consults
Inpatient Mental Health

  • Ambulatory Care Selective (pick 1 rotation)

Advanced Ambulatory Care
Anticoagulation
CBOC/Rural Health
ID/HIV
Mental Health
Oncology
Pain Clinic
Pulmonary
Specialty Care Clinic

  • Practice Management (3 weeks)

     

Elective Rotations (pick 2 rotations)

  • Academia
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Pharmacy Outcomes/Healthcare Analytics
  • Selective rotation not previously taken


Longitudinal Rotations

  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Residency Project
  • Staffing

 

HOW TO APPLY

 KCVA Pharmacy Residency Programs participate in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).  To apply,  the following must be submitted through PhORCAS by the deadline to be considered for an on-site interview:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Pharmacy school transcripts
  • Three completed references in PhORCAS

  

Past Residents

                                                                  

 

Residency Projects

 


RESIDENCY PRECEPTORS

Keith Anderson, PharmD, BCCP
Inpatient Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
 Janelle Bouslog, PharmD, BCACP
PACT Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Suzy Burros, PharmD, BCACP
PACT Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Amy Cummings, PharmD, BCACP
PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Nathaniel Daugherty, PharmD
Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Scott Denno, PharmD, BCPS
Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Beth Eickman, PharmD, BCACP
Home Based Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Rick Galyean, PharmD
Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Jamie Guyear, PharmD, BCIDP
ID Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Malena Jost, PharmD
Home Based Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Christina Mears, PharmD, BCACP
Chief, Pharmacy Service
Chris Meier, PharmD, BCPS
Specialty Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Matt Minnick, PharmD
PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Elaine Ogden, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM
Pharmacoeconomics
Liz Redd, PharmD, BCIDP
ID Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Tera Raymond, PharmD
PACT Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Amanda Stahnke, PharmD, BCACP
Academia/ PACT Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Sarah Will, PharmD, BCPS
Geri-PACT Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program

 

Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice.

 PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings.

 Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification (BCACP).

Program Overview

 The ASHP Accredited Ambulatory Care residency program at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center offers training opportunities for the individual desiring to develop clinical competency in a variety of clinic settings within ambulatory care pharmacy practice. This 12-month training program offers a variety outpatient learning experiences designed to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients in the ambulatory care setting.

Residency Structure

After a minimum 2 week orientation period, the residency is divided into nine rotations of varying length.  The rotations are arranged to combine required experiences along with electives in the resident’s area of interest to allow for growth of skills throughout the year.  The resident is simultaneously expected to prioritize and work on ongoing requirements in longitudinal clinical, didactic, management and residency project rotations.

The resident works closely with the residency director and the primary preceptor to develop goals and objectives that will assist the resident in expanding skills for current and future practice.  Regular meetings with the residency director ensure that short and long-term goals are fulfilled.


Core (Required) Rotations

  • Anticoagulation
  • Geriatrics
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Mental Health Clinic
  • Orientation
  • Pain Clinic
  • Honor PACT Clinic
  • Formulary Management

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Rural Health/CBOC PACT Clinic
  • Practice Management
  • Residency Project

Elective Rotations

  • Specialty Care Clinic
  • Infectious Disease
  • Oncology Clinic
  • Pulmonary Clinic

 

HOW TO APPLY

 KCVA Pharmacy Residency Programs participate in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).  To apply, the following must be submitted through PhORCAS by the deadline to be considered for an on-site interview:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Pharmacy school transcripts
  • Three completed references in PhORCAS

 

Past Residents

2012-2013     Amy Cummings, PharmD, BCACP

2013-2014     Anna Heberle, PharmD, BCACP

2015-2016     Malena Jost, PharmD

2016-2017     Beth Bedel, PharmD

2017-2018     Vivian Nguyen, PharmD, BCACP

2018-2019     Tera Raymond, PharmD

2019-2020     Lauren Wilde, PharmD


CURRENT RESIDENT

Farrah Zonoozi
Farrah Zonoozi, PharmD
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident 2020-2021
farrah.zonoozi@va.gov
816-861-4700 extension 55723
PharmD: University of Kansas
PGY1: Kansas City VA Medical Center

 

RESIDENCY PRECEPTORS

Janelle Bouslog, PharmD, BCACP
PACT Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Amy Cummings, PharmD, BCACP
PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Kyleigh Gould, PharmD, BCACP
Associate Chief, Clinical Pharmacy Services

Malena Jost, PharmD
Home Based Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Chris Meier, PharmD, BCPS
Specialty Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Kristyn Straw-Wilson, PharmD, BCPP
Pain Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Michelle Twitty, PharmD, BCPP
Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Rachel Walker, PharmD, BCPP
Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Sarah Will, PharmD, BCPS
Geri-PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

 



PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program

Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice.

PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings.

Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification (BCIDP).

Program Overview

 The ASHP Accredited PGY2 Infectious Diseases residency program at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center offers training opportunities for the individual desiring to develop clinical competency in the specialized area of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy. This 12-month training program offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient learning experiences designed to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients with infectious diseases.

The Infectious Diseases division at the KCVA is staffed by two physician specialists in infectious diseases.  The KCVA ID physicians provide primary care for approximately 200 Veteran patients living with HIV as well as inpatient and outpatient ID consult services for the medical center. 

The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident will collaborate with these physicians in patient care and in championing the antimicrobial stewardship program.  The division is supported by Infectious Diseases Fellows and medical residents from the University of Kansas School of Medicine as well as by a patient aligned care team (PACT) which includes RN case manager and LPN support.

Unique program features include ambulatory care rotations in HIV/AIDS primary care and chronic hepatitis C management, as well as the opportunity for involvement in antimicrobial stewardship activities in the ambulatory care setting in addition to inpatient stewardship. 

Residency Structure

After a minimum 2 week orientation period, the residency is divided into 9 required rotations and 2 elective rotations, each approximately 1 month in length.  Additional experiences occur in the microbiology lab and with infection control. 

The rotations are arranged to combine required experiences along with electives in the resident’s area of interest to allow for growth of skills throughout the year.  The resident is simultaneously expected to prioritize and work on ongoing requirements in longitudinal rotations and works closely with the program director to ensure short and long term goals are fulfilled.

Core (Required) Rotations      

  • Orientation 2-4 weeks
  • Microbiology 2 weeks
  • Infection Control 1 week
  • Infectious Diseases Clinic 2 months
  • Inpatient ID Consults 2 months
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship 2 months
  • Critical Care 1 month
  • Combined ID Consults/ASP 2 months

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Residency Project (QI or Research)
  • ID Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Professional Development
  • Staffing (one evening per week for 4 hours)

Elective Rotations


  • Pharmacy Outcomes/Analytics
  • Long Term Care ASP (offsite-Leavenworth VA)
  • Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy
  • Pharmacy Benefits Management (virtual)
  • Others may be considered or arranged to meet resident specific objectives/goals

Additional activities include involvement on multidisciplinary committees including the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee and the Infection Control Committee.  The resident also has the opportunity to participate in activities with the Infectious Diseases Fellows of the University of Kansas such as a virtual bootcamp and weekly journal club and core lectures. 

POSITION DETAILS

PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program

Duration:

Position(s):

Starting Date:

Estimated Stipend:

Application Deadline:

Interview Required:

12 months

1

July 5, 2021

$45,282 plus compensation for staffing

January 5, 2021

Yes

Benefits:

Benefits include health and life insurance, annual leave (vacation), days off for illness/medical appointments/family care and 10 paid federal holidays.


RESIDENCY PRECEPTORS

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Jamie Guyear, PharmD, BCIDP
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
jamie.guyear@va.gov
816-861-4700 extension 56038

 

Liz Redd, PharmD, BCIDP
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist


Solmaz Keefe, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

 

 

CURRENT RESIDENT

 

Patty Callahan

Patty Callahan, PharmD
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident 2020-2021
patricia.callahan@va.gov
816-861-4700 extension 56380
PharmD: University of Maryland
PGY1: Olathe Medical Center

HOW TO APPLY

 KCVA Pharmacy Residency Programs participate in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). To apply,  the following must be submitted through PhORCAS by the deadline to be considered for an on-site interview:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Pharmacy school transcripts
  • Three completed references in PhORCAS