PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

About Our Program

The residency is a one-year postgraduate program that provides training and experience in Pharmacy Practice and Education. Patient care responsibilities are foremost; residents also receive instruction and experience in management, managed care, and quality improvement process. Residents are provided with ample opportunities to teach in clinical clerkship and didactic settings. A residency project is required and a focus on economics, outcomes analysis, or health-care policy is encouraged.

How to Apply

PGY-1 Class 2019
Class of 2019
Top: Steven Hong, PharmD (University of Iowa),
David Lee, PharmD (Virginia Commonwealth U),
Mark Bickley, PharmD (University of Maryland)
Bottom: Winney Chan, PharmD (Northeastern University),
Mindy Lai, PharmD (Ohio State University),
Yvonne Ng, PharmD (University of Arizona),
Liana So (University of Southern California)


VAPAHCS is a 750-bed hospital and satellite outpatient clinic complex located in the greater San Francisco Bay Area of California. This major tertiary referral center consists of three medical center divisions and seven satellite outpatient clinics. The Palo Alto Division, located in the foothills of the Coast Range Mountains, is comprised of ambulatory care clinics, as well as medicine, surgery, acute psychiatry, spinal cord injury/polytrauma, geriatric care, hospice, and blind rehabilitation inpatient beds. The health care system is affiliated with Stanford School of Medicine, and the Pharmacy Service is affiliated with University of the Pacific (UOP), University of Southern California (USC) and Touro University.

Pharmacy Service

The Pharmacy Service provides 24-hour coverage 7 days a week. Patient care is provided by a staff of more than 180 pharmacists, residents, students, and technicians. The pharmacy also provides a Pharmacoeconomics Center, and staff to participate in local, regional, and national committees.

Required Learning Experiences:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Formulary Management/Medication Safety
  • Geriatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacy Leadership
  • Research/Quality Improvement
  • Service

Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Academic Detailing
  • Ambulatory Care II
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • IV Room
  • Pain Management
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Polytrauma/Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry


  • Health & Dental Insurance
  • Vacation - 13 days/year
  • Sick leave - 13 days/year
  • Paid educational leave*
  • All weekday federal holidays off
  • Free parking

*Residents are paid for their time to attend meetings. Funding to support travel and meeting registration is limited.