Pharmacy Residency With a Focus on Mental Health at VA Coastal Bend – Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Valley

VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System

Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care SystemProgram Director:

Kendra Saxvik, PharmD, BCPP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Mental Health
Director, Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY-1)
Corpus Christi VA Specialty Clinic
205 S. Enterprize Pkwy
Corpus Christi, TX 78405


Corpus Christi, TX

1 year

2 positions

June 26th


  • U.S. citizen
  • Pharm.D. degree from ACPE-accredited institution
  • Eligible to practice pharmacy in at least one state
  • Selection is based on professional competence, scholastic achievement, references, communication skills, and clinical practice interests.


Competitive salary (estimated $41,000) plus benefits (paid federal holidays, plus 13 paid work days each of annual and sick leave; health insurance; tuition/travel reimbursement for approved professional meetings )

This residency is a one year, full-time program that provides two residents an intensive experience in delivering comprehensive pharmaceutical care—with a focus on mental health services—to the veteran population in South Texas.

The purpose of the residency program is to prepare the pharmacist clinician to obtain a position as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, or to continue residency training as a PGY-2 resident in a focused area of practice.

The VATVCBHCS currently has specialized residency training programs in the areas of ambulatory care, home based primary care/geriatrics, hematology/oncology, infectious disease and psychiatry. Various electives are available and will be chosen based on the residents interests. The resident frequently interacts with fellow residents through participation in journal club, case discussion sessions and Pharmacotherapy Conference.


     Our PGY1 residency is focused in Mental Health. Our residents have opportunities to practice mental health in the outpatient setting, in the primary care setting, and also with our severely mentally ill through our Mental Health Intensive Case Management setting. Our residents also receive a broad education in other pharmacy practices areas so as to be well rounded Clinical Pharmacy Specialists upon completion of our program.

    Our clinical pharmacists are well integrated in all of our clinic locations across our system. Each of clinical pharmacy specialists operate under a Scope of Practice, and cover such areas as Primary Care, Anticoagulation, Neurology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Transitions of Care, amongst others.  We offer our inpatient rotations, including electives in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, through our contracted hospitals in Corpus Christi. Our residents will have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge base from a wide variety of preceptors who are invested in our Veteran’s and our residents success.

 VATVCBHCS is comprised of the Care System Management Offices, VA Health Care Center at Harlingen, Harlingen VA Outpatient Clinic, McAllen VA Outpatient Clinic, Corpus Christi VA Outpatient Clinic, and Laredo VA Outpatient Clinic. VATVCBHCS serves approximately 30,000 unique patients with clinical and operational pharmacy services available at the VA Health Care Center at Harlingen, Harlingen VA Outpatient Clinic, McAllen VA Outpatient Clinic, and Corpus Christi VA Outpatient Clinic. The pharmacy processes more than 5,000 prescriptions daily and utilizes the Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy to help fill high volume prescriptions. VATVCBHCS provides a broad spectrum of ambulatory services: Caregiver support program, former prisoner of war program, mental health, pharmacy, primary care, social work, specialty care (neurology, radiation, oncology, and audiology), and women’s health. VAVCBHCS currently does not have an inpatient unit. All inpatient or acute care services are detailed to local contract hospitals (Valley Baptist Medical Center, McAllen Medical Center, McAllen Heart Hospital, Edinburg Regional Medical Center.)

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