Geriatrics at South Texas Veterans Health Care System – San Antonio

Audie L. Murphy Division in conjunction with the University of Texas College of Pharmacy



CRottman-Sagebielontact:
Rebecca Rottman-Sagebiel, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP
Program Director, PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Clinical Pharmacy Programs MSC 6220
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
(210) 567-8355
rebecca.rottman@va.gov


LOCATION:
San Antonio, Texas


LENGTH OF RESIDENCY:
1 year


START DATE:
July 1


REQUIREMENTS:
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 and research interests.
Previous PGY1 pharmacy residency is required.


STIPEND:
Competitive salary plus sick leave, annual leave, and administrative leave available.
Health insurance is available.


The PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. This comprehensive, post-doctoral clinical pharmacy training program is designed to produce a clinician demonstrating skills necessary to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care to geriatric patients in a variety of health care settings, including geriatric primary care, long-term care, and acute care.   Other intended outcomes of this residency program include the following: function as a member of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary treatment teams providing care to geriatric patients, serve as an educator for geriatric patients, family members, pharmacy students, and health care providers, exhibit leadership and management skills in a professional manner, display characteristics of professional and personal self-growth as a geriatric practitioner, and demonstrate the ability to proactively identify and meet opportunities available in the provision of pharmaceutical care to our aging population.

The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital is a 350-bed facility with an adjacent 90-bed Extended Care Therapy Center (ECTC), a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, an eight-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Polytrauma Unit and a Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center.   The facility is located in northwest San Antonio and provides primary, secondary, and tertiary health care in medicine, psychiatry, surgery, and rehabilitation medicine to serve the health care needs of area veterans. The Pharmacy Service offers 24-hour coverage, centralized unit-dose drug distribution, complete IV-admixture program, and clinical services.

The resident will actively participate in the activities of the Community Living Center (CLC) and Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Clinic.   The CLC is a long-term care/rehabilitation facility devoted to the goal of restoring function to veterans. The CLC program operates with an interdisciplinary team that is composed of professionals from pharmacy, nursing, medicine, psychology, dietetics, social work, speech pathology, and rehabilitation services.   Pharmacists are responsible for promoting appropriate cost-effective pharmacotherapy, obtaining medication histories, documenting medication reviews, and educating patients, caregivers, and other health care professionals. Within the GEM Clinic, a primary care clinic, pharmacy residents provide pharmaceutical care in areas including anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure. Other learning experiences available to complete core geriatric training include Home Based Primary Care, Palliative Care, Hospice, Acute Care Medicine and Transitions of Care.  Various electives are available and will be chosen based upon the resident’s interests. The resident has an opportunity for participation in journal club and case discussion sessions with fellow residents, participation in Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care Grand Rounds, and other programs as deemed appropriate.   Completion of a residency project is required.

The resident is an employee of The Department of Veterans Affairs, directly responsible to the Chief, Pharmacy Service. Daily guidance and supervision will be provided by the resident’s program director, Dr. Rebecca Rottman-Sagebiel.   An affiliated appointment as a Clinical Instructor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is available.

The University of Texas at Austin and its affiliated institutions are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted for an applicant selected.


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