Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System – Temple, Waco, Austin

in conjunction with The University of Texas, College of Pharmacy


Daniel Wu, Pharm.D., BCPP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Psychiatry
PYG2 Pharmacy Residency Program Director – Psychiatry

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
Pharmacy Service (119T)
1901 Veterans Memorial Drive, Temple, TX 76504
Office Phone: (254) 743-0887
Fax: (254) 743-0020

Temple-Waco-Austin, Texas

1 year

July 1

Graduate of an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy
Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Residency
U.S. citizen
Current licensure in any state
Submission of CV, letter of interest, transcripts, and at least 3 letters of recommendations by January 15

Competitive salary plus benefits (paid federal holidays, plus 13 paid work days each of annual and sick leave; health insurance; paid expenses to either midyear or CPNP and either Alcalde or the UT Psychiatric Update)

The ASHP-accredited PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) provides experiences in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric pharmacy practice areas.  One position is currently offered each year in conjunction with our 4 ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice positions.

Core training experiences include block and longitudinal training in acute psychiatry and outpatient mental health. Elective rotations are also available in PTSD, substance abuse, neurology, geropsychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and psychosocial rehabilitation.  All CTVHCS residents present formal lectures, patient cases, participate in journal club, teach pharmacy students, and serve as the principal investigator on a residency project.  Completion of a residency project and participation in the UT pharmacotherapy resident conference are required.  An Academic Training Program is available through UT, and upon successful completion, a certificate is awarded at the end of the year.

VA Core Values

Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence

(“I CARE”)

The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) consists of two hospitals located in Temple and Waco; one stand-alone clinic in Austin; four community based outpatient clinics in Brownwood, Cedar Park, College Station and Palestine; two nursing homes in Temple and Waco; one domiciliary in Temple, a Blind Rehabilitation Unit in Waco and two patient, rehabilitation units for post-traumatic stress disorder and severely mentally ill life enhancement in Waco.  With one of the largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the country, CTVHCS was officially named a Mental Health Center of Excellence in 2006.

In FY 2011, CTVHCS had 85,501 veterans enrolled, 1,108,111 outpatient visits, and 9,324 inpatients treated. CTVHCS is affiliated with the University of Texas, College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M University, Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

The Olin E. Teague hospital in Temple is a tertiary care facility.  It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.  Within Temple are 177 medical/surgical beds, 272 Nursing Home Care Unit beds, 24 palliative care beds, a 408-bed Domiciliary, a 160-bed State Veterans Home, and a VA Research Institute.  The Austin VA Outpatient Clinic is a 60,000 square foot facility serving a rapidly growing population of veterans surrounding the State Capitol.

The largest mental health resource in VISN 17, CTVHCS provides care for veterans from the farthest corners of Texas and the four surrounding states.  Waco’s inpatient services include 64 intermediate and acute psychiatric beds, and 140 long term geropsych beds.  Outpatient mental health services are provided on the Temple, Waco, and Austin campuses.

The Department of Pharmacy at the CTVHCS offers a wide range of clinical pharmacy services provided by clinical pharmacists and clinical specialists.  As a psychiatric pharmacy resident, you will work under the supervision of several psychiatric pharmacy specialists on staff (Jennifer Faulkner, Kelly Clark, Len Sosebee, Warren Hall, Jody Bartlett, and Tom Wilson).  The residents are eligible for a scope of practice in our Waco behavioral health depression clinic.  The resident continuously interacts with staff throughout the hospital and additionally through participation in journal club, case discussion sessions, and our continuing education programs. Through our collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, all residents have many teaching opportunities at UT and at the hospital throughout the year.

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 Residency Program Director. Residents will be supported in pursuing further post-graduate training or employment opportunities. A national database is available to assist residents who may be interested in pharmacy positions within VA.   Our past PGY2 psychiatric residents now practice as clinical psychiatric specialists in health care systems.  Our PGY1 residents have gone into a variety of practice settings including health systems, academia, and PGY2 specialty residencies.

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 on applicant selected.

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