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Pharmacy Residency

St. Louis VA Medical Center
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis, MO
Residency Period: July 1 - June 30
Available Positions: 5

Program Goals

  • Manage and improve the medication use process.
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management within interdisciplinary teams.
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training.
  • Utilize medical informatics.
  • Develop teaching ability through participation in didactic and clerkship instruction of pharmacy students, medical students, and residents.

Training Sites

This ASHP-accredited residency program is primarily based at the VA St. Louis Health Care System, John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions. It is a comprehensive clinical residency with opportunities for clinical development in inpatient medicine, primary/ambulatory care, critical care, geriatric care, management, research, infectious disease, long-term care, and longitudinal ambulatory care. A wide variety of elective rotations are available within the VA St. Louis Health Care System or may be arranged through St. Louis College of Pharmacy at affiliated institutions in the greater metropolitan St. Louis area. A tailored online, real-time computer system links all hospital departments, provides access to information sources, and retrieves data from other tertiary care centers.

The medical center provides comprehensive care for veterans of the St. Louis metropolitan area, eastern Missouri, and southern Illinois. Services include acute care medicine, surgery, associated inpatient subspecialties, and comprehensive general/specialty ambulatory care. The medical center serves as a training site for medical residents and students from both Saint Louis University and Washington University medical schools.

Residency Activities

While the St. Louis VAMC PGY-1 Residency Program is designed to provide a balanced approach to resident development, specific tracks are available to tailor resident experiences and development toward care in the acute or ambulatory settings. Residents in the acute care track are required to complete two acute care general medicine rotations, an infectious disease rotation, a critical care rotation, two ambulatory care rotations, a practice management rotation and have the opportunity to complete two elective rotations. Residents in the ambulatory care track are required to complete four ambulatory care rotations, an acute care general medicine rotation, an acute care elective, a practice management rotation, and have the opportunity to complete two additional elective rotations.

Residents participate in journal club, case presentations, and resident seminar, as well as provide educational in-services to pharmacists, medical residents, and staff physicians. An independent or collaborative research or pharmacy practice project is completed during the residency year along with quality improvement projects/initiatives. Residents receive a faculty appointment at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and complete an ACPE Accredited teaching certificate program with workshops incorporating active learning strategies and critical thinking abilities into the development of class lectures, handouts/study guides, providing formative and summative assessments, and scripting class sessions. Teaching opportunities include classroom presentations, small group case discussion facilitation, and clerkship precepting.


Applicants must have completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree or other appropriate advanced degree with clinical emphasis prior to residency start date and be eligible for licensure within the U.S. Successful candidates will be highly motivated and self-directed, possessing exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, dedicated to improvement across a wide variety of activities, including clinical practice, direct patient care, and education.

Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted through the ASHP PhORCAS. Application deadline is January 2.

Application requirements to be uploaded to PhORCAS: Standard PhORCAS application information, curriculum vitae, letter of intent/personal statement outlining your professional interests, qualifications and which track (acute care/ambulatory care/both) you would like to be considered for, transcripts, and materials from three professional references including the ASHP standard reference form (via PhORCAS) and a completed Pharmacy Residency Applicant Assessment Form (to be downloaded from and uploaded to PhORCAS). Further pertinent information from references, including a letter of reference may be added to the bottom of the Pharmacy Residency Applicant Assessment Form prior to uploading.

All completed applications will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for on-site interviews in January/February.

Reference Request

Applicants are required to have three professional references submit the standard ASHP reference form (via PhORCAS) and a Pharmacy Residency Applicant Assessment Form (to be downloaded from and uploaded to PhORCAS). Further pertinent information and/or a letter of reference may be added to or copied onto the bottom of the Pharmacy Residency Applicant Assessment Form prior to uploading. The reference is expected to be someone in a position to evaluate their performance, potential, and qualifications for residency training. References are asked for a candid appraisal of the applicant’s character, communication skills, interpersonal skills, strengths and weaknesses, clinical and professional abilities, and suitability for residency training including response to feedback and ability for self-improvement. All comments, information, and materials will be kept confidential.

Program Director

Travis Linneman, Pharm.D., BCPS