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Internal Medicine Residency

St. Louis VA Medical Center
John Cochran Division
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis, MO
Residency Period: July 1 - June 30
Available Positions: 2

Program Goals

  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications
  • Optimize the outcomes of internal medicine patients by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Improve communication ability through formal and informal interactions with patients, caregivers, and health care professionals
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills.
  • Contribute to the body of pharmacy knowledge in internal medicine.
  • Evaluate, manage, and improve the medication-use process.
  • Demonstrate skills required to function in an academic setting.

Training Sites

This ASHP-accredited residency program is primarily based at the St. Louis VA Medical Center, John Cochran Division. 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 primary, secondary, and tertiary 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

Required clinical rotations include internal medicine, critical care, and infectious disease. A variety of elective rotations are available within the VA medical center. The residents will also have longitudinal responsibilities in the infectious disease clinic.

Residents are directly supervised by the preceptor on inpatient rotations or in pharmacist-run clinics. The residency preceptors meet regularly with the resident to provide advice and feedback, share clinical expertise, guide student precepting activities, and ensure back up clinical coverage.

Residents participate in journal club, case presentations, and resident seminars, 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. Residents receive a faculty appointment at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and have the opportunity to complete an ACPE Accredited teaching certificate program. Teaching opportunities include classroom presentations, small group case discussion facilitation, and clerkship precepting.


Successful candidates will be highly motivated, self-directed Pharm.D. graduates who are currently enrolled in a PGY-1 residency program and possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. All candidates must be eligible for registered pharmacist licensure (any state) and be eligible for temporary Missouri licensure.

Application Procedure

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and affiliated residency programs will be utilizing ASHP’s PhORCAS system to manage resident applications.  Details, additional requirements, and a link to the PhORCAS system can be found here.

Program Director

Patrick Finnegan, Pharm.D., BCPS