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Dear Residency Applicant:


Thank you for your interest in the pharmacy residency programs at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System at VCU Medical Center. VCU Health System is offering 15 positions in several residency programs for 2017 - 2018: a PGY1 Pharmacy residency, PGY2 residencies in Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Psychiatry and Ambulatory Care; and a Combined PGY1 Pharmacy/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency.

VCU Health System is the practice site for these residencies and they are funded by the Department of Pharmacy Services. The residencies are twelve-month positions that begin on July 1st and end on June 30th. Upon satisfactory completion of each program, the institution awards a residency certificate. Information concerning each residency program and the required application materials is available on this web site.

Applicants to the pharmacy residency programs at VCU Health System must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a school of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, and be strongly motivated toward practice excellence and future leadership in pharmacy. They must possess exceptional knowledge, communication skills, and leadership qualities. Applicants for the PGY2 residency programs at VCU Health System must have completed an accredited PGY1 residency program. All VCU Health System residency programs (PGY1 and PGY2 residencies) are accredited (except for the combined, two-year PGY1/PGY2 Administration program which has Candidate status and the PGY2 Ambulatory Care program which has Pre-Candidate status) and participate in the ASHP/NMS Residency Match Programs. An on-site interview in Richmond is required for each residency program and all interviews are by invitation upon the recommendation of a respective residency applicant screening team. The deadline for the receipt of applications is January 2, 2017. Application is made through PhORCAS/WebAdmit.

In January 2017, a screening team will review each applicant's file and make a recommendation regarding an invitation to interview. If the file is missing any information, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. All applicants should receive notice regarding their application by the last day of January. All interviews for the programs will be completed in mid-January through late February. The VCU Health System pharmacy residency programs are accredited (except for the combined, two-year Administration residency which has Candidate status and the PGY2 Ambulatory Care program which has Pre-Candidate status) and participate in the ASHP/NMS Resident Matching Programs. All residency positions will be filled through the match process; however, at VCU Health System, in accordance with ASHP/NMS guidelines, current PGY1 Pharmacy residents may fill a PGY2 residency program at VCU Health System through our early commitment process.

Applicants accepted into a VCU Health System residency program will be expected to be licensed in Virginia prior to the start of the program and, must secure Virginia licensure as soon as possible after the match. Details regarding eligibility for licensure may be obtained directly from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy (6606 West Broad St., Richmond, VA, 23230; telephone 804-662-9911). Applicants must review the Virginia licensure requirements relative to their Doctor of Pharmacy program for PGY1 applicants and to their current license for PGY2 applicants.

Again, thank you for your interest in the VCU Health System pharmacy residency programs. If you need further information you may refer to the Contacts page on our web site; directly contact the specific residency program director; or e-mail me. We look forward to receiving your application.

Craig F. Kirkwood, PharmD

Assistant Director for Pharmacotherapy Services
Coordinator, VCU Health System Pharmacy Residency Programs
Associate Professor of Pharmacy, VCU School of Pharmacy
craig.kirkwood@vcuhealth.org
Box 980042, VCU Medical Center
401 N. 12th Street
Richmond, VA 23298-0042