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PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency

The PGY2 Ambulatory Pharmacy Residency is a twelve-month program within the specialized practice area of ambulatory care. The program is currently in pre-candidate accreditation status with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Clinical emphasis is on a structured, ambulatory clinical practice experience in a variety of ambulatory practices. Upon completion of this PGY2 program the resident will be prepared for an ambulatory clinical pharmacist position with adjunct clinical faculty responsibilities.


Applicants must be Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy; have completed an accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency; be licensed or eligible for pharmacist licensure in Virginia; and have requisite patient care training or experience. The successful applicant must possess exceptional knowledge, clinical problem solving, communication skills and leadership qualities.

Purpose Statement

To transition the PGY1 pharmacy practice residency graduate from general practice to a specialized practice within ambulatory care. The ambulatory care residency will foster the development of the residentís knowledge, leadership and competency to become an integral member of an interdisciplinary health care team.

Residency Goals

  • To develop expert pharmacy skills and competence in ambulatory related areas such as primary care, complex chronic disease state care, and other specialty clinical areas.
  • To develop highly effective communication skills in an interdisciplinary practice to enhance the residentís provision of patient-centered care.
  • To develop and enhance teaching skills through experiential and didactic teaching of pharmacy students, education of patients and families, and instruction of health care team members to promote rational, cost-effective drug therapy.
  • To enhance written and oral communication skills to enable the resident to contribute ambulatory pharmacy information through publication and presentation.
  • ? To provide experiences in clinical research in ambulatory care pharmacy practice through initiation and completion of a clinical research project.


The Ambulatory Care Program Director from VCU Health System will be interviewing at the ASHP Midyear Personnel Placement Service. Information will also be provided at the VCU Health System Residency Showcase on Monday, 12/4/2017 from 1-4PM (Booth 4620). Candidates are encouraged to interview at the ASHP Midyear Personnel Placement Service and/or stop by the showcase for more information. On-site interviews are by invitation only.

Program Structure

The program is comprised of required and elective longitudinal rotations. Elective rotations are generally 10-15 weeks in duration; however, rotations may be extended based upon additional learning opportunities, resident preference and availability.

Required Rotations (5, longitudinal)

Complex Care Clinic (1-2 half-day sessions/week)
Patient Centered Medical Home Clinic (2-3 half-day sessions/week)
Transitional Clinic (1 half-day session/week)
Anticoagulation Clinic (1 half-day session/week)
Outpatient Staffing/Operations (approximately every third weekend)

Elective Rotations (minimum of four/year, generally scheduled as a half-day session/week)

Psychiatry (Adult/Adolescent)
Emergency Medicine
Geriatric Inpatient Consults/Transitions of Care HIV/Infectious Diseases
Pain Management
Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)/solid tumor
Additional rotation options, in other specialties, may be available depending on the residentís interest.


PGY2 Ambulatory Pharmacy Residents receive an academic faculty appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the VCU School of Pharmacy and have opportunities to provide didactic instruction (e.g., lectures, team-based learning sessions, case conferences) and experiential training (e.g., APPEs) for Doctor of Pharmacy students from the VCU School of Pharmacy. Residents may participate in an elective teaching and learning certificate program.


Each resident is responsible for initiating and successfully completing a research project, with presentation at a conference. An advisor and additional support guide the resident through the process. Potential ambulatory care research projects are presented to the resident at the start of the residency program.


The PGY2 Ambulatory Pharmacy Residency is in pre-candidate status with ASHP. The previous PGY1 ambulatory pharmacy residency was accredited in 2010; prior to this recent period, the ambulatory residency was a PGY2 residency. This residency participates in the ASHP/NMS PGY2 Matching Program and PhORCAS.

Program Leadership

Program Director

Stacey Dean, PharmD, MSHA, BCPS
Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
     PharmD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
     Residency in Ambulatory Care, VCU Health System
     MSHA, Virginia Commonwealth University

Coordinator, Pharmacy Residency Programs

Craig Kirkwood, PharmD
Assistant Director, Pharmacotherapy Services
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
     BS, University of Buffalo
     PharmD, University of Buffalo
     Residency in Hospital Pharmacy, Buffalo General Hospital
     Residency in Drug Information, North Carolina Memorial Hospital at University of North Carolina

Director, Department of Pharmacy Services

Rodney L. Stiltner, PharmD, MS
Director, Department of Pharmacy Services
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy
     PharmD, Mercer University
     MS, University of Wisconsin
     Residency in Pharmacy Practice, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia
     Residency in Management Pharmacy Practice, University of Wisconsin Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics


Ericka Crouse, PharmD, BCPP, CGP, FASCP, FASHP
Adult Psychiatry

Nathan Culver, PharmD, BCPS
Ambulatory Care Ė Primary Care/Anticoagulation

Stacey Dean, PharmD, MSHA, BCPS
Primary Care/Geriatrics

Dave Dixon, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, CLS

Patricia Fulco, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, AAHIVP
HIV/Infectious Diseases

Kelly Gregory Hawks, PharmD, BCOP
Oncology & Stem Cell Transplant

Adam MacLasco, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine

Laurel Marsden - BS Pharm, MSHA
Pharmacy Administration

Laura Morgan, PharmD, MEd, BCPS
Pain Management

Sandra Mullen, PharmD, BCPP
Pediatric Psychiatry

Tammy T. Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine

Kendra Ogbonna, PharmD, BCPS

Application Process

Application is made through the PhORCAS process. The application deadline is January 2, 2018. For application instructions, please visit the Application Process section of this website.

Required Characteristics to be Evaluated by Your Reference Writers:

1. Oral communication skills

2. Ability to work with peers and communicate

3. Clinical problem solving skills

4. Effective patient interactions

5. Emotional stability and maturity

Number of Positions


Salary and Benefits

The salary for PGY2 pharmacy residents at VCU Health System is $49,816.

Duration of Appointment

The pharmacy resident's contract at VCU Health System will begin on July 1 of the program year. The pharmacy residency will be completed on June 30 of the subsequent year.

Vacation and Holiday Leave

Two weeks (10 days) are granted for paid vacation or personal leave. This may be taken during rotations throughout the year. At least 10 days of paid holiday leave are provided during the year. Discretionary leave (personal or vacation leave) is pre-approved by the resident's rotation preceptor, the residency program director, and the residency programs coordinator. In general, the resident will be absent no more than five days during any rotation.

Sick and Family Leave

Two weeks (10 days) of paid sick leave and one week (5 days) of family leave are provided as baseline leave. When either sick or family baseline leave is exhausted, extended sick/family leave is available for an additional 17 days. After complete use of extended sick/family leave, unpaid leave is utilized and the need to extend the residency is considered.

Educational and Professional Leave

Educational leave is provided for attendance at a national professional meeting (up to 5 days) and the regional residency conference (up to 3 days). For the national professional meeting, PGY2 pharmacy residents will attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. PGY2 residents are provided an additional 5 days of educational leave to attend a specialty-specific meeting (e.g., ACCP, SCCM, HOPA, CPNP), upon approval by the program director and the residency programs coordinator. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a stipend toward travel, meals and lodging expenses at the national and regional meetings and, for PGY2 residents, may be applied toward the additional educational meeting upon administrative approval. Professional leave (up to 5 days) is granted for interviews without the use of vacation days. Professional leave may be used for attendance at a professional meeting, in lieu of interviews, upon the permission of the program director.

Health Benefits

The VCU Health System provides a health insurance policy, to each pharmacy resident. Coverage includes outpatient physician visits and laboratory tests. Prescription, dental, vision, and family coverage are available through payroll deduction with the respective co-pay and vary with the level of coverage desired.

Liability Insurance

VCU Health System is self-insured and provides professional liability (malpractice) insurance, subject to policy limits, for each pharmacy resident. Insurance covers professional service when on-duty within the institution. It does not cover professional services (e.g., moonlighting or consulting activities) provided at other facilities or institutions. This malpractice insurance will cover all acts of alleged medical negligence while a resident is at VCU Health System. Residents may choose to enhance the professional liability insurance with a personal liability policy.

Moonlighting and Optional Staffing

Residents are permitted to seek additional, paid staffing as a pharmacist upon approval of their program director. For convenience, the staffing usually occurs within VCU Health System. Moonlighting, in general, will not extend to greater than eight hours weekly. Additional staffing which conflicts with residency requirements is not permitted.

Office Space and Resources

The Department of Pharmacy Services provides office space for the PGY2 residents in the Main Hospital. Residents access patient information and drug information throughout VCUHS and from home via the VCUHS Cerner information system.

Health and Recreation Facilities

Residents have access to VCU recreational facilities, including exercise equipment, weight rooms, aerobic activities, basketball courts and swimming pools, at a reduced membership fee.


Parking is provided on the VCU Medical Center campus through payroll deduction at the reduced, housestaff rate.