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Martinsburg VA Medical Center

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Pharmacy Residency Program

Residency Candidates:
VA Residency Brochure
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Shenandoah University *
Teaching Certificate Program *
Former Residents
ASHP Residency Site *
National Matching Program *

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Sarah Mickanis, Pharm.D., BCPS
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
510 Butler Avenue
Martinsburg, WV 25405
Phone: 304-263-0811, ext. 3070
Fax: 304-264-4485

Gary Flowers, Pharm.D., BCPP, BCPS
PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency
Program Director
510 Butler Avenue
Martinsburg, WV 25405
Phone: 304-263-0811, ext. 2088


About Us

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Martinsburg, West Virginia is a level 1C multi-mission tertiary care facility which includes a medical center, seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) and long-term care.

The Pharmacy Residency Program is directly affiliated with Shenandoah University (SU) in Winchester, Virginia, with teaching opportunities available, including a teaching certificate program.

Post Graduate Year One (PGY-1) Residency Program

The mission of the Martinsburg VAMC Pharmacy Residency Program is to develop competent pharmacists, professionally equipped to serve as clinical pharmacy specialists in a variety of practice settings. A graduate of this residency program will be an experienced practitioner in ambulatory care and internal medicine. Graduates of this program will also have a firm grasp of management and the pharmacist’s role and function in a medical center and the community. This residency will instill graduates with enthusiasm for the profession, problem solving and personal growth, while holding them to the highest ethical standards. This residency graduates pharmacy leaders who are dedicated to a career of pharmacy service and have potential for future development to assume the uppermost responsibilities of leadership and citizenship in the medical community.

     Core Learning Experiences 

  • Management
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pharmacotherapy (PACT) Clinic
  • Infectious Disease
  • Anticoagulation Clinic (Longitudinal)
  • Management and Leadership (Longitudinal)
  • Home Based Primary Care (Longitudinal)

     Elective Learning Experience Possibilities 

  • Long-Term Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Primary Care
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy Residency Teaching and Learning Curriculum Certification Program (SU) 

     Other Practice Experiences 

  • Longitudinal Research Project
  • Drug Utilization Evaluation
  • Drug Information Services
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Formulary Management
  • Grand Rounds Presentation
  • Journal Club Presentations
  • Inpatient Staffing (every third weekend)
  • Patient Group Education
  • Preceptorship of Pharmacy Student Learning Experiences
  • Participation and Leadership within Facility Committees
  • Attendance and Presentation at ASHP Midyear and Eastern States 

     Resident Life 

  • Estimated stipend: $44,000 annually
  • 13 days paid vacation, paid government holidays, paid sick leave, and paid time off to attend national meetings
  • Health care benefits package 

     PGY-1 Application Requirements

     Interested applicants must submit the following information
     by Jan. 5, 2018. 

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official college transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from the following:
    • A Faculty Member
    • Patient Care Rotation Preceptor
  • Participation in NMS (Code: 141913)
  • Please submit all application materials through PhORCAS 

     *Note: Standardized Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized
     Application Service (PhORCAS) reference form is adequate for
     reference letter. 

     Candidacy Requirements 

  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) from an ACPE-accredited college
  • Active pharmacy license or eligibility for licensure in any U.S. state or territory
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Registration and participation in ASHP's National Matching Program 

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Post Graduate Year Two (PGY-2) Residency Program

The Martinsburg VAMC offers a one year postgraduate PGY-2 in psychiatric pharmacy that is intended to combine clinical, teaching and administrative components. This will help specialize practice on the care of patients with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders. The psychiatric pharmacist will work in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team focusing on improving patient care and access in a variety of mental health settings. This PGY-2 pharmacy residency is geared toward preparing residents for advanced patient care in psychiatry, other specialized positions and board certification.

PGY-2 residents at the Martinsburg VAMC will complete six required experiences and longitudinal requirements and have the option for customizing two elective opportunities.

     Core Learning Experiences 

  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Psychiatric Consult and Liaison
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program
  • Neurology
  • Primary Care – Mental Health Integration

     Elective Learning Experience Possibilities 

  • Pain Management
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction
  • Home Based Primary Care/Mental Health Intensive Case Management

     *Note: Any required rotation can be repeated as an elective with
     focus on learning advanced skills and/or practice knowledge.

     Other Practice Experiences 

  • Longitudinal Research Project
  • Presentation Opportunity at the College of Neurologic and Psychiatric Pharmacists Annual Meeting
  • Drug Utilization Evaluation
  • Hospital Committees
  • Case Presentations
  • Journal Club Presentation
  • Drug Information Services
  • Formulary Management
  • Patient Group Education
  • Preceptorship of Students and Residents of Other Disciplines
  • Topic Discussions 

     PGY-2 Application Process 

     Interested applicants must submit the following information
     by Jan. 31, 2018, via PhORCAS: 

  1. Completed application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of interest
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one from each of the following is required):
  • PGY1 Residency Program Director
  • Patient Care Rotation Preceptor
  1. Pharmacy School transcripts