Post-Pharm.D. Education and Training

Post Pharm.D. Education & Training


Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

in conjunction with The University of Texas, College of Pharmacy

Katerine E. Getchell, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Clinic phones: (254) 743-0691; (254) 742-4693

Erik Peterson, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Assistant PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Clinic phone: (512) 823-4409 

Mailing address and fax for both:
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
Pharmacy Service (119T)
1901 Veterans Memorial Drive
Temple, TX 76504

Fax: (254) 743-0020

Temple-Waco-Austin, Texas

1 year

June 30, 2014

Graduate of an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy
U.S. citizen
Licensure in any state upon earliest eligibility (must be licensed by September 1, 2014)
Submission of CV, letter of interest, transcripts, and at least 3 letters of recommendation by January 15, 2014 via PHORCAS.

Competitive salary plus benefits (paid federal holidays, plus 13 paid work days each of annual and sick leave; health insurance; paid expenses to midyear and regional residency conference)

The ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care Systemprovides experiences in a broad array of clinical inpatient and outpatient pharmacy practice areas. Four positions are currently offered each year. Core training experiences include block and longitudinal training in primary care, anticoagulation, internal medicine, and practice management. Elective rotations are also available in hematology/oncology, psychiatry, geriatrics, critical care, infectious disease, emergency department, cardiology and home-based primary care. Inpatient and outpatient staffing are components of the learning experiences with no additional requirements for evenings or weekends. A dual appointment as a staff pharmacist is offered as an option for residents for weekend work. Residents present formal lectures, patient cases, participate in journal club, teach pharmacy students, and serve as the principal investigator on a residency project. Additionally, the residents manage the electronic drug information service and adverse drug event reporting for the pharmacy department. Completion of a residency project is required with the option of this being a research or quality improvement project. Opportunities for participation in the UT Pharmacotherapy Resident Conference and Academic Training Program (ATP) are available. Upon successful ATP completion, a certificate is awarded at the end of the year.

VA Core Values

Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence

(“I CARE”)

The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) consists of two hospitals located in Temple and Waco; one stand-alone clinic in Austin; five community based outpatient clinics in Brownwood, Cedar Park, College Station, La Grange and Palestine; two nursing homes in Temple and Waco; one domiciliary in Temple; a Blind Rehabilitation Unit in Waco and two patient rehabilitation units for post-traumatic stress disorder and severely mentally ill life enhancement in Waco. With one of the largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the country, CTVHCS was officially named a Mental Health Center of Excellence in 2006.

In FY 2012, CTVHCS had 92,457 veterans enrolled, 1,104,405 outpatient visits, and 9,020 inpatients treated. CTVHCS is affiliated with the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M University Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

The Olin E. Teague hospital in Temple is a tertiary care facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Within Temple are 177 medical/surgical beds, 272 Nursing Home Care Unit beds, 24 palliative care beds, a 408-bed Domiciliary, a 160-bed State Veterans Home, and a new $11.5 million dollar VA Research Institute. Waco’s inpatient services include 64 intermediate and acute psychiatric beds, and 140 beds long term geropsych beds. Outpatient mental health services are available in Temple, Waco, and Austin. The brand new Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, opened July 2013,  is the largest free-standing VA outpatient clinic in the nation  with  184,000 square feet to serve our rapidly growing veteran population.

The Department of Pharmacy at the CTVHCS offers a wide range of clinical pharmacy services provided by clinical pharmacists and clinical specialists. Several clinical pharmacists, who work under an approved scope of practice, provide medication management clinics. Other medication management clinics at CTVHCS include primary care, psychiatry, CHF, and hematology. The resident continuously interacts with staff throughout the hospital and additionally through participation in journal club, case discussion sessions, and our continuing education programs. Through our collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, all residents have many teaching opportunities at UT and at the hospital throughout the year.

The resident is an employee of The Department of Veterans Affairs, directly responsible to the Chief, Pharmacy Service. Daily guidance and supervision will be provided by the Residency Program Director. Residents will be supported in pursuing further post-graduate training or employment opportunities. A national database is available to assist residents who may be interested in VA PGY-2 residencies or pharmacy positions. Past residents accepted positions in health systems, academia, and PGY2 residencies. CTVHCS has hired at least one resident per year into pharmacist positions.

The University of Texas at Austin and its affiliated institutions are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

Last Reviewed: December 03, 2013

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA

Email Address: pharmacy


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