The Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (KCVAMC) is a large teaching facility affiliated with the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy that supports over 55,000 Veterans. The KCVAMC services include Ambulatory Care provided at the Medical Center, Honor Annex and seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics, over 15 subspecialty clinics as well as 150 Inpatient beds. The KCVAMC utilizes the VA Computerized Patient Record System that provides instantaneous access to each patient’s electronic medical record, electronic physician order entry, and bar code medication administration.
The annual stipend for the PGY1 program is $42,167 and $45,681 for PGY2 programs with financial compensation for staffing in all programs. Benefits include 11 paid federal holidays, 13 vacation days, leave for appointments and sickness, and access to group health insurance.
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice
This PGY1 residency program offers a well-rounded clinical pharmacy experience in both inpatient and ambulatory care practice areas including: cardiology, diabetes, hematology/oncology, infectious disease/HIV, internal medicine, home based primary care, medical intensive care, primary care, psychiatry, pharmacoeconomics, practice management and rural health. As adjunct faculty at the UMKC School of Pharmacy, the resident will gain experience in lecture preparation, didactic teaching and precepting of students on site. A teaching certificate is also available through the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Our preceptors are residency-trained pharmacists who work cohesively to promote the interests of the residents. With a variety of experiences available, flexibility is key, and focus is given to each individual resident’s needs. In each experience, the resident works closely with the residency director and the rotation preceptor to develop goals and objectives that will assist the resident in expanding skills for current and future practice. This ASHP accredited program has been training residents for over 30 years.
PGY2 Infectious Disease
The Infectious Diseases residency program offers training opportunities for the individual desiring to develop clinical competency in the specialized area of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy. This 12-month training program offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient learning experiences designed to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients with infectious diseases. Unique program features include longitudinal and concentrated rotations in HIV/AIDS primary care and chronic Hepatitis C management, as well as the opportunity for involvement in antimicrobial stewardship activities in the ambulatory care setting in addition to inpatient stewardship. This will be the ninth year for this ASHP accredited program.
Applicants must be a graduate of an American Council of Pharmaceutical Education accredited School of Pharmacy with a Pharm.D. degree.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens – a requirement to be employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The KCVA Medical Center currently provides services to over 55,000 of the veterans that reside in the Kansas City primary service area. The Medical Center is a tertiary care hospital that serves as a referral center for the Kansas VA Medical Centers in Leavenworth, Topeka, and Wichita as well as the Columbia, Missouri VA Medical Center. This integrated health care system is dedicated to providing quality health care to veterans of Mid-America.
In addition to acute care medicine and surgery services, the Medical Center has Primary Care services for all veteran patients. The Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) housed in Overland Park & Paola, Kansas, and in Belton, Cameron, Excelsior Springs, Kansas City, Nevada, & Warrensburg, Missouri provide an extension of these services to veterans in rural areas. Sub-specialists or Specialty Care is also available to patients for evaluation and management of endocrine, pulmonary, gastroenterology, nephrology, cardiology, hematology/oncology, ID and geriatric disorders. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists play an integral role by enhancing care to all patients at the KCVAMC.
As a principal teaching hospital, the KCVAMC is affili...ated with the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Pharmacy and the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy.
The Pharmacy Service provides 24-hour coverage seven days a week. Patient care is provided by a staff of more than 65 pharmacists, residents, students, and technicians practicing in the inpatient and outpatient care settings.
Ambulatory Care The clinic pharmacy staff provides pharmaceutical services for primary care and specialty care clinic patients. Pharmacists in these areas provide drug information, observations on patient response to therapy, and appropriate recommendations regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions to maximize patient care outcomes. The pharmacists in these clinics function as mid-level practitioners and work under a scope of practice.
The decentralized inpatient pharmacy staff provides pharmaceutical care to veterans using a systematic process designed to ensure patients are educated and drug therapy is monitored. New orders are evaluated with attention to drug dosing, drug interactions, and drug allergies. Pharmacists’ recommendations are communicated on patient care rounds or directly to the medical, surgical, psychiatric, and critical care teams. Drug distribution is accomplished through centralized unit dose and IV admixture services.