Our PGY2 residency program in psychiatry is designed to foster competency in the area of clinical psychiatric pharmacotherapy. Residents develop advanced clinical skills through hands-on participation in outpatient and inpatient longitudinal rotations.
Fully integrated mental health pharmacy services, including pharmacist-run medication management clinics for persons with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Most of our psychiatric pharmacists possess Scopes of Practice that allow them to practice independently as mid-level healthcare providers
Required Rotations: Orientation, Pharmacist Run Medication Management Clinics, Acute General Psychiatry, Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Program, Clinical Decision Making, Consult Liaison, Independent Clinical Competence, Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Management and Research.
Formal inter-professional training in psychosomatic medicine.
Elective Rotation opportunities include Academic Detailing, Geriatric Psychiatry, Acute Psychiatry and Pain Management at both VA and non-VA facilities and a Teaching Certificate.
Our training site is a progressive teaching hospital affiliated with UCSD School of Medicine as well as the UOP and UCSD Schools of Pharmacy. Residents have teaching responsibilities in the UCSD classroom (lectures and small group facilitation) and at the medical center (precept students and residents).
Graduates of our program are trained to become knowledgeable, well-rounded psychiatric pharmacy specialists. Most have assumed VA and non-VA positions with prescriptive authority (Scopes of Practice).
Upon successful completion of the program, the resident will be able to:
Serve as an authoritative resource on optimal medication use in individuals with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders
Optimize outcomes for patients with a variety of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral member of multidisciplinary treatment teams
Evaluate and improve the medication-use process in psychiatric and neuropsychiatric patient care areas
Conduct psychiatric pharmacy practice and outcomes research
Serve as a psychiatric pharmacy preceptor for advanced pharmacy practice experiences and PGY1 residents
Obtain board certification in psychiatric pharmacy (BCPP)
Facilities: The residents’ office will be located at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla, and most activities will be coordinated from this site. Other clinical experiences will be conducted at community-based outpatient clinics in Kearney Mesa and Oceanside as well as a residential rehabilitation treatment program in Old Town San Diego.
VA San Diego Healthcare System
Provided high quality health care to 84,712 Veterans in the San Diego and Imperial Valley counties in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18)
Offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient health services at the medical center in La Jolla, six community based outpatient clinics located in Chula Vista, Escondido, Imperial Valley, Mission Valley, Oceanside and Sorrento Valley and a residential rehabilitation treatment program
Provides medical, surgical, mental health, geriatric, spinal cord injury, and advanced rehabilitation services
Training site for 1,399 medical interns, residents and fellows, as well as 678 other health professionals from pharmacy, nursing, dental, and dietetics
PROVISION OF CARE – PHARMACY SERVICE
Pharmacy services provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Decentralized unit-dose service with Barcode Medication Administration, IV Additive Service, Automated Dispensing Systems, Physician Order Entry and Automated Prescription Filling
Our Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacists, Inpatient Clinical Pharmacists, and Clinical Specialists provide a wide range of pharmaceutical care services to veterans in the inpatient a...nd outpatient settings.
OUR STAFF AND PRECEPTORS
74 pharmacists serve as preceptors to our resident trainees
Most have greater than 5 years of experience with serving as a preceptor to residents
Many are Board Certified as Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPS), Oncology Pharmacists (BCOP), Psychiatric Pharmacists (BCPP), Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (BCACP), Critical Care Pharmacists (BCCCP), Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (BCIDP) and Geriatric Pharmacists (BCGP)
More than half possess Scopes of Practices which allow for prescriptive authority
OUR TEACHING PROGRAM
Multiple PGY1 and PGY2 residency training programs
Have academic relationships with two Schools of Pharmacy – University of the Pacific (UOP) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Annually provide APPEs to approximately 30 students