PGY2 Psychiatry Pharmacy Residency
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PGY2 Psychiatry Pharmacy Residency Program

The Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center/Avera Behavioral Health Center is a 12-month program designed to prepare psychiatric pharmacy practitioner(s) who will be able to function as individual providers in treating patients with neuropsychiatric disorders in a variety of clinical practice settings and who will have the ability to achieve board certification in psychiatric pharmacy (BCPP).

Program Details

ASHP Program Code: 67002 | NMS Code: 624866

Rotations and Experiences

Required Rotations

  • Orientation - 4 weeks (as needed)
  • Adult Psychiatry - approximately 24 weeks (divided among Adult A and Adult B units)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry - approximately 6 weeks

Elective Rotations (2-6 weeks each)

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry Consult Service (at main campus)
  • Academic/Primary Preceptor Experience
  • Hospice/Advanced Geriatrics
  • Research
  • Other specialty electives as available/requested

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Residency Project
  • Teaching Skills- precepting/managing activities for PGY-1 residents, APPE and IPPE students
  • Committee involvement- Psych P&T Subcommittee
  • Patient Medication Education Group Coordination
  • Mental Health Medical Home- outpatient clinic in conjunction with Southeastern Behavioral Health

Program Goals

Program Goals

  • Develop knowledge and skills to provide patient care at the specialist level for the neuropsychiatric patient.
  • Develop strong skills in utilizing evidence based practices in treating the neuropsychiatric patient.
  • Increase skills in effective teaching techniques including the areas of didactic, precepting and continuing education settings.
  • Refine and further develop clinical research skills
  • Develop and enhance leadership skills in pharmacy practice and the profession.

The program is customized for each resident based on his/her goals, career plans, interests and experiences. Completion of a PGY1 residency is required for program admission.

Professional Experience

The psychiatry pharmacy practice resident will have primary experience in the acute adult and geriatric inpatient psychiatry setting. A research project is required for graduation.

  • Complementary experiences are available in the following areas:
  • Consult Liaison Psychiatry
  • Emergency Assessment
  • Partial Hospital
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Pharmacogenomics

Application Process

Qualifications and requirements for candidacy:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program
  • Licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the state of South Dakota
  • Participation in the ASHP Residency Matching Program (“The Match”)
  • A copy of transcripts: Undergraduate or non-pharmacy transcripts are not required. Only pharmacy school-related coursework must be submitted.
  • Three professional references using the Standardized Reference Template in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
  • Copy of curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent describing reasons for seeking residency
  • Completed application submitted in PhORCAS on or before January 9, 2022

For additional information, please contact:

Margaret Haberman, Pharm.D., BCPP
PGY2 Psychiatry Residency Program Director

PhORCAS Application Site

Visit the PhORCAS site (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service) to submit application information.

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