Chillicothe VAMC Residency Programs, Chillicothe, OH

Last updated: 10/03/2023

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Christopher Thomas, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
16 years as an RPD
17273 St. Rt. 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Primary Practice: Chillicothe VAMC
4 positions reported
Phone: (740) 773-1141 x17536

Maximum Number of Positions

  • PGY1: 2
  • PGY2 Psychiatry: 2
  • PGY2 Neurology: 0

Program Details

  • Primary Practice Site: VAMC
  • PGY2 Required Practice Settings: 50% Inpatient / 50% Outpatient
  • ASHP Accreditation Status: Yes (code: 44151)
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 177413)
  • Program Inception: 2006
  • Application Deadline: January 2
  • Starting Date: July 1
  • Estimated Stipend: PGY-1: $48,000 (est) PGY-2: $52,000 (est)
  • Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Varies/TBD
  • Fringe Benefits: 13 days of vacation and sick leave; 11 federal holidays; health and life insurance; administrative leave for selected meetings.
  • Interviews Required: Yes
  • Offers pre-commitment: Yes, PGY-1 early commitment is preferred and highly encouraged among the PGY-1 residents

Special Requirements for Application

  • PharmD
  • Completion of PGY1 Residency OR equivalent experience
  • College transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • US Citizenship

PGY2 Rotations offered

  • Administration
  • Adult inpatient psychiatry
  • Adult outpatient psychiatry
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Consultation liaison psychiatry
  • Chronic, intermediate, or extended inpatient psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Pain management
  • Substance abuse
  • Other:

PGY2 Features

  • PGY2 Staffing Component: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Other Features: This residency program focuses on individualized attention and professional development throughout the year by emphasizing core areas of psychiatric pharmacy practice. Residents are required to complete the following learning experiences: 1.. Inpatient Psychiatry I – 3 months 2.. Inpatient Psychiatry II – 3 months 3. Long Term Care Psychiatry Experience- 2 Months 4. Longitudinal Academic and Staff Development– to be competed throughout year 5. Longitudinal Outpatient Mental Health Clinic – total of half day per week for 6 months 6. Longitudinal Pain Management – total of half day per week for 6 months 7. Longitudinal Practice Management–to be competed throughout year 8. Longitudinal Residency Project– to be competed throughout year 9. Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program–3 months 10. Orientation-less than 2 weeks (usually) Residents are allowed to choose two elective months and one elective longitudinal experience from the following rotation options: 1. Advanced Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment- 1 month 2. Long Term Care – 1 month 3. Longitudinal Medication Assistant Therapy Clinic-half a day a week for 6 months 4. Longitudinal Residency Administrative and Leadership Rotation- half a day a week for 6 months 5. Longitudinal Spinal Cord Injury- half day per week for 6 months 6. Longitudinal Tobacco Cessation - half day per week for 6 months 7. Outpatient Mental Health Clinic-1 Month
  • PGY2 Preceptors: 4 BCPPs, 2 Other Pharmacists, 0 Non-Pharmacists

PGY1 Elective Rotations offered

  • Psychiatry

PGY1 Special Features

This residency program focuses on individualized attention and professional development throughout the year by emphasizing core areas of pharmacy practice (ambulatory care, psychiatry, geriatrics, teaching, and administration), while customizing the learning experiences and electives to meet the residents needs. Required longitudinal experiences available at the site include drug information, anticoagulation, and formulary management. The Chillicothe VAMC is affiliated with seven schools of pharmacy in West Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio and has a research affiliation with the University of Cincinnati. The required teaching certificate program is through the Ohio State University

Program Philosophy

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in psychiatric pharmacy. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available. Early commitment is available and encouraged for the PGY-1 residents.

Site Special Features

The Chillicothe VAMC is located 30 miles south of Columbus, OH and provides acute and chronic psychiatric services, primary and secondary medical services, and a wide range of ambulatory care services in five outpatient clinics to serve veterans in southern Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. In addition to training pharmacy students and residents, the Chillicothe VAMC serves as a training site for medical, psychology, nursing, physician students; along with post graduate residency training in psychiatry, optometry, and dental. PGY-1 residents have the opportunity to continue their education by early committing to the PGY-2 program.