VA Northern CA Health Care System, Mather, CA

Last updated: 10/05/2021

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Christine Johnston
6 years as an RPD
10535 Hospital Way, 119/SAC
Mather, CA 95655
Primary Practice: Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
1 positions reported
Phone: 916-843-9357
Fax: 916-843-9424

Maximum Number of Positions

  • PGY1: 0
  • PGY2 Psychiatry: 1
  • PGY2 Neurology: 0

Program Details

  • Primary Practice Site: VAMC
  • PGY2 Required Practice Settings: 20% Inpatient / 80% Outpatient
  • ASHP Accreditation Status: Yes (code: 92123)
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 723466)
  • Program Inception: 2015
  • Application Deadline: 1/7/2022
  • Starting Date: 7/18/2022
  • Estimated Stipend: $54,319
  • Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Varies/TBD
  • Fringe Benefits: Education and travel allowances, paid time off (10 federal holidays, authorized absences, four hours vacation and leave per two week pay period - up to 13 days each), federal health and other insurance programs.
  • Interviews Required: Yes
  • Offers pre-commitment: Yes, per policy the program may early commit

Special Requirements for Application

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

PGY2 Rotations offered

  • Administration
  • Adult inpatient psychiatry
  • Adult outpatient psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Pain management
  • Substance abuse
  • Other: primary care mental health integration, outpatient triage67

PGY2 Features

  • PGY2 Staffing Component: No (or N/A)
  • PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: No (or N/A)
  • PGY2 Other Features: Program offers many teaching opportunities including staff in-services, patient teaching and precepting pharmacy students and PGY1 residents. Interdisciplinary training opportunties with VA NCHCS's psychology department including motivational interviewing certification and weekly didactics. Residents practice with a high level of autonomy under scope of practice, providing direct medication management to adult patients.
  • PGY2 Preceptors: 4 BCPPs, 1 Other Pharmacists, 0 Non-Pharmacists

Program Philosophy

Train and graduate highly-effective clinical pharmacists who are prepared to accept positions in the specialty area of psychiatric pharmacy and take the BCPP certification exam.

Site Special Features

The Sacramento Medical Center is a teaching and research facility working with the University of California, Davis medical school. VA NCHCS boasts a 16-bed inpatient acute psychiatric unit, a 100+ bed community living center, interdisciplinary Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), Postdeployment Assessment and Treatment Program for veterans with traumatic brain injury, home-based primary care, and more.

25 Years!