VA- Cleveland, OH- Northeast Ohio Healthcare System- Louis Stokes VAMC, Cleveland, OH

Last updated: 10/19/2022

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Colleen LeHew, Pharm.D., BCPP
3 years as an RPD
10701 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Primary Practice: acute inpatient psychiatry
2 positions reported
Phone: (216) 791-3800 x61623

Maximum Number of Positions

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

Program Details

  • Primary Practice Site: VAMC
  • PGY2 Required Practice Settings: 50% Inpatient / 30% Outpatient
  • ASHP Accreditation Status: Yes (code: 44206)
  • NMS Participant: Yes (code: 560066 )
  • Program Inception: 1993
  • Application Deadline: 1/1/2023
  • Starting Date: 7/3/2023
  • Estimated Stipend: $47,120
  • Financial Support for CPNP Annual Meeting: Partial Support
  • Fringe Benefits: In addition to the stipend, pharmacy residents are paid the standard pharmacist rate for weekend staffing hours or what equates to approximately $13,000 - $15,000 over the course of the residency year. Residents will be granted leave for the 11 paid Federal Holidays. Residents will additionally accrue 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave per pay period. Additional benefits include free parking, eligibility for dental/vision insurance, life insurance, and liability coverage under the "Public Officers Law."
  • Interviews Required: Yes
  • Offers pre-commitment: Yes

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

  • Adult inpatient psychiatry
  • Adult outpatient psychiatry
  • Consultation liaison psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Pain management
  • Substance abuse
  • Other: Academia

PGY2 Features

  • PGY2 Staffing Component: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Teaching Component: Yes, Required
  • PGY2 Teaching Certificate Program: Yes, Optional
  • PGY2 Other Features: The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System employs 13 psychiatric clinical pharmacy specialists working in a variety of mental health settings (2 in Acute Inpatient Psychiatry, 9 in Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics, 1 in Pain Management/Opioid Safety/Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and 1 in Domiciliary/Substance Use Disorders). Pharmacy residents have the opportunity to work with these individuals either on rotation or by preceptorship on projects (i.e., research/quality assurance project, medication use evaluation, journal clubs, case presentation, etc.). Additionally, pharmacy residents will gain extensive experience educating medical students and other trainees during the year through monthly medical student lectures on the topics of pharmacotherapy of psychosis, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders.
  • PGY2 Preceptors: 12 BCPPs, 2 Other Pharmacists, 1 Non-Pharmacists

Program Philosophy

The Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency provides a broad range of psychiatric experiences with the goal to promote individual growth, personal development, self-reliance and responsibility to the patient. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be able to provide and establish clinical psychiatric pharmacy services, obtain board certification in psychiatric pharmacotherapy, and implement teaching programs in any patient care setting.

Site Special Features

The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is a teaching healthcare system with 18 locations in Northeast Ohio that serves more than 110,900 Veterans across 21 counties. It is a training environment for more than 3,000 students across various disciplines in affiliation with more than 200 academic institutions. The main medical center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, is one of the largest VA facilities in the country and serves as the primary residency site. It is located about six miles east of downtown Cleveland at Wade Park in University Circle. There are five different ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Residencies offered at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System (PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice, PGY-2 Psychiatry, PGY-2 Geriatrics, PGY-2 Ambulatory Care, PGY-2 Infectious Disease). Special programs and resources for pharmacy residents include a resident-selected mentor, project committee and the residency advisory committee.