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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The Grand Island VA Medical Center offers three residency positions for the ASHP accredited post graduate year-one (PGY1) residency. Established in 2005, the program boasts a well-rounded clinical pharmacy experience that focuses on ambulatory care and the long-term care setting. Throughout the course of this one-year program, residents will further develop their skills in drug information, administration, time management, organizational skills, as well as polish verbal and written communication skills. During the year, the residents will have many opportunities to assist with precepting pharmacy students which will foster the transition from pharmacy student to clinical pharmacist or instructor.

Residents rotate through a variety of clinics and gain valuable experience managing multiple chronic disease states – including, but not limited to: anticoagulation, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, smoking cessation, thyroid disease, anemia, pain management, kinetics and hospice/palliative care. Unique to the VA, pharmacists have prescriptive authority in areas of expertise, and thus are able to act as mid-level providers. Residents are included in this opportunity to practice at the top of their license. Residents will also have the opportunity to experience pharmacy management on multiple levels, both on site management, as well as from the perspective of the Chief and Associate Chief of Pharmacy.

Finally, residents will be required to design, conduct, and complete research project suitable for publishing during the year. Residents present their final results at the Midwest Pharmacy Residency Conference in May. Overall, the program is comprehensive and flexible to match the career goals of each resident.


Lisa Bilslend, Pharm.D, BCACP
Residency Program Director
Grand Island VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
308-382-3660 Ext. 92678