Residency Description

Pharmacy Residency

St. Louis VA Medical Center
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis, Mo.
Residency Period: July 1 - June 30
Available Positions: 5

Program Goals

  • Manage and improve the medication use process.
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management within interdisciplinary teams.
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training.
  • Utilize medical informatics.
  • Develop teaching ability through participation in didactic and clerkship instruction of pharmacy students, medical students, and residents.

Training Sites

This ASHP-accredited residency program is primarily based at the VA St. Louis Health Care System, John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions. It is a comprehensive clinical residency with opportunities for clinical development in inpatient medicine, primary/ambulatory care, critical care, geriatric care, management, research, infectious disease, long-term care, and longitudinal ambulatory care. A wide variety of elective rotations are available within the VA St. Louis Health Care System or may be arranged through St. Louis College of Pharmacy at affiliated institutions in the greater metropolitan St. Louis area. A tailored online, real-time computer system links all hospital departments, provides access to information sources, and retrieves data from other tertiary care centers. 

The medical center provides comprehensive care for veterans of the St. Louis metropolitan area, eastern Missouri, and southern Illinois. Services include acute care medicine, surgery, associated inpatient subspecialties, and comprehensive general/specialty ambulatory care. The medical center serves as a training site for medical residents and students from both Saint Louis University and Washington University medical schools.


Residency Activities

While the St. Louis VAMC PGY-1 Residency Program is designed to provide a balanced approach to resident development, specific tracks are available to tailor resident experiences and development toward care in the acute or ambulatory settings. Residents in the acute care track are required to complete two acute care general medicine rotations, an infectious disease rotation, a critical care rotation, two ambulatory care rotations, a practice management rotation and have the opportunity to complete two elective rotations. Residents in the ambulatory care track are required to complete four ambulatory care rotations, an acute care general medicine rotation, an acute care elective, a practice management rotation, and have the opportunity to complete two additional elective rotations. 

Residents participate in journal club, case presentations, and resident seminar, as well as provide educational in-services to pharmacists, medical residents, and staff physicians. An independent or collaborative research or pharmacy practice project is completed during the residency year along with quality improvement projects/initiatives. Residents receive a faculty appointment at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and complete an ACPE Accredited teaching certificate program with workshops incorporating active learning strategies and critical thinking abilities into the development of class lectures, handouts/study guides, providing formative and summative assessments, and scripting class sessions. Teaching opportunities include classroom presentations, small group case discussion facilitation, and clerkship precepting.



Applicants must have completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree or other appropriate advanced degree with clinical emphasis prior to residency start date and be eligible for licensure within the U.S. Successful candidates will be highly motivated and self-directed, possessing exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, dedicated to improvement across a wide variety of activities, including clinical practice, direct patient care, and education.


Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).  Information regarding PhORCAS and the use of the website/application can be found at

Application requirements include all PhORCAS required documents including a curriculum vitae, verified academic transcripts, letter of intent or personal statement  (see instructions below), and reference materials from three professional references (please see instructions below).

Letter of Intent/Personal Statement:  please provide an overview of your professional interests, a description of why you are pursuing residency training, your qualifications for residency training, and which track(s) you would like to be considered for (acute care/ambulatory care/both) along with any other information you feel is pertinent or would like for us to consider with your application.

Professional Reference Requests:  Applicants are required to have three professional references submit the standard ASHP reference form via PhORCAS. In addition to this we request that references provide a letter of reference to be copied and pasted into the free text box at the bottom of the ASHP form in PhORCAS.  The PhORCAS program will not accept uploads – however a copy of the letter can be pasted into the box within the form.  The reference is expected to be someone in a position to evaluate the applicant’s performance, potential, and qualifications for residency training.  We request that references provide a candid appraisal of the applicant’s character, work ethic and willingness to accept/assume responsibility; response to feedback and ability for self-improvement; self-learning, clinical, and professional abilities; overall suitability for residency training; and an evaluation of how much guidance may be required in ensuring the candidate becomes a successful resident. All comments, information, and materials will be kept confidential.

More information regarding our residency program and instructions for applications can be found within the ASHP residency online directory (, on the VA Pharmacy Residency Program Web site (, and on the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Web site (

If you have further questions regarding the application process or the program overall, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Program Director

Travis Linneman, Pharm.D., BCPS