VA Medical Center - PGY-2 Infectious Disease

VA Medicine Description

Infectious Disease Residency

VA St. Louis Healthcare System
John Cochran Division
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

St. Louis, Mo.

Residency Period: July 1 - June 30
Available Positions: 1

Program Goals

Promote health improvement, wellness, and the prevention of infectious diseases.

Optimize the outcomes of individuals with an infectious disease by providing evidence based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team or as an independent clinician.

Manage and improve anti-infective-use processes.

Demonstrate excellence in the provision of educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals-in-training, centering on optimizing anti-infective pharmacotherapy.

Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat individuals with an infectious disease.

Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills.

Conduct infectious diseases pharmacy practice research.

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 St. Louis VA Medical Center, John Cochran Division. 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 primary, secondary, and tertiary 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

The resident will rotate through a variety of core and elective infectious diseases clinical rotations in order to gain expert-level clinical experience. Required rotations will include the microbiology laboratory at the VA St. Louis Health Care System, which provides microbiologic services for both VA divisions in St. Louis, a minimum of four rotations with the VA infectious disease consult service, and a rotation in the medical or surgical intensive care units. The resident will also complete two elective rotations, one of which will occur off-site at a partner institution in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Longitudinally, the resident will work with the program director to manage home IV antibiotic patients and participate in a weekly infectious diseases clinic.

Residents are directly supervised by the preceptor on inpatient rotations or in pharmacist-run clinics. The residency preceptors meet regularly with the resident to provide advice and feedback, share clinical expertise, guide student precepting activities, and ensure back up clinical coverage. 

Residents participate in journal club, case presentations, and resident seminars, 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. Residents receive a faculty appointment at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and have the opportunity to complete an ACPE-accredited teaching certificate program. Teaching opportunities include classroom presentations, small group case discussion facilitation, and clerkship precepting.


Successful candidates will be highly motivated, self-directed Pharm.D. graduates who are currently enrolled in a PGY-1 residency program and possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. All candidates must be eligible for registered pharmacist licensure in any state, and be eligible for temporary Missouri licensure.

 Application Procedure

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and affiliated residency programs will be utilizing ASHP’s PhORCAS system to manage resident applications. 

Program Director

Ryan Moenster, Pharm.D., BCPS-ID