PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center


PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency

Milwaukee Veteran's Affairs Medical Center Post Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency

The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center offers a one year PGY2 residency in psychiatric pharmacy designed for pharmacists desiring a specialized practice focused on the care of patients with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders. The psychiatric pharmacy resident will work as part of an interdisciplinary team focusing on improving patient care in a variety of mental health settings. The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency builds upon experiences gained through a PGY1 program and is designed to offer both didactic and clinical experiences leading to the development of a practitioner with expert knowledge in the area of psychiatric pharmacotherapy. The resident will also have extensive precepting and teaching responsibilities over the course of the year. Leadership, administrative, medication safety, and pharmacoeconomic skills will further develop the resident into a well-rounded practitioner. Upon completion of the Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency, the resident will be well-equipped to establish and/or expand upon a successful psychiatric pharmacy practice.

The goals of the PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency are to:

  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat individuals with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • Optimize the outcomes of inpatients and outpatients with a variety of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders and a range of complexity of problems by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training or educational activities for health care professionals, health care professionals in training, and the public.
  • Evaluate and improve the medication-use process in psychiatric and neuropsychiatric patient care areas.
  • Conduct psychiatric pharmacy practice research
  • Demonstrate skills required to function in an academic setting.
Required Rotations
  • Orientation
  • Inpatient Psychiatry #1
  • Consult/Liaison Psychiatry
  • Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program #1
  • Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) Teaching Certificate
  • Neurology
  • Inpatient Psychiatry #2
  • Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program #2
Elective Rotations
  • Outpatient Mental Health
  • Substance Use Disorder Clinic
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Immediate Access Mental Health Clinic
  • CUW Mental Health Elective  
  • Internal Medicine
  • Primary Care
Longitudinal Rotations:
  • Primary Care Mental Health Integration team
  • Metabolic Syndrome Monitoring Clinic
  • Smoking Cessation Clinic
  • Formulary management activities
  • Medication use safety activities
  • Develop and conduct year-long pharmacy research project, poster presentation and Great Lakes presentation. May additionally choose to present a poster at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting.

The PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy resident will be expected to participate in various meetings. These include Primary Care Mental Health Integration team staffing; Gold Clinic protected time; Mental Health medical student case conferences; Clinical Pharmacy meetings; Journal Club; and other relevant medical conferences.


The PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy resident will have extensive teaching involvement over the course of the year, both formal and informal. The resident will help precept pharmacy students and PGY1 residents on the mental health clinical rotation. Responsibilities include providing one-on-one mentoring, presenting seminars and in-services, and assisting with the evaluation process. In addition, the resident may be called upon to provide teaching to the interdisciplinary psychiatric teams as needed.

Formal teaching opportunities include the following: University of Wisconsin seminar lecture, CUW Pharmacotherapy lecture, CUW Mental Health Elective lecture, Medical College of Wisconsin Pharmacotherapy lecture, CPNP Annual Meeting poster, and journal clubs throughout the year.


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    For more information:

    Matthew Haas, PharmD,BCPP,BCPS
    Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
    Phone: (414) 384-2000 ext. 41150
    Fax: (414) 389-4276