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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)

CAVHCS Pharmacy Student Program

CAVHCS Pharmacy Service serves as an advanced practice experience rotation site for fourth year pharmacy students and as a rotation site for early pharmacy practice experience for second year pharmacy students.

Rotation Descriptions:

Primary Care

CAVHCS Pharmacy Service has up to six Primary Care Rotations available per block. The primary care rotations are located in Montgomery, Tuskegee, or Columbus. The students will progress to independently managing pharmacist-run clinics, including anticoagulation, lipid, and diabetes dyslipidmia clinics. This will include:

  • interviewing and counseling patients
  • making appropriate pharmacotherapy interventions
  • providing accurate and concise documentation in the patient's electronic medical record

In addition to managing pharmacist-run clinics, students will be given an opportunity to:

  • improve their primary care disease-state knowledge base (A-fib, Hyperlipidemia, DM, HTN, CHF, Depression, etc.) focusing on optimizing pharmacotherapy
  • round with various primary care services, including geriatrics, mental health, and cardiology
  • perform Home Based Primary Care chart reviews and MUEs
  • respond to drug-information questions and pharmacotherapy consults

Health Systems Practice

CAVHCS Pharmacy Service offers one Health Systems Practice rotation per block located at the Montgomery Campus. The student will actively be involved in:

  • preparing IVs
  • working with Pyxis and BCMA delivery systems
  • performing pharmacokinetic dosing of antibiotics
  • adjusting inpatient medications for renal impairment
  • participate in rounds by making pharmacotherapy recommendations
  • lead disease state discussion pertaining to inpatient issues and answer drug information questions

Drugs Information:

CAVHCS Pharmacy Service has one Drug Information Rotation per block split between Tuskegee and Montgomery Campuses. In addition to serving as the contact for all facility drug information questions, students will actively participate in:

  • P&T Committee Meetings including preparing the agenda, generating reports, etc
  • completing various MUEs focusing on safety efficacy,and cost reduction topics
  • participate in research projects resulting in poster publications and journal publications

Electives

CAVHCS Pharmacy Service offers both a Pharmacy Administrative and Pharmacy IT rotation per block. The administrative rotation will involve shadowing the Pharmacy Chief and understanding VA leadership responsibilities. The IT rotations will focus on pharmacy's role in:

  • VA electronic medical record
  • drug file maintenance
  • generation of reports
  • creations of drug order templates

Please contact the program director with any questions at:

Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System

Addison Ragan, PharmD, BCPS, CGP (119)
Program Director
215 Perry Hill Road
Montgomery, AL 36109-3798,
(334) 272-4670
ext. 4241 or 3254
Cell phone: (334) 444-1648

Send completed processing packet to the following address:

Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
ATTN:  Joe Lynn (11E)
Acting Administrative Officer for Education
215 Perry Hill Rd
Montgomery, AL 36109

 

For assistance contact Mr. Lynn at:
Joseph.Lynn@va.gov or (334) 260-4177.


NOTE: Incomplete student processing packets will not be processed and you will not be able to start your training.

Upon receipt of your forms, our Human Resources department will contact you to arrange a time for you to come to the facility for fingerprinting and other entry processing requirements.

  • One government issued photo ID (i.e. driver license, military ID, passport) and one non-photo ID (see list on VA Form 0711, page 5, item 4 above). 
  • Permanent Resident Card (if applicable). 
  • Vehicle Registration and proof of insurance (if applying for a VA parking permit).

 

 

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Join the Pharmacy Student Training Program at CAVHCS in the VA!

CAVHCS Trainee Programs

Audiology Program
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Trainee Program
Dental Assistant Trainee Program
Dietetics Program
EKG Technician Trainee Program
Geriatrics Residency
Medical Laboratory Technology Training Program
Nursing Training Program
Occupational Therapy Trainee Program
Optometry Externship Program
Pharmacy Student Training Program
Physical Therapy Training Program
Podiatry Residency
Psychology Internship Program
Radiography Trainee Program
Recreation Therapy Program
Social Work Program
Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Trainee Program

Contact

Addison Ragan, PharmD, BCPS, CGP (119)
Program Director
215 Perry Hill Road
Montgomery, AL 36109-3798
Phone: (334) 272-4670,
ext. 4241 or 3254
Cell phone: (334) 444-1648

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