VA North Texas Health Care System
The American Society Health-System Pharmacists Accredited Residency with VANTHCS and Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy are 12-month programs designed to develop skills in clinical pharmacy and pharmacy leadership while providing opportunities for didactic and clinical teaching, and clinical research.
While VANTHCS includes a number of facilities, all of the pharmacy residency positions are based at Dallas VA Medical Center. This hospital serves as a major training center for many health professionals including medical students, residents, and fellows from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dallas VA Medical Center provides a wide variety of patient care services, conducts clinical research in many inpatient and outpatient specialty areas, and serves patients from all over the U.S. The pharmacy offers state-of-the-art robotics and medical information systems. Pharmacists provide services in a variety of specialty areas and there is ample opportunity for advanced practice pharmacists to develop innovative and advanced patient care practices in collaboration with medical staff.
Part of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the School of Pharmacy was founded upon the idealism that tomorrow's pharmacists must be independent thinking and technologically advanced, and all education and training use problem-based learning techniques with a strong emphasis on computer literacy. All course materials are maintained on the school's website; however, the main campus is located in Amarillo and offers a state-of-the-art facility with high tech, online classrooms. Regional campuses are located in Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, and Abilene. The Dallas/Fort Worth regional campus has two sites; one is at Dallas VA Medical Center and the other is within the central Dallas Medical District. Approximately 16 full-time and 25 adjunct clinical faculty, as well as four distance learning classrooms support the education and training of more than 100 students in their last 2 years of pharmacy school and 10-15 PGY 1 and PGY 2 residents. Residents are actively involved in didactic and clinical teaching and helping facilitate Pharm.D. students in acquiring problem-based learning skills.