Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy - VA Caribbean Healthcare System
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VA Caribbean Healthcare System


Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy

Accreditation Status

This program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Program Description

This PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency, at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System, is a collaborative program between the School of Pharmacy University of Puerto Rico and the VA Caribbean Healthcare System.

The program consists of a 12-month period of concentrated training in all aspects of pharmacy practice.  It is a structured training program in which service complements the educational and experiential objectives of the residency.  Formal procedures for site, preceptors, and residents evaluations are in place.  The learning experiences are provided according to the level and type of experiences specified in the broad outcomes established for the program.  The program is flexible, in that it will adapt to the needs of the individual resident; yet it will provide the basic foundation for quality pharmacy practice.  The ultimate goal of the program is to enhance the resident’s competence and skills in patient care, as a productive member of a health care team and to obtain in depth working knowledge of all other areas of clinical and administrative pharmacy practice. An academic certificate program with the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy is also offered to interested residents as a parallel optional opportunity.

Program Goals and Measurable Outcomes


PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.


  • Manage and improve the medication-use process.
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Provide medication and practice related education/training to health care professionals and pharmacy students.
  • Utilize medical informatics.
  • Conduct pharmacy practice research.
  • Demonstrate additional competencies that contribute to working successfully in the health care environment. 

Setting Training Experience or Rotations

 Learning experiences:

  • Orientation and institutional training

Direct Patient Care Rotations (minimum, one in each, the inpatient and ambulatory care areas)

  • General Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Anticoagulation Management Program
  • Oncology
  • Practice Management
  • Teaching at the School of Pharmacy -UPR
  • Service/staffing rotation
  • Investigational Drugs Service

 Other training experiences:

  • Complete a project.
  • Complete at least one medication use evaluation.
  • Present two formal conferences for the Pharmacy Staff.
  • Complete one Practice Management project.
  • Present his/her research project in a professional meeting.
  • Attend the PR Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting.
  • Actively participate in residency conferences and educational activities.
  • Prepare a portfolio of his/her practice and development.


  • José O. Rosa  B.S.Ph., R.Ph., M.B.A. - Chief , Pharmacy Service
  • Mirza Martínez  Pharm.D. - Director PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Carlos Méndez  Pharm.D. - Administrator PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Norma Ayala  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist - Internal Medicine
  • Doris Bonano  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist - Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Litzalee Camacho Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist - Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Madeline Cartagena Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist - HBPC
  • Hector Cintrón  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Infectious Diseases
  • Lymaris Cruz  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Oncology
  • Irma Echevarría  Pharm.D. - Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisor
  • Jennifer Fuentes Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- PACT
  • Lucia García  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- PACT
  • Margarita Hernández Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist - Internal Medicine
  • Yanira López  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Metabolic
  • Idaliz Lugo  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist - Internal Medicine
  • Eimer Maldonado  Pharm.D. - Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisor
  • Alida Marrero  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Cardiology
  • Jeanette Mejías  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Mental Health
  • Janin Monterrey  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT)
  • Ivette Morales  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist - Internal Medicine
  • Dayna Quiñones  Pharm.D. - Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor
  • Carmen Ramón  Pharm.D. - Research Pharmacy Coordinator
  • Giselle Rivera  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator
  • Roxanna Rodríguez Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- PACT
  • Monica Sanabria  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist – Critical Care
  • Janys Sánchez  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist - Internal Medicine
  • Ana Vázquez  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- PACT
  • Jaime J. Vélez  Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist - Internal Medicine
  • Faculty School of  Pharmacy Pharm.D. - Pharmacy Practice Department

Applicants Qualifications or Requirements to be Admitted

  • Participation in the NMS Resident Matching Program and PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service).
  • Academic: Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from an accredited College/School of Pharmacy and college transcript.
  • Professional license: Licensure eligibility or licensure to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e.,Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia.
  • Nationality: U.S. citizenship.
  • Interview: An on-site panel interview.
  • Letters of recommendation: Three formal letters using established format.
  • Letter of Intent essay expressing interest and reason for pursuing a residency and Curriculum Vitae.
  • Language: Fully bilingual (English and Spanish).



Application Process and Contact Person

Address all inquiries and application materials by January 15th to:

Carlos A. Mendez, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Residency Administrator
VA Caribbean Healthcare System
10 Casia Street (119)
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00921
787-641-7582 x-31408

Mirza D. Martínez, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Residency Director
School of Pharmacy
PO Box 365067
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-5067
787-758-2525 x-5316

Benefits and Stipend

Stipend: $41,166.00
 Health and life insurance benefits
 35 accrued leave time: 13 personal days, 13 sick leave & 9 holidays
 Administrative leave for educational meetings
 Teaching hospital


A certificate of residency accredited by ASHP is awarded to the residents who successfully complete the residency program



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