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


Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency Program

About Our Program

This PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is conducted at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Application Process

The residents are selected through participation in the National Matching Services (NMS) Resident Matching Program and Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

Requirements for Admission:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from an accredited College/School of Pharmacy and college transcript.
  • 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.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Interview.
  • Three formal letters of recommendation using established format.
  • Letter of intent essay expressing interest and reason for pursuing a residency and Curriculum Vitae.
  • Candidate must be fully bilingual (English and Spanish).

Program ASHP ID: 01100

The Program

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 foundation for quality pharmacy practice. The 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.


Residency Goals

  • In collaboration with the healthcare team, provide safe and effective patient care to a diverse range of patients, including those with multiple comorbidities, high risk medication regimens and multiple medications following a consistent patient care process
  • Ensure continuity of care during patient transitions between care settings
  • Prepare, dispense and manage medications to support safe and effective drug therapy for patients
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes, as applicable to the organization
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate and investigate practice, review data, and assimilate scientific evidence to improve patient care and/or the medication use system
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Demonstrate management skills
  • Provide effective medication and practice related education to patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, students and the public (individuals and groups)
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians, or fellow health care professionals

Learning Experiences

  • Orientation and assessment
  • Direct patient care rotations
  • Practice management
  • Service/staffing rotation and weekends
  • Teaching experience
  • Investigational drug services

Direct patient experiences

  • Internal Medicine              
  • Critical Care
  • Oncology               
  • Pain and Palliative Care
  • Cardiology            
  • Anticoagulation Management
  • Extended Care      
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Patient-Aligned Care Teams (PACT)         
  • Mental Health
  • Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC)              

Requirements for completion:

  • Complete all required learning experiences
  • Complete a residency project
  • Present the residency project results at the VACHS and prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  • Participate in the quarterly pharmacy newsletter
  • Complete at least one medication use evaluation
  • Prepare a drug class review, monograph, treatment guideline or protocol
  • Comply with the service commitment requirements
  • Present two formal conferences to the pharmacy staff
  • Actively participate in one pharmacy service committee
  • Actively participate in residency conferences and educational activities
  • Prepare a portfolio of his/her practice and development, including a final self-reflection



  • José O. Rosa, B.S.Ph., R.Ph., M.B.A. - Chief
  • Mirza Martínez Pharm.D. - Director PGY-1
  • Carlos A. Méndez Pharm.D. - Administrator PGY-1
  • Suasy C. Acevedo-Muniz, Pharm.D., CP Specialist- Pain
  • Norma Ayala, Pharm.D., CP-Internal Medicine
  • Doris Bonano, Pharm.D., CP - Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Litzalee Camacho, Pharm.D., CP - Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Madelyn Cartagena, Pharm.D., CP -HBPC
  • Hector Cintrón, Pharm.D., CP- Infectious Diseases
  • Jennifer Crowley, Pharm.D., CP- PACT
  • Lymaris Cruz, Pharm.D., CP- Oncology
  • Irma Echevarria, Pharm.D., Associate Chief
  • Enid M. Franco-Pharm.D., CP- Infectious Diseases
  • Jennifer Fuentes, Pharm.D., CP- PACT
  • Lucia García, Pharm.D., CP- PACT
  • Jose L. Garcia-Toledo, Pharm.D., CP- Mental Health
  • Margarita Hernández, Pharm.D., CP - Internal Medicine
  • Idaliz Lugo, Pharm.D., CP - Internal Medicine
  • Eimer Maldonado, Pharm.D., OP Supervisor
  • Alida Marrero, Pharm.D., Clinical Program Manager
  • Jeanette Mejias, Pharm.D., CP- Mental Health
  • Brenda I. Mendez-Guzman, Pharm.D., CP -Pharmacoeconomics
  • Cristian Mendez-Sepulveda, Pharm.D., CP - Internal Medicine
  • Janin Monterrey, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor -Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT)
  • Ivette Morales, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist - Internal Medicine
  • Dayna Quiñones, Pharm.D., IP Supervisor
  • Roxanna Rodriguez, Pharm.D., CP- PACT
  • Monica Sanabria, Pharm.D., CP – Critical Care
  • Janys Sanchez, Pharm.D., CP - Hospice
  • Jose A. Santos-Hoyos, Pharm.D., CP - Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Jaime J. Velez, Pharm.D., CP - Critical Care
  • Faculty School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Practice Department

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


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
Tel: 787-641-7582 x-112710

Sacha Rivera-Sarate, Pharm.D., BCGP
Pharmacy Residency Director
School of Pharmacy
Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico
787-758-2525 ext. 5308