PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency Program - Washington DC VA Medical Center
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PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Overview

The Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is designed for residents interested in practicing in a number of areas including: ambulatory care and acute inpatient care. The residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and is one year in length; approximately beginning on July 1st. Pharmacy residents are required to become licensed by October 1 of that year.


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.

Facility Overview

The Washington D.C. VAMC is located in the nations capitol and is a tertiary care teaching facility providing acute, general and specialized services in medicine, surgery, neurology, and psychiatry. Specialized services include, but are not limited to, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorders, and cardiac surgery/invasive cardiology. The medical center staff provides healthcare to approximately 30,000 veteran patients. Primary care teams are responsible for approximately 85% of the patient care encounters in the ambulatory setting. The following medical services provide primary care: Medicine, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, Nephrology / Hemodialysis, Infectious Disease, Oncology / Hematology, GI, Cardiology, Rheumatology, and Endocrinology.


Pharmacy directors and current residents

Jasmine Carpenter, Pharm.D, BCPS, BCPP
Title: PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist(PACT/Mental Health)

Jasmine Carpenter

Education Howard University College of Pharmacy – Graduated 2012
Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center- PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Graduated 2013

Clinical interests & current practice area: At the VA, Dr. Carpenter provides direct pharmaceutical care to the patients of the mental health service and the substance abuse rehabilitation program (SARP). Outside of her role at the VA, she serves as a faculty member for the Howard University Non-traditional Pharm. D Program, in addition to serving as a clinical preceptor for students and residents. Lastly, she serves as a substance abuse and addiction trainer for the Pharmacists’ Education and Advocacy Council of Maryland (PEAC Maryland) and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC).

Venise De Etoulem, Pharm.D

Venise De Etoulem

Dr. Venise De Etoulem is a native of Douala, Cameroon. She moved to Washington, DC during her high school years and received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Trinity Washington University. While completing her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Texas Southern University, she became interested in ambulatory and long-term care, and decided to embark on the journey to becoming a clinical specialist. Upon completion of a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency, Dr. De Etoulem intends to practice as a clinical specialist/faculty at an academic medical center affiliated with a college of pharmacy. Her professional interests include ambulatory care, infectious diseases, internal medicine and academia. Her long-term goal is to become involved in international health missions in third world countries. During her time at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, Dr. Etoulem seeks to develop her clinical knowledge and feels privileged to serve our nation’s veterans.

Pawlose Ketema, Pharm.D

Venise De Etoulem

Dr. Pawlose Ketema is originally from Ethiopia but grew up in Rockville, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Howard University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Ketema’s professional interests include infectious disease, internal medicine, and academia. Upon completion of his PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency, he plans to pursue a PGY-2 residency. Beyond excellence, innovation and a family atmosphere, Dr. Ketema sought an institution that served the veterans at our Nation’s capital. During his time at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, Dr. Ketema hopes to expand his clinical and leadership knowledgebase and become a well-rounded independent practitioner.

PGY1 Rotations & Experiences


  • Core Rotations
    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
      Jerome McGuire
    • Anticoagulation clinic
      Jerome McGuire
  • Elective Rotations
    • PACT-Endocrine (Diabetes)
    • PACT-Primary Care
      PACT-Primary Care
    • Home-Based Primary Care
    • Inpatient Geriatrics
    • Academic Detailing
    • Oncology/Hematology
    • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • Psychiatry/Substance Abuse
    • Infectious Disease/Hepatology
  • Longitudinal Rotations
    • Drug information
    • Research
    • Administration


All residents are required to complete a pharmacy practice component of the residency program, staffing. The staffing component facilitates the development of pharmacy practice skills and order processing in an inpatient pharmaceutical setting. PGY1 residents are required to staff once every four weeks. The staffing schedule for the year will be prepared and submitted by the designated chief resident. In addition, residents are also required to staff one major and two minor holidays.

Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate Program:

During the residency year, residents have the opportunity to pursue a teaching certificate through The Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WHMSP). The certification program provides residents an opportunity to enhance teaching skills through practical training and actual hands on teaching experience both in the university setting as well as the clinical practice setting. Graduates of the program should be able to design and implement educational programs within the classroom and clinical practice environment. Potential teaching opportunities include, continuing education (CE) classes, serving as a preceptor, and teaching academic classes at regional pharmacy schools.

Qualifications & Application


The candidate must:

  1. Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy
  2. Be licensed by the beginning of October (any US State)
  3. Have U.S. citizenship


Applicants interested in the program are required to submit the following materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PHORCAS™) by the beginning of January. Please refer to the PHORCAS™ website for specific dates.

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation, submitted in PhORCAS™
  4. Letter of Intent

DC VA Medical Center will be participating in the ASHP Resident Matching Program and PhORCAS™

Where are they now?

Former Residents

Danielle LaPrad, Pharm.D
Title: VA Maryland Health Care System, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Ambulatory Care)

Danielle LaPrad

Education: Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PGY-1 D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2017-2018<
PGY-2 (Ambulatory Care) VA Maryland Health Care System 2018-2019

Clinical interests & current practice area

Dr. LaPrad practices in the Ambulatory Care clinics at the VA Maryland Health Care System, including Primary Care, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, and Anticoagulation clinics. During her PGY-2 Ambulatory Care residency, she established a deprescribing clinic aimed to reduce polypharmacy and improve patient outcomes. Her additional interests include teaching and precepting students and residents, collaborating in interdisciplinary clinics, and expanding patient access to pharmacist-run clinics.

Residency Experience at the Washington DC VA Medical Center:

Completing a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at the D.C. VA provided me with the opportunity to develop clinical skills in a wide variety of areas. I have been interested in Ambulatory Care since pharmacy school and feel that the D.C. VA provided excellent opportunities in this pharmacy practice area. I had the privilege to work with dedicated, knowledgeable preceptors who truly desired to help residents flourish. It was a rewarding experience and an honor to serve our nation’s veterans.

Dr. Kong Wong, Pharm.D.
Title: Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist II

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Education: North Dakota State School of Pharmacy, Fargo, North Dakota
PGY1 DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2015-2016

Clinical interests & current practice area

Dr. Wong is interested in ambulatory care, specifically practicing with prescriptive authority. He enjoys working on complex patients and managing them according to the most recent guidelines.

Residency Experience:

The DC VA prepared Dr. Wong to practice in the real world. The patients were very complex and he gained a huge clinical advantage from being a resident. Dr. Wong was able to serve our country by serving our Veterans. The experience has been invaluable to his career.

Dr. Shrina Patel, Pharm.D
Title: DC VAMC, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Hematology/Oncology)

Shrina Patel

Education: University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy, Hartford, Connecticut
PGY1 DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2014-2015

Clinical interests & current practice area

Dr. Patel continually strives to expand her role as the Hematology/Oncology pharmacy specialist at the Washington DC VAMC. One example is to establish pharmacist led clinics, such as an oral neoplastic agent renewal clinic. Additionally, she would like to be involved with multidisciplinary cancer-related initiatives and continually participate in clinical research studies that will help to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Patel also hopes to continue mentoring pharmacy students and residents, and to establish herself as a leader and educator in the pharmacy community.

Residency Experience:

"Coming fresh out of pharmacy school, it was hard to have confidence in my clinical skill set and to gauge what kind of pharmacist I would be. Starting residency at the DC VAMC, I was provided with strong rotations in my areas of interest, and preceptors that helped support and shape me into the practitioner I am today. The time I spent in my hematology/oncology rotation during my residency helped prepare me for the position I obtained upon graduation from the program. Each day at the DC VAMC now provides me with a new set of challenges and patients that help me continue to grow and expand my knowledge base. I would not be where I am today without the experiences I gained at the DC VAMC and I am so thankful for that."

LaQuinta Atley, Pharm.D, BCACP
Title: PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

LaQuinta Atley

Education: Howard University School of Pharmacy- 2006
PGY1 DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2006-2007

Clinical interests & current practice area

Since graduating from a PGY-1, Dr. Atley has been afforded the opportunity to grow within the VA. She is involved in the primary care, anticoagulation, and diabetes clinics. She has experience with geriatrics, precepting pharmacy students and residents, telehealth clinical services, and staff training and development. Her practice interest is primary care, diabetes, dyslipidemia, anticoagulation, geriatrics, patient education, and quality improvement. Dr. Atley has served on the community living nursing home inspection, smoking cessation, residency advisory committees. Dr. Atley is a VA Geriatric Scholar, serves on the residency advisory committee, and the smoking cessation committee. She has been practicing clinical pharmacy at the DC VAMC for over 10 years.

Residency Experience:

DC VA residency program granted her the opportunity to work independently as a clinical pharmacist early on. Also being part of a large network of clinicians across the country, gave a solid foundation to explore and gain a lot of experience in different aspects of ambulatory care practice.

Program Benefits

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Resident workspace
  • National Mall
  • Smithsonian Museum
  • White House
  • Metro-accessible transportation
  • National Harbor
  • Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Inexpensive bus trips to NY
  • Nationals Baseball games
  • Jazz in the Garden

Residency Benefits

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  • Stipend: $44,719
  • Health insurance: Full medical and dental available
  • Leave Time 4hours accrued each pay period
  • Sick Time: 4hours accrued each pay period
  • Paid federal holidays
  • Number of positions: 2
  • Individual resident workplace
  • Travel to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
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Jasmine Carpenter
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
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