We are actively recruiting 1 qualified resident for this program. The residency program is designed to provide trainees the opportunity to develop clinical competency in the specialized area of pain management, with a focus on opioid reduction. The program incorporates both outpatient and inpatient interdisciplinary experiences devoted to the development of skills essential for the provision of pain management.
The primary focus of the program is chronic pain management with additional required training in palliative/end-of-life care and substance abuse identification and treatment.
The resident spends 7 months in core learning experiences to include Chronic Pain Management, Psychiatric Disorders (Substance Use Disorders and Primary Care Mental health Integration), and Palliative/Hospice Care, with the other 5 months devoted to electives. Longitudinal experiences include weekly Primary Care Complex Pain Clinic as well as Pain Stewardship Committee. The Pain Resident is responsible for participating in the design and implementation of appropriate therapeutic regimens, monitoring the outcome of therapy, assisting in the application of pharmacokinetic principles to individualize therapy as needed and in the provision of patient, disease and drug specific information to other members of the health care teams. Elective opportunities are available in both ambulatory and acute care settings. A research project and two formal presentations are required.
About South Texas Veterans Health Care System
The South Texas Veterans Health Care System is a comprehensive health care network that services the veterans of South Texas. It is composed of two divisions and an extensive network of clinics. The main hospital, Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, has over 200 beds, including three intensive care units, an inpatient spinal cord injury unit, an inpatient long-term rehabilitation unit, three inpatient psychiatry units, and a bone marrow transplant unit, in addition to numerous primary care and specialty outpatient clinics. Clinical Pharmacy is an integral part of the veteran’s care. We have over 70 clinical pharmacy specialists covering areas such as Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Geriatrics, Hematology and Oncology, Mental Health, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology, Critical Care, Antimicrobial Stewardship, HIV, Hepatology, Renal, Anticoagulation, Bone Marrow Transplant Neurology and Spinal Cord Injury. We have 8 pharmacy residency programs to include PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 programs in Ambulatory Care, Geriatrics, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pain & Palliative Care and Psychiatry. Residents are offered a competitive salary plus sick leave, annual leave and administrative leave with health insurance plans available.