ALBUQUERQUE INDIAN HEALTH CENTER (AIHC)
801 Vassar Dr NE
Albuquerque NM 87106
Fax: (505) 248-7642
Director of Pharmacy:
CDR Michael Shuster, PharmD, MPA, NCPS
Residency Program Director:
LCDR Deborah A. Long, PharmD, BCPS, NCPS
Type of training site:
ASHP accredited residency program
The Albuquerque Service Unit (ASU) consists of the Albuquerque Indian Health Center (AIHC) and health care centers at Isleta, Jemez, and Alamo communities and field health clinics in Zia and Santa Ana. Albuquerque has long been a center for education and employment for southwest Native Americans, which has contributed to the diversity of its Tribal representation. The Albuquerque Indian Health Center is an IHS-wide model for management in outpatient care, with 97,000 visits per year. All support services are available at the center, with separate units organized for urgent care and appointments.
The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Albuquerque Indian Health Center will provide learning and training environments designed to advance the practice of post-graduate pharmacists and prepare them for direct patient care positions within public health. A graduate of this residency program will be qualified to serve as a clinical pharmacist in ambulatory care and have the opportunity to gain licensure as a Pharmacist Clinician within the state of New Mexico. Graduates of this program will also have a firm grasp of management responsibilities and the pharmacist’s role in public health and the Native American community. Importantly, the residency program will serve as a strong foundation for career advancement as a pharmacist within the United States Public Health Service and/or Indian Health Service.
Rotational Experience Opportunities:
Our program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that offers training opportunities in family practice, chronic disease state management, anticoagulation, diabetes care, mental health, pain management, smoking cessation, field clinic operations, pharmacy practice, administration, formulary management, and drug information. The resident also has the opportunity to complete a Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program with the University of New Mexico (UNM) and participate in weekly journal clubs with the area VA Medical Center in Albuquerque. Residents will gain the necessary experience and develop critical thinking skills needed to move forward in the ever changing world of pharmacy practice.
AIHC is a five minute walking distance from UNM campus and the Health Sciences Center. The resident can enjoy cultural activities within the city at Old Town or in five surrounding pueblos (Jemez, Isleta, Santa Domingo, Santa Ana, Sandia). It is a short drive to National Parks, Santa Fe, Taos, ski resorts, hiking, biking, and outdoor activities. Albuquerque is also home of the popular annual International Balloon Fiesta and famous green chili.