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IHS PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency Programs

  • Northern Navajo Medical Center

    PO Box 160 (N Hwy 491) Shiprock, NM 87420

    Phone: 505-368-7250
    Fax: 505-368-7260

    Director of Pharmacy
    Thad Koppenhafer, PharmD

    Residency Program Director
    CDR Kevin McDermott, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

    Type of Training Site
    Ambulatory Care

    Positions :1; Early Commit is not available

    ASHP Accredited

    Facility Information
    The Northern Navajo Medical Center serves as a referral center for reservation-based hospitals and clinics in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Each year NNMC has roughly 133,000 outpatient clinic visits from 68,000 patients not including pharmacy visits.


    Create a well-rounded, confident, and competent pharmacist practitioners capable of working in multiple clinic settings. PGY2 residents are expected to begin working towards the privileging requirements for the NNMC Pharmacist Practitioner during residency. This requires completion of physical assessment training course and obtaining 500 clinic hours in various settings.


    National provider shortages are creating obstacles to patient care. It is the vision of NNMC to fill this gap with qualified Pharmacist Practitioners (PP). The PP assume the same level of diagnostic and therapeutic responsibilities as medical personnel, similar to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. PPs utilize comprehensive interviewing, physical assessment, and diagnostic skills to manage patients who present with common, high volume acute and chronic illnesses. Complex problems are referred to the physician.

    The NNMC PGY2 program shall provide a training environment to meet this vision.

    Rotational Experience Opportunities

    Resident will learn administrative responsibilities, complete projects related to pharmacy administration, and develop an understanding of pharmacy leadership.

    Student Preceptor

    During this rotations, the resident will be assigned as formal preceptor to one or two students on rotation at NNMC. Resident will learn to utilize various teaching methods, utilize leadership skills, and perform final student evaluations.


    Resident will complete drug information questions, drug utilization reviews, and participate in training of students and staff.

    Physical Assessment Course

    All residents shall be required to attend the NNMC Pharmacy Physical Assessment Course. This is a 60 course that provides training on performing general cardiology, pulmonology, abdominal, neurology, musculoskeletal, and HEENT examinations. Additionally, training on working up and evaluation common new complaints will be presented.

    Chronic Disease Management Clinic

    Manage disease states and related co-morbid conditions including but not limited to diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, asthma, COPD, heart failure, gout, hyper/hypothyroid, epilepsy, headaches, depression, GERD, sinusitis, anticoagulation, rheumatoid arthritis, and onychomycosis.

    HIV/Hepatitis C

    Specialized clinic involving care of these disease states and appropriation of funds to pay for required medications.


    Specialized clinic for the evaluation and treatment of seizure in all age groups.


    General clinic for the monitoring and adjustment of warfarin, heparin products, and DOACs.

    Family Medicine Clinics

    Clinic where residents will begin learning how to work up new complaints and hone diagnostic skills. Residents will perform appropriate physical examinations and order labs and tests as needed to treat and diagnose the patient.


    Resident shall screen medication orders and counsel patients using I.H.S. techniques.

    Other Training

    Residents shall attend Officer Basic Course (if Commissioned Corps), Indian Health Service Pharmacy Practice Training Program, and ASHP mid-year meeting.

    Special Features
    Surrounded by a land of immense natural beauty marked by towering mesas and bordered by scenic mountains, the community of Shiprock is situated on the banks of the San Juan River. Many world-class attractions are within 90 miles of Shiprock including the mountain bike meccas of Moab, Utah and Durango, Colorado. Winter sports destinations include the Rocky Mountain ski areas of Purgatory, Telluride, and Wolf Creek.

  • Whiteriver Indian Health Service Hospital

    PO Box 860 Whiteriver, AZ 85941

    Phone: 928-338-3502
    Fax: 928-338-3510

    Director of Pharmacy
    CDR Weston D. Thompson, D. Ph., MBA, BCPS

    Residency Program Director
    LCDR L. Michelle Vaughn, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDE

    Assistant Residency Director
    LCDR Tabitha Dillinger, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM

    Type of Training Site
    Ambulatory Care

    Positions 1

    ASHP accredited residency program

    Facility Information
    Whiteriver Indian Health Hospital provides services to over 20,000 Native Americans primarily of the White Mountain Apache Tribe throughout the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. The Fort Apache Indian Reservation spans an area the size of Delaware, and is located in the high desert of Northeast Arizona. The facility receives over 120,000 ambulatory visits and 2,000 admissions annually. Local services/departments include: Outpatient, Inpatient, Emergency Room, Dental, Eye, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietary, Diabetes, and a full suite of Pharmacy services.


    To prepare PGY-1 trained pharmacists to become exceptional ambulatory care practitioners. Our philosophy aligns with the Indian Health Service Mission: to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest possible level. All activities undertaken by the resident will support the IHS mission.

    Rotational Experience Opportunities
    The Whiteriver Service Unit (WRSU) PGY2 Ambulatory Care pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and residents’ prior PGY1 pharmacy residency experience to contribute to the development of exceptional clinical pharmacists in Ambulatory Care practice. The program provides PGY2 residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care. WRSU pharmacists are fully integrated into in several areas of Ambulatory Care practice, including: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Urgent Care, Dialysis, Skilled Nursing, Home Visits, and provision of vaccines for adults and children in the community. The resident will be embedded in the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and care for patients under a broad collaborative practice agreement (CPA). The Chronic Disease Therapy Management (CDTM) CPA allows pharmacists to manage diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, heart failure, chronic pain, rheumatology, hepatology, nephrology, anticoagulation, hypothyroidism, tobacco cessation, immunizations, and other chronic conditions, as well as some acute issues. PGY2 residents complete a required Pharmacy Administration and Leadership learning experience with exposure to both pharmacy and hospital administration and leaders. The resident will have the opportunity to pursue an elective rotation (Pediatrics) in addition to block rotations in PCMH, Community Outreach and ER/Outpatient Staffing, as well as experience in dialysis. PGY2 residents will precept pharmacy students. Participation in a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program is encouraged and supported. The resident will initiate and implement a residency project as a longitudinal experience including a written manuscript.

    Other Training

    Residents shall be sent to Officer Basic Course (if Commissioned Corps), Indian Health Service Applied Clinical Training Program, New Mexico Physical Assessment Course, Indian Health Service Southwest Regional Pharmacy Continuing Education Meeting (QUAD), Southwest States Residency Conference, and ASHP Midyear meetings.

    Special Features
    As the first fully accredited PGY2 residency in the Indian Health Service, we pride ourselves on pharmacy innovation. WRSU has a long history of progressive pharmacy practice and is nationally known for innovative programs. We are located in the northern area of Arizona surrounded by lakes and the largest ponderosa pine forest in the nation. During the summer months, many people come for the cool weather to fish, hike, camp and bike; and during the winter, people come for the wonderful skiing/snowboarding opportunities at the Sunrise Ski Resort. Whiteriver is an excellent home base to explore the southwest. Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, and the Grand Canyon are all less than 4 hours away.