Pain Management and Palliative Care at South Texas Veterans Health Care System

South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie Murphy Hospital in affiliation with the College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin,

Program Leadership

Dr. Ian Pace

Ian Pace, PharmD, BCPS
PMOP Coordinator

PGY2 Pain Management Residency Program Director
South Texas Veterans Health Care System
7400 Merton Minter Blvd (119)
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 365-1805

Dr. Alexandra Podosek

Alexandra Podosek, PharmD
Pain Management Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
PGY2 Pain Management Residency Program Coordinator

South Texas Veterans Health Care System
7400 Merton Minter Blvd (119)
San Antonio, TX 78229
(512) 879-4927

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide 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 or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

This STVHCS specialty practice residency in Pain Management is ASHP-accredited and places a unique focus on the biopsychosocial model of pain care. The resident will be embedded within a team of clinical pharmacists, pain physicians, whole health providers, and a pain psychologist. The 12-month training period incorporates outpatient, inpatient, and residential experiences devoted to the development of skills essential for the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients with malignant and non-malignant chronic pain, acute pain, and substance use disorders.  Residents will receive training in both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain treatments.

There are NO staffing requirements for this residency program!

Required rotations include

  • Orientation
  • Outpatient complex pain 1 & 2
  • Palliative Care/Hospice
  • Whole Health
  • Inpatient substance abuse
  • Surgical intensive care unit (SICU)
  • Primary mental health integration (PCMHI)
  • Rural telehealth pain management
  • Interventional pain management

Elective rotations include

  • SCOUTT expansion
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Academia
  • Pain management, opioid safety, PDMP (PMOP)

The University of Texas at Austin and its affiliated institutions are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

Residency Details


San Antonio, Texas

Length of Residency

1 year

Positions Available

1 position

Start Date

July 1


Residents receive a competitive annual stipend as well as 13 paid sick days, 13 paid vacation days, 11 paid federal holidays, and health insurance. Educational leave is available for conferences.

Residents are also appointed as Clinical Instructors with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.


  • Strong interest in pain management clinical pharmacy practice
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. Degree program
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program
  • Participation in the ASHP Resident Matching Program
  • Eligibility for Pharmacist Licensure in any of the 50 states

Application Requirements

  • Application through PhORCAS
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Official college of pharmacy transcripts
  • Letter of interest/intent