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

Kristin Madden, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP 
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Palliative Care
PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director 
South Texas Veterans Health Care System 
7400 Merton Minter Blvd (119) 
San Antonio, TX 78229

This comprehensive post-doctoral clinical pharmacy training program is designed to develop autonomous pain management and palliative care clinical pharmacy specialists by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge into the provision of advanced patient care.  Residents who successfully complete this program are prepared for board certification, advanced practice settings, and academic or other specialized careers.  

Intended outcomes of the program include: function as an integral member of the interdisciplinary treatment team; provide comprehensive medication management to complex palliative care and pain patients in a variety of care settings; serve as an educator for patients, caregivers, and other health care providers and trainees; exhibit professional leadership and management skills; display self-motivation for professional and personal growth as an independent practitioner; and demonstrate the ability to proactively identify and meet opportunities available in the provision of pharmaceutical care to palliative care patients and patients with acute and chronic pain (malignant and non-malignant). 

There are NO staffing requirements for this residency program.

Learning Experiences

Core (10 blocks, 4 weeks each)

  • Palliative Care Consult Service I & II
  • Community Living Center—Hospice 
  • Outpatient Palliative Care 
  • Outpatient Chronic Pain Management I & II
  • Outpatient Psychiatry 
  • Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder 
  • Whole Health 
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Longitudinal Clinic (one afternoon per week)

  • Primary Care Complex Pain Clinic 

Electives (3 rotations, 4 weeks each)

  • Oncology
  • Home Based Primary Care 
  • Surgical Intensive Care  Service
  • Pain Management/Opioid Safety/PDMP (PMOP)
  • Community Living Center—Rehabilitation 
  • Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability 

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