Psychiatric Pharmacy

Amy M. VandenBerg, PharmD, BCPP
Residency Program Director

General Description

The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at U-M Health is a one-year post-graduate training program designed to develop essential knowledge and skills for contemporary health-system pharmacy practice at a major academic medical center, community-based hospital or other mental health facility (e.g. VA, state hospital, community mental health center). The residency program provides the flexibility to adapt to the resident’s specific learning needs and goals. The training is provided through concentrated clinical rotations and longitudinal experiences. 

Program Purpose

The purpose of the PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency program at U-M Health is to prepare psychiatry specialists who are qualified to practice in a variety of mental health environments including, but not limited to: inpatient psychiatry (acute, general adult, dual diagnosis, geriatric, child/adolescent), emergency psychiatry, consult liaison psychiatry and outpatient clinics. As part of the extensive training they will receive as residents, they will also be able to identify, prevent, and resolve medication-related problems, participate as active members of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, demonstrate leadership skills, and provide education to various healthcare providers.

Recruitment Plan 2024-2025

Thank you for your interest in the PGY2 Psychiatric program! We have early committed this position, thus will not be recruiting this year. 

Program Structure

Required Clinical Rotations:

Adult inpatient psychiatry

Consult liaison psychiatry

Psychiatric emergency service

Child/adolescent psychiatry

Longitudinal ambulatory psychiatry


Elective Clinical Rotations:

General adult neurology

Psychiatric pharmacy practice management

Psychiatric pharmacy faculty development


Additional Longitudinal Activities

Research project

Rotation based teaching


Example Schedule


Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency


Staffing Responsibility 

Approximately every 3rd weekend for no more than 15 weeks, one minor holiday and one major holiday block.


Research and Publications Opportunity

Through the research and writing requirements of the program, the resident has the potential to produce at least two manuscripts suitable for peer-reviewed publication by the end of the residency.


Teaching Opportunity

Residents will receive a faculty appointment as Adjunct Clinical Instructor with the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Experience in rotation-related precepting and in teaching of Pharm.D. students and PGY1 residents is widely available. In addition, the Resident will gain experience in didactic teaching of second-year Pharm.D. students at the College of Pharmacy.
Residents will also have opportunities to educate medical students, nursing staff, psychiatry residents throughout the year


Residency Director Information

Amy M. VandenBerg, PharmD, BCPP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry & Neurology

University of Michigan Health Systems

Department of Pharmacy Services

Victor Vaughan House

1111 E. Catherine St

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2054




Jolene Bostwick, PharmD, BCPP

Vicki Ellingrod Ringold, PharmD, BCPP

Danielle Burghardt, PharmD, BCPS

Megan O'Connell, PharmD, BCPP


Program Assessment Strategy

The program is structured in accordance with the ASHP Accreditation Standards and ASHP Educational Outcomes, Goals, and Objectives for a PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency and utilizes the Residency Learning System model. This program has a four-part assessment strategy of learning experiences: resident evaluation of learning experience, resident evaluation of preceptor, resident self-evaluation, and preceptor evaluation of the resident’s performance during the learning experience.

Please check out the F.A.Q. for application deadlines and interview dates.