PGY1 Residency: Pharmacy Practice
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited residency program
The Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency builds on Pharm.D. education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, and who are eligible for board certification and PGY2 residency training.
PGY1 residents take on the role of clinical pharmacists and provide care to patients in a variety of patient care settings under the guidance of skilled preceptors. A major strength of the program is the large number of clinical faculty members and instructors with many years of experience in various clinical specialties (e.g. oncology, infectious disease, pediatrics, transplant, critical care) and in the areas of management, health outcomes, medication use policy and teaching. Residents grow exponentially in their clinical skills and gain experience in teaching, research, pharmacy operations, and medication use policy and evaluation. Leadership opportunities exist within the training program. The program places an emphasis on the provision of pharmaceutical care in many patient care areas and teaching of pharmacy students and health care practitioners.
At a minimum, each resident will spend 75% of his/her time involved in direct patient care activities.
Required learning experiences
5 to 6 weeks in each of the four primary areas below
- Ambulatory Care
- Acute Care General Medicine or Cardiology
- Acute Care Surgery
- Drug Policy/Medication Outcomes Center
- Each resident will complete a Drug Utilization Evaluation Project
- Each resident will assess and implement a quality improvement measure for the Department of Pharmaceutical Services, UCSF Medical Center
- Each resident will review incident reports involving medications for cause and effect and suggest quality improvement changes when appropriate
- Each resident will serve as a working member of a departmental committee longitudinally for the year (e.g., Nursing Pharmacy, Infectious Disease Management Committee, Diabetes Committee, Medication Infusion Device Committee, etc.)
- Each resident will attend other Department meetings (e.g., Medication Safety Committee, Pharmacy Managers Meeting, Professional Council and Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committee)
These required experiences span the residency year.
- Pharmacy Operations
- Research Project
- Working member of an assigned departmental committee
Block (8 to 10 weeks each)
These required learning experiences overlay the same timeframe as other learning experiences such as Drug Policy/Medication Outcomes (e.g. Pharmacy and Therapeutics monograph, mini quality improvement project).
- Pharmacy and Therapeutics Monograph
- Small Group Conference Facilitation (1/2 day per week over 10 weeks)
- Continuing Pharmacy Education Talk
- Mini quality improvement project
Elective learning experiences
Rotations (5 to 6 weeks each)
in four of these areas
- Ambulatory Care (additional 5-to-6-week rotation)
- Acute Care:
- Critical care
- Emergency medicine
- Infectious disease
- Investigational drugs service
- Transplant: heart/lung, kidney, or liver
Sequence of learning experiences
Learning experiences are sequenced such that areas of possible PGY2 specialization occur prior to the ASHP Mid-year Clinical Meeting. Small group conference facilitation blocks are scheduled to occur simultaneously during Drug Policy and Ambulatory Care blocks when possible. Staffing occurs longitudinally and takes place, on average one day each week (most commonly on weekends after licensure is achieved) over the entire year. Staffing involves varied settings including the Parnassus campus with satellite and central pharmacy operations, the Mission Bay campus in the sterile products area, and finally back to Parnassus where residents assume the Pharmacist in Charge role. Incoming residents with an interest in pediatrics may also gain experience in hospital operations at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Sequencing and scheduled experiences are modified during the year based on changes in resident interest and customization based on interests and/or performance.
How to apply
Applications for the 2017-2018 year will be accepted beginning in fall 2016 using PhORCAS. All applicants must register for The Match-ASHP Resident Matching Program AND submit an application through the PhORCAS website: http://www.ashp.org/phorcas. The deadline for applications and all special requirements for acceptance is Saturday, December 31, 2016. Interested applicants should have a PharmD or an MS/BS with clinical experience, be eligible for California licensure and a California intern license, and submit the standardized application materials through PhORCAS.
Special requirements for acceptance
- We request a minimum of one (two is preferred) of your three references should come from a preceptor who you have worked with in a clinical setting, related to an APPE in acute or ambulatory care. The clinical preceptor should be able to comment on your scope of responsibility, total patient load, level of autonomy, clinical abilities, and organizational and time management skills. All 3 reference writers should use the standard PhORCAS template to submit their candidate recommendation and comment on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed candidate characteristics.
- A response to the following essay statement is required for acceptance. The essay response should be no longer than one page in length. An application will not be reviewed if this statement is missing. Please note that the essay is separate from your cover letter.
Reflect on a challenging situation (personal or professional) that required you to question your values or assumptions. How did you deal with the situation? What did you learn from the experience?
- A cover letter describing the elements of the program that most interest you and how each element relates to your personal goals is also required.
(NOTE: The essay response should be uploaded in the Supplemental Information section in PhORCAS. Space is limited to a max of 5 MB and must be provided in the following format: .pdf, .doc, .txt, .rtf.)
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Number of positions
About $49,000 per year, paid monthly
- Vacation: 10 days paid vacation leave
- Professional Leave: 10 days paid professional leave
- Travel Stipend: Amount is determined each year for professional leave and may not cover all travel expenses.
- Insurance: Medical/Dental/Vision Plan and Professional Liability Insurance
Frequently asked questions
Cathi Dennehy, PharmD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
University of California, San Francisco
533 Parnassus Avenue, U-585, Box 0622
San Francisco, CA 94143-0622
Phone: (415) 476-2862