UC San Francisco is proud to celebrate more than 50 years of training pharmacy residents! The Pharmacy Residency Programs began at UCSF in 1963, and they have changed the face of pharmacy practice nationwide.

Approximately 30 percent of PGY1 and PGY2 residency graduates practice outside California and 70 percent practice in-state. Graduates establish careers in traditional hospital and academic settings as well as in more diverse settings in ambulatory care, community pharmacy practice, managed care, pharmacy benefits management, government and regulatory settings, corporate management, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Both general and specialized residencies build confidence and core skill sets that are applicable to a wide variety of pharmacy careers. These skills include:

  • Interprofessional direct patient care
  • Evidenced-based application of drug information and informatics
  • Clinical decision making
  • Managing and improving the medication-use process
  • Teaching
  • Leadership
  • Research

UCSF Medical Center and its hospitals

UCSF Medical Center is ranked among the top 10 medical centers in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The medical center is a tertiary care hospital that employs state-of-the-art robotic drug distribution systems, computerized bar code technology, and an electronic health record. There are three main hospital locations at UCSF’s Parnassus, Mount Zion, and Mission Bay campuses.

  • The Parnassus and Mount Zion hospitals have a total of 690 beds and a level-two trauma center.
  • The Mission Bay hospital opened in 2015 and is home to the Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Betty Moore Women’s Hospital, and the Bakar Cancer Hospital.
  • For more information about the UCSF medical center go to: About UCSF

School of Pharmacy and teaching

The UCSF School of Pharmacy offers the top doctor of pharmacy program in the nation based on U.S News and World Report rankings. Pharmacy residents teach the School’s student pharmacists through administration of large group lectures, small group conference facilitation, and floor-based clinical precepting.

Also, residents have teaching opportunities in public education, interdisciplinary health education, and continuing pharmacy education for pharmacy staff.

Upon completion of these teaching requirements, residents are presented with a teaching certificate along with their residency certificate at graduation.

Contact us


For general pharmacy residency inquiries, please contact program manager, Erin Harrison [email protected]

For specialty specific inquiries, please go to the appropriate link in the upper left corner of this page and contact the residency program director directly.


533 Parnassus Ave Rm C152 San Francisco CA 94143

UCSF Clinical Sciences Box 0622
533 Parnassus Ave Room U585, Box 0622
San Francisco CA 94143