Certificate Programs

Research Certificate Program


The UCSF Research Certificate Program is a longitudinal research training program that provides formalized growth opportunities to strengthen clinical research abilities and develop skills necessary to understand the principles of research design, statistical analysis, and project development.

Program Goals

  • Develop effective project and time management skills

  • Acquire skills for designing and interpreting clinical research

  • Provide resident and preceptor development opportunities
  • Produce publishable resident research projects

Program Requirements

Designing Clinical Research Course

  • Attend lectures and small-group sessions within an interprofessional curriculum
  • Develop an IRB-approved research protocol

Resident Research Series

  • Attend one-hour seminars pertaining to IRB Submissions, REDCap, methodologies and abstracts, poster development, STATA and data analysis, building tables and graphs, presentation skills, and manuscript writing


Research Days

  • Nine dedicated research days allocated throughout the residency year

Research Portfolio

  • Develop and maintain a research project plan, portfolio, and evaluation strategy


  • Residents are paired with clinical pharmacists with advanced training in statistical analysis

Teaching Certificate Program


The UCSF Teaching Certificate Program is jointly sponsored by UCSF Medical Center and UCSF School of Pharmacy. The program is designed to support the development of residents in the design and conduct of small group teaching, large group teaching, and experiential education.

Program Goals

  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, students, and the public
  • Effectively employ preceptor roles when teaching students
  • Develop and practice a philosophy of teaching

Program Requirements

Teaching Workshops

  • Attend interactive seminars focused on building clinical teaching skills, positive learning climates, teaching philosophies, and more

Large Group Teaching

  • Develop and deliver a large-group session to student pharmacists
  • Provide a one-hour continuing pharmacist education (CPE) session

Small Group Teaching

  • Facilitate weekly small-group learning of therapeutic concepts for 10 weeks
  • Provide health education to the public through community outreach events
  • Provide health education to interprofessional healthcare providers

Interactive Teaching

  • Participate in oral exams associated with therapeutics courses
  • Conduct an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) associated with applied patient care skills courses

Experiential Education

  • Co-precept IPPE and APPE students on clinical services

Teaching Portfolio

  • Develop and maintain a teaching portfolio, teaching philosophy, and evaluation strategy

Teaching Workshops

  • Academic Assessment
  • Case Writing
  • Clinical Teaching Skills and Effective Feedback
  • Learning Climate
  • Setting Goals and Expectations
  • Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Certificate Directors

Mandy Brown, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Critical Care Pharmacist, UCSF Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Pharmacy
533 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0622
San Francisco, California 94143
Office: 415-353-8162 | Pager: 415-443-5374
Katherine Gruenberg, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Pharmacy
533 Parnassus Avenue, Suite U585
San Francisco, California 94143
Office: 415-514-9324 | Pager: 415-443-5322

Resident Wellness Program


The Resident Wellness Program is in cooperation with the 'Resiliency Medicine Training Course: Immunizing for Stress' and focuses on the pillars of resilience, self-management and community to promote the health, happiness and success of trainees and the prevention of burnout.

Program Goals

  • Support pharmacy residents by providing strategies and techniques to become competent, caring and resilient clinicians

  • Promote proactive self-development and self-care behaviors for lifelong learning and performance improvement in both personal and professional lives

  • Obtain certification in Resiliency in Medicine, a nationally recognized evidence-based training program

Program Requirements

  • Attend interactive focused seminars offered on a monthly basis

  • Practice introspection techniques through written reflections and discuss in a collaborative manner

  • Develop a “Personal Mission Statement”

  • Teach and model resiliency skills to demonstrate completion of the certificate program

Example Seminars​

  • Curriculum Vitae and Letter Writing Workshop
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Strengths Finder
  • Time Management: Setting the Year Up for Success
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Resiliency in Medicine: Meditation, Gratitude, Internal Narrative
  • Team Building Activities

DEI Champion Training


At UCSF, we're committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. All pharmacy residents participate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Champion training, sponsored by UCSF School of Medicine. The goal of DEI Champion training is to increase awareness and skills for clinical teachers so that they can address bias and discrimination when and where it happens. The training includes education on implicit biases and microaggressions, coaching in skills related to addressing these issues, and training in how to apply thoughtful, active listening and empathy to support a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Program Goals

  • Recognize bias and discrimination in the learning environment;
  • Use a shared language to talk about bias and discrimination with students;
  • Implement skills to address bias and discrimination; and
  • Apply practical tools for addressing bias and discrimination in their day-to-day teaching encounters.

Program Requirements

The training consists of ~45 minutes of pre-work, followed by two 3-hour interactive sessions. During the training, participants apply new skills in a variety of case-based scenarios. They also participate in an assessment of awareness, comfort, and confidence using the skills learned. PGY1 Pharmacy residents are provided dedicated time to complete the DEI Champion training during either their Leadership & Management or Medication Use & Outcomes rotations.