Certificate Programs

Research Certification 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


  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication

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
"The research certificate program provides a comprehensive review of research methodology and statistics to help guide our PGY1 research endeavors. The research series coincides with our projects and provides residents with insight and support to successfully complete tasks, such as IRB and abstract submission, poster design, and data analysis. The mentors assigned through the certificate program are extremely knowledgeable and invested in our learning. In addition, the Designing Clinical Research course was extremely beneficial in strengthening our baseline knowledge of research design and methodology. The interprofessional course also offers the benefit of different perspectives (public health, medical resident vs pharmacy resident) to strengthen the design of our projects." - Kayla Joyal, PharmD (PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2018-2019)

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
"The teaching certificate program enhances our teaching and precepting skills, through individualized teaching philosophy and portfolio development. The interactive workshops prepare us to deliver didactic lectures, facilitate small-group learning, and teach within a layered learning model; all while inspiring us to adapt our teaching styles to the needs of our learners and strengthening our appreciation for diversity of thought." - Navya Varshney, PharmD (PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2018-2019)

Teaching Certificate Directors

Mandy Morris, 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