PGY2 Specialized Residency: Critical Care

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited residency program


The UCSF PGY2 residency program in critical care is designed to train a pharmacist for a clinical specialist role in a critical care-centered practice setting such as medical, surgical, trauma, neuroscience or cardiac intensive care. Program graduates will possess necessary skills to function as an advanced practitioner in clinical and academic settings.


The critical care residency is a one-year specialty residency that allows the resident to practice in a university-affiliated tertiary care, academic teaching hospital with 690 beds and five adult intensive care units on the main Parnassus campus. UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, part of UCSF Health, are recognized by US News and World Report as the fifth best hospital in the nation. We are a primary stroke center, have a 24-hr cardiac catheterization lab, and had over 43,000 hospital admission and 1 million outpatient visits in 2015. The program is affiliated with the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a Level 1 trauma center, where the resident will have the opportunity for offsite rotation experiences. Additional off-site rotation experiences are available based on resident interest.

The focus of the critical care pharmacy residency is to develop specialty expertise in critical care clinical practice in a variety of intensive care settings, where the resident will serve as a key member of the interdisciplinary care team. Teaching is also an integral component of the program as UCSF Medical Center is closely affiliated with the UCSF School of Pharmacy (SOP). The resident will have the opportunity to teach Doctor of Pharmacy students in SOP courses, including a critical care pharmacotherapy elective, and to precept Doctor of Pharmacy students and residents on critical care rotations and in high fidelity critical care simulation labs. The resident will also have the option to complete teaching and research certificate programs.


At a minimum, each resident will spend 75% of his/her time involved in direct patient care activities.

Required learning experiences

  • Medical-Surgical Intensive Care 1 (minimum 5 weeks)
  • Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Intensive Care 1 (minimum 5 weeks)
  • Neurocritical Care (minimum 5 weeks)
  • Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Intensive Care 2 or Neurocritical Care 2 (minimum 4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (minimum 4 weeks)
  • Medical-Surgical Intensive Care 2 (Teaching Focus, minimum 4 weeks)
  • Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care (minimum 4 weeks)

Required longitudinal learning experiences

These required experiences span the residency year.


  • Regularly attend and participate in hospital committee meetings
  • Participation in quality improvement activities


  • Manage critical care medication verification, production and distribution

Research Project

  • Complete clinical research project focusing on critical care pharmacotherapy
  • Present research at a national pharmacy or critical care meeting and prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  • Resuscitation
  • Code Blue, Code Sepsis, and Code Stroke participation
  • Participate in high fidelity critical care simulation laboratory session


  • Provide lecture(s) in UCSF School of Pharmacy Curriculum
  • Provide lecture(s) in multidisciplinary ICU noon conferences
  • Provide lecture(s) to interdisciplinary team members (e.g dietitians, respiratory care practitioners)
  • Precept students and residents on critical care rotations
  • Deliver ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education seminar (Grand Rounds)
  • Complete Journal Club Presentation for external pharmacist audience (Northern California Critical Care Journal Club or Society of Critical Care Medicine Journal Club)

Elective learning experiences

  • Bone Marrow Transplant (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric or Neonatal Critical Care (4 weeks)
  • Solid Organ Transplant (4 weeks)

How to apply

Applications for the 2018-2019 year will be accepted beginning fall 2017 using PhORCAS. All applicants must register for The Match-ASHP Resident Matching Program AND submit an application through the PhORCAS website: The deadline for applications and all special requirements for acceptance is Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Interested applicants should have a PharmD degree, be eligible for California pharmacist licensure, have completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency by the program start date, and submit the standardized application materials through PhORCAS.

Special requirements for acceptance

When submitting a letter of recommendation through PhORCAS, the letter writer must comment on at least 7 of the 13 characteristics. Applicant must also include a cover letter addressing why he/she decided to pursue specializing in critical care pharmacy and how a Critical Care PGY2 Specialty Residency at UCSF will aid in his/her career goals.

Appointment period

July 9, 2018 to July 8, 2019

Number of positions



Approximately $55,000 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

Program director

Fanny Li, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
University of California, San Francisco
533 Parnassus Avenue, Room U-585, Box 0622
San Francisco, CA 94143-0622
Phone: 415-353-7523
Email: [email protected]

Critical care PGY2 rotation preceptor biography

PDF iconCritical Care PGY2 Preceptor Biography 2017-2018_Final.pdf