PGY2 Specialized Residency: Medication-Use Safety

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


The UCSF PGY2 specialized residency program in Medication Use Safety is designed to train highly motivated pharmacists to lead multidisciplinary teams whose function is to vision a safe medication use system for the organization, identify needed improvements in the present system, plan for and implement needed changes, and assess the change achieved. The goal of the program is to prepare residents to assume the responsibilities of a Medication-Use Safety Officer in a health-system setting.


The second-year specialty residency in in Medication Use Safety at UCSF is a one-year experience within an academic medical center. Experiences are designed to expose the PGY2 pharmacist to various components of the medication use system, culture of safety, error reporting, risk reduction strategies, regulatory safety requirements, and working in interdisciplinary teams to improve safety of medication use processes. The resident will exit the program with the ability to identify areas for improvement in medication safety, and to recommend, implement, and evaluate outcomes of these changes.

The PGY2 resident will be based at our Parnassus campus, but will also gain experience at our Mission Bay Hospital (Pediatrics, Women’s Health and Surgical Oncology) and our Owen Pharmacy (Robotics).

Required rotational learning experiences

  • Orientation (2 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Operations introduction (4-6 weeks)
  • Inpatient Clinical Service (5-6 weeks)
  • Drug Policy and Administration (5-6 weeks)
    • Formulary review and monograph development
    • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)

Required longitudinal learning experiences

  • Pharmacy operations (approximately 1 weekend per month, 1 major and 1 minor holiday)
  • Research
    • School of Medicine: required 4-week course on Topics in Clinical Research (TICR) to refine longitudinal research project
    • Develop IRB-approved research project designed to optimize medication use and safety
    • Presentation of research project in local/national meetings
    • Submit manuscript of project to a peer-reviewed journal prior to residency completion
  • Educational Experience
    • Teaching certificate – optional
    • School of Pharmacy: Lecturer and Conference facilitator opportunities
    • Precept students
  • Incident reporting system managements
  • Development of clinical safety metrics and related policy and procedure development
  • Presentation of 1-2 Medication Safety Grand Rounds
  • Completing quality improvement research project to improve safe medication use


  • Orientation and training in IV Preparation
  • Computerized Order Entry [EPIC]
  • Incident event reporting [RLSolutions]


  • PharmD degree from ACPE accredited school of pharmacy or MS/BS with clinical experience
  • Completion of an ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency
  • Eligible for California state pharmacist licensure
  • Submit the standardized application materials through PhORCAS

Special requirements for acceptance

  • ​NOTE: Recommenders completing the online PhorCAS form should provide comments on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed applicant characteristics
  • Applicant must include a cover letter stating why he/she decided to pursue specializing in medication use safety pharmacy and how a PGY2 Medication Use Safety residency at UCSF will aid in achieving his/her career goals.

How to apply

Applications for the 2017-2018 year will be accepted beginning fall 2016, using PhORCAS. All applicants must register for The Match-ASHP Resident Matching Program AND submit an application through the PhORCAS website: Apply. The deadline for applications and letters of recommendations is FRIDAY, JANUARY 6th, 2017. Interested applicants should have a PharmD or an MS/BS with clinical experience, be eligible for California pharmacist licensure, have completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency and submit the standardized application materials through the UCSF online application system.

Appointment period

July 5, 2017 to July 4, 2018

Number of positions



About $54,000 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

Victoria Serrano Adams, PharmD, FCSHP
Director, Pharmaceutical Services
UCSF Medical Center - Parnassus/Mt. Zion
505 Parnassus Avenue, Room M621, Box 0622
San Francisco, CA 94143-0622
Phone: 415-502-6773
Email: [email protected]

Program Coordinator

Kathy Ghomeshi, PharmD, BCPS
Coordinator, Medication Safety Residency
Medication Safety Officer

University of California, San Francisco
533 Parnassus Avenue, U-585, Box 0622
San Francisco, CA 94143-0622
Email: [email protected]