PGY2 Specialized Residency: Pediatrics

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


The UCSF PGY2 specialized residency program in pediatrics is designed to prepare pediatric clinical pharmacy specialists for practice in acute and ambulatory pediatric settings.


The pediatric residency is a one-year ASHP-accredited specialty residency that allows the opportunity for the pediatric resident to strengthen his/her clinical skills by focusing on providing pharmaceutical care to pediatric patients. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is a 187-bed children’s hospital and is part of UCSF Medical Center. The children’s hospital includes 58 neonatal ICU beds, 37 hematology/oncology/BMT beds, 28 general pediatric and surgical beds, 28 transitional care beds (transplant and cardiac step-down), 36 ICU beds, and 36 obstetrics and labor and delivery beds. The primary emphasis of the program is to provide in-depth clinical experience in a variety of areas within pediatric and neonatal medicine. The pharmacy resident will be a core member of the interdisciplinary medical team during the acute care rotations and will participate in patient care rounds on a daily basis. There is also a significant teaching component associated with this residency program and the resident will earn a teaching certificate. The UCSF Medical Center is closely affiliated with the UCSF School of Pharmacy, and the resident will have the opportunity to teach Doctor of Pharmacy students in two courses in the School of Pharmacy and precept Doctor of Pharmacy students throughout the year.


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

Required learning experiences


  • General Pediatrics (5-6 weeks)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery-ICN (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit-PICU (4 weeks)
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit-(PCICU) (4 weeks)
  • Hematology/Oncology (5-6 weeks)


  • Pediatric BMT Clinic-Fall/Spring (20-24 weeks)
  • Pediatric Renal Transplant Clinic-Fall/Spring (20-24 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Operations (48 weeks)
  • Administrative (48 weeks)
  • Research/Projects/DUE (48 weeks)
  • Education (48 weeks)

Elective learning experiences


  • Bone Marrow Transplant (4-5 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Solid Organ Transplant-TCUP/DOTS (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Department (5-6 weeks)

Sequence of learning experiences

Initial rotation sequencing based on resident rotation preferences. Residents are required to staff every three weekends in the main pharmacy. Sequencing and scheduled learning experiences are modified and customized during the year based on resident interest and performance. Final elective rotation at the end of the year can be decided upon later in the year based on resident preference.

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 31st, 2017. Interested applicants should have a PharmD or an MS/BS with clinical experience, be eligible for California pharmacist licensure, completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency, and submit the standardized application materials through PhORCAS.


  • 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.
  • NOTE: Recommenders completing the online PhorCAS form should provide comments on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed applicant characteristics

Special requirements for acceptance

  1. Responses to both of the following essay statements are required for acceptance. Each essay response should be no longer than one page in length. An application will not be reviewed if either statement is missing.

(NOTE: These essay responses should be uploaded in the Supplemental Information section in PhORCAS. Space is limited to a max of 5 MB and must be provided in the following format: .pdf, .doc, .txt, .rtf.)

  1. How did you decide to pursue specializing in the area of pediatric pharmacy? What UCSF PGY2 pediatric program elements interest you most and how do each of these relate to your personal goals?
  2. Reflect on a challenging situation (personal or professional) that required you to question your values or assumptions. How did you deal with the situation? What did you learn from the experience?

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

Sarah Scarpace Lucas, PharmD, BCPS, FCSHP
UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay/UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
1975 Fourth Street, Room C4411G
San Francisco, CA 94158-2351
Phone: 415-502-9556
Email: [email protected]