PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Pediatrics



The Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital (BCH) builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of pediatric conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for PGY2 pharmacy residency training.


The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) residency program in pre-candidate status. Residents will take on the role of clinical pharmacists and provide care to pediatric patients in a variety of patient care settings at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

The residency program allows opportunities for residents to strengthen his/her clinical skills by focusing on providing pharmaceutical care to pediatric patients within pediatric and neonatal medicines as a core member of the interdisciplinary medical team. Residents will further gain experience in teaching, research, pharmacy operations, and medication use policy and evaluation.

Virtual Open House

An annual open house event is offered in the fall for interested applicants. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of current and former residents, preceptors and the Residency Program Director.


Thursday, November 18th, 2021 @ 2 - 3 PM (PST)
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 @ 4 - 5 PM (PST)


Meeting ID: 953 2152 6194 

Password: 439203



Learning Experiences


Rotation Schedule

At a minimum, each resident will spend two thirds or more of their time involved in direct patient care activities. Rotation blocks are 5 to 6 weeks in duration, for a total of 8 blocks throughout the residency year. All residents will be assigned the 6 core blocks, and may select 2 elective learning experiences

Sequencing of Learning Experiences

Learning experiences are sequenced such that areas of possible PGY2 specialization occur prior to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Sequencing and scheduled experiences are modified during the year based on changes in resident interest and customization based on interests and/or performance.

Sample Schedule

PDF iconPGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program - BCH Schedule At a Glance

Core Rotations

  • General Pediatrics

  • Neonatal Intensive Care  

  • Pediatric Critical Care

  • Hematology/Oncology

  • Medication Use & Outcomes

  • Leadership & Management


  • Cardiac Intensive Care 
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Infectious Disease 
  • Solid Organ Transplant & Transitional Care - Kidney, Liver
  • Labor & Delivery and Obstetrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Transition of Care Services

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Ambulatory Care Clinic (Renal, Cystic Fibrosis)
  • Mock Codes
  • Research Certificate Program
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Resident Wellness Program
  • Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Hospital Committee Member
  • Operational Staffing


Operational Training

All residents receive comprehensive training in each of the operational areas during orientation, including formalized training in sterile compounding and aseptic technique. At the beginning of the residency year, residents are paired with an experienced preceptor who will oversee their operational staffing learning experience throughout the year and provide residents with summative feedback. 

Staffing Areas

Operational staffing occurs longitudinally and takes place approximately every third weekend spanning throughout the residency year for a total of 16 weekends. Residents staff in the main pharmacy with an emphasis in order verification and oversight of sterile compounding.  Additionally, the residents staff a 4-hour evening shift approximately every 2 to 3 weeks in the main pharmacy.


Project Selection

The Residency Program Director receives project proposal submissions from clinical pharmacists for consideration as a resident research project on an annual basis. Projects are reviewed for feasibility, and appropriateness of timeline for the resident research process. The list developed in this forum focus on projects that demonstrate potential value that may focus on clinical pharmacist services, quality improvement initiatives, such as drug safety, optimal medication use, cost effective drug use, and efficient, safe and effective medication preparation, delivery and administration. The Residency Program Director will reach out to the residents in early summer to start discussion of project selection. 

Research Training

PGY1 residents participate in the UCSF Research Certificate Program and will gain skills in: adhering to a research timeline, creating an appropriate study design and methodology, completing data collection and analysis and summarizing research findings. Residents are enrolled in the Designing Clinical Research course that is part of the Summer Clinical Research Workshop. This interprofessional curriculum within the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics guides residents through modification of their research proposal and creation of a version suitable for submission to the UCSF Institutional Review Board. For projects requiring more advanced statistics, residents also receive support to work with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) in order to complete analysis. Residents will participate in a research certificate whereby they attend structured research sessions throughout the year in guiding the successful completion of the research project. 

Poster & Platform Presentations

All projects are of a scope suitable for publication. Projects are presented as posters at the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Research Poster Session. They are also presented as posters at the University Hospital Consortium residency session that precedes the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. The final platform presentation occurs in spring at the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) Annual Conference. Final research project write up should be in a format suitable for journal submission. 


Teaching Instruction

Teaching is a focus of the residency at UCSF, and residents participate in the UCSF Teaching Certificate Program. The certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program and recognizes the significant contributions and skills that are attained during the residency year. Residents receive training in teaching methodology, precepting IPPE and APPE students in a layered learning model, and small group conference facilitation through a variety of educational seminars that are planned during the year.

Teaching Experiences

Teaching opportunities may include the following:

  • Large group teaching
    • Pediatric Elective Lecture
    • Continuing Pharmacy Education (Department of Pharmaceutical Services)
  • Interprofessional education to nursing & physician groups 
  • Small group facilitation
  • Precepting IPPE and APPE students on clinical rotations and project-based work


Code Response


PGY1 Pharmacy Residency residents are integral members of the interprofessional emergency response care team. Residents will become certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and receive hands-on pediatric and adult code training. Residents respond to Code White (Pediatrics), Code Blue (Adult), Seizure Codes and participate in stroke response. During emergent response, residents ensure appropriate drug selection and administration, timeliness of medication retrieval and preparation, adjusting medication dosages and monitoring for response.

Mock Codes & Simulation

PGY1 residents at BCH will participate in multidisciplinary simulation-based mock codes throughout the year in both pediatric and adult clinical practice areas to practice their skills. Residents will also have opportunities to participate in simulation lab session at the Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills.


Salary & Benefits


$60,500 per year, paid monthly


Medical/Dental/Vision Plan and Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation / Professional / Sick leave

All residents will receive 10 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of paid professional leave. Professional leave may be used to attend professional meetings, and for post-graduate or professional job interviews. Additionally, all residents will receive up to 12 days of paid sick leave per academic year.

Travel Stipend

All residents are provided with a stipend to support travel, lodging, and registration fees for the purposes of professional conferences. The amount of the travel stipend is determined each year and may not cover all travel expenses.

PGY1 Residents at BCH will be expected and have option to attend the following conferences:

  • Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) Fall Conference (optional)
  • California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) Annual Seminar (optional)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting (mandatory)
  • Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) Spring Conference (mandatory)

Additional Benefits

Residents will be provided with a UCSF white coat, scrubs and access to the resident office workspace. Meal cards are provided with a value determined by the number of staffing hours assigned.


General Information


July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Positions Available

  • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency in Pediatrics (NMS 293113) – 2 positions


The Residency Program Director and residents recruit potential residency applicants at the following events:

  • Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) Fall Conference
    • Residency Showcase 
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Residency Showcase 
    • Personnel Placement Services (PPS)
      • Applicants are encouraged to participate in PPS if possible



Requirements for Admission

Applicants must be a graduate of an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy or otherwise be eligible for licensure in California.

Non-US and US Citizens from Foreign Schools of Pharmacy

Non-US citizens must be eligible to work and live in the US by obtaining an appropriate visa and must be eligible to work as a licensed pharmacist in California. We do not sponsor visas for foreign pharmacy residency applicants. Non-US and US citizens who graduate from a foreign school of pharmacy must first be certified by examination before the process of licensure in the US can begin. The Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee ™ (FPGEC®) certificate program operates under the auspices of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®. The NABP® provides the FPGEC Certification Program as a means of documenting the educational equivalency of a candidate's foreign education, as well as the license and or registration to practice pharmacy. More information about this entire process is provided in these NABP® links: nabp.pharmacy.

How to Apply

  1. Match: All applicants must register for The Match – ASHP Resident Matching Program.
  2. PhORCAS: Applications will be accepted through PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service), a web-based pharmacy residency application system. The application deadline is December 31st.
  3. Cover Letter: A cover letter describing the elements of the program that most interest you and how each element relates to your personal goals is also required.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: We request a minimum of one (two is preferred) of your three references should come from a preceptor who you have worked with in a clinical setting, related to an APPE in acute or ambulatory care. The clinical preceptor should be able to comment on your scope of responsibility, total patient load, level of autonomy, clinical abilities, and organizational and time management skills. All 3-reference writers should use the standard PhORCAS template to submit their candidate recommendation and comment on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed candidate characteristics.
  5. Supplemental Application Materials: A response to the following essay statement is required for acceptance. The essay response should be no longer than one page in length. An application will not be reviewed if this statement is missing. Please note that the essay is separate from your cover letter. (NOTE: The essay response 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.)

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?

On-site Interviews

Application Reviews

Each PGY1 applicant packet is screened and scored by members of the pediatrics team. Screeners assess the following: communication skills, clinical experience (breadth, performance, scope of activity), personal/environmental factors (maturity, confidence, motivation, and adaptability), work experience, aggregate letters of recommendation, leadership/initiative, teaching (interest and/or experience), research (interest and/or experience), extracurricular involvement and academic performance. The screening score is used to determine if an on-site interview will be extended. 


The interview process is a full day, which consists of a pediatric pharmacist panel interview at both campuses, as well as a personal interview with the Residency Program Director, pharmacy administrators, operational supervisors, and medical faculty. Applicants are asked to prepare in advance a 10-minute presentation on a topic of their choice (not related to pharmacy or healthcare).

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Interviews 2022:

  • Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
  • Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022
  • Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
  • Wednesday, February 16th, 2022
  • Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022


Learn more about our program!


Sarah Scarpace Lucas, PharmD, BCPS, BPPS

Residency Program Director
Senior Pharmacist Supervisor – Clinical Services
Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Pharmacy

Education and post-graduate training

BS Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1999)
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000)
Pediatric Specialty Residency – St. Louis Children’s Hospital (2001)


1975 Fourth Street, Room C4411G
San Francisco CA 94158

tel: 415-502-9556
[email protected]


Jimin Lee, PharmD

Residency Program Coordinator (BCH-SF Campus)
Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Education and post-graduate training

Doctor of Pharmacy, Touro University (2019)
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice, UCSF Medical Center (2020)
PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital (2021)


1975 Fourth Street, Room C4411
San Francisco CA 94158
[email protected]


Terrie Abel, PharmD

Residency Program Coordinator (BCH-Oakland Campus)
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland

Education and post-graduate training

Doctor of Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy (1993)


747 52nd Street 
Oakland, CA 94609

tel: 510-428-3885 x 2101
[email protected]