PGY1 Residency: Pharmacy (12) and Pharmacy in a pediatric environment (1)

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


The Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy residency builds on Pharm.D. education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, and who are eligible for board certification and PGY2 residency training.


PGY1 residents take on the role of clinical pharmacists and provide care to patients in a variety of patient care settings under the guidance of skilled preceptors. A major strength of the program is the large number of clinical faculty members and instructors with many years of experience in various clinical specialties (e.g. oncology, infectious disease, pediatrics, transplant, critical care) and in the areas of management, health outcomes, medication use policy and teaching. Residents grow exponentially in their clinical skills and gain experience in teaching, research, pharmacy operations, and medication use policy and evaluation. Leadership opportunities exist within the training program. The program places an emphasis on the provision of pharmaceutical care in many patient care areas and teaching of pharmacy students and health care practitioners.


At a minimum, each resident will spend two thirds or more of their time involved in direct patient care activities.

Required learning experiences

Core Areas (5 to 6 weeks each)

  • Ambulatory Care
  • General Medicine
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Drug Policy


These required experiences span the residency year.


  • Regularly attend and participate in hospital committee meetings
  • Participation in quality improvement activities
  • Complete and present a Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee drug monograph

Operational Staffing

  • Staffing occurs longitudinally and takes place approximately every third weekend spanning throughout the residency year. Staffing involves varied settings including the Parnassus campus with satellite and central pharmacy operations, the Mission Bay campus in the sterile products area, and finally back to Parnassus where residents assume the Pharmacist in Charge role.
  • Incoming residents with an interest in pediatrics may also gain experience in hospital operations at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Research Project

  • Complete clinical research project
  • Successful completion of the Research Certificate Program
  • Present research at a professional conference and prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  • Resuscitation
  • Code Blue, Code Sepsis, and Code Stroke participation
  • Participate in code simulation laboratory session


  • Provide lecture(s) in UCSF School of Pharmacy Curriculum
  • Small Group Conference Facilitation (1/2 day per week over 10 weeks)
  • Precept students and residents on direct patient care learning experiences
  • Deliver ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education seminar

Elective learning experiences

Rotations (5 to 6 weeks each)

May select 3 elective experiences.

  • Ambulatory Care (additional 5-to-6-week rotation)
  • Acute Care:
    • Cardiology
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Heart/Lung Transplant
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Investigational Drugs Service
    • Kidney Transplant
    • Liver Transplant
    • Neurology
    • Oncology
    • Pediatrics (*General Peds, *Hematology/Oncology*, Pediatric ICU/Neonatal ICU*) - *Required elective rotation for PGY1 Pharmacy Residency in pediatric environment.
    • Psychiatry

Sequence of learning experiences

Learning experiences are sequenced such that areas of possible PGY2 specialization occur prior to the ASHP Mid-year Clinical Meeting. Small group conference facilitation blocks for therapeutics courses within the School of Pharmacy are scheduled to occur simultaneously during Drug Policy and Ambulatory Care blocks when possible. Sequencing and scheduled experiences are modified during the year based on changes in resident interest and customization based on interests and/or performance.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019-2020 year will be accepted beginning in winter 2018 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 Monday, December 31, 2018. Interested applicants should have a PharmD or an MS/BS with clinical experience, be eligible for California licensure and a California intern license, and submit the standardized application materials through PhORCAS.

Interview dates

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency interviews will be held in January and February 2019, exact dates to be announced.


Special requirements for acceptance

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    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?
  3. 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.


(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.)

Appointment period

July , 2019 to June 30, 2020

Number of positions



Approximately $50,000 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

Frequently asked questions

See Frequently Asked Questions.

Program director

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
[email protected]