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Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency

Program Summary

  • Residency Positions Available Per Year
    3 new residents are accepted each year
  • Stipend
    The current annual stipend is approximately $48,000.
  • Beginning Date
    July 1
  • Pharmacist Intern License
    Matched residents must be licensed Pharmacist Interns in the State of California prior to July 1
  • Pharmacist Intern License
    Matched residents must be licensed Pharmacist in the State of California by September 15th of the appointment year
  • Application Procedure
    1. Applicants must participate in the ASHP Match and apply using PhORCAS at
    2. Complete the Supplemental Application Form.
    3. Using a maximum of two pages and no less than an 11 point font and 1 inch margins, please respond to these questions in your personal statement/letter of intent:
      1. Describe your strengths, characteristics and personality traits that will help make you a successful resident in the UCSD PGY1 Am Care Residency Program.
      2. Describe your career goals and how they fit within the framework of the UCSD PGY1 Am Care Residency Program.
  • Application Deadline
    January 4  
  • Interview Dates

Rotational Electives

Program Contact

Justin W. Bouw, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
PGY1 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Director

Resident Contacts

Department of Pharmacy Mission Statement

The Pharmacy department provides excellent patient care through safe and effective drug therapy. It strives toward leadership in pharmacy practice education and research.

Department of Pharmacy Goals and Scope

  • Recognition as a national leader in the innovative use of resources and technology to provide the highest quality and most cost-effective patient care
  • Recognition for excellence in the clinical education of U C San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students
  • Recognition for its contributions, including research and publications, in all aspects of pharmacy practice

Read more on Department of Pharmacy Goals and Scope

The UC San Diego Health Department of Pharmacy includes inpatient, ambulatory care, transitional care and home health patient care services. Our academic Health System serves as a primary teaching site for UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences IPPE and APPE students, UC San Diego School of Medicine students and other professional programs in the health sciences. The Hillcrest Medical Center, Thornton Hospital, Perlman Ambulatory Care Center, Moores Cancer Center, an NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center support a full range and scope of medical and surgical specialties as well as general medicine and surgery units. As part of the only academic health system in San Diego, the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is the only facility providing cardiovascular research, patient care services and programs in one location. Pharmacists are instrumental in providing patient-centered care and education, fighting heart and vascular diseases. The UC San Diego Regional Burn Center is a leader in making notable advances in burn therapy; the pharmacist is a member of the multidisciplinary team responding to the complex medical problems experienced by burn victims. The UC San Diego Center for Transplantation is the leading location for volume of solid organ transplants in the San Diego region. As a team member of this national hub of clinical expertise and research, the pharmacist is dedicated to improving organ transplant outcomes through optimal medication management at all points in the patient’s transitions of care. The 49-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a highly specialized, nationally recognized center; the pharmacist is an active member of this Level III designated care center, providing medication management for these extremely complicated and frail patients. The UC San Diego Health operates the region’s first Level 1 Trauma Center, part of the San Diego Trauma System, a collaborative, life-saving, countywide effort of six hospitals, responding to the highest level of critical injury. Pharmacists and Pharmacist residents are an integral component of the multidisciplinary Trauma team.

The UC San Diego Health Department of Pharmacy is responsible for service to these hospitals, as well as six ambulatory care pharmacies, two Infusion Centers and multiple clinic sites. In addition, a Pharmacy Home Infusion Service program is operated in support of the Home Health Care Program. The department is staffed by over 200 full time employees comprised of pharmacists, technicians, clerical and supportive personnel. Currently, we have 23 resident positions (twelve acute and three ambulatory care PGY1, and eight PYG2 residents) and 60 fourth-year SSPPS pharmacy students, all of whom participate directly in the provision of patient care.

Pharmacists and pharmacy residents serve as members of interdisciplinary patient care teams on inpatient medical, surgical and intensive care units, with special emphasis on oncology, HIV, transplant, trauma surgery, neonatology, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases and transitions of care. In the ambulatory care area our current areas of disease state emphasis are family medicine, anticoagulation, transplantation, diabetes, CKD, CHF, and HIV, with expanding emphasis on the Transitions of Care model. Responsibility for these patients is shared by the staff, full-time faculty, residents, fellows and students. Our Pharmacy Home Infusion Service staff, which includes pharmacists and nurses, provides care for a wide range of patients seen through the allied home health care programs. The Department also has formal programs in the areas of Informatics, Antimicrobial Monitoring and Investigational Drugs.

In support of our decentralized clinical pharmacy services, the department operates a 24-hour centralized drug distribution area. Drug distribution is provided through a house-wide, point-of-use unit dose system, which uses computer-actuated dispensing equipment and a barcode driven medication administration system. All UC San Diego Health patients (ambulatory care, inpatient, and home care) are included in an integrated, computerized patient information system. Computer terminals are available in all patient care locations, within pharmacies and at the pharmacy offices. A computerized physician order entry system (CPOE) has been implemented. Pharmacists review and validate orders prior to dispensing.

Residency Program Purpose

The purpose of the UC San Diego PGY1 Residency program is to build 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 conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Pharmacy residents completing the UC San Diego Health Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Acute Care Residency will be competent in the management of in-patients with a wide range of acuity, including medication therapy management for various disease states in a variety of acute care health care settings. They will have been responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as part of interdisciplinary health care teams. Residents will participate in the ambulatory care setting in which a rotational and longitudinal experience, will enhance their understanding of the importance of transition of care, including the prevention of medication-related hospital readmissions. These pharmacists will have demonstrated proficiency in communication and in educating other health care professionals, patients, students and the community on drug related topics. Residents will have participated in precepting students on rotation from the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Residents will have demonstrated professional maturity by monitoring and evaluating their own progress, as well as the performance of their colleagues and preceptors. They will have been trained in research methodologies and leadership skills, developing organizational and time management skills, becoming proficient in the use of technology to support evidence-based medicine and patient-centered care, and will have participated in a Teaching Certificate Program. Graduates of this program will be prepared for adjunct faculty positions, direct patient care opportunities in the Acute Care setting, advanced PGY2 programs, and will be eligible to sit for board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist.

Program Overview

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Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Family Medicine Clinic
  • Anticoagulation Management Clinic
  • Heart Failure – Transitions of Care Rotation
  • Student Run Free Clinic
  • Solid Organ Transplant Clinic
  • Pain and Palliative Care Clinic
  • Antiretroviral Clinic (HIV/Owen Clinic)
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Moores Cancer Center Retail Pharmacy
  • Teaching Conferences (P4 Student APPE Ambulatory Care Conferences)
  • Administration Rotation
  • Operations (average of 2 weekends a month)
  • Teaching Certificate Program
    • Patient Directed Group Teaching: 1
    • Small Group Teaching: 5
    • Small Group Facilitation: 2
    • Journal Club: 1
    • Large Group Formal Presentation: 1
    • Patient Case: 2
    • Nursing In-Service: 1 

Supplemental experiences: Electives

Residents have the opportunity to choose two electives. Residents may choose to duplicate a required learning experience or choose an elective. We offer elective training in a wide range of medical and surgical specialty areas, in both the inpatient and ambulatory care settings. There are currently more than 25 electives to choose from for these elective experiences.


The UC San Diego Health is an Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) site for PharmD candidates from the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS). Residents, clinical staff and faculty serve as preceptors for the pharmacy students during these educational opportunities. In addition, Ambulatory Care residents serve as facilitators for the 3rd year Therapeutics Conferences and 4th year patient care conferences. Didactic lectures at the SSPPS may be available and residents are encouraged to participate. The residents also provide lectures and presentations to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy students, other allied health care providers and patients.

San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leaders (SDPRL) Teaching Certificate Program

Residents participate in the San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leaders (SDPRL) Teaching Certificate Program which includes a seminar series with residents from other county-wide residency programs. Seminar topics will focus on teaching and preceptor development. Seminar attendance is mandatory.  Residents will develop their own Teaching Philosophy and will attend Preceptor Development seminars to prepare themselves to be effective teachers and preceptors for students, patients and health care professionals. Evaluation tools and their applications will be reviewed to assist the resident in self-reflection and in creating a meaningful evaluation processes for the student. The resident learns to use evaluations to support the students’ growth and professional development by identifying activities and offering feedback in ways that encourage students to revise and improve their understanding and behaviors.

Projects and problem-solving

Each resident helps design and complete one major project during the academic year under the guidance and in collaboration with a pharmacist preceptor/project PI. This project may be a Medication Use Evaluation (MUE), a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) project, pharmacokinetic evaluation, or another type of residency project. Residents gain experience in preparing IRB submissions, creating data collection tools, and analysis design. Projects are presented at a professional meeting. The project will be written in manuscript format and those suitable for publication will be submitted. Residents are encouraged to participate in the University Health System Consortium Resident Poster Session held immediately preceding the ASHP Midyear. Problem-solving skills are also developed through day to day activities and a variety of other projects.


Residents complete a longitudinal distribution and staffing rotation which averages two weekends per month. Residents also receive instruction regarding pharmacy policies and procedures that govern the preparation and distribution of medications, automation and related technology as well as how to use information technology to reduce errors and improve medication safety.

Professional meetings

Residents will be required to attend various professional meetings throughout the year, which may include CSHP’s (California Society of Health System Pharmacists) Seminar and/or ASHP’s (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear meeting at which they will participate in recruitment efforts. Residents will present their residency project at a professional meeting.


Residents are required to give educational lectures to pharmacists, faculty, preceptors, residents and students throughout their residency year as well as to other health care professionals as assigned while on rotations:

  • Grand Rounds:

    Residents will present a 1-hour continuing education lecture to pharmacists, faculty, preceptors, residents, students and technicians based on a current or controversial drug-related topic, new drug or new drug application in which there is current literature for evaluation and discussion. Allied health professionals are welcome to attend. Presentations are accredited for continuing education through California Accreditation for Pharmacy Education (CAPE). This Grand Rounds presentation is offered once at the Hillcrest Medical Center and once in La Jolla.

  • Journal Club:

    Residents are required to critique and present an article regarding a current or controversial drug therapy topic.

  • M&M / Medication Safety Related Topic
    Residents may provide one medication safety related topic presented to pharmacists, faculty, preceptors, residents, students, and technicians. The resident will be assigned a topic and present during their Administration rotation. Topics will be assigned by the M&M preceptor, Medication Safety Specialist.

  • Outreach Presentation:

    Residents participate in a community outreach program addressing the public regarding an area of disease prevention and wellness promotion.

  • In-services:

    Residents are required to provide several medication and/or disease state in-services to medical teams, students, pharmacy preceptors and pharmacy staff as assigned. Topics will be based on requests by the nursing or medical staff, recommendations from the resident or assigned by the preceptor.

Program Outcomes

Our Ambulatory Care (PGY1) Pharmacy residents completing this program will be advanced practitioners proficient in the areas of:

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Managing and improving the medication use process

By consistently using an efficient and comprehensive pharmacy practice methodology, graduating residents are leaders in medication safety and have enhanced patient outcomes by integrating patient- and disease-specific pharmacotherapy. Residents will have identified areas for improvement of the medication-use system and will have participated in the design and implementation of improvement recommendations. Residents will have become proficient in preparing and dispensing medications according to the organization’s policies and procedures and will have demonstrated responsibility for the welfare and medication-related outcomes of the patient.

Providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams

Our graduating residents will have been active members of health care teams and will have provided patient-centered, evidence-based, pharmacy care to their patients. They will have developed skills in creating patient-specific medication regimens and will have completed necessary medication and patient monitoring plans to obtain optimal outcomes. Residents will have become proficient in documenting and communicating medication-related matters to appropriate team members and will have assisted other health care professionals in ensuring appropriate follow-up care.

Exercising leadership and practice management skills

Graduating residents will have effectively strengthened their knowledge, skills, and abilities in key areas of pharmacy practice management and leadership. These areas include an understanding of medication distribution systems, and the medication use processes, including financial implications as a part of their Administrative Rotation. Residents will have participated in organizational committees and will have improved their understanding and application of decision-making processes. Residents will have attended an Administration and Medication Safety Topics Seminar which will have introduced key aspects of pharmacy administration and safe medication practices from departmental leaders.

Demonstrating project management skills.

Graduating residents will have engaged in a formal practice-related investigation project utilizing project management skills.  Residents will have gained experience with the IRB process, designing data collection and analysis tools. Residents will have worked with their preceptors and project PI’s to develop critical thinking skills when evaluating and discussing project results. Residents will have documented their work in manuscript format and presented their project at a professional meeting. Residents will have developed time management skills and familiarity of technological systems to support this experience.

Providing medication and practice-related education and training

Graduating residents will have become proficient in educating health care professionals, students, and patients on medication-related topics. Residents will have become leaders as drug information resources. Residents will have participated in the San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leaders Teaching Certificate Program, which will have cultivated their teaching, perception and facilitation skills. Residents will have attended a Teaching Skills Development Lecture series and created an introspective personal teaching philosophy.

Utilizing medical informatics

Graduating residents will be proficient in utilizing information technology to enhance efficiency, improve patient safety and provide optimal patient outcomes. UC San Diego Health has received the “Most Wired” and “Most Wireless” Awards by Hospitals and Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association. Residents will have become proficient in using web-based resources for supporting all patient-care, teaching and research activities.

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