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PGY1 Acute Care Pharmacy Residency

Marcie Lepkowsky

Marcie Lepkowsky, PharmD, BCGP

Welcome to the UC San Diego Health PGY1 Acute Care Pharmacy Residency Program! On behalf of UC San Diego Health, I would like to thank you for your interest in our PGY1 Acute Care residency program. We offer a great residency with fantastic preceptors and an impressive number of elective opportunities. Our program is designed to provide you with a variety of learning environments, patient populations, disease states, acuity, teaching opportunities and projects - all to help develop your clinical knowledge, skills, independence, and confidence. One of our goals is to provide you with professional growth that maximizes your marketability for future employment in the academic or community hospital settings, PGY2 opportunities, and academic/management endeavors. You will be able to choose from many electives in your area of interest or explore new areas that may grab your attention. The required and elective rotations will help you develop your skills and knowledge which you will be able to apply to any area of practice, including patient care, time management, prioritization, communication, utilization of resources and disease management, all in a supportive, nurturing, intellectually stimulating academic health care system. Residents will enjoy the longstanding, strong, collaborative nature of our medical and surgical interdisciplinary teams in providing evidence-based patient care, and will benefit from working with knowledgeable and dedicated preceptors who are amazing clinicians, teachers and mentors. You will develop skills that will allow you to help optimize the health outcomes of your patients. Your preceptors and I are committed to help you achieve your highest professional potential as an active, responsible, and vital member of the health care team while you thoroughly enjoy your residency experience.

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Virtual Program Overviews and Open Houses

  • 11/16/2022: Program overview
  • 11/17/2022: Open House
  • 12/12/2022: Program overview
  • 12/13/2022: Open House

Program Summary

  • Resident Positions Available
    12 new residents are accepted each year
  • Beginning Date
    Approximately July 1
  • Pharmacist Intern License
    Matched residents must be licensed Pharmacist Interns in the State of California prior to July 1.
  • Pharmacist License
    Matched residents must be licensed Pharmacists in the State of California within 90 days of the start of the residency program.
  • Application Procedure: Applicants must participate in the ASHP Match and apply using PhORCAS 
    • Letters of Recommendation/Reference: 3 letters required; at least 2 of the references must be from preceptors who can directly comment on clinical and practice skills.  All reference writers must comment on a minimum of 10 of the the 13 candidate characteristics.
    • Letter of Intent: A supplemental application will be required in lieu of a letter of intent (link below). A letter of intent is not required for this program. Please upload a blank page to the "letter of intent" section of PhORCAS. 
    • Supplemental Application Link 
    • Preview Supplemental Application Questions Here
  • Application Deadline
    December 31
  • Virtual Interview Dates:

Elective Rotations

Program Contact

Marcie Lepkowsky, PharmD, BCGP
PGY1 Acute Care Pharmacy Residency Director
Fax:(619) 543-3505

Christopher Smith
Residency Coordinator



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.

Program Overview

Program Overview Acute Care