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Psychiatry Specialty Residency

Kelly Lee, PharmD, MAS, BCPP, FCCP

Kelly Lee, PharmD, MAS, BCPP, FCCP

On behalf of UC San Diego Health, thank you for your interest in our PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency program. We offer an enriching residency with diverse core and elective rotations at numerous mental health facilities. Our program is designed to provide you with a variety of learning environments, patient populations, disease states, acuity, teaching opportunities and projects to prepare you to be an excellent clinical psychiatric specialist. Our program goal is to provide you with skills, knowledge and professional development opportunities that maximize your marketability for employment in any mental health setting including academic or community hospital settings and academic/management endeavors. We also prepare our residents to become board-certified in psychiatric pharmacy (BCPP) upon completion of the residency program. We encourage our residents to become active in the profession so that they can be future leaders and advocates for those with mental illness. Residents will enjoy the longstanding, strong, collaborative nature of our interprofessional mental health teams in providing evidence-based patient care, and will benefit from working with knowledgeable and dedicated preceptors. We look forward to meeting with you and discuss the numerous opportunities that our program has to offer!


Program Summary

  • Residency Positions Available Per Year
    1 resident is accepted each year
  • Beginning Date
    August 1st (matched resident must be licensed pharmacists in the State of California before starting the residency year and no later than November 1st)
  • Application Procedure
    Eligible applicants must have graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and successfully completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency.  Interested Applicants should refer to the Program Overview for specific application requirements.
  • Application Deadline
    December 31

Program Contact

Kelly Lee, PharmD, MAS, BCPP, FCCP
PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Director
(858) 822-3462

Program Overview

Program overview

Residency Program Purpose

Pharmacy residents completing the UC San Diego Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency will be described as advanced mental health practitioners who will be able to make complex medication recommendations in a variety of psychiatric practice settings. This program is also designed to facilitate growth in areas of effective communication, critical assessment and management of psychopharmacology drug treatment, and leadership. Graduates of this PGY2 residency will possess intense, focused and marketable job skills that should prepare them for career opportunities in any mental health practice setting and be eligible to sit for board certification examination in psychiatric pharmacy.