PGY1 Acute Care Pharmacy Residency

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 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.

Application Procedure

Applicants must participate in the ASHP Match and apply using PhORCAS.

Letters of Recommendation/Reference:
Three letters are required. At least two of the references must be from preceptors who can directly comment on clinical and practice skills.

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

Overview of Acute Care Pharmacy Residency

Program Overview Acute Care

Program Contact

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

Christopher Smith
Residency Coordinator

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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.

Elective Rotations