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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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Program Summary

  • Resident Positions Available
    12 new residents are accepted each year
  • Stipend
    The current annual stipend is approximately $50,500
  • Beginning Date
    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
    1. Applicants must participate in the ASHP Match and apply using PhORCAS at
    2. Letters of Recommendation/Reference: 3 letters required, at least 2 of the references should be from preceptors who can directly comment on clinical and practice skills.
    3. Letter of Intent: using a maximum of two pages and no less than an 11 point font and 1 inch margins, please address both of the following prompts in your letter of intent:
      1. Prompt 1:  These are the UC San Diego Health Core Values: Caring, Creativity. Integrity, Teamwork and Quality.
        Choose one of our Core Values and describe a time when you demonstrated that quality.
      2. Prompt 2:  Tell us about a time when you faced barriers to success in your lifetime and how you overcame them.
  • Application Deadline
    December 31
  • Virtual Interview Dates:
    Thursday, 2/4/2021
    Monday, 2/8/2021
    Tuesday, 2/16/2021
    Friday, 2/19/2021

Elective Rotations

Program Contact

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

Christopher Smith
Residency Coordinator


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

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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.

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 transitions 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

Program Overview Acute Care

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Required Learning Experiences

Supplemental experiences: Electives


San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leadership (SDPRL) Teaching Certificate Program

UCSD SSPPS Therapeutic Conferences

Projects and problem-solving


Professional meetings


Program Outcomes

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PGY1 Acute Care Pharmacy residents completing this program will be competent in the areas of:

Patient Care

Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care

Leadership and Management

Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge


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