Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency

Justin Bouw, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Justin Bouw, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Welcome to the webpage for the UC San Diego PGY1 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program! On behalf of UC San Diego Health, I want to thank you for your interest and for taking the time to learn about what makes our residency program great. We offer a well-rounded variety of required and elective learning experiences in the Ambulatory Care, Acute Care, and Academic environments. Our preceptors are extraordinary clinicians, teachers, and mentors and are fully committed to supporting you throughout the year in order to foster your professional growth and development. The combination of diverse learning experiences and projects, strong mentorship, and flexibility in scheduling will provide you with the formula to develop your pharmacotherapeutic skills, communication, independence and confidence. Our mission is to meet your individual professional goals within the structure of our ASHP-accredited program and make you a competitive clinician within a dynamic health care system. We know that you will feel our commitment to this mission as you integrate into our UCSD family and will thoroughly enjoy your experience as a pharmacy resident. We look forward to meeting you!

Program Summary

  • Residency Positions Available Per Year
    3 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 Intern License
    Matched residents must be licensed Pharmacist 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 Please see instructions for details of requirements.
    2. 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 how your experiences, strengths, and personal characteristics 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
    December 31
  • Interview Dates

Elective Rotations

Program Contact

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

Christopher Smith
Residency Coordinator

Resident Contacts

Resident Contact Information

Kajal Bhakta, PharmD

Milana Vachuska, PharmD

Aya Shoura, PharmD

For detailed information related to program purpose and overview, please see information in our program manual located here:
Program Overview

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 UC 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

Residency Program Purpose

The purpose of the UC San Diego PGY1 Ambulatory Care 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. Residents completing the program will be eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training, and following one year of additional practice in ambulatory care, will be eligible to sit for the Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP). The ultimate goal of the program is to develop pharmacist practitioners who are compassionate healthcare team members and competent drug therapy experts in the ambulatory setting.

Pharmacy residents completing the UC San Diego Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Ambulatory Care Residency will be competent in the management of medication therapy for a wide variety of disease states in the ambulatory care and transitional care environment as part of an interdisciplinary team. 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 opportunities in classroom teaching, facilitating educational conferences and precepting students on rotation from the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Residents will have demonstrated professional maturity by evaluating and monitoring their own performance. They will be trained in research methodologies and leadership skills and will have completed a Teaching Certificate Program. Graduates of this program will be prepared for adjunct faculty positions, direct patient care opportunities, and advanced PGY2 programs.

Pharmacy residents completing this program will be proficient in the areas of:

  1. Providing patient-specific medication management services to promote ethical, compassionate, trusted patient care and positive patient outcomes in all settings (which will be focused on ambulatory and clinic-based patient care)
  2. Advancing practice and improving patient care; mastering marketable job skills, including organizational and time management skills
  3. Understanding leadership and management skills, developing personal organizational, prioritization and time management skills
  4. Teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge, including effectively educating health care professionals, patients, students, and the community on medication-related topics.

Program Overview

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Required Learning Experiences

Supplemental experiences: Electives

Longitudinal Clinic Experiences


Teaching Certificate Program

Research Project



Professional meetings


Program Outcomes

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

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Patient Care

Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care

Leadership and Management

Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge

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