Katrina Derry, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS
Thank you for your interest and consideration in the University of California, San Diego Health PGY2 Critical Care specialty residency program for your advanced critical care training. UC San Diego Health has seven adult ICUs where our residents learn how to apply evidence-based literature to complex clinical situations. As San Diego’s only academic, teaching health system, we serve as a primary referral center for much of Southern California. Our critical care residents have the opportunity to learn advanced critical care pharmacotherapy in our level 3 NICU, our Southern California regional burn center, and level 1 trauma center. Residents accepted into the PGY2 CC residency program will gain the skills to function as the primary ICU pharmacist, which includes rounding with primary and consult teams, participating in code situations, and becoming proficient in critical care focused process improvements and research. Our pharmacy residency program is over 30 years old and well recognized within our institution, which allows for maximal pharmacist input in our critical care areas. Critical care residents participate in delivering didactic instruction at the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ in the critical care elective, and may have the opportunity to team more didactic lectures, if requested. Graduates from our program are well prepared to sit for the Board Certification for Critical Care Pharmacists. Finally, we have a close-knit group of pharmacists and preceptors that look forward to our residents becoming part of our pharmacy family.
Residency Positions Available Per Year
2 residents are accepted each year
The current annual stipend is approximately $54,000.
August 1st (matched residents must be licensed pharmacists in the State of California before starting the residency year and no later than November 1st)
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. Application found on PhORCAS at
Katrina L. Derry, PharmD, BCPS
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Director
Program Overview Critical Care
Residency Program Purpose
PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that quality them for clinical pharmacy and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in critical care.