Residency Listing

University of California, San Diego Health
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103-8765
Code: 92350
NMS Code: 176413
Postgraduate Year One (PGY1)
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Residency Program Director: Marcie Lepkowsky, Pharm.D.
(619) 543-7406
Fax: (619) 543-3505
Director of Pharmacy: Charles E. Daniels, R.Ph., Ph.D.FASHP
(619) 543-6194
Fax: (619) 543-5829
Program Contact: Christopher Smith
(619) 543-2460
Fax: (619) 543-3505
Residency Information:
Duration/Type: 12 month residency PGY1
Number of Positions: 12
Application Deadline: 12/31/2018
Starting Date: 7/1/2019
Estimated Stipend: 50500
Interview Required: Yes
Residency Special Features:   Located in "America's finest city" of San Diego, our academic Health System serves as a primary teaching site of UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences IPPE and APPE students, UC San Diego School of Medicine students and other professional programs in the health sciences. Residents may rotate at the Hillcrest Medical Center, Thornton Hospital, Perlman Ambulatory Care Center, Moores Cancer Center, an NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, all of which support a full range and scope of medical and surgical specialties as well as general medicine and surgery units. We have over 25 electives to offer the resident, with extensive ICU, transplant, oncology, psychiatry and transitions of care experiences available. We offer residents a wonderful learning environment at that will help them prepare for advanced specialty PGY2 residencies and for career paths in academia, hospital practice (teaching and community), transitions of care, ambulatory care, IT, administration and more. Residents are an integral and active component  of multidisciplinary teams that provide direct patient-specific care. Residents participate in the San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leadership Teaching Certificate program and attend CSHP Seminar, ASHP Midyear and Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors. Residents are invited to present their research as posters at the University Health System Consortium Pharmacy Council meeting held immediately preceding the ASHP Midyear. We have dedicated, smart, supportive preceptors and a foundation of required and elective rotations to help the resident find their niche and pursue their passion in areas of interest. Our preceptors, administrators and staff support the resident as they develop and apply clinical patient care and research skills; confidence builds over the course of the year along with a strong clinical foundation and independence. The residents' post-residency marketability is one of our primary concerns and we believe that our core requirements, electives, staffing component and teaching certificate program prepare the resident to be competitive - a strong contender regardless of the career path that is chosen.
Fringe Benefits:   We offer health, dental, vision, and hospitalization insurance; vacation, holiday, and professional leave; hospital lab coats. A travel stipend for the year will be provided to support attendance at professional conferences such as CSHP Seminar, ASHP Midyear, and Western States Residents Research Conference.
Special Requirements for Acceptance:   Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy; California intern licensure by July 1, of the entering year; California pharmacist licensure by September 15 of the entering year; application through PhORCAS, participation in the ASHP Match.

To apply, register for the ASHP Residency Matching Program and apply through PhORCAS.

Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy; California intern licensure by July 1, of the entering year; California pharmacist licensure by September 15 of the entering year, application through PhORCAS, the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service. To learn more and to download supplementary application material, please visit:

Training Site Type: Hospital
Owner Affiliate: UC Regents (State of California)
Model Type(s): Teaching, Tertiary
Tax Status: Nonprofit
Professional Staff: 250
Non-Professional Staff: 50
Number of Medical Centers: 2
Total Beds: 800
Average Daily Census: 427
Site Special Features:   As part of the only academic health system in San Diego, the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center provides cardiovascular research, patient care services and programs in one location. Pharmacists are instrumental in providing patient-centered care and education, fighting heart and vascular diseases. The UC San Diego Regional Burn Center is a leader in making notable advances in burn therapy; the pharmacist is a member of the multidisciplinary team responding to the complex medical problems experienced by burn victims/ The UC San Diego Center for Transplantation is the leading location for volume of solid organ transplants in the San Diego region. As a team member of this national hub of clinical expertise and research, the pharmacist is dedicated to improving organ transplant outcomes through optimal medication management at all points in the patient's transitions of care. The 49-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a highly specialized, nationally recognized center; the pharmacist is an active member of this Level III designated care center, providing medication management for these extremely complicated patients. The UC San Diego Health System operates the region's first Level 1 Trauma Center, part of the San Diego Trauma System, a collaborative, life-saving, countywide effort of six hospitals, responding to the highest level of critical injury. Pharmacists and Pharmacist residents are an integral component of the multidisciplinary Trauma team. the UC San Diego Health Department of pharmacy is responsible for service to three hospitals, as well as five ambulatory care pharmacies, two Infusion Centers and multiple clinic sites. The department is staffed by over 200 full time employees of pharmacists, technicians, clerical and supportive personnel. Currently, we have 23 resident positions (twelve acute and three ambulatory care PGY1, and eight PGY2 residents) and 60 fourth-year SSPPS pharmacy students, all of whom participate directly in the provision of patient care.

Pharmacists and pharmacy residents serve as members of interdisciplinary patient care teams on inpatient medical , surgical and intensive care units, with oncology, HIV, transplant, trauma surgery, neonatology, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases and transitions of care. In the ambulatory care area our current areas of disease state emphasis are HIV, CKD, transplant, family medicine, anticoagulation, and CHF, with expanding emphasis on the Transitions of Care model. Responsibility for these patients is shared by the staff, full-time faculty, residents, fellows and students. The Department also has formal programs in the areas of Informatics and Antimicrobial Monitoring.

In support of our decentralized clinical pharmacy services, the department operates 24-hour centralized drug distribution, which is provided through a house-wide, point-of-use unit dose system, and uses computer-actuated dispensing equipment and a barcode driven medication administration system. All UC San Diego Health System patients (ambulatory care, inpatient, and home care) are included in an integrated, computerized patient information and chart system. Computer terminals are available in all patient care locations, within pharmacies and at the pharmacy offices. Provider orders are verified by pharmacists and residents through a computerized physician order entry system (CPOE) prior to dispensing.