UC San Diego Health is a large university-affiliated academic health system. The UC San Diego Health PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency program prepares its graduates to assume a position in critical care areas as a critical care clinical specialist or as an assistant professor at a college of pharmacy. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the Board Certification exam in critical care (BCCCP). The PGY2 critical care residents are able to engage in direct patient care activities, research, administration and project management, and teaching.
PGY2 critical care residents will gain the skills to function as the primary ICU pharmacist during their required core ICU rotations, with the expectation that the resident will handle all aspects of the medication process from ordering, through administration and follow-up. Primary responsibilities include rounding with the ICU team(s), designing, recommending, monitoring, and evaluating patient-specific therapeutic regimens that incorporate the principles of evidence-based medicine, addressing all pharmacokinetically-monitored medications, being an active member of the Code Blue team, validating pharmacy orders for ICU patients, and overseeing and directing PGY1 resident and pharmacy student activities. This integration of staffing and clinical services prepares residents for any type of practice environment they may encounter in their future jobs by emphasizing the development of essential skills required for an advanced pharmacy practitioner: independent practice skills, multi-tasking and prioritization.
Teaching activities include regular didactic presentations, leading ICU conferences for fourth year pharmacy students, involvement with UC San Diego SSPPS courses (e.g., conference leader for third year therapeutics course [optional], participation in Critical Care elective [required]), and, as warranted, clerkship preceptorship of PGY1 pharmacy practice residents and fourth-year UCSD pharmacy students. The ability to work independently and to supervise pharmacy students and residents will be emphasized. The resident will also be involved in a research project. Scientific writing is strongly emphasized and the preparation and submission of a manuscript suitable for publication will be expected.
If matched with the UC San Diego Residency Program, matched candidates must have all of the following:
Graduated from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
Successfully completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency
Obtained California pharmacy licensure priorto beginning residency (absolute deadline to start = November 1st). The residency offer may be rescinded if the resident does not take the CPJE prior to August 1stor does not pass the CPJE on the first attempt.
Applications will be accepted when PhORCAS opens and due by December 31st. Applications should be submitted through PhORCAS and include the following:
Letter of intent. Please address the following items in your letter of intent and how you will play a role in these items.Your letter of intent should be no more than two pages long.
Address where you feel critical care pharmacy will be in 5 years.
Address your vision of a critical care pharmacist practicing at the top of their license.
Current Curriculum Vitae with all experiential completed and anticipated rotations as well as pharmacy work experience.
Three electronic references are required. At least 2 of the references should be from preceptors or supervisors who can directly comment on your clinical and practice skills.
Note: Please have recommendation writers complete the electronic reference form within Phorcas with detailed characteristic and narrative comments. One to two areas of improvement or constructive feedback that the recommender feels the candidate should continue to work on as a PGY2 resident should be identified. No separate letter of recommendation is required.
For non-UC San Diego Health PGY1 residents, a virtual interview (via Zoom, GoToMeeting, Skype or other modality) in early January will be required prior to an on-site interview. On-site will be held during late January through early March. This specialty residency program participates in the ASHP Resident Matching Program. All applicants must be enrolled in the Resident Matching Program. To facilitate this enrollment process and for further information, please visit the following website: www.natmatch.com/ashprmp
About UC San Diego Health
UC San Diego Health has a long and proud tradition of training pharmacy residents.
Our graduates have been changing pharmacy practice through innovative patient care for over 40 years. Built on that tradition, we offer three PGY1 programs (Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, and Community Practice), and seven PGY2 programs (Critical Care, Health System Pharmacy Administration, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Solid Organ Transplant). Each has their foundation in our organizational excellence, their strength in our many outstanding preceptors, and their impact in maximizing patient health outcomes.