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Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) at Sharp HealthCare

Helping you enhance your abilities and grow your passion.

At Sharp HealthCare, our accredited residency will help you develop your skills in providing effective pharmaceutical care in a wide variety of settings.

About the program.

Through our health care system residency approach, our residents gain pharmacy experience in multiple diverse patient care settings. Unique and distinctive training may include: emergency medicine, transitions of care, critical care, NICU, infectious disease, oncology, trauma, nutritional and metabolic support, safe medication practice, solid organ transplant, psychiatry and specialty pharmacy.

As a resident, you will work under the mentorship of pharmacy resident advisors and preceptors. Our specialized program provides opportunities to improve communication and leadership skills with health care professionals, pharmacy students and patients.

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center serves as both hiring site and home base of the residency program, and our residents will also have learning experiences at Sharp Memorial Hospital and other Sharp HealthCare hospitals.

Learning experiences.

Our unique program aims to personalize your residency objectives and experiences, helping you develop confidence and competence in acute patient care, drug information, disease state management and practice management. And you’ll develop your own residency plan that reflects your interests and builds upon your previous experiences.

Required core learning experiences.*

  • Critical care
  • Infectious disease/antibiotic stewardship
  • Medicine (telemetry/med-surg)
  • Safe medication practice
  • Practice management/administration
  • Emergency medicine (guaranteed elective)
  • Transitions of care (guaranteed elective)

Elective learning experiences.**

  • Investigational drug services
  • NICU
  • Nutritional and metabolic support
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Specialty pharmacy
  • Trauma
  • Others***

*All core learning experiences may also be taken as electives.

**List does not include electives that were not chosen for the 2017-18 residency year.

***Residents may develop new learning experiences as approved by the residency director and preceptors.

Additional activities.

  • Committees
    You will actively participate in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T), Safe Medication Practice and other supervisory and multidisciplinary committees as appropriate.
  • Compensation
    Your annual base stipend will be an estimate of $45,000. We coordinate with pharmacy managers to tailor all staffing to the needs of the residency program and the pharmacy department. And, if there’s a need, we’ll help provide financial support for approved educational opportunities, conferences and travel.
  • Educational opportunities
    We’ll provide you with ongoing educational opportunities through professional meetings and conferences (CSHP, ASHP Midyear, Western States Conference), certifications (ACLS, BCPS) and additional ongoing learning modules developed by Sharp.
  • Leadership
    Each resident will act as chief resident for one quarter (three-month term), which involves coordinating and scheduling tasks to the residency team, maintaining correspondence with pharmacy administration and preceptors and performing other program duties as necessary.
  • Presentations
    Throughout the year, we provide numerous opportunities for our residents to present to medical and nursing staff, pharmacy students and staff and fellow peer residents, in addition to the required rotational and formal seminar presentations.
  • Projects
    As a resident you will collaborate with residency preceptors and coordinators to select an area of interest and complete an in-depth, systematic study suitable for publication and presentation. You may complete additional projects as requested by preceptors and the pharmacy department and as deemed beneficial to Sharp.
  • Teaching
    At Sharp, we take care to integrate teaching experiences into patient care activities and through the provision of educational support to pharmacy students and staff, nursing and medical staff members and others. As a resident, you will work closely with pharmacists in the preceptorship of pharmacy students on clinical learning experiences from numerous pharmacy schools — including Touro University College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences and the Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy. Through the San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leadership Program, you can obtain teaching certification upon completion and participate in preceptor development and various workshops.

How to apply.

In order to apply, you must possess a doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD) and be self-motivated with good interpersonal and communication skills. We recommend you complete your California licensure exam before beginning your residency.

To be considered for an interview, you must have submitted all application material in PhORCAS by Jan. 2, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Grant Lum, PharmD, residency director, or one of the current PGY1 resident pharmacists: Mindy Peng, Evelyn Iniguez, Lucy Phan Vo and Vera Jiang.

Complete applications should include the following as well as meet any additional requirements by PhORCAS:

  • School of pharmacy transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • 3 reference writers

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