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Sharp Memorial Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

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Sharp Memorial Hospital is part of the Sharp HealthCare System, a large, not-for-profit integrated regional health care delivery system based in San Diego, California. Sharp Memorial Hospital is a 656-bed, acute-care hospital and has been recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing and patient care excellence, and is known for its outstanding programs in heart and vascular care, cancer care, orthopedic and neurological services, physical rehabilitation, robotic surgery and organ transplantation.

Designed to promote comfort and healing, the hospital features all private patient rooms and state-of-the-art surgery suites. It is also designated as a Level II trauma center with the largest emergency and trauma center in San Diego. It is recognized by Newsweek on its list of 2019 World's Best Hospitals and named "Best Hospital" in San Diego by the 2019 Union Tribune Reader's Poll.

About the program.

Kimberly Mills, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP is the residency program director.

As a resident, this ASHP Candidate Status Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your ability to provide effective pharmaceutical care in a wide variety of settings.

This PGY1 residency program primarily trains pharmacy graduates in general acute-care practice. The hiring and primary training site is located at Sharp Memorial.

As a resident, you will work under the mentorship of pharmacy resident advisors and preceptors. This program will enable you to improve communication and leadership skills with health care professionals, pharmacy students and patients. Unique to this program is the diversity of learning experiences that will offer invaluable opportunities for professional development in areas including, but not limited to, infectious diseases, internal medicine, emergency medicine, critical care, cardiology, solid organ transplant, oncology, neonatal intensive care, and nutritional and metabolic support.

You will participate in the development of your own residency plan, which will reflect your interests and build upon your previous experiences. Upon successful completion of our program, you will be equipped with the knowledge to become an asset to the pharmacy community.

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 administrative management.

Residents are encouraged to participate in the development of their own residency plan that reflects personal interests and builds upon previous experiences.

Required core learning experiences.*

  • Critical care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine
  • Chief resident/leadership
  • Inpatient Practice (orientation and longitudinal staffing)
  • Administration/safe medication practice
  • Research/advancing practice (longitudinal)
  • Teaching certification (longitudinal)

Elective learning experiences.**

  • Advanced Critical Care/Trauma
  • Cardiology
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Nutritional & Metabolic Support
  • Oncology
  • Outpatient Infusion Center
  • Psychiatry
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Others may be developed by the resident as approved by the RPD 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 $47,000 plus benefits. 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, BLS). Sharp also provides ongoing preceptor training and Six Sigma White and Yellow Belt certification opportunities.
  • Leadership
    Each resident will act as chief resident for two quarters (three-month term), which involves coordinating and scheduling tasks for 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 pharmacy staff, in addition to the required rotational and formal seminar presentations.
  • Projects
    You are required to collaborate with system and site pharmacy leadership, your residency project preceptor, and a co-investigator to select an area of interest also of high priority to Sharp HealthCare. You will complete an in-depth, systematic study suitable for publication and presentation. Additional projects are completed as requested by the resident, preceptors, system and site pharmacy departments and as deemed beneficial for both your development and for Sharp HealthCare.
  • Teaching
    At Sharp, we 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 preceptorship of pharmacy students on clinical learning experiences from various pharmacy schools — including Touro University College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences and the Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy. Additionally, through the San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leadership Program, you will obtain a teaching certification upon completion and participate in preceptor development and various workshops.

How to apply.

Applicants must possess a doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD) and must be self-motivated with good interpersonal and communication skills. A California Internship License is required before the start of the residency. Completion of the CPJE and NAPLEX licensure exams is recommended before residency begins, if possible. Pharmacist licensure must be obtained no later than 90 days after start of the residency.

To be considered for an interview, you must complete and submit all application material in PhORCAS by Dec. 30, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Mills, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, residency program director, or one of the current PGY1 resident pharmacists: Charles Dela Roca; Noelle Lovesy.

Complete applications should include the following as well as meet any additional requirements by PhORCAS (National Matching Service code 282313):

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

For more information.

Please review and download the following materials:

Brochure (PDF)

General Information Packet (PDF)

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