Sharp Grossmont Hospital serves the east county area of San Diego. It is the largest not-for-profit, full-service acute care hospital in the region with 542 beds. The hospital has outstanding programs in heart care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, robotic surgery, mental health, stroke care and women’s health. In addition, the hospital’s Emergency and Critical Care Center is among the most technologically advanced in the nation. It is home to one of the busiest emergency departments in California, serving 105,000 patients annually, with 24/7 ED pharmacist coverage. Sharp Grossmont Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and home to the Burr Heart and Vascular Center, offering more advanced cardio and neurovascular procedures. Sharp Grossmont is a nationally recognized MAGNET®-designated hospital for nursing practices.
Sharp Grossmont prides itself in providing a unique and innovative pharmaceutical care program. Clinical programs include pharmacy to dose protocols with certification in pharmacokinetic dosing of aminoglycosides and vancomycin, anticoagulation, renal dosing and antibiotic surveillance. Our floor pharmacists are unit based and decentralized. Our clinical pharmacy programs continue to expand, including the recent addition of our Transitions of Care program, aimed at ensuring the patient has their medication in hand prior to discharge. Furthermore, Sharp Grossmont has an APPE pharmacy student program, including rotations in general hospital practice, internal medicine, administration, safe medication practice, emergency medicine, critical care, transitions of care and infectious disease/antimicrobial stewardship, which provides an opportunity for pharmacy school affiliation.
This PGY1 residency program will train pharmacy graduates in general hospital practice as well as specialized practice dedicated to the needs of patients transitioning from hospital to outpatient care or between levels of care. The primary training site is located at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. The resident will obtain experience in multiple patient care settings, as well as seeing a diverse patient population. Sharp Grossmont has dedicated Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in Behavioral Health/Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Safe Medication Practice, Investigational Drugs and Transitions of Care. Our residents will be joining a well-established and highly valued Transitions of Care program team who consistently make a positive impact on the lives of our patients.
The Pharmacist Resident will receive training to accelerate growth and competence in patient care, leadership skills, teaching skills, research, and practice management skills through precepting pharmacy students, conducting clinical research projects, and assisting in the integration and utilization of clinical pharmacists to improve patient care. For those interested in further developing their teaching skills, participation in a teaching certificate program is available through the San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leadership (SDPRL) Teaching Program.
As a Resident, 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 a valuable asset to the pharmacy community.
Core learning experiences:
Chief resident/leadership (two quarters)
Critical care (5 weeks)
Emergency medicine (5 weeks)
Infectious disease and antibiotic stewardship (5 weeks)
Medicine (telemetry and surgical units) (5 weeks)
Orientation (3 weeks)
Perioperative pharmacy service (5 weeks)
Pharmacy practice/staffing (longitudinal)
Projects/advancing practice (longitudinal)
Safe medication practice (3 weeks)
Teaching certification (longitudinal)
Transitions of care (5 weeks)
Elective learning experiences:
Behavioral health (5 weeks)
Cardiology (5 weeks)
Oncology (5 weeks)
Solid organ transplant (5 weeks)
Specialty pharmacy (5 weeks)
Women’s and NICU (5 weeks)
*All core learning experiences may also be taken as electives
**Residents may develop new electives or reactivate earlier, currently inactive electives as approved by the residency director and preceptors.
Applicants must possess a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) 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 Nov. 1 of the residency year.
To be considered for an interview, you must complete and submit all application material in PhORCAS by Dec. 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Electa Stern, Pharm.D., Residency Director.
Completed PhORCAS Application by December 30, 2022
School of Pharmacy Transcript
Letter of Intent
3 Letters of Reference
For more information, please contact Electa Stern, PharmD, BCPS, Residency Director.
About Sharp Grossmont Hospital PGY1 Residency (booth 6011)
Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's most comprehensive health care delivery system and each of the hospitals is recognized for clinical excellence in many different service areas.
Sharp Memorial Hospital houses the largest emergency and trauma center in San Diego County and offers outstanding programs in heart care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, rehabilitation, bariatric surgery and organ transplantation.
Sharp Mary Birch is San Diego's only women's hospital. It is recognized as a center of excellence for minimally invasive procedures, patient-centered labor and delivery services and advanced treatment of high-risk pregnancy. Its Level III neonatal intensive care unit is recognized as among the best in the world.
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital is the most comprehensive mental health hospital in San Diego. This hospital treats patients of all ages — from children and teens to seniors — and helps build strong foundations to fight anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and more.
Sharp Grossmont Hospital is the East County’s largest health care facility. This hospital brings medical excellence and advanced technology to the region through one of the m...ost technologically advanced emergency rooms in the nation. Its innovative and cutting-edge medical services include orthopedics, labor and delivery, cancer treatment, heart care and stroke care.
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center offers the largest selection of health care services in San Diego’s South Bay and is on a journey to go above and beyond, building a next-generation hospital in the binational region. This medical center is a Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital with the most advanced cardiac care, sophisticated women's and infants' services and a state-of-the-art emergency department. The Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center offers the most advanced technology.