Our comprehensive residency program is designed to develop practitioners who
Provide cost-effective pharmacotherapy to adults and geriatrics patients with common medical disorders in acute and ambulatory care settings.
Proficient in communicating with and educating pharmacist trainees, pharmacists, other health care providers and the community on drug related topics.
Eligible (and competitive) for additional post-graduate training.
2 week Orientation at beginning of academic year.
10 Rotation blocks which are ~4 to 6 weeks in duration each consisting of 20 to 22 business days
8 Required rotations + 2 elective rotations
Longitudinal Experiences run concurrently during the year in addition to the above described rotation blocks.
External to rotation assignments, each PGY1 Pharmacy Resident is required to attend and actively participate in the Skill Development Series which includes Grand Rounds and formal Journal Club presentations to staff and the Teaching Certificate Program.
Rotation Scheduling Sequence:
A specific sequence is not pre-determined but an initial rotation schedule is created with the following general rules:
First rotation following Orientation is in an area that the resident self-identified as an area of “medium or better” comfort either by knowledge or prior experience. This information is collected in our initial assessment.
Learning experiences that include a staffing component are delayed until the resident is expected to be licensed as a Pharmacist from any state. The date is estimated based on when they have sat for their licensure exams.
Areas of potential PGY2 interest are scheduled to occur prior to the end of November.
· Patient Aligned Care Team
· Other Clinics
· Staffing / Outpatient Pharmacy
Cardiology OR Critical Care
Emergency Department OR Infectious Diseases
Medicine Staffing & Rounding
Pharmacy Practice Management
Pharmacy and Residency Orientation
Pain Management OR Psychiatry
Teaching Certificate Program
Elective (2 blocks)
Cardiology OR Critical Care
Infectious Diseases OR Emergency Department
Pain Management OR Psychiatry
Some elective rotations may be combined with others, i.e., 60% Academia / 40% Investigational Drugs.
Non-VA rotations are extremely limited.
UNIQUE FEATURE – PGY2 Early Commitment:
Our site includes PGY2 specialty residency programs in Ambulatory Care, Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Oncology, Pain Management and Palliative Care, Pharmacy Administration & Leadership, Pharmacy Informatics and Psychiatric Pharmacy. All programs will consider our PGY1 residents for PGY2 early commitment.
We will host a virtual and in person OPEN HOUSE in November. Check back for additional details. The open house will be open to PGY1 applicants eligible to apply for the 2023 - 2024 academic year only. The residency program director, preceptors and PGY1 residents will be on hand to provide an informal question and answer session. If interested in attending, please sign up at TBD.
Possess United States citizenship; Naturalized citizens must be able to provide proof of naturalization
Possess (or be in the process of securing) a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited School or College of Pharmacy
PGY1 applicants must be eligible for pharmacist licensure to practice pharmacy at VA San Diego Healthcare System within 120 days of the beginning of the residency and maintained throughout the entire residency training program.
All application materials must be submitted through Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS):
PHASE I DEADLINE is January 1, 2023
PHASE II DEADLINE if positions available is March 20, 2023
Submitted Materials must include:
Verified Transcripts for Schools or Colleges of Pharmacy Only
Personal Statement / Letter of Intent
Three letters of recommendation using the standardized reference template in PhORCAS
Selected applicants will be invited to a personal on-site interview occurring in February or March. Candidates who are not invited for an on-site interview will be notified via e-mail.
VA San Diego Healthcare System
Provided high quality health care to 84,712 Veterans in the San Diego and Imperial Valley counties in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18)
Offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient health services at the medical center in La Jolla, six community based outpatient clinics located in Chula Vista, Escondido, Imperial Valley, Mission Valley, Oceanside and Sorrento Valley and a residential rehabilitation treatment program
Provides medical, surgical, mental health, geriatric, spinal cord injury, and advanced rehabilitation services
Training site for 1,399 medical interns, residents and fellows, as well as 678 other health professionals from pharmacy, nursing, dental, and dietetics
PROVISION OF CARE – PHARMACY SERVICE
Pharmacy services provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Decentralized unit-dose service with Barcode Medication Administration, IV Additive Service, Automated Dispensing Systems, Physician Order Entry and Automated Prescription Filling
Our Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacists, Inpatient Clinical Pharmacists, and Clinical Specialists provide a wide range of pharmaceutical care services to veterans in the inpatient a...nd outpatient settings.
OUR STAFF AND PRECEPTORS
74 pharmacists serve as preceptors to our resident trainees
Most have greater than 5 years of experience with serving as a preceptor to residents
Many are Board Certified as Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPS), Oncology Pharmacists (BCOP), Psychiatric Pharmacists (BCPP), Ambulatory Care Pharmacists (BCACP), Critical Care Pharmacists (BCCCP), Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (BCIDP) and Geriatric Pharmacists (BCGP)
More than half possess Scopes of Practices which allow for prescriptive authority
OUR TEACHING PROGRAM
Multiple PGY1 and PGY2 residency training programs
Have academic relationships with two Schools of Pharmacy – University of the Pacific (UOP) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Annually provide APPEs to approximately 30 students