Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Combined PGY1 and PGY2

PGY2 Residency Program Director

Contact Information: 
UC Davis Health
Pharmacy Department
4301 X St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

Chad Hatfield, PharmD, MHA, BCPS
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Associate Dean, UCSF School of Pharmacy

PGY1 Program Director:

Tricia L. Parker, PharmD, MS, BCPS, CPPS, FCCM, FIHI
Assistant Chief Pharmacy Officer, Department of Pharmacy
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy UCSF, School of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,
UC Davis School of Medicine

Residency Program Coordinators

PGY1 Residency Program Coordinator
David Dakwa, PharmD, MBA, BCSCP, BCPS
Assistant Chief Pharmacy Officer, Acute Care Operations

PGY2 Residency Program Coordinator
David Vermeulen II, PharmD, MS
Assistant Chief Pharmacy Officer, Home Infusion

2022-2023 HSPAL PGY1 and PGY2 Residents
Left: PGY1 Residents and RPC (Left to Right): Randy Nguyen, PharmD, M.B.A.c, Kaitlyn Williams, PharmD, M.B.A.c, David Dakwa, PharmD, M.B.A, BCPS, BCSCP, Bahaar Shaw PharmD, M.B.A.c, Celine Chandler, PharmD, M.B.A.c
Right: PGY2 Residents and RPC (Left to Right): Luciano Sanchez, PharmD, M.B.A.c, Linda Zheng, PharmD, M.B.A.c, David Vermeulen, PharmD, MS, Nidhi Patel, PharmD, M.B.A.c, Chris Amadi, PharmD, M.B.A.

2023-2024 HSPAL PGY1 Residents:

2023-2024 HSPAL PGY2 Residents:

ASHP Directory listing

The Department of Pharmacy Services at UC Davis Health is recruiting 4 applicants for a two-year PGY1/ PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency program.

Program Purpose, Year One:

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

Program Purpose, Year Two:

PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.

Program Overview

Our residency program is geared toward students who are interested in becoming pharmacy leaders inside and outside of a health system. Fundamental to this training, we believe it is important to have a balance between clinical and administrative experiences. Our program is designed to prepare residents to become effective and successful pharmacy leaders with a strong clinical foundation. We do this by providing a breadth of clinical and administrative experiences with leaders in pharmacy administration and passionate clinicians focused on research, patient care optimization, and quality improvement. Upon completion of the program, residents will be prepared to accept leadership positions in settings throughout any health-system enterprise. Our goal in training you is to provide you with a translatable skill set so that will set you up for success no matter where your professional career takes you. Residents will earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UC Davis. Coursework will be completed during the 2-year residency. Completion of the MBA program will align with the end of the second-year residency program. Graduate student tuition is paid for by UC Davis.

UC Davis Health and Pharmacy Services

UC Davis Health is a nationally recognized academic medical center offering primary care for all ages, specialty care in over 150 fields, and the latest treatment options and expertise for the most complex health conditions. Some highlights include:

  • Rated Sacramento’s top hospital
  • Nationally ranked in multiple specialties
  • Home of a nationally ranked Children’s Hospital
  • Magnet Recognized
  • Receiving top honors for nursing excellence
  • HIMSS level 7 recognition for advanced technology that improves care
  • Region’s only Level I trauma center for both adults and pediatrics
  • Regional burn center
  • NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center
  • Comprehensive stroke center
  • URAC Accredited Specialty Pharmacy
  • System Shared Service Support
  • System Home Infusion

Program Structure

The PGY1/PGY2 Combined HSPAL Residency is a full-time, two-year commitment, beginning mid-June and ending 24 months later. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for consideration. Clearance to start work by UC Davis Health Employee Health and a Human Resources orientation meeting must be completed prior to start date.

Residency Learning Experiences—Year 1

The PGY1 residency learning experiences will primarily be divided into block rotations and longitudinal learning experiences. Block rotations will be 4 weeks in duration. The resident will spend a minimum of 2/3 of the PGY1 residency in direct patient care experiences. Rotation schedules will be determined based on availability and resident interests. Rotation schedules will be adjusted and updated with the resident during each quarterly development plan, or sooner as needed.

Required Experiences

PGY 1 (4-weeks)



Learn the culture and environment of UC Davis Health, including EPIC EMR key policies, competencies, and workflows.

Medication Safety

Understand the principles of medication safety and applications in a department of pharmacy and health system.

Pediatrics (Choose 1)

Pediatric Wards, PICU, OR Peds Consult Service

Acute Care (Choose 2)

  • Hematology Oncology
  • Transplant
  • Internal Medicine (General Medicine Services)
  • Cardiology

Providing pharmaceutical care on an inter-disciplinary team for acute care patients

Critical Care (Choose 1)

Burn ICU, CTICU, SICU, MICU, NSICU, Triage Critical Care, PICU

Operations Management

Central Inpatient Pharmacy, Sterile Compounding, Strategy

Longitudinal Requirements

  1. Evening Staffing (3 weeks) and Weekend Operational Staffing (Every third weekend)
  2. 18-month Research Project
  3. MUE
  4. P&T Monograph, Guideline or Protocol Development
  5. Pharmacy Residency Mentorship Program
  6. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program
  7. Chief Resident Responsibilities

Elective Experiences

PGY 1 (4-weeks)


Acute Care Experiences

Emergency Medicine, Parenteral Nutrition, Infectious Diseases Consult Service, Pain Management & Palliative Care, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Toxicology – Poison Control, Advanced Heart Failure, Opioid Stewardship, Quality and Performance Improvement, Behavioral Health

Ambulatory Care Experiences

Clinics include: Cares I (One Community Health), Oncology, Practice Management, Population Health, International Experience, Investigational Drug Service

Pharmacy Supply Chain Management

Understand supply chain integrity and how medications are purchased and billed across the spectrum of care

Clinical Management

Adult Clinical Services, Ambulatory Care Services

Residency Learning Experiences—Year 2

Required Experiences (1 month for each block experiences)




Provide leadership for residents new to UC Davis Health and for a successful orientation overall.

Operational Management (Choose 1)

Understand the process of preparing and distributing medications and the resources required into maintaining an optimal service.

  • Cancer Center Infusion
  • Central Pharmacy
  • Inpatient Oncology Operations
  • Inpatient Pediatric Operations
  • Sterile Products Area

Operational Leadership (Choose 1)

Understand the process of preparing and distributing medications and the resources required into maintaining an optimal service and focusing on high level strategic planning.

  • Acute Care Operations
  • Home Infusion
  • Oncology
  • Retail Services
  • Specialty Pharmacy

Clinical Management (Choose 1)

Understand the process of caring for patients and the resources required into maintaining an optimal service focusing on front line clinical management.

  • Adult Clinical Services
  • Ambulatory Care HUB Services
  • Oncology Services
  • Pediatrics Services
  • Population Health
  • Primary Care Services
  • Specialty Clinical Services

Clinical Leadership (Choose 1)

Understand the process of caring for patients and the resources required into maintaining an optimal service focusing on high level strategic planning.

  • Adult Medicine Services
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Oncology and IDS Services
  • Pediatric Services
  • Primary Care Services
  • Specialty Pharmacy Services

Financial Management

Understand how a pharmacy department controls and manages its finances, specifically focused on cost minimization and revenue enhancement activities.

Executive Pharmacy Leadership

Understand the breadth and depth of a pharmacy department in an academic medical center, and how it is positioned in a hospital and health-system.

Longitudinal Requirements

  1. Evening Service-based Clinical Staffing
  2. Financial Management Experience
  3. Operational Staffing (Every 3rd weekend)
  4. Research Project (Focus on data collection and manuscript to ensure completion of project)
  5. Service Line Management

Longitudinal Quality

Understand how an organization can apply Lean Six Sigma principles to improve its operations and management.


Elective Block Rotation


Understand how to ensure 340B compliance and integrity within a large covered entity.

Compounding Compliance

Understand the principles of how USP 795, 797, and 800 shape compounding operations and how the organization complies with the various accreditation and legal regulations.

Controlled Substances and Diversion Prevention

Work as an integral part of the controlled substances and diversion prevention team. Assist in the detection, prevention, and investigation of drug diversion cases.

Education, Research and Practice Training Management

Focus on the process of managing the educational activities of pharmacy students and residents, coordinating across numerous programs, and on building a meaningful and impactful research engine within the department of pharmacy

Home Infusion Services

Understand the principles of managing home infusion and non-hospital-based infusion services for the state of California.

Investigational Drug Services

Understand the process involved in preparing and dispensing clinical trial materials for researchers and daily operations of managing investigational drug services

Medication Safety and Accreditation

Understand the principles of medication safety and application in a pharmacy department and how an organization complies with the various accreditation and legal regulations and builds them into daily activities

Outpatient Infusion

Understand operational and financial considerations for providing hospital based infusion services at various locations.

Pharmacy Informatics and Analytics

Understand the principles of data analytics and visualization, dashboard development for department decision-making and quality improvement strategies. Understand the information systems that support the operations of the department

Pharmacy Supply Chain Strategy and Growth

Understand drug and supply purchasing, strategy, contracts, and operations that enable the function of a large academic medical center.

Population Health

Understand how population health, pharmacy benefits management system including formulary management, utilization management, and clinical monitoring development.

Primary Care Clinic Management

Understand the process of maintaining a primary care specialty pharmacy clinical program, distribution of medications and the infrastructure to maintain a high-quality program.

Transitions of Care

Understand the process and importance of a transitions of care team and how they play an important role within the acute and ambulatory care programs.

UC Office of the President

Understand how a large group of academic medical centers partners and drives quality through systemization.

Any of the rotations not taken in the required clinical or operational rotation section

Continue to gain understanding and develop competency in the field of your choice within the operational or clinical required rotations.

Resident Chair Assignments:
Pharmacy residents will participate in a chief resident assignment for the year that is chosen in July. Assignment examples include service as Chair or co-Chair for: Pharmacy Week, Social & Wellness, Administrative, Interview Days, Recruitment, Research, Education, Quality and Safety, and Orientation.

UC Davis Health HSPAL Pharmacy Resident's Role in Teaching:
UC Davis Health offers many opportunities for both clinical and didactic teaching. The resident will be responsible for assisting preceptors with clerkship teaching for University of California, San Francisco pharmacy students and UC Davis Health PGY1 pharmacy residents. The resident will assume the primary preceptor role for UCSF pharmacy students for at least one rotation, will have frequent interactions with students (and PGY 1 residents as a PGY2) and be encouraged to do more if deemed appropriate by preceptors. The HSPAL resident will be required to prepare an ACPE accredited pharmacy grand rounds presentation. In addition, other educational opportunities may arise which the resident may participate in based on their availability.

Residency Research Projects:
All UC Davis Health PGY1/PGY2 residents are required to complete a research project, MUE/QI project and submit a manuscript for publication during their residency. The research project is 18 months that starts in August of the PGY1 year and concludes by the end of your PGY2 year. In preparation for conducting their research project, the resident will complete UC Davis Health IRB-required training and certification. The resident will prepare a project proposal, which will be reviewed and approved by the Pharmacy Research Oversite Council (PROC). Before starting the research project, the resident will also submit a proposal to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and obtain IRB approval. Upon completion of the project, the resident will be required to summarize their research project in a manuscript as well as a poster presentation (as noted above). The resident will present their research starting with Vizient in the fall of the PGY1 years and then at the UC Research Collaborative in late May, early June of the PGY1 year and/or another appropriate conference (ASHP midyear, ACCP, etc.). The resident will have access to a statistician to assist with design and interpretation of data. With regards to the MUE/QI project, this will be completed in coordination with our administrative team.

Committee Assignments:
The HSPAL PGY1/PGY2 resident will participate in various committee activities, as assigned by the Program Director. Assignments will be determined based on current department initiatives. The purpose of the residents' committee involvement is to ensure the resident gains exposure to the leadership pharmacist's role in activities related to quality-improvement, medication safety, safe handling of hazardous drugs, guideline development and assessment/implementation of technology and automation within the institution and pharmacy department.

Professional Development:
The HSPAL resident is encouraged to maintain an active role in pharmacy and other professional organizations. The resident will also participate in the University of California Pharmacy Collaboratives, when able. The resident will be allowed a minimum of 4 days of professional leave time per year to facilitate participation in professional development activities. Residents will be required to attend ASHP Leadership Conference and ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. There are also opportunities for the PGY2 resident to attend Vizient meetings as programs come available. Travel expenses have been configured into the resident salary (approximately $2500 per year), and additional stipends for travel will not be awarded.

Pharmacy Department Service (both PGY1 and PGY2 years):
The HSPAL resident is expected to provide ~400 hours of pharmacy department service each year. This expectation will be met primarily by providing clinical and/or operations pharmacist coverage every third weekend (17 weekends) plus one major holiday (Thanksgiving/day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve/New Year's Day). An attending pharmacist will always be available on site or on-call to advise and support the resident as needed.

In addition, the resident will be responsible for participating in the evening service based clinical and operational coverage assignment. Services provided can include transitions of care, pharmacokinetic monitoring, restricted medication consultations, code attendance, and order verification.

The PGY2 HSPAL resident has the opportunity to participate in the departmental Pharmacy administrator-on-call program based on service line management area.

Required Competencies:
Residents function as licensed pharmacists in patient care activities. As such, minimum knowledge in a variety of areas must be assured. Within one month of starting the Residency, the resident must complete competencies required of all clinical pharmacists.

Resident Portfolio:
HSPAL residents will be required to maintain a file on the institutional shared drive (“S drive”) under AC/Pharmacy/Resident throughout the residency year. This file will serve as the comprehensive resident portfolio, documenting completion of all residency and rotation requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: all presentations given during residency (lectures, in-services, competencies), all documents prepared, Duty Hours, Vacation Hours Worksheet; copy of pharmacy school diploma and PGY1 Residency Certificate. Many of these items will also be stored in PharmAcademic.

Sick Leave:
Residents accrue 6 working days of extended sick leave each year. Illnesses of two or less days will be deducted from the resident’s PTO bank. Use of extended sick leave days begins on the 3rd consecutive day of illness and is subject to approval by the RPD consistent with Medical House Staff Policies and Procedures. More information is available in the Pharmacy Resident Personnel Manual.

Vacation, Holidays and Professional Leave:
Residents will have available 24 days of Personal Time Off (PTO) for each year. This encompasses vacation time, illnesses of two days or less, and holidays. Additional paid time away is granted for Professional leave (minimum: 4 days) and extended sick leave (up to 6 days). Use of leave must be arranged in advance with the RPD. More information is available in the Pharmacy Resident Personnel Manual.

Resident Personnel Policies:
The following policies can be located in the Pharmacy Resident Personnel Manual

  • Resident Qualifications
  • Early Commitment Policy
  • Pre-employment drug testing
  • Health insurance and Benefits
  • Licensure requirements
  • Moonlighting
  • Duty hours
  • Tracking of duty hours
  • Standard leave and extended leave policies
  • Dismissal policy and consequences of failure to progress

Requirements for successful completion of the Residency:

  • Pharmacy licensure in California per pharmacy residency policy
  • Successful completion of all required rotations and completion of additional elective rotations totaling 12 months (each year of PGY1/PGY2) inclusive of vacation, professional, and sick leave
  • Full participation and leadership in service responsibilities and other longitudinal activities
  • Active participation in the PGY1/PGY2 HSPAL Pharmacy Residency annual QI process as well as rotations evaluations as assigned in PharmAcademic
  • Satisfactory completion of assigned teaching requirements (precepting, Grand Rounds, etc) and teaching certificate (STLP)
  • Completion of a major project and manuscript submitted for publication as well as presentation at UC Collaborative Conference (each year of PGY1/PGY2)
  • Completion of MUE/QI project and drug monograph (PGY1)
  • BLS and ACLS certification
  • Submission of resident portfolio reflective of learning activities
  • Achievement of 80% of all assigned objectives (PGY1 and PGY2) and 100% of all patient care objectives (Area R1 in PGY1)
  • Completion of staffing contributions as outlined by the program description

Pharmacy Residency training programs at UC Davis Health are conducted under the licensed entity within UC Davis Health which is UC Davis Medical Center.

Pharmacy Residency training programs at UC Davis Health are conducted under the licensed entity within UC Davis Health which is UC Davis Medical Center.