PGY1 Acute Care

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Contact Information: 
Office: 916-734-3288
UC Davis Health, Department of Pharmacy Services
2315 Stockton Blvd, Room 1310
Sacramento, CA 95817

Tricia L. Parker, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FCCM
Assistant Chief, Department of Pharmacy – U.C. Davis Health
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy UCSF, School of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator

Nicola Clayton, PharmD, BCIDP
Senior Infectious Diseases Pharmacist
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy UCSF, College of Pharmacy
Contact Information:

2020-2021 Resident Class
Zachary Carlson, Pharm.D.
Thalia McCann, Pharm.D.
Vera Pervitsky, Pharm.D.
Nancy Ramirez, Pharm.D.
Kelven Tran, Pharm.D.
Heidi Tran, Pharm.D.
Jasper Truong, Pharm.D.
Mehr Virk, Pharm.D.

ASHP Directory:

Program Purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Program Overview

The Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at UC Davis Health (UCDH) will provide the opportunity to accelerate the individual’s growth beyond entry-level professional competence in patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services, and further develop leadership skills that can be applied in any practice setting.

UCDH and Pharmacy Services

UC Davis Medical Center 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 the nationally ranked Children’s Hospital
  • 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

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Program Design

The UCDH PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is designed to meet the educational goals and objectives as outlined by the ASHP Accreditation Standard for PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Programs.

Educational Outcomes Required by the Accreditation Standard:

R1. Patient Care
R2. Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care
R3. Leadership and Management
R4. Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge
Electives may be added based on available resources and resident interest

Teaching Philosophy

There are no safe assumptions about learners’ knowledge or skills; therefore, preceptors will presume only that the learner possess a high capacity and desire for growth. Furthermore, the role of preceptors is to hold and facilitate the highest standard of achievement for the learner.

Role of the Resident

The UC Davis Pharmacy Residents are integral members of a multi-disciplinary team of clinical pharmacists, physicians, nurses, dietitians, respiratory and physical therapists. Daily activities include participating in rounds, therapeutic drug monitoring, providing drug information, and medication reconciliation across transitions of care. The resident is directly involved in making judgmental decisions through activities such as providing patient care services, participating in management operations and working on assigned projects. Through actual experience, the resident learns how these activities interrelate and is best coordinated with other disciplines involved with medication use management with a patient-centered focus throughout the residency. The residency is a full-time, minimum one-year practice commitment that spans 53 weeks.

UCDH PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Learning Experiences

The residency learning experiences will primarily be divided into block rotations and longitudinal learning experiences. The majority of rotations will be 4 weeks in duration. The resident will spend a minimum of 2/3 of the 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 at each quarterly, summative evaluation, or sooner as needed.

Required Experiences


Medication Safety

4 weeks

Operations Management

4 weeks


4 weeks

Required Acute Care Experiences
Must select a minimum of 2 from these 4 options


Internal Medicine

4 weeks


4 weeks


4 weeks


4 weeks

Required Critical Care Experience
Must select a minimum of 1 from these 8 options


Burn Surgery

4 weeks

Cardiothoracic Surgery

4 weeks

Medical Intensive Care

4 weeks

Neurosurgical Critical Care

4 weeks

Neonatal Critical Care

4 weeks

Pediatric Critical Care

4 weeks

Trauma Surgical Intensive Care

4 weeks

Triage Critical Care

4 weeks

Required Longitudinal Experiences


Research Project

48 weeks


12 weeks

P&T Monograph, Guideline, or Protocol Development

12 weeks


52 weeks

Pharmacy Residency Mentorship Program

52 weeks

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Program

52 weeks

Chief Resident Responsibilities

52 weeks

Ambulatory Care & Administrative Electives
4 week blocks

Cares I (One Community Health)

Oncology Specialty Pharmacy

Practice Management

Population Health

International Experience

Investigational Drug Service

Acute Care Electives
4 week blocks

Emergency Medicine

Parenteral Nutrition/SGI

Infectious Diseases Consult Service

Pain Management & Palliative Care

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Toxicology – Poison Control

Advanced Heart Failure (Inpatient)

Opioid Stewardship

Quality and Performance Improvement

Proposed Calendar of Activities

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4


  • Orientation/Training
  • Competencies
  • Entering intake assessment
  • Develop goals and development plan
  • Research Project selection
  • MUE selection


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • Pharmacy Week Events
  • Grand Rounds: develop slides


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • Review residency candidate packets


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • Project: present to staff


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • Project: complete proposal
  • Grand Rounds: topic assigned/selected


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • Grand Rounds slides due


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • Residency candidate interviews
  • Project: complete data collection


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • UC Collaborative Annual Pharmacy Leadership Forum


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • Project: submit IRB
  • Quarterly Review of longitudinal experiences and development plan
  • Grand Rounds: develop slides


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • ASHP Midyear
  • Quarterly Review of longitudinal experiences and development plan


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • Project: data analysis and preliminary report to RPD
  • Quarterly Review of longitudinal experiences and development plan


  • Required or Elective Rotation
  • Orientation for incoming residents
  • Final review, end of residency closeout and program improvement evaluation
  • Residency Grad Requirements checklist completed

Longitudinal Experiences

Teaching/Administrative Projects/Research

  • Grand Rounds Presentation
  • P&T Drug Monograph or Protocol Development
  • Self-evaluation reflection
  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (STLP) meetings and lectures
  • Pharmacy Mentorship Program
  • Chief Resident Leadership
  • Major Research project
  • MUE or CQI project

Staffing: Triage weekend support

Clinical Pharmacology Consult Pager on-call responsibilities

Resident’s Role in Teaching:
UCDH 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 and University of the Pacific pharmacy students.

The resident will be required to prepare an ACPE accredited pharmacy grand rounds presentation on a topic approved by the Continuing Pharmacy Education Oversight Committee based on the resident’s interests and a department needs assessment.  The PGY1 Resident will also be required to participate in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Program throughout the year. In addition, the PGY1 Resident may choose to participate in academic teaching, as requested by regional schools of pharmacy, with the approval of the PGY1 Residency Director.

Residency Research Project:
All UCDMC residents are required to complete a research project during their residency and present their research at the UC Collaborative Research Conference. In preparation for conducting their research project, the resident will be complete UCDMC IRB-required training and certification. The resident will prepare a project proposal, which will be reviewed and approved by the UCDMC Pharmacy Residency Project Advisory Committee. The resident will also submit their project to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the IRB for approval, before embarking on their research. Upon completion of the project, the resident will be required to summarize their research project in a manuscript and submit for publication.

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Activity:
The PGY1 resident will be required to complete a medication use evaluation or a drug formulary review, as assigned by the UCDMC P&T Committee coordinator. The PGY1 residency director will work with the P&T Committee coordinator and the resident to determine the assignment, based on the resident’s interests and the needs of the department.

Chief Resident Assignments:
The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice resident will participate in a chief resident assignment for the year that is chosen in July.  Assignment options include: Pharmacy Week Chair, Wellness, Morale & Social Chair, Publicity and Communications Chair, Interview Chair, Recruitment Chair, Professional Development and EducationChair, Quality and Safety Chair, and Orientation Chair.

Professional Development:
The PGY1 resident is encouraged to maintain an active role in pharmacy and professional organizations. The resident is strongly encouraged to become a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and attend their annual meeting in early December. The resident will be provided with some financial support from the institution and professional leave time to facilitate participation in professional development activities.

Pharmacy Department Service:
The resident will be required to provide service to the department during the course of the year. It is mandatory for the resident to complete as least one shift on a major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year Day).  A licensed pharmacist will work alongside the resident or will be available on-call as backup.

Required Competencies:
Residents function as licensed pharmacist’s 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. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is a prerequisite. In addition, each resident will become certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Resident Portfolio:
Each resident must maintain an electronic portfolio containing all information from the residency year including yet not limited to: copies of papers or projects done during rotations, lectures given, research project manuscript, P&T drug monograph, and MUE. The portfolio shall be maintained in Pharm Academic.

Salary/Benefits: $55,000

Fringe Benefits:
Health, Dental and Vision insurance for resident and dependents, 21 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), 6 days Extended Sick Leave, and 4 days for Professional Development.  Use of leave must be arranged in advance with the RPD.

Travel funds (~$2500) are included in the base salary. There is a stipend for scrubs.

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

  • Resident Qualifications
  • Early Commitment Policy
  • Pre-employment drug testing
  • Health insurance and Benefits
  • Licensure requirement for 2/3 of the residency year
  • Moonlighting
  • Duty hours
  • Tracking of duty hours
  • Professional, family, and extended leave policies
  • Dismissal policy and consequences of failure to progress

Requirements for successful completion of the residency:

  • CA licensure per policy and at least 2/3 of the residency year, the resident is functioning as a licensed pharmacist
  • Completion of Drug Monograph, Protocol or Guideline
  • Completion of a secondary project (Medication utilization evaluation or QI project)
  • Grand rounds (CE activity)
  • Completion of Primary research project; presentation at the UC Collaborative Leadership Forum; submission for publication
  • Quarterly resident progress meetings with assigned mentor and RPD or Residency Coordinator
  • Completion of the required Pharmacy Department Service Requirement
  • Earned Teaching certificate (STLP)
  • Successful completion of all required rotations/learning experiences with no outstanding “Needs Improvement” on any required CAGOs and a minimum of 80% reaching “Achieved” (100% of Patient Care Competency Area R1)
  • Active participation in the residency close out & annual program evaluation at the end of the year
  • Resident closeout completed in Pharm Academic with portfolio attachments uploaded
  • A minimum of 12 months training inclusive of standard vacation, professional and sick leave