The Post Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at UC Davis Health (UCDH) is an ASHP accredited program designed to provide PGY1 graduates the opportunity to accelerate growth beyond generalist practice and further the development of specialized care in areas specific to the needs of ambulatory patients. It is assumed that the resident has already achieved a basic level of competence commensurate with that of a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. The PGY2 residency focuses on developing the knowledge, attitudes, training and skills necessary to cultivate pharmacists who are competent and compassionate practitioners who are prepared for a role as an ambulatory care pharmacist.
Graduates of the residency have the capability to design, implement, and secure collaborative interdisciplinary practice agreements necessary for establishment and ongoing management of ambulatory practice. Graduates are empowered to treat and appropriately triage the most complex chronic and acute illnesses presented by ambulatory patients, while providing care within the context of a long-term health care partnership with both patients and health care providers that emphasize health improvement and disease prevention. Completion of this PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency will provide the practitioner the advanced critical thinking skills and clinical knowledge necessary to practice as an ambulatory care pharmacotherapy expert, to enhance ambulatory care services as a clinical coordinator, and/or to share skills with others by serving as an adjunct faculty member. Moreover, program graduates will be primed for ambulatory practice leadership to service as experts in medication prescribing.
Although the primary goal of the residency is listed above, there are options for emphasis in this residency program. With any path, an intensive immersion in direct patient care in the ambulatory environment is required to complete the residency.The resident may choose to emphasize in one of the following:
Management, which would include learning experiences tailored towards a future career as a manager
Transitions of Care, which would include an extended time of 12 weeks in TOC, as well as an inpatient rotation in Cardiology
Patient Centered Medical Home, which would include extended time in population management
Academia, which would include experiences with faculty from the UCSF School of Pharmacy and extended time as primary preceptor for students and residents
Specialty Pharmacy, which would include a minimum of 12 weeks working with an established program to explore the clinical and administrative aspects of a successful specialty pharmacy
UCDH and Pharmacy Services
UCDH is a major academic health center located in Sacramento, California. Pharmacy services recruits, hires and trains caregivers to provide progressive pharmacy services as collaborative team members to support optimal patient outcomes.
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The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency is a full-time, one-year commitment, beginning on August 1st and ending on July 31st, unless alternative dates are pre-arranged. Clearance to start work by UCDH Employee Health and a Human Resources orientation meeting must be completed prior to August 1st.
The UCDH PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency is designed to meet the educational goals and objectives, as outlined by the ASHP PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Accreditation Standard.
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
Requirements for successful completion of the residency:
California license obtained per residency policy
Successful completion of all required learning experiences and associated assignments
Successful completion of all required rotations/learning experiences with no outstanding ‘Needs Improvement’ on any required rotation goals or objectives and a minimum of 80% reaching ‘Achieved’ by the end of the residency year
Completion of a research project
Presentation of research project at UC Collaborative Conference (or equivalent)
Preparation of manuscript and virtual poster for research project
Completed staffing requirements as outlined by the residency program description
Pharmacy Grand Rounds or Competency presentation
Completion of the PGY-2 Ambulatory Residency Disease State Appendix
Completed end-of-year self-assessment and residency program assessment
Resident closeout completed in Pharm Academic with portfolio attachments uploaded
A minimum of 12 months training inclusive of standard vacation, professional and sick leave
Resident Personnel Policies:
The following policies can be located in the Pharmacy Resident Personnel Manual located at
Licensure requirement for 2/3 of the residency year
Tracking of duty hours
Professional, family, and extended leave policies
Dismissal policy and consequences of failure to progress
About University of California, Davis Medical Center
UC Davis Medical Center is the major teaching facility for the UC Davis School of Medicine, and serves as a clerkship site for several affiliated professional programs, including the UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy. The Medical Center is licensed for over 645 beds, including the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has an ambulatory care program with more than 60 clinics, a progressive specialty pharmacy program, offers a full range of inpatient services, diagnostic services, and a 24-hour major emergency medical service.
Specialized programs include the region’s only Level I trauma center for both adults and pediatrics, a level 3 NICU, a regional burn center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, a comprehensive rehabilitative center, an organ transplant program, and nine specialized intensive care units. The mission of the UC Davis Health System is discovering and sharing knowledge to advance health. We pursue our mission through the education of health-care providers; research into new medical knowledge and applying it to the health challenges that face our world; and patient care and public service for our local and global community.