The Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at the UCDMC is a one-year, PGY-2 specialty residency in Pharmacy Practice. The residency is supported by the Department of Pharmacy Services (DPS).
Critical care is a diverse and advanced area of practice and research at UCDMC. The facility serves as a 645-bed academic, tertiary care referral and Level I trauma center with ICUs dedicated to medicine, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, trauma, neurosurgery, burns. There are a total of over 100 ICU beds, one of the highest percentages of ICU beds in the United States, and a reflection of the medical center's role as a major regional center. The emergency department is among the largest in Northern California with 68 beds and over 60,000 admissions per year. The UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a world-class pediatric tertiary and quaternary care "hospital within a hospital" that includes a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.
PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification.
Identify candidates with a strong interest in critical care and high capacity/desire for growth
Develop clinical practitioners with the knowledge and proficiency to serve as independent and integral member(s) of the critical care team
Expand residents’ capacity to discover through research and teaching
Prepare leaders in critical care practice, research, and teaching
Medical ICU (MICU)
Acute Pain Management
Surgical ICU (SICU)
Pediatric ICU (PICU)
Clinical Pharmacy Consult Service (CPCS)
Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTICU)
The program focuses are core critical care experiences (e.g. surgical, medical, neurocritical care) and supportive (i.e. nutrition, infectious diseases, pain) care services. 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.
The residency learning experience will primarily be divided into block rotations and longitudinal learning experiences. The majority of rotations will be 4 weeks in duration. Rotation schedules will be determined based on availability and resident interests. Rotation schedules will be adjusted and updated with the resident at each quarterly and summative evaluation.
August – October
November - January
February – April
May - July
development plan: goals, objectives, expectations
1st core rotation
focus on core experiences (see below)
develop precepting skills
focus on core curriculum and clinical skills
January: MICU II
repeat core experiences of interest
explore employment opportunities
customize rotations to prepare for career position
July MICU I
initiate longitudinal rotations
intro to professional societies
intro to literature/search
consider project ideas
plan MUE, P&T, grand rounds topic
review study design
submit IRB application
preliminary data analysis for project
SCCM Annual Congress
submit MUE to IRB and P&T
consider professional mission and goals statement
present project at regional conference
write manuscript of project
present MUE results to P&T committee
Core Experiences (4-6 weeks, required)
Surgical Intensive Care Unit I (SICU I)
Surgical Intensive Care Unit II (SICU II)
Medical Intensive Care Unit II (MICU II)
Burns Surgery Service
Neurocritical Care Service
Elective and Focused Experiences (2 – 4 weeks):
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Cardiac Critical Care
Infectious Diseases (ID)
Clinical and operational support for MICU and SICU service (every 3rd weekend, 1 major holiday)
Call coverage in support of Triage Critical Care (~ 20 shifts, 15:30-20:00)
critical care case conference (required)
instructing and modeling PGY1 residents and UCSF students on APPE rotations (required)
grand rounds or staff competency (required)
Journal Club for Northern CA Critical Care (required)
Journal Club for Society of Critical Care Medicine – Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacology Section (optional)
lecture(s) for Acute Care Elective (Touro University, optional)
Thursday morning case conference for Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows
ICU Committee - reviews and reports adverse drug events
Pain & Sedation Committee - Coordinates meeting agenda and minutes
Pain & Therapeutics Committee - provide presentations (e.g. MUE, research project, med monograph) as content expert
Residency Research Project:
All UCDMC PGY2 residents are required to complete a research project during their residency and present their research at the UC Collaborative Pharmacy Leadership Forum. 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.
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Activity:
The critical care 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 P&T Committee activity will be related to a critical care product or topic. The critical care program 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.
The critical care resident is encouraged to maintain an active role in pharmacy and critical care professional organizations. The resident is strongly encouraged to become a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP), and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and attend their annual meetings. The resident will be provided with some financial support from the institution and professional leave time to facilitate participation in professional development activities.
Resident Personnel Policies:
Refer to UCDMC Pharmacy Residency Manual for general policies and requirements applicable to all UCDMC pharmacy residents.
The following policies can be located in the Pharmacy Resident Personnel Manual located at
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.