Located in the beautiful city of San Francisco, the critical care pharmacy residency is a one-year specialty residency that allows the resident to practice in a university-affiliated tertiary care, academic teaching hospital with 690 beds and five adult intensive care units on the main Parnassus campus. Graduating the first pharmacy resident in 1963, UCSF has a proud history of develop-ing excellent clinicians and offers unique and rewarding experiences. UCSF is ranked #5 of all medical centers nationally accord-ing to US News and World Report. The focus of the critical care pharmacy residency is to develop specialty expertise in a variety of intensive care settings including medical, surgical, trauma, neuroscience and cardiac intensive care. UCSF is affiliated with the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a Level 1 trauma center, where the resident will have the oppor-tunity for rotation experiences. Offsite rotation experiences at other Bay Area institutions are available based on resident inter-est. Program graduates will possess necessary skills to function as an advanced practitioner in clinical and academic settings.
Rotations are 4 to 6 weeks in length, for a total of 9 rotation blocks. Longitudinal experiences extend throughout the year. Core rotations include Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Cardiac/CT Surgery ICU, Neuro ICU, Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Medical ICU with a teaching focus.
A key strength of our program is the opportunity to teach student pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. The UCSF School of Pharmacy offers one of the top ten Doctor of Pharmacy degree programs in the nation. Pharmacy residents teach student pharmacists through didactic therapeutics lectures, small group conference facilitation, and service-based clinical precepting to IPPE and APPE students in a layered learning model. Residents are awarded a Teaching Certificate with successful completion of the program.
PGY2 residents participate in a Research Certificate Program and will gain skills in: project management, study design and methodology, data storage and management, statistical analysis and summarizing research findings. Residents are enrolled in the Designing Clinical Research interprofessional course at UCSF which guides them through the development and refine-ment of their research proposal for submission to the UCSF Institutional Review Board. For projects requiring more ad-vanced statistics, residents receive support to collaborate with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute to complete analysis. All projects are of a scope suitable for publication.
About UCSF Health
UC San Francisco is the leading university dedicated to advancing health worldwide through preeminent biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. Within our overarching advancing health worldwide mission, UCSF is devoted at every level to serving the public. UCSF Medical Center has been named among the nation's premier medical institutions for the 18th consecutive year, ranking as the fifth best hospital in the country and the top-ranked hospital in California, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals survey. The Department of Pharmaceutical Services at UCSF has long been nationally recognized as one of the founding fathers for clinical pharmacy services, which was established in 1965. Today, the department continues to lead the profession through the integration of advanced technology & robotics, comprehensive pharmaceutical care and clinical services. The UCSF Department of Pharmaceutical Services currently employs over 200 staff working over multiple campus locations in the city of San Francisco.