PGY2 Internal Medicine residents will gain the skills necessary to function as the primary internal medicine pharmacist during their required core internal medicine learning experiences, with the expectation that the resident will handle all aspects of the medication process as well as the facilitation of safe and effective discharges in patients deemed high risk for readmission. Outside of the core internal medicine learning experiences, other learning experiences that will be required in order to broaden the resident’s experiences and scope of practice include the continuation of care transitions during post-discharge clinic visits (ambulatory care block), management of patient populations at high risk for readmission (advanced heart failure, HIV/ID) and management of critically ill patients (ICU).
Primary clinical responsibilities will include rounding with assigned teams, validating pharmacy orders, performing pharmacokinetic monitoring, as well as designing, recommending, monitoring and evaluating patient-specific therapeutic regimens that incorporate the principles of evidence-based medicine. When opportunities are available, the resident will also be expected to assume oversight and responsibility for pharmacy trainees (including fourth-year pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents). Additionally, residents will assume responsibility for all medication management activities for their service, including transitions between different locations or levels of care. The resident will become proficient at resolving medication system issues when appropriate to assure safe transition to community pharmacies and providers. The resident will also become skilled in providing education to multiple audiences: patients, caregivers, providers and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team.
Teaching activities may include presentations (grand rounds, clinical forums, journal clubs, topic discussions, etc.), involvement with UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences courses (e.g. conference leader for third year therapeutics course), and clerkship preceptorship of PGY1 pharmacy practice residents and fourth-year pharmacy students on clinical rotations. The ability to work independently and to supervise pharmacy students and residents will be emphasized. The resident will also be involved in a research project where scientific writing is strongly emphasized and both the preparation and submission of a manuscript suitable for publication will be expected.
On-site interviews will be held during late January through early March. This specialty residency program participates in the ASHP Resident Matching Program. All applicants must be enrolled in the Resident Matching Program. To facilitate this enrollment process and for further information, please visit the following website: www.natmatch.com/ashprmp
If matched with the UC San Diego Residency Program, matched candidates must have all of the following:
Graduated from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
Successfully completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency
Obtained California pharmacy licensure prior to beginning residency (absolute deadline to start = November 1st). The residency offer may be rescinded if the resident does not take the CPJE prior to August 1st or does not pass the CPJE on the first attempt.
About UC San Diego Health PGY2 Internal Medicine
UC San Diego Health has a long and proud tradition of training pharmacy residents.
Our graduates have been changing pharmacy practice through innovative patient care for over 40 years. Built on that tradition, we offer three PGY1 programs (Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, and Community Practice), and seven PGY2 programs (Critical Care, Health System Pharmacy Administration, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Solid Organ Transplant). Each has their foundation in our organizational excellence, their strength in our many outstanding preceptors, and their impact in maximizing patient health outcomes.