PGY1 - Pharmacy Residency Program

Phase II match information (Updated March 15, 2019)

We have matched both our Phase I positions. However, we are pleased to be able to offer 4 newly-approved PGY1 positions for this year's Phase II Match. Please apply via PHORCAS by 5pm Wednesday, March 20, 2019, and include your letter of intent, 3 references, and curriculum vitae.

The postgraduate year one (PGY1) UCI Health Pharmacy Residency Program teaches and develops pharmacy practice skills through hands-on experiences and direct interaction with patients.

Residents receive clinical experience in all types of care settings. Their skills are further refined through various rotations and interactions with patients.

The goal of our program is to train residents to become confident, competent and compassionate caregivers who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenge of pharmacy practice.

We are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program code for UC Irvine Medical Center is 180013. 

Program mission

The mission of the UC Irvine Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program is to develop capable, confident and independent pharmacists equipped with a foundation of knowledge and skills to meet the current and future challenges of pharmacy practice through impactful learning experiences led by experienced and inspirational preceptors within a pharmacy department focused on high-quality, cost-effective pharmaceutical care in an inpatient-focused, collaborative, university-based environment.

Program vision

The vision of the UC Irvine Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program is to be a recognized residency training site of excellence that produces exemplary pharmacists who make a difference in patient care and in the pharmacy profession.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

Benefits & Requirements


The benefits of being a pharmacy resident at UC Irvine Medical Center include:

  • Salary: $50,000 for the year
  • Two weeks paid vacation, 13 paid holidays and sick leave
  • Professional leave and travel expense budget to attend select pharmacy conferences
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance through a UCI Health-sponsored plan


Candidates for the UCI Health Pharmacy Residency Program should have completed clinical clerkships and have general knowledge of institutional pharmacy practice.

Candidates must apply through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Matching Program. The PGY1 program code for UC Irvine Medical Center is 180013. Applicants should submit letter of intent, curriculum vitae and three reference letters.

Selection is based on professional competence, scholastic achievement, motivation, extracurricular activities, communication skills, letters of recommendation and overall understanding of the pharmacy profession.

To be considered for admission to the pharmacy residency program, all applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a PharmD graduate from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy school or college
  • Complete a personal, on-site interview with the residency program director, select preceptors and residents
  • Have a valid, current pharmacist intern license and BLS or ACLS certification from American Heart Association before employment start date
  • Be licensed to practice pharmacy in California by the end of the first third of the residency year.
  • Successfully complete a background check
  • Successfully complete the pre-employment process, which includes, but is not limited to, verification of all required licenses and certifications, including meeting the U.S. Office of Inspector General requirements and proof of a legal right to work in the United States
  • Successful complete a post-offer physical exam, which includes a drug and alcohol screen, a physical and a TB test

UCI Health is an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to fostering diversity in the workplace and offering a variety of opportunities for growth and development.

UCI Health adheres to state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and University policy, which prohibits discrimination based on a variety of characteristics. In addition to race and sex, these characteristics include color, national origin, religion, physical or mental ability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), pregnancy, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a covered veteran, service in the uniformed services and citizenship.

Learning Experiences

Learning experiences are offered in a wide variety of practice areas and are customized to the resident’s individual interests. Our preceptors — nearly half are board-certified pharmacotherapy specialists (BCPS) — provide expert training to our residents.

Required block learning experiences: 

  • Orientation
  • Critical care — medical ICU
  • Critical care — neuro ICU
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine 
  • Leadership and practice management 
  • Medication safety
Elective block learning experiences:
  • Anticoagulation clinic
  • Critical care — neonatal ICU
  • Critical care — surgical ICU
  • Emergency medicine
  • Informatics and automation
  • Oncology — ambulatory* (new for 2019)
  • Oncology — ambulatory care
  • Oncology — infusion center
  • Psychiatry* — (new for 2019
  • Transplant
Required longitudinal learning experiences:
  • Practice management
  • Research
  • Staffing
  • Teaching certificate
  • Transitions of care* (new for 2019) 

Open House

Please check back for information on Open House 2019.

Residency Prep Workshop

Please check back for information on Residency Prep Workshop 2019.

For more information, contact:

Mark Baje, PharmD, BCCCP
PGY1 Residency Program Director