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PGY1 - Pharmacy Residency Program

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 UCI 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 UCI 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.


For more information, contact:

Martin Torres, PharmD, FCSHP
Director of Pharmacy
Interim PGY1 Residency Program Director

Steven Atallah, PharmD, BCCCP
Residency Coordinator

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at 5 p.m.

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 California pharmacy intern license 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
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine 
  • Leadership and practice management 
  • Medication safety
Elective block learning experiences:
  • Anticoagulation clinic
  • Critical care — medical ICU
  • Critical care — neonatal ICU
  • Critical care — neuroscience ICU
  • Critical care — surgical ICU
  • Emergency medicine
  • Informatics and automation 
  • Investigational drugs
  • Oncology — infusion center
  • Pain/palliative care 
  • Psychiatry
  • Transplant
Required longitudinal learning experiences:
  • Practice management
  • Research
  • Staffing
  • Transitions of care

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