Pharmacy Residency Program

The UC Irvine Health Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to teach and develop 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.

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

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.

PGY1 Program Purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

Benefits & Requirements

Candidates for the UC Irvine 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 program code for UC Irvine Medical Center is 180013.

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

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

  • Three weeks earned, paid vacation and paid holidays
  • Professional leave to attend select conferences
  • Reimbursement of expenses for approved professional meetings
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance through a UC Irvine Health-sponsored plan

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
  • 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 (licensing is expected by the start of the residency year to maximize learning, but no later than September of the residency year)
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Successful completion of 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 completion of a post-offer physical exam, which includes a drug and alcohol screen, a physical and a TB test

UC Irvine 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.

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

  • Critical care, including surgical medical, cardiac, neuroscience, burn and neonatal ICUs
  • Drug distribution and sterile compounding
  • Emergency department (anticipated 2016)
  • Infectious disease
  • Informatics
  • Internal medicine
  • Leadership and practice management
  • Medication safety
  • Oncology
  • Operating room
  • Outpatient pharmacy
  • Palliative care
  • Psychiatry
  • Transplant
Longitudinal outpatient clinic learning experiences are offered in the areas of:

  • Anticoagulation
  • Geriatrics
  • Medication therapy management (MTM) clinic
  • Oncology infusion center
  • Transplant

Open House

Our open house event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Building 3, room 101.

To RSVP, contact Quintessa Johnson at 714-456-6478 or

For more information, contact:

Mark Baje, PharmD, BCPS
PGY1 Residency Program Director