PGY2 - Infectious Diseases Program

The UC Irvine Health Pharmacy Department offers a one-year specialty residency in infectious diseases.

The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at UC Irvine Health is designed to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in both clinical laboratory medicine and infectious diseases.

Residents work closely with the Adult Infectious Diseases Consult Service and other clinical services. They will strengthen their knowledge and enhance the skills needed to deliver effective pharmacotherapy for patients with infectious diseases by working directly with patients who have or are at risk for infections.

In addition, residents will:

  • Learn, establish and perform evidence-based antimicrobial stewardship strategies to ensure that patients receive the right antibiotic, at the right dose and for the right duration when they need them
  • Participate in evaluating outcomes of stewardship efforts

Pharmacists completing this residency may be eligible to become a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) with added qualifications in infectious diseases and may effectively initiate and/or participate in antimicrobial stewardship efforts in acute care settings.

We have the candidate status for accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program code for the PGY2-ID program at UC Irvine Medical Center is 7452.

Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized practice.

PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy.

Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for board certification in the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

Benefits & Requirements


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

  • Salary: $53,949 for the year 
  • Two weeks paid vacation, 13 paid holidays and sick leave
  • Professional leave and travel expense budget to attend select pharmacy or infectious disease conferences
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance through a UC Irvine Health-sponsored plan


Applicants for the UC Irvine Health PGY2-ID Pharmacy Residency Program must be enrolled in or have completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program or one in the ASHP accreditation process. Applicants must be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation). Applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of California.

Candidates must apply through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Matching Program. The program code for the PGY2-ID Pharmacy Residency Program at UC Irvine Medical Center is 7452.

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 PGY2-ID program, all applicants must meet the general requirements for PGY1 pharmacy residency program:

  • 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 (licensing is expected by the start of the residency year to maximize learning, but no later than September 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
  • Successfully complete 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

Learning experiences are offered in practice areas to allow the resident to further strengthen skills to effectively manage patients with infectious diseases by:
  • Collaborating with infectious diseases attending physicians and fellows in training
  • Caring for a patient population at high risk for infections

The PGY2-ID resident will work closely with the Residency Program Director and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Medical Director throughout the year. 

Our preceptors provide expert training to our residents, and nearly half are board-certified pharmacotherapy specialists (BCPS).

Required block learning experiences

  • Orientation
  • Infectious Diseases (4 blocks)
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Critical care — Neuro
  • Oncology
  • Transplant Inpatient

Elective block learning experiences

  • Critical Care — Medical
  • Critical care — Surgical

Required longitudinal learning experiences

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Practices
  • Transplant Clinic
  • HIV/AIDS Clinic
  • Staffing
  • ID Research Project

For more information, contact:
Helen S. Lee, PharmD, AQ-ID
PGY2 - ID Pharmacy Residency Program Director