PGY1 Pharmacy San Diego, California
At Kaiser Permanente San Diego, we are excited to continue a thirty-year tradition of excellence in Pharmacy Residency Education. Following guidelines set by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency provides thorough training in a variety of specialties. We are proud to deliver an excellent, practical and flexible educational experience relevant to today’s clinical pharmacy practice. In addition, our program aims to balance rigorous education, service and life balance, while living in and enjoying the spectacular beaches, beautiful parks and warm climates of San Diego. Kaiser Permanente’s Mission is to provide affordable, high quality health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. The vision is to lead the market as the health care system of choice.
KP San Diego is a part of the Southern California Region. KPSC members are ethnically diverse; they represent more than 260 different ethnicities and speak about 118 different languages. As one of the largest service area in Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region, Kaiser Permanente San Diego serves over 630,000 members. Thirty-two (32%) of our membership comprises of the LatinX population. six (6%) of members are monolingual Spanish speakers. Kaiser Permanente San Diego encourages diversity & inclusion in the pharmacy profession throughout our programs and practices. By working in a diverse environment residents benefit from the opportunity to cultivate social awareness and the skills needed to provide culturally competent care.
San Diego is home to three medical center campuses with three inpatient pharmacies. San Diego Medical Center (SDMC) is a 617,000 sq ft state-of-the art hospital designed with cutting edge medical technologies. It consists of an interactive patient care system that allows for video-visits using a 75” monitor in each patient room. SDMC boasts innovations in environmentally sustainable technology for cleaner, greener energy and has earned certification as a LEED Platinum health care facility. Recently opened in August 2023, we are reimagining care in North San Diego County with the new San Marcos Medical Center which has earned certification as a LEED Gold healthcare facility. From small details that enhance comfort to technology that makes care more effective, this state-of-the-art facility will offer new ways to help keep our members happy and healthy.
The pharmacy department at Kaiser Permanente San Diego has 17 outpatient pharmacies, 3 inpatient pharmacies, 1 home infusion pharmacy, 2 Oncology pharmacies, drug utilization management and 20 ambulatory care clinical pharmacy services. The mission of the department is to provide the highest quality of personalized pharmaceutical care to every patient, every time. The vision is to be leaders in innovative and integrated pharmaceutical care. The department employs over 600 pharmacists and supportive personnel in Inpatient, Outpatient, Ambulatory Care, Home Infusion, Drug Use Management, and Administration settings.
Our teams are an integral part of the Kaiser Permanente care delivery system for our members. Staying at the forefront of clinical pharmacy practice, we continue to innovate and respond to the changing needs in healthcare. In addition to providing clinical and dispensing services, we take an active role in interdisciplinary committees, including Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee, Medication Safety Committee (MSC), Medication Treatment Appropriateness Committee, Clinic Administered Medications Oversight Committee, and Quality Management. Our pharmacists work closely with physicians and nurses on these committees and in providing care to our patients.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego employs over 600 pharmacists and supportive personnel in Inpatient, Outpatient, Ambulatory Care, Home Infusion, Drug Use Management, and Administration settings. Our teams are an integral part of the Kaiser Permanente care delivery system for our members. Staying at the forefront of clinical pharmacy practice, we continue to innovate and respond to the changing needs in healthcare. In addition to providing clinical and dispensing services, we take an active role in interdisciplinary committees, including Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee, Medication Safety Committee (MSC), Medication Treatment Appropriateness Committee (MedTAC), Clinic Administered Medications Oversight Committee, and Quality Management. Our pharmacists work closely with physicians and nurses on these committees and in providing care to our patients.
Kaiser Permanente San Diego PGY- Pharmacy Residency Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and uses the ASHP Residency Program Design and Content model to design and deliver training.
Statement of Purpose
The Kaiser Permanente San Diego PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education 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.
Our mission is to graduate highly competent, compassionate and skilled pharmacists who will serve and contribute to their communities. Our experienced and talented faculty are committed to the personal growth and professional development of each resident. With formal teaching and hands-on experience in a team-based care environment, our residents practice in a comprehensive, integrated system, using the nation’s largest and state-of-the-art electronic health record. Our graduates have the flexibility to practice in any setting and are prepared to provide care to diverse patient populations.
San Diego is California’s second largest city and the United States’ eighth largest. San Diego County encompasses 18 incorporated cities and numerous neighborhoods and communities, including downtown’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Hillcrest, Coronado, La Jolla, Del Mar and Carlsbad. Known for its 70 miles of pristine beaches, luxury resorts and Torrey Pines Golf Course, San Diego is also popular for the world-famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California. For more information about the communities we serve please visit these websites:
- Internal Medicine
- Drug Utilization Management
- Inpatient Pharmacy Practice
- Outpatient Pharmacy Practice
- Infectious Disease
*Residents will choose 1 out of these 2 rotation options.
Adult Intensive Care Unit*
*Residents will choose 1 out of these 2 rotation options.
Elective Rotations (Residents will choose 2 rotation options):
- Home Infusion
- Inflammatory Disease
- Complete Care Management
- HIV / Infectious Diseases
- Transitions of Care
- Medication Therapy Management
- Pharmacy Administration
- Inpatient Pharmacy
- Medication Safety
- Residency Project
Requirements for Acceptance
- Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited (or ACPE candidate status) school of pharmacy.
- Must be licensed as an Intern Pharmacist in the State of California by the first day of residency program.
- Residents who have not obtained a California Pharmacist license by October 1st are subject to suspension until license is obtained. If license is not obtained by December 15th, employment will be subject to termination.
- State Board of Pharmacy: http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/
- Candidates must be registered in the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS).
- Candidates must participate in the ASHP Matching Program.
- Program NMS Code: 130813 and ASHP Program Code: 92170
- Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent
- Curriculum Vitae
- Official Pharmacy School transcripts, sent directly from the applicant’s college or school of pharmacy
- 3 letters of references/recommendations utilizing the form in PhORCAS
- Application Deadline: January 2, 2024
- On-Site or Virtual Interview : February 2024
- Click here to link to the Virtual Information Session:
- October 23rd – 12p.m. – 1p.m. PST
- November 13th – 12p.m. – 1p.m. PST
- Virtual Open House (optional): TBD
**This residency agrees that no person at this residency will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant**
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Current Pay Rate
$23.38 per hour
Khanh Nguyen, PharmD, APh
Clinical Pharmacy Director
Residency Program Director
10990 San Diego Mission Rd.
San Diego, California 92108