UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Summary

Residency positions We have no residency positions available at this time.
Accreditation status Accredited
Appointment 12 months, from July 1-June 30
Benefits Medical, vision, dental, life insurance, vacation, sick time, and professional leave

Affiliated with:

Ralphs Pharmacy

Program Purpose

The purpose of this one-year, postgraduate training program in community practice is to build upon the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

The UC San Diego PGY1 Community Residency is a collaborative program between UC San Diego-SSPPS and Ralphs Pharmacy. Residents will have shared learning experiences with both UC San Diego Health and Ralphs Pharmacy.

Program Competencies

Educational competencies, goals, and objectives are achieved through required learning experiences. The required educational competencies for PGY1 Community Pharmacy Practice Residencies are as follows:

  1. Patient care
  2. Leadership and management
  3. Advancement of community-based practice and improving patient care
  4. Teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge


Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Ralphs Pharmacy Store
  • Ralphs Pharmacy Corporate
  • Diabetes Self-Management Clinic
  • Family Medicine Clinic
  • Population Health Pharmacy Services
  • Student-run Free Clinic
  • Residency Project
  • Teaching Certificate

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Academia
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • California Poison Control/Toxicology
  • Pain and Palliative Care Clinic
  • Ralphs Pharmacy Corporate
  • Veterinary Pharmacy


All required learning experiences are scheduled longitudinally. Ralphs experiences and Student-run Free Clinic, the Residency Project, and Teaching Certificate experiences occur throughout the entire year; UCSD-based clinics occur on a quarterly basis. See sample schedule. Electives are scheduled in the latter half of the residency year.

Teaching Certificate

The resident is required to participate in the SDPRL teaching certificate program which includes a seminar series attended with residents from other county-wide residency programs. Seminar topics will focus on teaching and preceptor development skills. Seminar attendance is mandatory and may include weekend programs.

Both UC San Diego Health and Ralphs Pharmacy serve as an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) site for fourth-year PharmD students from SSPPS. The resident, clinical preceptors, and faculty serve as preceptors for the pharmacy students for these APPE experiences and may also serve as preceptors for students in their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE). In addition, the resident may serve as a facilitator for the first-year Pharmacy Practice conferences and fourth-year APPE ambulatory care conferences. Didactic lectures may be available and residents are encouraged to participate. The resident will also provide lectures, presentations, and in-services to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy students, and other allied healthcare providers. As part of the teaching requirement, the resident will design and deliver a 1-hour didactic lecture to P1 students at SSPPS in the Pharmacy Practice course.

Residency Project

The resident is expected to help design and complete one major project during the academic year. This project may be a medication-use evaluation (MUE), a continuous quality improvement (CQI) project, or another type of research project. Projects are presented at a professional meeting held in the spring and a manuscript suitable for publication by the resident is required by end of the residency year. The resident will work with the residency program director and project preceptors to identify a potential project and for mentoring throughout the project period.

Core Requirements for Residency Completion

  • California Board of Pharmacy Intern License obtained by July 1st
  • California Board of Pharmacy Pharmacist License obtained by November 1st
  • Successful completion of required rotations and learning objectives
  • Completion of all required evaluations
  • Completion of teaching certificate via San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leadership Program
  • Completion of residency project with presentation at a professional meeting
  • Preparation of the residency project in manuscript format

Application Procedure

Applicants must participate in the ASHP Match and apply using PhORCAS at http://www.ashp.org/phorcas. The complete application must include:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts.

NMS #241715
Application deadline:  We are not accepting applications at this time. 


Christina Mnatzaganian



Director, UCSD SSPPS PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency 
Christina Mnatzaganian, PharmD, BCACP
UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 
9500 Gilman Dr, MC 0657, La Jolla, CA 92093-0657
cmnatzaganian@ucsd.edu, (858) 822-5642





2019-2020 PGY1 Community Resident,

UCSD SSPPS Community Pharmacy Residency 
Ariana Rhoten, PharmD