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Scripps Mercy Hospital Pharmacy Residency

Pharmacy residency programs at Scripps Mercy

Residents of the Scripps Mercy Hospital Pharmacy Residency program.

Pharmacy residency programs at Scripps Mercy

Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego offers four 12-month postgraduate year one (PGY-1) pharmacy residency positions and three postgraduate year two (PGY2) positions — one PGY2 critical care pharmacy, one PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy, and one PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency position.

The PGY1 program has been fully accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 2002. The PGY2 programs in critical care and psychiatric pharmacy enrolled their first residents in 2017 and are fully accredited. The PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency is new as of July 27, 2020 and is in candidate status. We are affiliated with four pharmacy schools and train more than 100 medical, family practice, trauma and podiatry residents as well as more than 30 fourth-year PharmD candidates each year.

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Program highlights

The Scripps Mercy Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program offers residents a challenging academic experience in a progressive environment that prepares residents for leadership roles in the pharmacy profession. Clinical and distributive services are provided by full-time, unit-based pharmacists — many of whom have advanced clinical training. Scripps Mercy’s pharmacists enjoy sharing their breadth of knowledge by precepting both pharmacy residents and students.

  • The pharmacy department is open 24/7 and includes a main pharmacy, oncology infusion center, 11 clinical pharmacist practice settings, nine satellite locations and telepharmacy services. 
  • More than 30 clinical pharmacists on staff provide a broad range of clinical services, carry out pharmacist-driven medication protocols, staff our oncology infusion center, and teach pharmacy students, medical and pharmacy residents. 
  • Pharmacy residents have direct access to pharmacy faculty, are integrated into the medical teaching program and are considered “house staff” with similar privileges as medical residents.
  • Residents complete a broad depth of clinical rotations tailored to individual experience, interests and career goals, and each resident may participate in programs throughout Scripps’ five campus locations. 
  • Residents conduct IRB-approved research, present at international and national meetings, and have the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate.

Message from director

Harminder Sikand, Clinical Director of Pharmacy Services and Director of Pharmacy Residency Program.

Message from director

Hear directly from the residency program director about what to expect from this pharmacy residency program.

Harminder Sikand, Pharm D; FCSHP, FASHP, FCCP, Director of Clinical Services and Residency Programs

Rotations and teaching sites

The Scripps Mercy Hospital Pharmacy Residency Programs are uniquely situated in a variety of acute care settings, which exposes residents to the highest-quality learning experience possible.

PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency

Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, is the county’s longest-established medical center and an academic teaching hospital. The Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program (currently in candidate status) will train the resident to practice independently as an advanced practitioner on the optimal use of medications used to treat individuals with oncological and hematological malignancies in clinical and academic settings. Five oncologists across the breadth of specialties practice at Scripps Mercy. The resident will practice in acute care oncology, infusion center and ambulatory care settings in a collaborative environment with Oncology fellows and medical residents. The resident will have opportunity to precept both APPE students and PGY1 residents. The partnership between Scripps Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center brings a customized, multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists, carefully selected to support and treat each patient.

Core Oncology Pharmacy Rotations (4 weeks, 6 weeks*)

  • Operations
  • Inpatient Oncology 
  • Inpatient Oncology II 
  • Outpatient Infusion Center I* 
  • Outpatient Infusion Center II* 
  • Palliative care
  • Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant I
  • North Country Clinics
  • Investigational Drug Services

Elective Rotations (4 weeks)

  • Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant II
  • Infectious Diseases emphasis in Hematology/Oncology Patients
  • Women's Health - Gynecologic oncology & Breast Cancer
  • Non-Malignant Hematology
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Sarcoma

Longitudinal Core Rotations

  • Staffing 16 weekends throughout the year plus one major and one minor holiday
  • Teaching certificate program (SDPRL) required unless received as PGY1
  • Clinical Administration: Research Project, Medication Use Evaluation, Formulary Review, Medication Safety Project
  • Longitudinal Clinics: (Core*)
  • Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellow Clinic*
  • Multi-Disciplinary Clinic
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma 
  • Breast Cancer
  • Other Disease Specific Opportunities: GU, GI, Malignant Hematology

Committee participation

  • PGY2 Residency Interview
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics 
  • Tumor Board
  • Clinical Practice Council

Academic Teaching

  • Student topic discussions throughout the year
  • Pharmacology Pearls to Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellows
  • Primary Preceptor of fourth year Pharmacy APPE Rotation
  • Presentation of noon conference to medical residents 
  • Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellows Lectures 

Residency Travel

  • Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (pending COVID pandemic restrictions)

Contact information

John Garrett, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCOP

Residency Program Director, Oncology Pharmacy

Faculty and residents

Residents at Scripps Mercy Hospital work under the mentorship of experienced pharmacy experts who have Board Certification (BPS) in Pharmacotherapy and/or specialty area of practice. With academic scholarship at the core of the pharmacy residency program, our team is dedicated to delivering superior medical education and guidance to meet your interests and career goals.

Research projects, presentations and publications

Scripps Mercy Hospital pharmacy residents conduct institutional review board IRB-approved research during their resident year.

The research project is chosen based on the resident’s interest and the feasibility of completion during the resident year. From inception to completion, the resident manages the research project and is required to present the abstract at a national meeting.

View a list of Scripps Mercy Hospital pharmacy resident publications and presentations (PDF, 73 KB).

Salary and benefits

The terms and conditions of resident training and employment are specified in the employment agreement that also includes training obligations, stipend and benefit provisions. The pharmacy residency manual fully describes policies, practices and procedures. Copies of the employment agreement, yearly rotation schedule and other pertinent materials are provided at the time of the interview.

The annual stipend and specific benefits are listed in the employment agreement, discussed in the residency manual and summarized below.

Annual salary

  • PGY1 pharmacy resident: $48,000
  • PGY2 pharmacy resident: $52,000

Residency Showcase 

Virtual Open House – All Programs PGY1 and PGY2

October 29, 2021, 3 pm - 8 pm PST

November 19, 2021, 3 pm - 8 pm PST

December 10, 2021, 3 pm to 8 pm PST

To attend, please schedule an appointment.

Personalized meetings to answer your questions about the program after you have had a chance to review our website. Sessions will be no more than six individuals at a time.

Contact the individual RPD listed below to schedule time on that day:

PGY1- Dr. Sikand (

PGY2 Critical Care- Dr. Moon (

PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy – Dr. Tallian (

PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy – Dr. Garrett (

COVID-19 Updates

We will be at residency showcase (PGY1 and PGY2 Critical Care, Oncology, Psychiatric Pharmacy) at both ACCP Annual Meeting and ASHP Residency Showcase in 2021. This is subject to change based on the pandemic.

How to apply

The Pharmacy Practice Residency is a 12-month commitment starting on July 1 (PGY1) and August 1 (PGY2). To be considered for the pharmacy residency program, candidates must be a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy and eligible for California licensure. Candidates also undergo a personal onsite interview.