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Scripps Mercy Hospital Pharmacy Residency

Pharmacy residency programs at Scripps Mercy

A group photo of 2020 residents in the Scripps Mercy Hospital Residency Program in San Diego.

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 two postgraduate year two (PGY2) positions — one PGY2 pharmacy critical care and one PGY2 pharmacy psychiatry residency position.

The PGY1 program has been fully accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 2002. The PGY2 program enrolled their first residents in 2017 and is fully accredited. We are affiliated with six pharmacy schools and train more than 55 medical and family practice residents and more than 30 fourth-year PharmD candidates each year.

Program highlights

The Scripps Mercy Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program offers residents a challenging academic experience in a progressive environment, while preparing 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 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, exposing residents to the highest-quality learning experience possible.

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

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.