How to Apply

Apply for the Scripps Mercy Pharmacy Residencies

The Pharmacy Practice Residency is a 12-month commitment starting on July 1 (PGY-1) and July 15 (PGY-2). To be considered for the 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.

ASHP match codes

  • PGY-1 match code: 128113
  • PGY-2 critical care match code: 749452
  • PGY-2 psychiatry match code: 749266

Requirements for PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents

  • Matched residents must be licensed pharmacist interns prior to July 1 in the State of California
  • Matched residents must be licensed pharmacists in the State of California prior to October 1
  • Matched residents must have a current BLS certificate (AHA certified) at the start of the residency year
  • Note: We do not sponsor Visas. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents, or hold a valid EAD-employment authorization.

Application procedure for PGY-2 and PGY-2 residents

Applicants must participate in the ASHP Match Program and apply using PhORCAS.


  • See PhORCAS for all details
  • Your personal letter of intent should not exceed a 250 word maximum
  • Three letters of recommendation are required (two preferably from acute care rotations)
  • There are no additional supplemental items required

The application submission deadline is January 1 of each year.

Interview process for PGY-1 residents

Prospective candidates will receive correspondence inviting them for an onsite interview. Please submit a passport-sized photo after you have received confirmation for an onsite interview.


For special arrangements, please contact Harminder Sikand, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP, at sikand.harminder@scrippshealth.org.


Interview dates for 2017-2018 year


  • Friday, January 27
  • Saturday, January 28
  • Sunday, January 29
  • Friday, February 3

Interview schedule (not in order)


  • Leadership team interview: 15 minutes
  • Tour with current residents: 30 minutes
  • Residency advisory committee interview: 60 minutes
  • Medical team rounds (morning interviews only)
  • Residency Manual review: 30 minutes

Interview process for PGY-2 residents

Interview date


  • Wednesday, Feb. 1

Interview schedule


  • Tour: 30 minutes
  • PowerPoint presentation: 15 minutes
  • Residency advisory committee interview: 45 minutes