Pharmacy Residency

Overview

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center welcomed its first two residents in 2004 and received full accreditation by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) organization in 2005.


There are currently four ASHP-accredited residency programs: 

  • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: fully accredited by ASHP since 2005.
  • PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency: fully accredited by ASHP since 2017.
  • PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency: fully accredited by ASHP since 2019.
  • PGY2 Critical Care Residency: fully accredited by ASHP since 2019.

Two additional programs are in Candidate status with ASHP for 2021-22. We anticipate an accreditation site visit for the following two programs: 

  • PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency
  • PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency

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Founded in 1876, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a nationally recognized public health care facility that provides a full range of acute care, intensive care, rehabilitation, and ambulatory services. It is a part of the County of Santa Clara Health System (‘Health System”) which includes 3 hospitals (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), O’Connor Hospital (OCH), and Saint Louise Regional Hospital (SLRH)), numerous ambulatory health centers and 13 outpatient pharmacies throughout the county. Each year, the hospitals care for thousands of patients and handle over 500,000 outpatient and emergency visits. The hospitals are dedicated to providing high-quality inpatient care as well as specialized services. Each year, more than 150 burn victims from the surrounding five-county area receive intensive care and rehabilitation at the hospital’s Burn Trauma Center at SCVMC. 

Medical education is a cornerstone of our residency program. We have affiliations with the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, Touro University College of Pharmacy, UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, and other professional schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. SCVMC has been affiliated with the Stanford University School of Medicine since 1970, training medical residents with some of the region’s more challenging cases.

As public hospitals, we are an excellent environment for pharmacy residency training. 

Our health system provides a variety of challenging training opportunities through the provision of a full range of services to a socioeconomically and culturally diverse patient population. The Department of Pharmacy Services is an integral component in providing progressive pharmaceutical care throughout the health system. Pharmacy staff preceptors have extensive teaching experience, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and hold offices in professional organizations.​