PGY2 Infectious Disease Pharmacy Residency Program

Status: ASHP-accredited 
Application Deadline: January 11, 2023
Beginning Date: July 3, 2023
Number of Residents: 1
Stipend: ~$59,000
NMS Code: 774855

PGY-2 Residency Brochure

About The Program

The Palomar Health PGY2 Infectious Diseases residency program will be designed to develop the resident’s skill as a clinical specialist in infectious diseases. The goal will be to provide the candidate the skill and experience required to lead an antibiotic stewardship program at a community hospital in concordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) core elements and to meet the requirements designated to fill the role as a pharmacist with advanced training in infectious diseases. The resident will gain experience and develop best practice in the clinical pharmacy infectious disease and will provide optimal antimicrobial therapy to the patients and community we serve. In addition to daily patient care skills, the resident will develop skills in developing and maintaining requirements of a community hospital and Long Term Care Facility Antibiotic stewardship program.  The resident will act as a co-chair for the antimicrobial subcommittee; and attend medical staff department meetings, infection control meetings, and related subcommittees. The resident will develop and implement strategic initiatives and new programs, and lead clinical practice in accordance with Palomar Health Pharmacy Department. The resident will work closely with the Antimicrobial Stewardship physician, and other healthcare professionals including the microbiology laboratory, infections control practitioners, nursing, information technology and other departments consistent with antimicrobial stewardship. Throughout the year, the resident will be expected to independently manage and precept PGY-1 residents and pharmacy students. It will be an expectation and goal at the end of the experience that the resident will be qualified and prepared to obtain certification in Antibiotic Stewardship such as the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacist (SIDP) or Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID), and be prepared to obtain board certification in infectious diseases (BCIDP).


  • 2021-2023 California Department of Public Health - Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll: Gold Designation


  • Completion of accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency
  • PharmD from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy school or college
  • Completion of on-site/virtual personal interview
  • Participate in the ASHP Match and submit completed applications using PhORCAS by January 11, 2023. Complete applications must include the following:
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • School of pharmacy transcript
  • Be licensed to practice pharmacy in California (by the start of the residency year, but no later than September of the residency year)
For additional information, please see brochure or contact:
John Engelbert, PharmD, BCIDP
Residency Program Director
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Infectious Disease

Phone: 442.281.2766
Address: Palomar Medical Center Escondido
2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029

Travis Lau, PharmD
Residency Program Coordinator
Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist

Phone: 442.281.1449
Address: Palomar Medical Center Escondido
2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029

Sharon Luong, PharmD
PGY2 Pharmacy Resident, Infectious Diseases

Phone: 442.281.1376
Address: Palomar Medical Center Escondido
2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029
Rotational Experiences:
Core Rotation:
  • Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics 
  • Infectious Disease Consult Service
  • Critical Care Infectious Disease 
  • Surgical Intensive Care - Trauma Infectious Disease
  • Emergency Medicine - Infectious Disease
Longitudinal Experiences:
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
  • Infectious Disease Practice Management
  • Precepting PGY1 residents and pharmacy students
  • Projects or medication use evaluation related to antimicrobial use
  • Staffing (inpatient)
Potential Elective Rotation:
  • Academia
  • Advanced Microbiology Diagnostic Stewardship
  • Information Technology
  • Antibiotic Stewardship Application Development
  • Advanced Critical Care - Infectious Disease
  • Long-term Care/SNF
  • HIV/Hep C Clinic

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