Jeremiah J. Duby, Pharm.D., BCPS


Sierra Young, Pharm.D.


The dedicated purpose of the Critical Care Residency Program at UC Davis Medical Center is to identify PGY-1 residents with a strong clinical pharmacotherapy background and a high capacity/desire for professional growth, develop clinical practitioners with the knowledge and proficiency to serve as independent and integral member(s) of the critical care team, and expand residents’ capacity to discover through research and teaching.

Residents may expect a range of critical care experiences that are facilitated by experts in the respective areas. Graduates of the Program are expected to be leaders in the field through practice, research, and teaching.

Teaching Philosophy

There are no safe assumptions about learners’ knowledge or skills; therefore, preceptors will presume only that the learner possess a high capacity and desire for growth. Further, the role of preceptors is to hold and facilitate the highest standard of achievement for the learner.


The UC Davis Medical Center is an academic, tertiary care referral and Level I trauma center with ICUs dedicated to medicine, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, trauma, neurosurgery, burns. In addition, the UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a world-class pediatric tertiary and quaternary care “hospital within a hospital” that includes a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. There are a total of over 100 intensive care unit beds, one of the highest percentages of ICU beds in the United States, and a reflection of the medical center's role as a major regional referral center for complex neurology, trauma, burns, and medical cases.

Patient Care

The UC Davis Medical Center Pharmacy Department delivers well-established clinical programs to range of medical and surgical services. The critical care resident is an integral member of the multidisciplinary team that provides direct care to a diverse population of critically ill patients on a daily basis. The Critical Care Residency Program is individualized to meet each resident’s needs, taking into consideration previous clinical experiences and future professional goals.

Available Rotations

Core experiences (4 – 6 weeks):

  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)*
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)*
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) or Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU)*
  • Burns Surgery*
  • Infectious Diseases (ID)*
  • Parenteral Nutrition*
  • Pain

Elective experiences (3 – 6 weeks):

  • Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NSICU)
  • Emergency and Toxicology Services
  • Clot/Anticoagulation
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Research/Scholarship


The resident is expected/required to complete a research project during the residency period and present that research at the Western States Residency Showcase. A manuscript for the study, including outcomes, is expected and publication is strongly encouraged.


The Program offers many opportunities for both clinical and didactic teaching. The resident will be responsible for assisting preceptors with precepting for UC San Francisco pharmacy students and University of the Pacific students. In addition, the resident will participate in staff development/education (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, medical students, house staff) and provide routine patient education. Finally, residents may choose to voluntarily deliver 1–2 lectures for the UC San Francisco, Touro University, or California Northstate Colleges of Pharmacy.


Operations staffing (beyond basic training) is not required but is encouraged to provide a balanced perspective and practical proficiency in patient care. The service requirement is a monthly coverage of a weekend clinical assignment (two 12-hour shifts). Additionally, residents may be occasionally called upon to provide clinical staff coverage for the respective clinical service (e.g. sick calls) that they are currently serving on rotation.

Program Goas and Objectives

Please refer to ASHP Critical Care PGY2 Residency Goals and Objectives.