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Uniquely UCSF

The UCSF PharmD



Uniquely UCSF

Serving Our Community

  • UCSF’s location in the vibrant and diverse San Francisco Bay Area offers students opportunities to learn from richly diverse patient populations.
  • The School of Pharmacy’s mission to extend pharmacy services to the San Francisco community creates unique opportunities for students.
  • Student-initiated community service projects and free clinics engage students with the city’s underserved populations and interprofessional collaborations with other UCSF students.




The entire mission of all of us here at UCSF is to push clinical pharmacy into the community and to expand from the halls of the hospital, where clinical pharmacy started, to all areas of care. And that's our communities. That's our community pharmacies, our clinics.

It's where patients live. And I think that we are pushing the edge. We're pushing the envelope of getting care into the community where people want to be seen.

San Francisco is such a great place to go to pharmacy school. And I think one of the reasons it's such a great place to go to pharmacy school is because of the diversity of the communities that you have in such close contact. The students have created community service projects.

I, myself, work in one of the student-run free clinics called the Mabuhay Health Center, which is in the South of Market district in San Francisco, which houses a large community of immigrant Filipinos. The California Poison Control Center is another really stellar example of inter-professional care, where clinicians, including pharmacists, work to manage poison cases that are called into the California Poison Control Center.