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Pharmacy ResidentsPharmacy Residency (PGY1)



Valley Children’s Hospital offers a one-year, postgraduate residency program in pharmacy practice, with an emphasis in pediatrics.  Graduates of this residency are prepared to fulfill positions as clinical staff pediatric pharmacists, to serve as adjunct faculty members for a college of pharmacy, and to pursue second year post-graduate training in a focused area of pediatric pharmacy practice.

ASHP Required Competency Areas

Competency Area R1:  Patient Care

Competency Area R2:  Advancing Practice and Improving Care

Competency Area R3:  Leadership and Management

Competency Area R4:  Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge


Direct Patient Care – 6 weeks

  • General Medicine (required)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (required)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (required)
  • Hematology/Oncology (required)
  • Infectious Diseases (required)
  • Parenteral Nutrition (elective)

Ambulatory Care Clinics – 6 weeks

  • Neurology Clinic (required or elective)
  • Primary Care Clinic (required or elective)

Other – 6 weeks

  • Pharmacy Operations Orientation (required)
  • Pharmacy Administration (required)
  • California Poison Control System (elective)
  • Information Technology Services (elective)

Weekly Service Rotations – 6 or 12 weeks

  • Medication Utilization Subcommittee/Pharmacy & Therapeutics Utilization Committee (MU/PTU) (12 weeks required)
  • Rehab Rounds (elective)

Longitudinal Experiences – 12 months

  • Pharmacy Operations (staffing)
  • Anticoagulation Service
  • Research Project
  • Teaching and Education

Program Structure

A 12-month schedule of rotations will be created for residents to rank prior to the start of the residency to meet the required ASHP competencies of the program.  As the resident acquires additional knowledge and learning experiences, their specific goals may change (these will be addressed quarterly in each resident’s Development Plans).  Residents may request to change or trade scheduled rotations.  All changes must be approved by the Residency Program Director (RPD).

The resident’s schedule during each rotation is determined by the rotation preceptor and outlined to the resident at the beginning of each rotation.  It is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that all duties and expectations are understood and to ask for clarification and feedback if/when needed.  It is also the responsibility of the resident to, in a timely manner, personally inform the preceptor of all time/schedule conflicts.  This includes, but is not limited to, committee meeting responsibilities, staffing, absences to attend meetings, and teaching responsibilities.

Examination & Licensure

It is required that residents take the California Pharmacy Licensure Exams prior to the start of the residency.  Exceptions made on a case by case basis.  Residents must have a valid California Intern License if not pharmacist licensed prior to the start of the program.  All residents must successfully pass both pharmacy licensing exams (NAPLEX and California Jurisprudence) by December 31st of the residency year or disciplinary action will be taken that may include failure to receive residency certificate and termination from employment.

Leave of Absence

Any planned or unexpected leave of absence greater than 2 weeks is not permissible and will jeopardize the resident’s ability to complete the required ASHP PGY1 Required Educations Outcomes, Goals, and Objectives.  If 100% of stated goals and objectives are not completed within the 12 month term, there will be disciplinary action and the resident will not be granted the residency certificate.

Additional Learning Opportunities/Experiences

  • In addition to required core rotations, weekly service, and longitudinal experiences, residents will also be required to attend pediatric core lectures given by pharmacist preceptors.  These lectures give residents an overview of pediatric disease states and they will be scheduled throughout the year.
  • The research project is also a required component of the residency.  Residents will identify a research project on a relevant topic beneficial for the department, propose it to the hospital Investigational Review Board, carry out the study, and ultimately present and publish the study.

Presentations and Teaching

  • Residents will rotate to present a 15 minute powerpoint presentation at monthly Pharmacy Staff and/or Technician meetings.  The topic will depend on the current residents’ rotations and the current operational events each month.
  • Residents will be assigned to prepare a single 1 hour didactic lecture to present to pharmacy students from local schools of pharmacy APPE classes.  This will be scheduled in the Winter.
  • Residents will be assigned Journal Club presentations, Patient Case presentations, and Drug Consults regularly throughout the year.  The schedule coincides with the start of pharmacy student rotations.
  • Residents will take an active role in precepting pharmacy students on rotation at Valley Children's Hospital.  Once trained, residents will review pediatric core disease states with pharmacy students on rotations.


Application Requirements

Updated 08/05/15

Final deadline for submission of all online application materials is January 4, 2016. If any non-electronic documents are requested by the RPD, they must also be received in the Pharmacy Department by January 4, 2016. Candidates must complete both standard application requirements in PhORCAS and meet/submit the program supplemental requirements listed below:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy; or a M.S. or B.S. in Pharmacy with equivalent clinical experience
  • Be eligible for pharmacy licensure in the state of California
  • Completed online application for employment
  • Three professional recommendations in PhORCAS (completion of standard PhORCAS reference form) - Example: Two references from preceptors who can speak of your clinical abilities and one from your pharmacy employer. If you have completed a pediatric rotation, one reference should be from that pediatric preceptor
  • Your letter of intent uploaded to PhORCAS should answer two questions:
    1) Why you want to complete a pediatric residency; and
    2) Why you want to complete a residency at Valley Children's Hospital
  • Your transcripts must include the most recent rotation grades (or have your site preceptor email those final grades at
  • Be available for interview in February - A 15-minute Power Point presentation on a pediatric topic is required during the interview

It is highly recommended that candidates complete a pediatric rotation prior to application submission or on site interview. If candidates are unable to obtain a pediatric rotation, there must be pediatric experience documented in PhORCAS and on your Curriculum Vitae.

If there are additional questions about the residency program or application requirements please e-mail at

Applicants for the 2016-2017 Residency Year (program will begin on 6/27/16)

For applicants whose final transcripts will not be available until after the 1/4/16 deadline, your Regional Site Coordinator (APPE Coordinator) can directly email or mail a letter stating your most recent rotation grades/scores by 1/4/16.

Wenee Liu Lopez, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Residency and Student Program Director
Valley Children's Hospital
9300 Valley Children's Place, GW19
Madera, CA 93636-8762

On site interviews will be held on these 2 dates: 2/11/16, and 2/18/16.
Interviews will either be 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM or 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Applicants will be notified via email if selected for an on site interview and interview days/times will be set on a first come first serve basis. The interview will include a hospital tour, interviews with preceptors, lunch, and a 15 minute Power Point presentation on a pediatric topic.

Residency Showcases

More information about the residency program will be available at the CSHP Seminar and ASHP Midyear Residency Showcases. Please come by to meet residents and talk with them firsthand about the program. In addition, we will be available at a Children's Hospital Association reception Sunday evening of the ASHP Midyear. Contact us at for an invitation and more details.

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    Current Pharmacy Residency Class

    Dr. Ashley Miyasaki

    Dr. Ashley Miyasaki grew up in Clovis, CA. She attended University of the Pacific where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in applied sciences and her Doctor of Pharmacy.  Her professional interests include pulmonary disease states, oncology, and pharmacy education. During her free time, Dr. Miyasaki enjoys spending time outdoors, trying different restaurants, and watching her favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants. She is extremely thankful for this opportunity to learn from and work with all of the wonderful people so enthusiastic about pediatrics. Dr. Miyasaki is so grateful for all of the love and support over the years from her family, friends, and mentors, and she is looking forward to this challenging and rewarding year ahead at Valley Children’s Hospital.

    Dr. Raymond Ngo

    Dr. Raymond Ngo grew up in Temple City, CA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of California, San Francisco. His professional interests include critical care and infectious diseases. In his spare time, Dr. Ngo is an avid photographer and enjoys traveling and constructing model kits. He is thankful for all the continued support from his family, friends, and mentors throughout the years. Dr. Ngo is excited to be at Valley Children’s Hospital and hopes to play an integral role in caring for children throughout the Central Valley in the year ahead.
    Dr. Nicole Rubio

    Dr. Nicole Rubio grew up in Ventura County, CA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacology from University of California, Santa Barbara and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at University of California, San Francisco. Some of her professional interests include hematology/oncology, nephrology and pharmacogenomics. In her spare time, Dr. Rubio enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, and going to sporting events. She would like to thank Courtland, her family, friends and mentors for their continued support and encouragement. Dr. Rubio is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Valley Children’s Hospital and is looking forward to an exciting and challenging year ahead.




    2014-2015 Residents

    • Dr. Joanna Cheung
    • Dr. Nicole Dinh
    • Dr. Megan Ikeda

    2013-2014 Residents

    • Dr. Tran Nguyen
    • Dr. Matthew Ford
    • Dr. Danielle Herrmann 

    2012-2013 Residents

    • Dr. Kimberly Cheng
    • Dr. Kara Lau
    • Dr. Nicole Martinez 

    2011-2012 Residents

    • Dr. Blaire Fujimoto
    • Dr. Patrick Loo
    • Dr. Carlesia Smith
    • Dr. Nancy Vuong


    Pharmacy Students & New Grads


    Questions regarding the programs can be directed to:
    Wenee Liu Lopez, Pharm.D.
    Pharmacy Residency Director
    Pharmacy Student Coordinator
    Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist
    (559) 353 5522
    (559) 353 5515 (fax)