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Pharmacy ResidentsPharmacy Residency (PGY1)



Children’s Hospital Central California 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 Educational Outcomes

  • Outcome R1:  Manage and improve the medication-use process.
  • Outcome R2: Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Outcome R3: Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
  • Outcome R4: Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Outcome R5: Provide medication and practice-related education and training.
  • Outcome R6: Utilize medical informatics.

Rotations: Required and Elective (6 weeks)

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

Direct Patient Care

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

Ambulatory Care Clinics

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

Weekly Service Rotations

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

Longitudinal Experiences

These are year long experiences that will be evaluated on a quarterly basis.

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

Program Structure

A 12-month schedule of rotation tracks will be created for residents to rank prior to the start of the residency to meet the required ASHP goals and objectives 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 customized 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 not limited to, committee meeting responsibilities, staffing, absences to attend meetings, and teaching responsibilities.

Examination & Licensure

It is extremely important 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 to work prior to receiving their California Pharmacy License.  (Call CA State Board for application or visit their web site)  All residents should take and successfully pass the California State Board of Pharmacy license exams (both 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 leave of absence greater than 1 week consecutively or 2 weeks cumulatively is not permissible and will jeopardize the resident’s ability to complete the required ASHP PGY1 Required Educations Outcomes, Goals, and Objectives.  If 90% of pre-determined goals and objectives are not completed within the 12 month term, 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 run from July through November and give residents an overview of pediatric disease states.
  • The research project is also a required component of this residency.  Residents will identify a research project related to a topic of interest, propose it to the hospital Investigational Review Board, carry out the study, and ultimately present and publish the study.

Presentations and Teaching

  • Residents will be assigned to present a 15 minute powerpoint presentation at monthly Pharmacy Staff meetings.  The topic will depend on the current residents’ rotations and the current operational events each month.
  • Residents will be assigned to present a 1 hour didactic lecture to pharmacy students from local schools of pharmacy APPE groups.  This lecture is 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 Children's Hospital Central California.  Once trained, residents will review pediatric core disease states with pharmacy students on acute care rotations.

Application Requirements

Updated 11/11/14

Final deadline for submission of all online application materials is January 2, 2015. If any non-electronic documents are requested by the RPD, they must also be received in the Pharmacy Department by January 2, 2015. 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;
    a M.S. or B.S. in Pharmacy with equivalent clinical experience
  • Be eligible for licensure in the state of California
  • Completed online application for employment
  • Three professional recommendations in PhORCAS (completion of standard reference form in PhORCAS) - 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 Children's Hospital Central California.
  • Your transcripts must include the most recent rotation grades (or have your preceptor email me directly your grade from last rotation).
  • Be available for interview in late January or February - A 15-minute Power Point presentation on a pediatric topic of your choice 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 some 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 2015-2016 Residency Year (program will begin on 6/22/15)

For applicants whose final transcripts will not be available until after the 1/2/15 deadline, your Regional Site Coordinator (APPE Coordinator) can directly email or mail a letter stating your most recent rotation grades/scores by 1/2/15. Once your official transcripts are available, please have it sent directly to the Residency Program Director:

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

On site interviews will be held on these 2 dates: 2/12/15, and 2/19/15.
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 the 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.

Download Fliers

  • 2014-15 Pharmacy Residency Flyer
  • 2014-15 How to Prepare for a Pediatric Pharmacy Residency
  • 2014-15 Frequently Asked Questions

    • Current Pharmacy Residency Class

      Dr. Joanna Cheung

      Dr. Joanna Cheung was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. She completed her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from McGill University and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Touro University California in 2014. Some of her professional interests include nutrition support, oncology and pharmacy education. In her spare time, Dr. Cheung enjoys spending time outdoors, kayaking, listening to music and cheering on her hometown hockey team. She feels lucky to be able to play a part in a child’s life every day and work with a team that is so passionate about pediatrics. Dr. Cheung is sincerely grateful for the endless love and support from her family, friends and mentors and she looks forward to an exciting and challenging year ahead.

      Dr. Nicole Dinh

      Dr. Nicole Dinh grew up in Orange County, CA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from University of California, Irvine and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include pulmonary disease states, oncology and pharmacy education. In her leisure, Dr. Dinh enjoys traveling, shopping and catching concerts. She is grateful for the support and love from her family, friends and mentors. Dr. Dinh strives to pay it forward and inspire others, as her supporters have done for her. She is very excited for the opportunities Children’s Hospital Central California has to offer and looks forward to the year ahead.

      Dr. Megan Ikeda

      Dr. Megan Ikeda was born and raised in Fresno, CA. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology from UC Irvine and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at The Ohio State University in 2014. Some of her professional interests include neurology, critical care and emergency medicine. During her free time, Dr. Ikeda enjoys snowboarding, biking and traveling. She is thankful for the continued support from her mentors, family and friends. She looks forward to a challenging and rewarding year learning from the best at Children’s Hospital Central California.




      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)