PGY1 Pharmacy Residency


2020-2021 Pharmacy ResidentsValley Children’s Hospital offers a one-year, postgraduate residency program in pharmacy practice, with an emphasis in pediatrics. Residents will be trained to be effective independent clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for post-graduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. 

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

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

Non-Patient Specific Rotations

  • Computer Orientation (1 week – required)
  • Pharmacy Operations Orientation (6 weeks – required)
  • Pharmacy Administration (6 weeks – required)
  • Pharmacy Medication Safety and Compliance (6 weeks – required and/or elective)
  • California Poison Control System (6 weeks – required and/or elective)
  • Information Technology Services (6 weeks – elective)

Ambulatory Care Clinics – (6 weeks, required and/or elective)

  • Neurology Clinic
  • Primary Care Clinic – Charlie Mitchell Children’s Clinic

Weekly Service Rotations
Duration:  12 week overlapping rotation – (Approximately 24 hours total for the 12 weeks)

  • Medication Utilization Subcommittee (twice a month)
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Utilization Committee (meets monthly)

Longitudinal Experiences (12 months)
For these experiences residents will be oriented to and trained during the first several months of the residency. Residents will be expected to develop competency on for the remaining months of the program.

  • Pharmacy Operations (1 staffing day every other weekend 8 hours/shift)
  • Anticoagulation Service (approx. 4 hours/week)
  • Research Project (variable hours, project time available)
  • Teaching and Education (approx. 2 hours/week)

Program Schedule

A 12-month schedule of rotations is created for residents prior to the start of the residency to meet the required competencies, goals and objectives of the program. Each resident will also have a personal Development Plan created at the beginning of the year to address their personal career goals. As the resident acquires additional knowledge and learning experiences, his or her individual professional goals may change (these will be updated in each resident's Development Plan that is evaluated quarterly). Rotation changes can be made on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Residency Program Director (RPD) as well as the preceptors.

The resident’s schedule during each rotation is determined by the rotation preceptor and outlined to the resident at the beginning of each rotation (or just prior to rotation start). It is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that all duties and expectations are understood and to ask for clarification and feedback regularly. It is also the responsibility of the resident to, in a timely manner, personally inform the preceptor of all time/schedule conflicts. This includes additional meetings that might arise, staffing, absences to attend meetings, teaching responsibilities, etc.

Presentations and Teaching

  • Residents will rotate to present a 5-10 minute Power Point 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 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, Drug Consults and Formulary Reviews regularly throughout the year. The schedule coincides with the start of pharmacy student rotations.

  • Residents will also provide a continuing education lecture of their research project to members of the local pharmacy organizations and at a regional or national pharmacy conference.

  • 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.

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 the research project at a regional or national conference.

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) within 90 days of the start of the residency or disciplinary action will be taken that may include failure to receive residency certificate and termination from employment.

Leaves of Absence

For successful completion of the program, residents must complete 12 months of the residency in an active work status. If a resident must take extended time off during the program due to an approved leave of absence, this may require the resident to remain in the program beyond the planned completion date, until the full 12 months of the residency are completed. This extension would affect the granting of the residency certificate and would be approved on a case-by-case basis. (Additional employee leave information in hospital policy HR-1125; contact hospital Human Resources for details.)

Residency Certificate

A criterion for receiving the residency certificate at the end of the 12 month term, is that the resident ACHIEVES 80% of the required objectives set by ASHP. In addition, of those that must be achieved are: (see ASHP Guidance document:

  • R1.1.1, R1.1.2, R1.1.3, R1.1.4, R1.1.7
  • R1.3.1, R1.3.2
  • R2.2.5
  • R3.1.2
  • R4.1.2, R4.1.3

Pharmacy Students & New Grads

Questions regarding the program 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)