Pharmacy Residency (PGY1)


2017-2018 Pharmacy Residents PGY1Valley Children’s Hospital offers a one-year, postgraduate residency program in pharmacy practice, with an emphasis in pediatrics. This PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for 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

  • 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
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)
These experiences are ones that the resident will be oriented to and trained on during the first several months of the residency and then will be expected to improve proficiency on for the remaining months of the program.

  • Pharmacy Operations (staffing every other weekend 6 hours/shift)
  • Anticoagulation Service (4 hours/week)
  • Research Project (variable hours, project time available upon request)
  • Teaching and Education (2 hours/week)

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.

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.

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 results at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors.

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

Application Requirements

Updated 8/7/17

Final deadline for submission of all online application materials is Wednesday, January 3, 2018. If any non-electronic documents are requested by the RPD, they must also be received in the Pharmacy Department by January 3, 2018. 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

  • Apply for ASHP Residency Matching Program (our match #190313)

  • 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

    • Why you want to complete a pediatric residency; and

    • 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 to by January 3, 2018).

It is 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 2018-2019 Residency Year (program will begin on 6/25/18)

Any hard copy materials if requested can be sent to the following address and must be received by 1/3/18.

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 two dates: 2/8/18, and 2/15/18.
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 10 minute Power Point presentation on a pediatric topic (topic to be posted in October).

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.

Download Program Fliers

2018-19 fliers to be posted soon!

Current PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Class

Jason Joh, PharmD

Dr. Jason Joh grew up in Chatsworth, CA. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Midwestern University-Chicago in May 2014. He completed most of his clinical rotations in Ventura, CA at Ventura County Medical Center. Since graduation he worked as a retail pharmacist for 2 years with an emphasis on medication therapy management (MTM). Since December 2016 he returned back to work as an inpatient pharmacist for Ventura County Medical Center. His professional interests include critical care and hematology/oncology. In his spare time he enjoys basketball, weight lifting, and watching movies. Dr. Joh is extremely grateful for all the love and support from his wife, family and friends throughout his professional career. He is thankful to be a part of Valley Children’s Hospital, and is looking forward to the upcoming year.


Victoria Su, PharmD

Dr. Vicki Su grew up in Diamond Bar, CA. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of California, San Francisco. Some of her professional interests include oncology and ID. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, eating, and binge watching Netflix. She is very grateful all the support from her family, friends, and mentors. Dr. Su excited to be at Valley Children’s Hospital for the next year.




Amanda Sampson, PharmD

Dr. Amanda Sampson grew up in Simi Valley, CA. She earned both her Bachelor and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of Southern California. Amanda is pursuing her interests in critical care, pediatric cardiology and emergency care. During her free time, Dr. Sampson enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family. She is very thankful for all of the love and support over the years from her family, friends, and mentors. Dr. Sampson is very excited for the opportunity to be a resident at Valley Children’s Hospital and is looking forward to all the learning experiences she will have this upcoming year.



Eslie Gutierrez, PharmD

Dr. Eslie Gutierrez grew up in the rural towns of Fresno County CA. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at California State University, Fresno and completed his Doctor of Pharmacy at University of California, San Francisco. For the past 3 years Eslie was also a Pharmacist Intern at Valley Children’s Hospital. His professional interests include infectious diseases, critical care and general medicine. During his free time he enjoys basketball and spending time with family and friends. Eslie is thankful to his mentors, friends, and family for their support and guidance. He is excited to begin his professional career and looks forward to a rewarding year.




Past Pharmacy Residents

2016-2017 Residents

  • Dr. Saher Taha
  • Dr. Jennée Nickleson
  • Dr. Susan Abbaszadeh

2015-2016 Residents

  • Dr. Ashley Miyasaki
  • Dr. Raymond Ngo
  • Dr. Nicole Rubio

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)