Pharmacy Residency (PGY1)

UPDATE as of 1/16/17 - For 2017-2018 Residency Year there will be four (4) PGY1 resident positions in the match!


2016-2017 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 – 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) 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.

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 12/23/16

Apply online for Valley Children's Pharmacy Residency here.

Final deadline for submission of all online application materials is January 3, 2017. If any non-electronic documents are requested by the RPD, they must also be received in the Pharmacy Department by January 3, 2017. 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 by January 3, 2017).

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 2017-2018 Residency Year (program will begin on 6/26/17)

For applicants whose final transcripts will not be available until after the 1/3/17 deadline, your Regional Site Coordinator (APPE Coordinator) can directly email or mail a letter stating your most recent rotation grades/scores to be received by 1/3/17. 

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: 2/9/17, and 2/16/17.
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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Tips for Preparing for a Pediatric Pharmacy Residency
PGY1 2017-2018 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Information
Frequently Asked Questions

Current Pharmacy Residency Class

Saher Taha, PharmD

Dr. Saher Taha was born in Palestine but spent most of her childhood in Dinuba, California. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics at California State University, Fresno and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of the Pacific in 2015. For the past year she has been one of Valley Children’s Hospital's inpatient pharmacists. Some of Dr. Taha’s professional interests include critical care, infectious disease and academics. Outside of the pharmacy setting, she enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family. Dr. Taha is very grateful for all the love and support that her family and friends have provided her throughout her professional and personal life, and she hopes to continue to make them proud. She is excited to be part of the residency program at Valley Children’s Hospital and is looking forward to this new chapter of her professional journey.


Jennée Nickleson, PharmD

Dr. Jennée Nickleson grew up in Tennessee. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis, TN. Her professional interests include critical care, congenital heart disease, neonatology, and pulmonology. Jennée hopes to pursue a PGY2 residency to become further specialized in pediatric pharmacy. During her spare time she enjoys exploring and hiking in the nearby Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Jennée is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the pharmacy team at Valley Children’s Hospital, and is excited for the upcoming year.



Susan Abbaszadeh, PharmD

Dr. Susan Abbaszadeh grew up in Valencia, CA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Southern California. Some of her professional interests include general medicine, critical care, and ambulatory care. During her free time, Dr. Abbaszadeh enjoys working out, shopping, and cooking. She is very thankful for all of the love and support over the years from her family, friends, and mentors. Dr. Abbaszadeh is grateful to be at Valley Children’s Hospital and is looking forward to a rewarding year ahead.




Past Pharmacy Residents

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)