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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Attention Applicants:
Pharmacy Residency Interviews will be conducted virtually in 2023.


CHOC’s ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency aims to foster passionate pediatric pharmacists. For over 10 years, our program has been training residents to become future pediatric pharmacy leaders.

Residency statement of purpose

VPGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

CHOC PGY1 Residency Program Objectives

  • Cultivate future leaders in pediatric pharmacy practice
  • Master the principles of pharmacotherapy and be competent and confident practitioners capable of providing direct patient care in various subspecialties
  • Understand the principles of a sound pediatric pharmacy operational system and be able to integrate these principles into their clinical practice
  • Be skilled in educating other health care professionals, patients, and the community on medication-related issues
  • Be capable of conducting basic clinical research to answer medication-related questions
  • To demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring their own performance, exhibiting commitment to the profession, and exercising leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system

Residents at CHOC

Program Overview

The PGY-1 Residency Program is a one-year training program. The Clinical Pharmacy Manager serves as the Director and the Clinical Educator serves as the Co-Director of the Residency. Twenty-two other Clinical Pharmacists serve as mentors and preceptors to the resident in their respective practice areas.

The residency is designed to foster clinical expertise in pediatric pharmacotherapeutics, an understanding of the practical and administrative considerations of providing pharmaceutical care to pediatric patients and experience in teaching as well as clinical research. The resident will function as an active member of various multidisciplinary pediatric teams. He or she will be able to tailor the learning experiences to best meet his or her professional goals. The residency program consists of nine months of required rotations and three months of elective rotations.

The resident will attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December, CSHP Seminar in October and the Western States Residency Conference in May or June of their residency year. The resident is also encouraged to attend local pharmacy meetings as well.

Institution Overview

Since 1964, CHOC has been steadfastly committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. Medically affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, our regional pediatric healthcare network includes a state-of-the-art 334-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, and a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo. CHOC also offers many primary and specialty care clinics, more than 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC is the first hospital devoted exclusively to caring for children in Orange County. Since opening its doors, CHOC has led the way in many areas of pediatric health care. CHOC has a PICU, level 4 NICU, CVICU, neuroscience unit, oncology unit, Tidwell procedure center and surgical unit, medical unit, transport services, and CHOC at Mission Hospital. CHOC has the only pediatric emergency department and inpatient mental health unit in Orange County.

Pharmacy Department

The Department of Pharmacy Services provides pharmaceutical care through decentralized teams of staff pharmacists and technicians to meet the needs of patients and health care professionals. The Department maintains state-of-the-art inpatient pharmacies and a clinic pharmacy. We have 3 satellite pharmacies in the following areas: ED, PICU/CVICU, and OR. Our clinical pharmacist currently round with/follow patients of 8 units including general pediatrics, ED, PICU, CVICU, NICU, OR, oncology, and mental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please submit applications to PhORCAS
CHOC fulfills the accreditation requirements as detailed on
ASHP Midyear and CSHP Seminar are the 2 residency showcases that CHOC attends yearly. CHOC may attend additional showcases as applicable.
Yes, typically CHOC holds an open house for residency candidates in late December of every year.
Many stay on at CHOC, while some take positions at other children’s hospitals.

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