Pharmacy Residency Program | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

PIH Health Whittier Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in our program. We are proud to highlight a few unique features of our program. Please contact us for more detailed information.

PIH Health Whittier Hospital is a nonprofit, 500-bed hospital in a regional healthcare network dedicated to putting patients first and providing top-quality healthcare.

The pharmacy department at PIH Health Whittier Hospital strives to maximize the safety and effectiveness of medications to optimize patient outcomes. The Postgraduate (PGY-1) Pharmacy Practice Residency is designed to cultivate the skills necessary to be a successful clinical pharmacist in an inpatient setting. The purpose of this program is to accelerate the resident’s growth beyond entry-level professional competence and to further the development of leadership skills. PGY-1 residents will acquire extensive knowledge, refine problem-solving skills, strengthen their professional values and attitudes and advance the growth of their clinical judgement.


The PIH Health Whittier Hospital program is currently in candidacy status by ASHP.

Learning Experiences and Training Opportunities

  • Core Learning Experiences:
Experience Duration
Orientation 4 weeks
Distribution/IV Compounding (SPA) 8 weeks
Medicine 1 4 weeks
Medicine 2 4 weeks
Medicine 3 4 weeks
ICU 6 weeks
Glucose Management (Introduction) 4 weeks
Nutritional Support 2 weeks
  • Elective Learning Experiences:
Experience Duration
Family Practice Physician Inpatient Service 2 weeks
Oncology 4 weeks
NICU 2 weeks
Infectious Disease 4 weeks
Glucose Management (Advance) 4 weeks
  • The intensive learning experiences for the resident include:
    • Pharmacokinetic calculations
    • Total parenteral nutrition management
    • Anticoagulation dosing (heparin, enoxaparin, warfarin, etc.)
    • Antiepileptic dosing
    • CODE Blue participation
    • CODE Stroke participation

Other Opportunities:

  • Pharmacy Management Longitudinal Learning Experience
  • Research Project (to be presented at annual Western States Conference)
  • Topic and Case Presentations
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Drug Formulary Review
  • Continuing Education Presentation
  • Pharmacy Newsletter
  • BLS, ACLS Certification

Staffing Requirements

Residents are required to staff one weekend per learning experience, not to exceed a total of 40 hours per week, including all resident duty hours.

General Residency Program Information

  • Number of positions: 2
  • Period of appointment: 12 months, from July 1 through June 30
  • Salary: approximately $54,000
  • 18 days of paid time off (vacation and sick leave) and 7 paid holidays
  • Professional leave and travel expense budget to attend select pharmacy conferences
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be a graduate from Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree (or in the process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the NABP by the start of the residency year.
  • Residents must be licensed by the state of California within 90 days from the start of the program.

Application Process — To apply for this program, you must submit the following required documents through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • College of Pharmacy Transcripts

**This residency agrees that no person at this residency will solicit, accept, or use a ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

NMS Program Code: 279313

Application Deadline is January 1,2021

Number of Positions: 2

On-site interviews will be conducted on an invitation only basis during the month of February. For more information about the residency, please contact:

Claire X Chindalah PharmD BCPS
Clinical Coordinator, Residency Program Director
12401 East Washington Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90602
Office: 562.698.0811 Ext. 16384