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 here, but please don’t hesitate to contact us for more detailed information.
PIH Health Whittier Hospital (PHWH) - 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 PHWH - strives to maximize the safety and effectiveness of medications to optimize patient outcomes. The Postgraduate (PGY-1) Pharmacy 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 pharmacy residency program is fully accredited by ASHP.

Learning Experiences and Training Opportunities

  • Core Learning Experiences:
Experience Duration
Orientation 8 weeks
Intro to Antimicrobial Stewardship 2 weeks
Distribution 4 weeks
Medicine 1 6 weeks
Medicine 2 6 weeks
Family Practice Rounding 4 weeks
ICU 6 weeks
Glucose Management (Introduction) 4 weeks
Pharmacy Management & Leadership Longitudinal Learning Experience
Western States Longitudinal Learning Experience
Staffing Longitudinal Learning Experience
  • Elective Learning Experiences:
Experience Duration
Oncology 4-6 weeks
NICU 2 weeks
Infectious Disease 4 weeks
Glucose Management (Advance) 4 weeks
Family Practice Physician Inpatient Service 2 weeks
  • The intensive learning experiences for the resident include:
    • Pharmacokinetic calculations
    • Total parenteral nutrition management
    • Anticoagulation dosing (heparin, enoxaparin, warfarin, etc.)
    • Antiepileptic dosing (phenytoin, valproic acid, etc.)
    • CODE Blue participation
    • CODE Stroke participation

Other Opportunities:

  • Research Project (to be presented at annual Western States Conference)
  • Topic and Case Presentations
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Drug Formulary Review
  • Continuing Education Presentation
  • 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
  • 14 days of paid time off (vacation and sick leave) and 7 holidays off
  • 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.
    • PHWH does not sponsor work visas.
  • Residents must have a valid California Intern pharmacist license by July 15, except those who are already licensed as a California pharmacist at the start of the program. Failure to do so will result in suspension without pay until license is obtained and a first and final written notice.  The resident will then have 2 weeks, i.e. by July 31 to obtain the intern license. If intern license is not obtained by July 31, the resident will be terminated from the program.
  • Residents must be licensed by the state of California within 90 days from the start of the program. Failure to do so will result in a first and final written warning. Failure to do get licensed by October 31 will result in termination from 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

Number of Positions: 2

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