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 Hospital - Whittier program is currently in pre-candidacy status 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