Pharmacy Residency Program - Whittier - PIH Health

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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 pre-candidacy status by ASHP.

Learning Experiences and Training Opportunities

  • Core Learning Experiences:
Experience Duration
Orientation 4 weeks
Distribution/IV Compounding (SPA) 4 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
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 3

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