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MemorialCare Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach offers a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program in acute care practice in a pediatric setting, which will include experiences in obstetrics.

PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency

  • 2 resident positions
  • NMS code 301113

Important Dates:

  • Virtual Open House:  November 16th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
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  • Residency Showcase at Seminar on Friday October 13, 2023
  • January 5, 2024 @ 11:59 PM –Application deadline via PhORCAS
  • Dates from February 12th-23rd, 2024 – Interviews.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Overview
Program Purpose

Our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for the medication needs of pediatric and maternity care patients.

Our Vision

Graduates of our program receive a wide variety of inpatient pharmacy training from experienced and diverse preceptors that make them clinical specialists and patient advocates who provide comprehensive and innovative pharmaceutical care to pediatric and obstetrical care patients in the acute care setting. Our graduates are confident, have a love of learning, and contribute to the pharmacy profession as clinical leaders, researchers,  and administrators.  Many former MemorialCare residents are on staff and act as preceptors for the program. 

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Overview

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program provides the highly motivated new pharmacist with a foundation in acute care practice at a large free-standing children’s hospital with a well-established clinical pharmacy program.  Our program also offers pharmacy training in high-risk obstetrics, our adult population. MemorialCare Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach has been involved in training PGY-1 residents from Long Beach Medical Center for several decades and has now created its own acute care residency program. The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by MemorialCare Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Long Beach, has an accreditation candidate status with ASHP.

  • NMS code 301113
  • ASHP code 92978
Stipend and Benefits

The resident receives a yearly stipend of $53,227. In addition, the resident receives a total of 24 days of paid time off (vacation, holidays, and sick leave).  The resident may request time off to attend educational meetings and conferences.  Conference/travel requests for sponsorship by the hospital will be evaluated by hospital leadership on a case-by-case basis annually.  The final decision will be communicated to the resident prior to conference registration deadlines.   Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance is provided after 30 days of employment.

Rotation Information
Required Learning Experiences
  • Orientation
  • Pediatric Intensive Care/Cardiothoracic Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Transitions of Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Sterile Compounding
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Medication Safety
  • Drug Distribution
  • Pharmacy Practice Management/Administration
  • General Pediatrics
  • Teaching
Elective Learning Experiences
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Adult Medicine (at Long Beach Medical Center, located on the same physical campus)

Staffing is a required 8-to-9-week longitudinal commitment, spread over the residency year. 

The resident will staff clinical and distribution shifts. The shifts assigned to cover vary based on where the resident has completed learning experiences and gained full proficiency to perform all pharmacist functions independently. The staffing requirement includes major holidays and may encompass some weekends.


Residents will design and conduct a research project that will be presented. Residents will also complete a formal medication use evaluation and administrative longitudinal project.

Other projects completed by the residents as part of the program include: a new drug/drug class formulary review, an ACPE-accredited Continuing Education program to the pharmacist staff, educational programs/in-services to other healthcare members, journal clubs and other projects based on current department and hospital initiatives.

Residents will be active members of an assigned multidisciplinary committee based on their subspecialty interests.

Clinical and Administrative Lectures

Lectures on pertinent clinical practice topics and administrative topics will be given to residents by the coordinators, directors, and clinical pharmacists throughout the residency year.

How to Apply
Application Requirements

Interested applicants must apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Please provide the following via PhORCAS:

  • Completed application submitted on PhORCAS
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) References – reference writers should complete the standard reference form in the PhORCAS system. A separate “letter of recommendation” is not required.
Additional Information
About Our Hospital
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Contact Us

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Susan McKamy Adams, PharmD, BCPS
Lead Clinical Pharmacist & Clinical Coordinator
PGYI Residency Program Director
[email protected]

Alison Thai, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, PICU/CT-ICU
PGY1 Residency Coordinator
[email protected]