Pharmacy Residency PGY-1

The Children's National Health System Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program provides learning experiences centered on patient care and practice management that will enable residency graduates to pursue centralized or decentralized clinical pharmacist positions in Pediatrics after completion of the program. The residency program will also provide teaching opportunities that will develop pedagogical skills in the context of adjunct faculty appointment with affiliated pharmacy schools. A required teaching certificate program will be available through the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists regional resident program. The Division of Pharmacy is affiliated with Howard University School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Shenandoah University as well as other pharmacy schools around the country.

More than 80 pharmacists have completed our PGY1 residency since the start of the program in 1980. Children’s National is a participating member of the ASHP Residency Matching Program for the three PGY1 positions.

Education

Education

Orientation
During the first 6 weeks of the residency, residents will become acclimated to the hospital and the pharmacy department.  The goal of the orientation period is to prepare the resident for staffing and to provide understanding of workflow in regards to Manager on Call duties.  Residents will rotate through all areas of the pharmacy department and will be trained by pharmacists and technicians in order to gain a complete view of pharmacy operations.

Longitudinal Experiences
  • Ambulatory Clinic-to be completed during the second half of the year
  • Drug Information-Medication Use Evaluation and Drug Monograph
  • Manager On-Call (MOC)
    • Residents will enter rotation for MOC after completion of the first third of the year
    • MOC duties are from Wednesday to Wednesday starting at 2:30PM on weekdays and throughout the weekend
    • On weekends, MOC will also complete the therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) service
    • Residents will have a Clinical and an Administrative Pharmacist On-Call to escalate issues
  • Weekend Staffing
    • Two 8 hour Saturday and Sunday shifts every third weekend
    • Begins with working in the IV room, main pharmacy order verification, and batch checking
    • Progresses to primarily order verification for the critical care areas
  • Teaching:
    • 1 APPE student scheduled after January
    • A 1-hour didactic lecture is required for completion of the teaching certificate program
    • Other lecture opportunities may also become available
  • Unit-Based Weeks
    • Four clinical unit-based weeks are scheduled throughout the year after specialized rotations and training
Required Rotations (6) (4-6 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Neonatal Critical Care
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
Elective Rotations (3) (4-6 weeks)*
  • Stem Cell Transplant and Immunology
  • Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Medical Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Information Technology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Adolescent/Child Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Pain Management & Anesthesia
  • IDS/Research Pharmacy
*Any of the required rotations may be repeated to replace an elective rotation

Off-Campus Rotations
Residents may be able to complete one off campus rotation during the course of the year on a case by case basis (dependent on the development plan set for the resident).  
Current agreements:
  • University of Maryland - Academia
  • Georgetown – Transplant (liver/small bowel)
  • Poison Control – Toxicology
Research

Research

Residency Research Project
Residents are required to:

  • Complete IRB investigator CITI training
  • Submit IRB application for approval to perform longitudinal research that may contribute to the body of knowledge in pediatric pharmacy
  • Present an ASHP Midyear poster
  • Present a PPAG platform presentation
  • Submit a complete project manuscript
Required conferences:
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Residents are required to present a poster relating to their project
  • Annual Pediatric Pharmacy Conference (PPAG)
    • Residents are required to deliver a 10-minute platform presentation on their research project
  • A travel stipend will be provided for these required meetings
Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Ursula Tachie-Menson, BS, PharmD

Position: Division Chief
Learning Experience: Administration; Medication Safety
Pharmacy School: Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy
Clinical/Research Interests: Medication safety
E-mail Address: UTmenson@childrensnational.org 

Liz Simmons, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Residency Program Director
Learning Experience:  Leadership
Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency: 

  • PGY1: Medical University of South Carolina
  • PGY2 in Pediatrics: Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical/Research Interests: Pharmacy Leadership, Quality Improvement, Medication Safety, Neonatology
E-mail Address: esimmons2@childrensnational.org

Benjamin Hammer, PharmD, BCPPS

Position: Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Residency Program Coordinator
Learning Experience:  Pediatric Infectious Disease/ASP
Pharmacy School: Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Residency: 

  • PGY1: Pharmacy Practice - University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • PGY2: Pediatrics - University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Clinical/Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Antimicrobial Stewardship, HIV 
E-mail Address: bmhammer2@childrensnational.org

Mary C. Binghay, BS, PharmD

Position: Pharmacy Operations Supervisor
Learning Experience: Administration, Medication Safety 
Pharmacy School: Howard University College of Pharmacy
Residency: Pharmacy Practice Residency- Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC
Clinical/Research Interests: Medication Safety
E-mail Address: mbinghay@childrensnational.org

Devona Williams, PharmD, BCOP

Position: Clinical Specialist, Stem Cell Transplant
Learning Experiences: Bone Marrow Transplant; Drug Information
Pharmacy School: University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy
Clinical/Research Interests: Infections in BMT patients, acute Graft-versus-host disease
E-mail Address: Dewillia@childrensnational.org

Radha Rohatgi, PharmD, BCOP

Position: Clinical Specialist, Oncology
Learning Experiences: Oncology, Hematology, Infectious Diseases
Pharmacy School: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Residency

    • PGY-1: Pharmacy Practice Residency - Emory University Hospital
    • PGY-2: Pediatric Practice Residency - University of Washington
Clinical/Research Interests: Oncology, Hematology, Infectious Diseases
E-mail AddressRrohatgi@childrensnational.org

Ingrid N. Chapman, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Clinical Specialist – Drug Information, Formulary Management, & Medication Use Policy
Learning Experience: Drug Information
Pharmacy School: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Residency:  PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice – Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Clinical/Research Interests: High risk perinatal, NICU, and psychiatry
E-mail Address: Ichapman@childrensnational.org

Sarah Donegan, PharmD, BCOP

Position: Manager, Investigational Drug Services
Learning Experience:  Clinical research, pediatric clinical trials and drug development
Pharmacy School: University of Maryland, College of Pharmacy
Residency: Clinical Pharmacy Residency, Rhode Island Hospital
Clinical/Research Interests: Immunotherapy, novel cancer agents, rare diseases
E-mail Address: sdonegan@childrensnational.org

Jason Corcoran, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Clinical Pharmacist, CICU
Learning Experience: Cardiac Intensive Care Unit/Cardiology
Pharmacy School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Residency:

  • PGY-1: Pharmacy Practice Residency - The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • PGY-2: Pediatric Practice Residency - The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Clinical/Research Interests: Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Heart Failure, Arrhythmias, Medication Safety, Infusion Pumps
E-mail Address: Jcorcora@childrensnational.org 

Jean Conner, PharmD

Position: Clinical Pharmacist, PICU & Kidney Transplant Services
Learning Experience: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Pharmacy School: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia/Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - University of Virginia Health System/UVA
Clinical/Research Interests: Critical care, solid organ transplant, infectious disease, emergency medicine
E-mail Address: Jconner@childrensnational.org

Peggy Rahbani, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Clinical Pharmacist, general pediatrics, pulmonary, neurology
Learning Experience: General pediatrics, pulmonary, neurology
Pharmacy School: Lebanese American University
Residency: PGY-1: Pharmacy Practice Residency – University Medical Centre of Princeton
Clinical/Research Interests: Cystic fibrosis, asthma, migraine
E-mail Address: Prahbani@childrensnational.org

Hellen Kiruthi, PharmD

Position: Clinical Pharmacist General Pediatrics, Neurology, Hematology
Learning Experience:  HIV/AIDS, Pulmonology,Neurology, Hematology/ Oncology 
Pharmacy School: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy practice residency Inova Fairfax Hospital
Clinical/Research Interests: HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis, pharmacokinetics
E-mail Address: hkiruthi@childrensnational.org

Christina Lee, PharmD, BCPS 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Pharmacy School: University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency – St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, FL
Clinical/Research Interests: Critical Care, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine
E-mail Address: clee3@childrensnational.org

Andrew H. Clark, PharmD, BCOP

Position: Clinical Pharmacist - Hem/Onc/BMT, PICU 
Learning Experience: Hematology, Oncology, Stem Cell Transplant 
Pharmacy School: University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Children's Hospital Colorado
Clinical/Research Interests: Hematology, Oncology, Immunology, Pain Management, Type 1 Diabetes
E-mail Address: aclark@childrensnational.org

Josh Heffren, PharmD

Position: Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
Learning Experience:  Emergency Medicine
Pharmacy School: Purdue University College of Pharmacy 
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Children's Hospital Colorado 
Clinical/Research Interests:Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease(s)
E-mail Address: JHeffren@childrensnational.org

Alysia M. Osugi, PharmD

Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience:  NICU
Pharmacy School: University of Hawaii at Hilo – Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Clinical/Research Interests: Neonatology, Infectious Diseases
E-mail Address: aosugi@childrensnational.org

How to Apply

How to Apply

Required Education and Training
Completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy program in an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy and licensure or eligibility for licensure in the District of Columbia are required.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
None. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and American Pharmacists Association Immunization Certifications are preferred.
Potential candidates for Children's National Health System Pharmacy Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Residency Program should submit an application no later than January 3rd. The residency year begins July 1st. The items below should be submitted with your application:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • It should include (but not be limited to) schools or universities attended (including dates), degrees conferred or expected, honors and awards, extracurricular activities, work experience, clinical rotations (completed and scheduled), and other pertinent information.
  • One page statement of professional goals
    • Include both short term and long term, as well as why you want to pursue residency training and why specifically at Children’s National Medical Center
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Two of which are from clinical or academic faculty and one from the most recent employer
    • Each individual who is writing a recommendation will submit directly to PhORCAS. Each reference writer must provide comments in at least three fields, in particular:
      • Independence and resourcefulness
      • Ability to work with peers and communicate effectively
      • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Optional (upload as supplemental)
    • Passport sized photograph
An on-site interview at Children’s National Health System is required. Applicants will be invited to interview based upon their applications, personal statements, and letters of recommendation at a mutually convenient time during late January to early March.

Applications Process: Applications are submitted through PhORCAS and are due on January 3rd.

Contact Information

Liz Simmons, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director
esimmons2@childrensnational.org

Benjamin Hammer, Pharm. D., BCPPS
Residency Program Coordinator
bmhammer2@childrensnational.org

Children's National Health System
Division of Pharmacy, M4847
111 Michigan Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20010-2916

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Benefits

  • Affordable health insurance, dental and vision plan
  • 401K Retirement funds through www.fidelity.com
  • Paid time off per residency/hospital policy