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 and a required teaching certificate that will also develop pedagogical skills in the context of adjunct faculty appointment with affiliated pharmacy schools. 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.  A teaching certificate program is also available through the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists regional resident program.

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. The PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency is currently in its third year of accreditation with three positions.  



Residents are required to:

  • Complete IRB investigator 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 submit a poster relating to their project.
  • Annual Pediatric Pharmacy Conference (PPAG)
    • Residents are required to deliver an 10-minute platform presentation on their research project
  • A travel stipend of up to $2000 in total for the year is provided for these required meetings.


    Available Rotations

    1. Orientation

    During the first 6 weeks of the residency, residents will become acclimated to the pharmacy department and the hospital. 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 considerations. All residents will rotate through all of the areas of the pharmacy department. Residents will be trained by pharmacists and technicians in order to gain a complete view of pharmacy operations. Training modules, competencies, policies, and procedures are given to the resident at the beginning of orientation to guide the resident through training.

    2. Longitudinal Experiences

    • Drug Information
    • Manager On-Call
      • An administrative learning experience with a paging service
      • 7-8 weeks during the year the resident will be on clinical rotations while being MOC
      • Administration rotation block days will include having the MOC pager to help the weekly MOC focus on clinical rotations
      • MOC weeks will be consistent with their staffing weekends assigned holiday(s)
      • Residents will have a Clinical Administrative Pharmacist On-Call to escalate serious issues
    • Weekend Staffing
      • Two 8 hour Saturday and Sunday shifts every third weekend
      • Begins with IV room, batch checking, and some order verification
      • Progresses to primarily order verification and culminats with therapeutic drug monitoring for the hospital with Clinical On-Call back-up in the last two months
    • Teaching:
      • Minimum of 2 APPE students scheduled after January
      • A 1-hour didactic lecture is required for completion of teaching certificate program
      • Other lecture opportunities from Howard University may also become available
    • Unit-Based Weeks
      • Six clinical unit-based weeks are scheduled throughout the year after specialized rotations and training
      • Includes: NICU, PICU, general pediatrics, oncology, etc. 

    3. Required Rotations (6) (4-6 weeks)

    • General Administration
    • General Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Critical Care
    • Neonatal Critical Care
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Investigational Drug Services

    4. Elective Rotations (2) (4-6 weeks)

    • Stem Cell Transplant and Immunology
    • Adolescent Medicine
    • Pharmacy Informatics
    • Pediatric Infectious Disease
    • Pediatric Neurology
    • Adolescent/Child Psychiatry
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Pain Management
    • Any of the required rotations may be repeated to replace an elective rotation
      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

      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 the January deadline listed in PhORCAS. The residency year normally 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, your work experience, clinical rotations (taken or 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 in general and 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 to help us remember you and your interview

      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: Please submit applications through PhORCAS.

      Contact Information

      Kathy Pham, PharmD, BCPS
      Director, Pharmacy Residency Programs
      Children's National Health System
      Division of Pharmacy
      111 Michigan Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20010-2916
      Office: 202-476-4642

      Faculty and Staff

      Faculty and Staff

      Jean Conner, PharmD

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

      Ingrid N. Chapman, PharmD, BCPS

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

      Jason Corcoran, PharmD, BCPS

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

      Katherine Pham, PharmD, BCPS

      Position: Clinical Specialist, NICU
      Learning Experience: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
      Pharmacy School: Rutgers University School of Pharmacy
      • PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center
      Clinical/Research Interests: Neonatology, Legislative Advocacy and Public Policy, Global Health
      E-mail Address: 

      Radha Rohatgi, PharmD, BCPS

      Position: Clinical Specialist, Oncology
      Learning Experience: Oncology, Hematology, Infectious Diseases
      Pharmacy School: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
      • 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 Address: 

      Sara Rooney, PharmD, BCPS

      Position: Clinical Specialist, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
      Learning Experience: PICU
      Pharmacy School: University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
      • PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - University of Kentucky
      • PGY-2 Pediatric Specialty Residency - University of Kentucky
      Clinical/Research Interests: Critical Care, Infectious Disease(s)
      E-mail Address: 

      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: 

      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:

      Peggy Rahbani, PharmD, BCPS

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

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Frequently Asked Questions


      • Affordable health insurance, dental and vision plan
      • 401K Retirement funds through

      Time Off

      • Vacation Days: Ten – 8 hour days = 80 hours 
      • Sick Days: Four – 8 hour days = 32 hours
      • Holiday Comp: One to two – 8 hour days = 8-16 hours
      • Floating Holiday 8 hours: A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.
      • Project days: Two 8 hour days in the fall and two 8 hour days in the spring allocated for on-site project time decided upon by the resident with residency director’s approval.

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