Pharmacy Residency Program Year One

The Children's National Health System Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to provide highly motivated residents an excellent opportunity for learning in a demanding and progressive environment. The purpose of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Children’s National is to provide learning experiences centered on patient care and practice management that will enable residency graduates to pursue PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency or decentralized pediatric clinical pharmacist position upon completion of the program. The residency program will also provide teaching opportunities and an optional 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 Howard University School of Pharmacy.

More than 50 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. The PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency is currently in pending accreditation status.



Residents are required to:

  • Complete IRB investigator training
  • Submit IRB application for approval prior to commencement
  • 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.
  • Eastern States Residency Conference
  • Residents are required to deliver an 12-minute platform presentation on their research project


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. 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. Required Rotations (6) (5 weeks)

  • Administrative
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Neonatal Critical Care
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Cardiac Intensive Care

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

  • Stem Cell Transplant and Immunology
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Information Technology
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Adult Acute Care
    • Adult ED
    • Adult Medicine
    • Adult Critical Care
  • Adolescent/Child Psychiatry
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Investigational Drug Services
    • Any of the required rotations may be repeated to replace an elective rotation

4. Longitudinal Experiences

  • Drug Information
  • Practice Management (MOC); Weekend Staffing
  • Teaching
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 preferred.

Potential candidates for Children's National Health System Pharmacy Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Residency Program should submit an application no later than January 5. The residency year normally begins in July. Please type or print clearly all entries on the application. 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 goal
    • 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:
      1. independence and resourcefulness
      2. ability to work with peers and communicate effectively
      3. 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 or February.

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
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:

Jason Corcoran, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Clinical Specialist, 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:

Kristin Murphy, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Clinical Specialist, PICU
Learning Experience: Drug Information
Pharmacy School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA
Executive Residency in Association Management and Leadership: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Bethesda, MD
Clinical/Research Interests: Medication safety, quality and process improvement, pharmacy management
E-mail Address:

Katherine Pham, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Clinical Specialist, NICU
Learning Experience: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Pharmacy School: Rutgers University School of Pharmacy
Residency: 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
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 Address:

Jacqueline Sheppard, PharmD

Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Pediatric Neurology; Pediatric Psychiatry
Pharmacy School: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Clinical/Research Interests: Ketogenic diet; Pediatric epilepsy
E-mail Address:

Ursula Tachie-Menson, BS, PharmD

Position: Acting 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 Experience: 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:

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: One – 8 hour day = 8 hours

A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.

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