Pharmacy Residency PGY-2

The Children's National Health System Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program is to provide learning experiences centered on patient care and practice management that will enable residency graduates to pursue advanced clinical pharmacist and clinical specialist positions in Pediatrics after completion of the program.  The residency program will also provide teaching opportunities and 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 Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

One-hundred pharmacists have completed a residency at Children’s National 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 has been accredited since 2012 with three positions available.



Residency Research Project

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 
  • Four project days will be given to each resident over the course of the year
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 a 10-minute platform presentation on their research project  
  • Travel stipend of up to $2,000 is provided for these required meetings



Program Description

Required Rotations (21 weeks)

Practice Management: Drug Information/Health System Informatics/Investigational Drug Services  (6 weeks)

Critical Care (10 weeks) – pick 2 to 3 of the following

  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Cardiac Intensive Care

Oncology or Bone Marrow Transplant, based on past pediatric oncology exposure (5 weeks)

Any of the critical care rotations not chosen for the required 10 weeks may be taken as an elective rotation

Elective Rotations (20 weeks)

  • Public/Global Health and Advocacy
  • Health System Informatics
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant/Immunology
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pain and Anesthesia
  • Association Experience
  • Teaching

Optional Emphasis Programs (optional; 20 weeks)

  • Critical Care
  • Hematology/Oncology/BMT
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.

Experience Required

Completion of Post-Graduate Year One Pharmacy Practice Residency from an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency program. Prior experience within a pediatric health-system is preferred, but not required.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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 Two (PGY2) Residency Program should submit an application prior to the deadline in January.  The residency year normally begins in 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 the current residency program director and a resident rotation preceptor
        • 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 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

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
  • 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: One major or two minor holidays, with compensated time following holiday shift(s)

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Staffing requirements are every third weekend, a Saturday and Sunday, 8 hour shifts working on Therapeutic Drug Monitoring for the Hospital.  A Clinical On-Call will always be available to answer any questions and help with any issues that arise.  One major or two major holidays are also required, with one compensation day being given for minor and two compensation days being given for major to be used shortly after the holiday.      

Six clinical unit-based weeks are scheduled throughout the year after specialized rotations and training and can include: NICU, PICU, general pediatrics, oncology, etc. 


Chief Resident

  • 15 weeks rotating between the three PGY2’s following orientation
  • Coordination of resident schedules and calendars
  • Coordination of the Clinical Education Series and weekly communication to preceptors and
  • Presenters
  • Mentoring the PGY1 residents (throughout the year, not just while chief)
  • Coordination and communication of resident/preceptor social gatherings

MOC On-Call Pager

            The Manager-On-Call (MOC) Pager will be divided evenly between the residents, averaging 7-8 weeks during  the year.  During this time you will be responsible for the flow of the pharmacy with regards to the pharmacists.  This includes finding replacements for call-outs and any general issues that come up during the week.  The majority of the year the resident on Administration six week experience will take the pager during the day as to detract the least from clinical rotation blocks.  

Administration block

            The Administration block is actually 3 months, partially during the Administration hybrid rotation and partially during other rotations.  During this time the resident will learn from the Pharmacy Coordinator and work on projects relating to and impacting patient care from a pharmaceutical standpoint.