Pharmacy Residency Program Year Two

The Children's National Health System Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pediatric 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 PGY2 Pediatric 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 advanced clinical pharmacist and clinical specialist positions in pediatrics upon 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 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 program is currently in pre-candidate status for accreditation.



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

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 8-minute platform presentation on their research project


Program Description

Required Rotations (24 weeks)

  • Medication Safety/ Performance Improvement (4 weeks) 
  • Critical Care (12 weeks) – pick 2 to 3 of the following
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Trauma/Emergency Care
  • Hematology (4 weeks)
  • Oncology (4 weeks)
  • Any of the critical care rotations not chosen for the required 12 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
  • Longitudinal Experiences
  • Administration
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Chief Resident
  • Drug Information 
  • Practice Management (MOC/AOC)
  • Staffing & clinical staffing
  • Teaching

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.

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 Two (PGY2) 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 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
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • At least 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 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, Pharm.D, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


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  • 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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