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 that will develop pedagogical skills in the context of adjunct faculty appointment with affiliated pharmacy schools. An optional teaching certificate program will be available through the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists regional resident program (this will be required for residents who have not previously completed one). 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.

Over 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.




During the first 5 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 first 6 months
  • Drug Information-Medication Use Evaluation and Drug Class Review
  • Manager On-Call/Staffing
    • Residents will enter rotation for MOC after completion of orientation
    • 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
    • Two 8 hour Saturday and Sunday shifts every third weekend
    • Staffing as the inpatient critical care pharmacist
  • Lead Resident (16 weeks)
    • Coordination of resident schedules and calendars
    • Coordination of the Clinical Education Series and weekly communication to preceptors and presenters
    • Mentoring of PGY1 pharmacy residents
    • Coordination and communication of resident/preceptor social gatherings
    • Completion of Practice Management project by the end of the 16 weeks
  • Teaching
    • 2 APPE students
    • Lectures and in-services throughout the year Other lecture opportunities may also become available
  • Unit-Based Weeks
    • Six clinical unit-based weeks are scheduled throughout the year after specialized rotations and training

Required Rotations (23 weeks)

  • Critical Care (12 weeks) – pick 2 of the following
    • Pediatric Intensive Care*
    • Neonatal Intensive Care*
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Oncology/BMT **
    • Practice Management (6 weeks)
    *Will be required if resident has not had previous PICU or NICU rotations in prior residency experience**Those residents with no previous oncology exposure will need to take oncology prior to considering BMT

Elective Rotations (20 weeks)*

  • Pediatric Trauma/Emergency Care
  • Stem Cell Transplant/Immunology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease/ASP
  • Public Health and Advocacy
  • Pediatric Hematology
  • IDS/Research Pharmacy
  • General Pediatrics
*Any of the critical care rotations or required rotations not chosen for the required weeks may be taken as an elective rotation

Emphasis Programs (20 weeks; required weeks will be included in total)

  • Critical Care
  • Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation

Off-Campus Rotations

Residents will be considered for going off-campus for 1 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
  • PEW Charitable Trust- Public Health and Advocacy


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
  • 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: 

Liz Simmons, PharmD, BCPS

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

  • 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:

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

  • 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:

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:

Radha Rohatgi, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Clinical Specialist, Oncology
Learning Experiences: 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

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:

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

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:

Jason Corcoran, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Clinical Pharmacist, 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:

Peggy Rahbani, PharmD, BCPS

Position: Clinical Pharmacist, general pediatrics, pulmonary, neurology
Learning Experience: General pediatrics, pulmonary, neurology
Pharmacy School: Lebanese American University
Cinical/Research Interests: Cystic fibrosis, asthma, migraine
E-mail Address:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 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 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

Benjamin Hammer, Pharm. D., BCPPS
Residency Program Coordinator

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


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  • 401K Retirement funds through
  • Paid time off per residency/hospital policy