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Pharmacy Residency PGY-1

The Children's National 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 that will develop pedagogical skills in the context of adjunct faculty appointment with affiliated pharmacy schools. A required teaching certificate program will be available through the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists regional resident program. 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.

More than 100 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 two PGY1 positions.




During the first four 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 Care Clinic – to be completed during the second half of the year
  • Drug Information – Medication Use Evaluation, Drug Monograph, and/or Drug Class Review
  • Manager  On-Call (MOC)
    • Residents will enter rotation for MOC after completion of the first third of the year
    • MOC duties are from Wednesday to Wednesday starting at 2:30 p.m., 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
  • Weekend Staffing
    • Two eight hour Saturday and Sunday shifts every third weekend
  • Teaching
    • One APPE student scheduled after January
    • Teaching Certificate Program through the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
    • A one-hour didactic lecture is required for completion of the teaching certificate program
    • Relevant teaching assignments per course instructor
Required Rotations (6) (5 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Neonatal Critical Care
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease/ASP
Elective Rotations (3) (5 weeks)*
  • Stem Cell Transplant and Immunology
  • Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Information Technology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Adolescent/Child Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Pain Management & Anesthesia
  • IDS/Research Pharmacy
  • Pediatric Genetics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology

*Any of the required rotations may be repeated to replace an elective rotation

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Ambulatory Clinic – second 6 months of residency year
  • Drug Information (MUE/DCR)
  • Manager on Call/Staffing
  • Teaching

Off-Campus Rotations
Residents may be able to complete one off campus 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


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 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

Eric Balmir, B.S., M.S.,  Pharm.D., CIM  

Position: Chief Of Pharmacy
Learning Experiences Precepted: Leadership
Pharmacy School: University of Florida, St John’s University
Clinical/Research Interests: Critical care, ED, home infusion pharmacy, veterinarian pharmacy, informatics pharmacy, QA Safety manager, IRB Chairman, Director of Pharmacy, Chief Of Pharmacy IRB

Mary C. Binghay, B.S., Pharm.D  

Position: Supervisor of Non Sterile Operations 
Learning Experiences Precepted: Leadership
Pharmacy School: Howard University College of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency- Children’s National 
Clinical/Research Interests: Medication Safety

Christian Carr, Pharm.D 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist   
Learning Experiences Precepted: HKU
Pharmacy School: University of Maryland Pharmacy School
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Children’s Hospital Colorado
Clinical/Research Interests: Cardiology and solid organ transplant

Andrew H. Clark, Pharm.D., BCOP 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist 
Learning Experiences PreceptedHematology, 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

Jean Conner, Pharm.D  

Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experiences PreceptedPICU 
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

Marsha L. Conroy, Pharm.D  

Position: Clinical Pharmacist 
Learning Experiences Precepted: NICU
Pharmacy School: Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy
Clinical/Research Interests: NICU, Pregnancy and Lactation Medicine

Sarah Donegan, Pharm.D, BCOP  

Position: Manager, Investigational Drug Services
Learning Experiences PreceptedClinical research, pediatric clinical trials and drug development
Pharmacy School: University of Maryland, College of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Rhode Island Hospital
Clinical/Research Interests: Immunotherapy, novel cancer agents, rare diseases

Benjamin Hammer, Pharm.D, BCPPS 

Position: Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Manager, Residency Program Coordinator
Learning Experiences Precepted: Pediatric Infectious Disease/ASP
Pharmacy School: Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
• PGY-1: Pharmacy Practice - University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
• PGY-2: Pediatrics - University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Clinical/Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Antimicrobial Stewardship, HIV  

Josh Heffren, Pharm.D 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
Learning Experiences PreceptedEmergency 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)

Hellen Kiruthi, Pharm.D 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist 
Learning Experience Precepted: General Pediatrics
Pharmacy School: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Inova Fairfax Hospital
Clinical/Research Interests: HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis, pharmacokinetics

Laura Leathers, Pharm.D., BCPPS 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Learning Experiences Precepted: CICU and solid organ transplant
Pharmacy School: South Carolina College of Pharmacy 
PGY-1: Pharmacy Practice Residency – Medical University of South Carolina
• PGY-2: Pediatric Pharmacy Residency – Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical Research Interests: Cardiology, transplantation, extracorporeal membrane support, medication safety and information technology

Gina Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experiences Precepted: Neurosurgery/Surgery Unit
Pharmacy School: VCU School of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Inova Fairfax Hospital
Clinical/Research Interests: Neuroscience and General Pediatrics

Christina Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experiences Precepted: CICU
Pharmacy School: University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, Fla.
Clinical/Research Interests: Critical Care, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine

Serawit Mekonnen Pharm.D., M.Sc. 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experiences Precepted: Neurology 
Pharmacy School: Howard University
Clinical/Research Interests: Pediatric seizure disorders 

Radha Rohatgi, Pharm.D., BCOP Rohatgi R

Position: Clinical Specialist, Oncology
Learning Experiences Precepted: 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, Pharm.D., BCPPS, BCPS  

Position: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Learning Experiences Precepted: 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 Diseases

Liz Simmons, Pharm.D., BCPS   

Position: Director of Pharmacy Operations, Interim Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Services
Learning Experiences Precepted: Leadership
Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago
PGY-1: Medical University of South Carolina
• PGY-2 in Pediatrics: Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical/Research Interests: Pharmacy Leadership, Quality Improvement, Medication Safety, Neonatology

Julie Slomkowski, Pharm.D., BCPS 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Learning Experiences Precepted: NICU
Pharmacy School: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PGY-1: Pharmacy Practice Residency - Yale-New Haven Hospital
• PGY-2: Pediatric Pharmacy Residency - Yale New Haven Hospital
Clinical/Research Interests: Neonatal abstinence syndrome, quality improvement, management of neonatal seizures

Hilary Wentz, Pharm.D 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist 
Learning Experiences Precepted: Oncology
Pharmacy School: University of Pittsburgh
Clinical/Research Interests: Pediatrics, Pediatric Oncology




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
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and American Pharmacists Association Immunization Certifications are preferred.

Potential candidates for Children's National Pharmacy Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Residency Program should submit an application no later than January 5th. The residency year begins July 1st. The items below should be submitted with your application through PHORCAS:

  • 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 and why 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
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 to early March.

Applications Process: Applications are submitted through PhORCAS and are due on January 5th.

Contact Information

Liz Simmons, Pharm.D., BCPS
Director of Pharmacy Operations

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

Children's National 
Division of Pharmacy, M4847
111 Michigan Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20010-2916

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


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