Pharmacy Residency PGY-2

The Children's National Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program provides 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 100 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.

Education

Education

Orientation

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 Clinic - to be completed during the first six 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 2:30 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
    • Two eight hour Saturday and Sunday shifts every third weekend
  • Lead Resident (16 weeks)
    • Coordination of resident schedules and calendars
    • 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
    • Coordination of new student (APPE/IPPE) orientation
  • Teaching
    • One APPE students
    • Lectures and in-services throughout the year
    • Teaching Certificate Program if not previously completed

Required Rotations (25 weeks)*

  • Critical Care (10 weeks) – pick two of the following:
    • Cardiac Intensive Care
    • Pediatric Intensive Care**
    • Neonatal Intensive Care**
    • Emergency Medicine
  • Oncology/BMT (five weeks) ***
  • Practice Management (five weeks)
  • General Pediatrics or Pediatric Infectious Disease/ASP (five 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
    • Pediatric Neurology
    • Heart and Kidney Unit
    • Genetics
    • Pediatric Pain and Anesthesia
    *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 one 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

    Longitudinal Experiences

    • Ambulatory Clinic - first six months of residency year
    • Drug Information (MUE/DCR)
    • Manager on call/staffing
    • Teaching
Research

Research

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:

  • Option of either:
    • Fall Pediatric Pharmacy Conference (PPAG) or
    • 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
Email: ebalmir@childrensnational.org

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
Email: mbinghay@childrensnational.org

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
Email: ccarr3@childrensnational.org

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
Email: aclark@childrensnational.org

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
Email: jconner@childrensnational.org
 

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
Email: mconroy2@childrensnational.org
 

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
Email: sdonegan@childrensnational.org
 

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
Residency: 
• 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  
Email: bmhammer2@childrensnational.org

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)
Email: jheffren@childrensnational.org

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
Email: hkiruthi@childrensnational.org

Laura Leathers, Pharm.D., BCPPS 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Learning Experiences Precepted: CICU and solid organ transplant
Pharmacy School: South Carolina College of Pharmacy 
Residency:
• 
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
Email: lleathers@childrensnational.org 

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
Email: gilee@childrensnational.org

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
Email: clee3@childrensnational.org

Serawit Mekonnen Pharm.D., M.Sc. 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experiences Precepted: Neurology 
Pharmacy School: Howard University
Clinical/Research Interests: Pediatric seizure disorders 
Email: smekonne@childrensnational.org 

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
Residency:
• PGY-1: Pharmacy Practice Residency - Emory University Hospital
• PGY-2: Pediatric Practice Residency - University of Washington
Clinical/Research Interests: Oncology, Hematology, Infectious Diseases 
Email: rrohatgi@childrensnational.org

Sara Rooney, Pharm.D., BCPPS, BCPS  

Position: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Learning Experiences Precepted: PICU 
Pharmacy School: University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Residency: 
PGY-1: Pharmacy Practice Residency - University of Kentucky
PGY-2: Pediatric Specialty Residency - University of Kentucky
Clinical/Research Interests: Critical Care, Infectious Diseases
Email: srooney@childrensnational.org

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
Residency: 
• 
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
Email: esimmons2@childrensnational.org

Julie Slomkowski, Pharm.D., BCPS 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Learning Experiences Precepted: NICU
Pharmacy School: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Residency:
• 
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
Email: jslomkowsk@childrensnational.org

Hilary Wentz, Pharm.D 

Position: Clinical Pharmacist 
Learning Experiences Precepted: Oncology
Pharmacy School: University of Pittsburgh
Clinical/Research Interests: Pediatrics, Pediatric Oncology
Email: hwentz@childrensnational.org
 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Benefits

  • Affordable health insurance, dental and vision plan
  • 401K Retirement funds through www.fidelity.com
  • Paid time off per residency/hospital policy
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 Pharmacy Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) 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:

  • 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.
  • 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, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy Operations
esimmons2@childrensnational.org

Benjamin Hammer, Pharm. D., BCPPS
Residency Program Coordinator
bmhammer2@childrensnational.org

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