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PGY1 Managed Care Central Valley, California

Our managed care pharmacy residency is an organized, directed, one-year postgraduate training program centered on developing the residents’ knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to pursue rational drug therapy and assume leadership roles in managed care settings.

Our residents are trained to be successful clinical pharmacists and leaders at every level of a managed care organization, including entry-level supervisors, clinical inpatient and ambulatory care pharmacists, and drug utilization or formulary pharmacist managers. In addition to experiences that are common to general practice PGY1 pharmacy residencies, our program provides experience in unique pharmacy practices like operations and organization management, clinical strategy, drug use management, and formulary management.

Our program’s overall goal is not only to provide residents with practical experience and training, but to encourage the lifelong pursuit of professional and personal development.

Pharmacy Services

Ambulatory Care Service, Outpatient Pharmacy and Inpatient Pharmacy

Central Valley At A Glance

Stockton At A Glance


Learning Experiences

Core Experience

Standard Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation: 4 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care, Chronic Conditions Management (CCM) Clinic: 4 weeks
  • Other Ambulatory Care Clinics or Oncology: 4 weeks
  • Outpatient: 5 weeks
  • Inpatient: 6 weeks
  • Mini Learning Experience – Specialty Pharmacy: 1 day

Elective Experience

  • Drug Use Management – Advanced Elective: 4 weeks
  • Inpatient – Advanced Elective: 4 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care, Oncology (Elective) if not selected as part of AmCare rotation: 4 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care, Oncology – Advance Elective, if selected Oncology as part of AmCare rotation: 4 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care – Advanced Elective: 4 weeks

Longitudinal Experience

  • Drug Use Management: 11 weeks
  • Administration: 12 weeks
  • Quality: 12 weeks
  • Project: 12 weeks

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited (or ACPE candidate status) school of pharmacy.
  • Must be licensed as an Intern Pharmacist in the state of California by July 1st (or by start of program)
  • Residents who have not obtained a California Pharmacist license by October 1st are subject to suspension until license is obtained. If license is not obtained by December 15th, employment will be subject to termination.
  • State Board of Pharmacy Web Link:
  • Certifications (If applicable): Basic Life Support
  • Candidates must be registered in the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS).
  • Candidates must participate in the ASHP Matching Program.
  • Program NMS Code: 196214 and ASHP Program Code: 92702

Application Requirements

  • Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Pharmacy School transcripts, sent directly from the applicant’s college or school of pharmacy
  • Three letters of references/recommendations utilizing the form in PhORCAS
  • Application Deadline for Phase I : January 12, 2024
  • Application Deadline for Phase II : TBD if needed

Interview Details

  • Interviews will be either Virtual Video or On-Site depending on the COVID-19 status during the interview time frame. Below is the summary of the interview day:
  • Virtual Video Interview:
    • There will be a written essay, a presentation (which you will have submitted), 1:1 meeting with the current pharmacy resident(s), a large panel interview (8 to 12 interviewers), a small panel interview (2-4 interviewers) with patient cases and a Q&A session. You’ll have the opportunity to meet preceptors and pharmacy leaders during this virtual video interview. We will ask you to take a picture of your writing essay and send to us during the interview. You can send an email with the essay immediately after the interview. If you’d like to take notes during the interviews, I suggest that you have a folio with pen and paper. Please ensure that your paper and pen will be visible through the camera during the interview process.
  • On-Site Interview:
      • There will be a writing essay, a presentation (which you will have submitted prior to the interview date), a tour, a large panel interview, a small panel interview with patient cases and a Q&A session. You’ll have the opportunity to meet preceptors and pharmacy leaders. We will provide the technology necessary for the writing essay and presentation. If you’d like to take notes during the interviews, we suggest you bring a folio with pen and paper.
  • Phase II Match Process:
    • In the event the program does not match one or more PGY1 residency positions during Phase 1, the program may pursue candidates through the second phase of the match. Applications received during Phase 2 will be reviewed with the prior screening criteria used in Phase 1. An opportunity to interview will be offered to the top candidates based prior screening criteria. Candidates in Phase 2 will undergo a condensed clinical skills assessment and a condensed interview screening, that takes elements from Phase 1.
      • In the event the program does not match one or more residency positions in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the match, the program may pursue residency candidates through the scramble. Candidates will undergo the same selection and evaluation process as in Phase 2.
  • Click here to link to the Virtual Information Session:
    • October 24th – 1p.m. – 2p.m. PST
    • November 14th – 11a.m. – 12pm. PST
    • December 12th – 11a.m. – 12p.m. PST

**This residency agrees that no person at this residency will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant**

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Apply using the ASHP standard application process on the ASHP PhORCAS website.

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Current Pay Rate

$25.80 per hour

Program Resources

NCAL Benefits In Brief

Contact Information

Von Ryan D. Taal, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Director
Residency Program Director

7373 West Lane
Stockton, California 95210
United States
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(209) 476-5802

Abdul S. Ghorbandi, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Drug Education Coordinator
Residency Program Coordinator

7373 West Lane
Stockton, California 95210
United States
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(209) 476-5465

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