The Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center has proudly served Southeastern Los Angeles County since 1965. Our service area includes 1 hospital and 9 medical office buildings in the cities of Downey, Bellflower, Cerritos, Cudahy, Lynwood, Norwalk, and Whittier – covering over 360,000 members. The Downey Medical Center is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, holds the Patient Safety Excellence Award, and is both regionally and nationally ranked as a US News Best Hospital.

The PGY1 Residency Program at Kaiser Permanente, Downey Medical Center follows guidelines set by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and provides thorough training in a variety of specialties. The purpose of the Kaiser Permanente, Downey PGY1 pharmacy residency program is to prepare pharmacist clinicians for inpatient, ambulatory care and outpatient positions.

Current Pay Rate: $23.38 per hour

Pharmacy Services

Our medical center provides inpatient, ambulatory care, and outpatient pharmacy services to our members. The inpatient pharmacy services 352 licensed beds, including both neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, and provides drug distribution, clinical monitoring, and IV admixture services. The ambulatory care pharmacy supports various pharmacist-managed clinical services, including anticoagulation, asthma, heart failure, CVD management, medication therapy management, new member program, renal management, hepatitis C, and oncology. Our eight outpatient pharmacies provide our members with prescription services and clinical monitoring.

The pharmacy department prides itself on being progressive and innovative in the delivery of pharmaceutical care. In addition to providing excellent pharmacy services to our members, Kaiser Permanente supports the profession of pharmacy via active involvement in professional organizations, community service, and providing an interactive mentorship with pharmacy students through various programs. Pharmacists take an active role in numerous committees such as quality, infectious disease, medication safety, drug utilization, pharmacy & therapeutics (P&T), and more.

Our residency provides a unique opportunity for the resident to be involved in many aspects of an organized health care delivery system with an emphasis on preventative care. The goal is to help each participant understand how all components are integrated in order to provide our members with quality, affordable health care. Residents will be exposed to various areas of practice and will have many learning opportunities.

About Kaiser Permanente Downey

Learning Experiences

Core Experience

  • Acute Care
  • Anticoagulation Services
  • Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
  • Heart Failure 
  • Oncology
  • Outpatient /Drug Education

Elective Experience

  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
  • New Member Program (NMP)
  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Infectious Disease/Home Health
  • NICU/Pediatric ICU

Longitudinal Experience

  • Drug Information/Drug Use Management
  • Pharmacy Administration/Management
  • Orientation/Leadership
  • Hepatitis C Program
  • Western States Conference (WSC) Project

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Graduate of an Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited or ACPE candidate status institution
  • Must be licensed as an Intern Pharmacist in the state of California by the first day of residency 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.
  • Candidates must register in the National Matching Service, Inc. (NMS)
  • Candidates must participate in the ASHP Matching Program
  • Program NMS Code: 219013 and ASHP Program Code 92083

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 via PhORCAS
  • Three letters of references/recommendations utilizing the form in PhORCAS
  • Recent example of your work (Presentation or Journal Club)
  • Application Deadline: January 3, 2020

Interview Details

  • On-Site Interview Required
  • On-Site Interview Dates: TBD

Contact Information

Primary Contact

John Sie, PharmD
Clinical Operations Manager
Residency Program Director

Downey Medical Center – Bellflower Medical Offices (Pharmacy Administration)
9400 E. Rosecrans Ave
Bellflower, California 90706
United States
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(562) 461-6070

Additional Contact

Angela Chen, PharmD
Drug Education Coordinator
Residency Program Coordinator

Downey Medical Center – Bellflower Medical Offices (Pharmacy Administration)
9400 E. Rosecrans Ave
Bellflower, California 90706
United States
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(562) 461-6070