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PGY1 Pharmacy Orange County, California

Kaiser Permanente (KP) is the largest private Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in the United States, with a nationwide enrollment of over twelve million members. The KP Southern California Region serves over one-third of this enrollment, providing medical care services to almost five million members. Kaiser Permanente operates a group model HMO in which we own and operate all of our own facilities. This provides a unique opportunity for the resident to be involved in the continuum of care for the patient in an organized health care delivery system.

Kaiser Permanente Orange County serves over 583,000 members and is comprised of two medical center campuses located in Anaheim and Irvine with a total capacity of 486 beds and a combined staff of over 1,000 physicians. There are 23 outpatient medical office buildings and 18 outpatient pharmacies located across Orange County. Our Home Infusion Pharmacy services members from four KP Medical Center Areas (Baldwin Park, Downey, Orange County and South Bay). Sterile Compounding Pharmacies in Anaheim and Irvine serve the two Oncology/Infusion Centers (48 chairs total).

The Kaiser Permanente Orange County PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program develops world class pharmacists who work collaboratively with other health professionals, as the pharmaceutical care expert, to deliver high quality evidence-based medicine for diverse patient populations in an integrated healthcare setting. Pharmacists who successfully complete the program will be able to:
• Manage and improve their practice
• Evaluate and resolve practice-based problems independently and efficiently
• Possess marketable job skills in a variety of pharmacy settings in a dynamic healthcare environment
• Demonstrate a commitment to advancing the pharmacy profession and serving the community

Pharmacy Services

KP Orange County employs approximately 521 pharmacists and supportive personnel in Inpatient, Outpatient, Ambulatory Care, Home Infusion, Drug Education, and Administration settings. They are an essential part of the delivery of care to our members.

We integrate technology with patient care through the use of an electronic medical record and our Pharmacy Information Management System. Both provide the pharmacist with access to prescription and medical information for KP members across Southern California.

In addition to providing clinical and dispensing services, KP pharmacy services also take an active role in a variety of interdisciplinary committees, including Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T), Medication Treatment Appropriateness Committee (MedTAC), Quality Management, and Medication Safety. Our pharmacists work closely with our physician colleagues on these committees.

Program Details

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Kaiser Permanente Orange County is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and uses the ASHP Residency Program Design and Content model to design and deliver training.

Statement of Purpose

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

Area Information

Orange County has a highly rated school system and is close to beaches, mountains, and entertainment venues, such as Disneyland. For more information about the communities we service please visit these websites:

Orange County At A Glance

Learning Experiences

Core Experience

  • Acute Care (Inpatient) – 10 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care
    • Anticoagulation – 4 weeks
    • Cardiovascular Disease Management – 6 weeks
    • Oncology – 5 weeks
  • Drug Use Management – 4 weeks
  • Home Infusion – 5 weeks
  • Orientation – 3 weeks
  • Outpatient – 3 weeks

Elective Experience

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Kidney Disease 
  • Drug Information – 3 weeks* 
  • Heart Failure
  • HIV
  • Inpatient Pediatrics/NICU
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • New Member Program
  • Oncology Oral Chemo Management
  • Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability

* Located in Downey. Selected via lottery within KP Southern California

Longitudinal Experience

  • Practice Management
    • Residency Project
    • Residency Recruitment
    • P&T Newsletter Co-Editor
    • Teach COPD Patient Education Classes

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 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.
  • State Board of Pharmacy Web Link:
  • Candidates must be registered in the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS).
  • Candidates must participate in the ASHP Matching Program.
  • Program NMS Code: 131013 and ASHP Program Code: 92030

Application Requirements

  • Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent (one page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Pharmacy School Transcript, sent directly from the applicant’s college or school of pharmacy via PhORCAS
  • Three reference/recommendation letters utilizing the form in PhORCAS
  • Application Deadline: January 2, 2024 at 8:59 PM PST

Interview Details

**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

$23.38 per hour

Contact Information

Christy Voorhees, Pharm.D.
Drug Education Coordinator
Residency Program Director

Kaiser Permanente Orange County
4175 E. La Palma Ave., Suite 240
Anaheim, California 92807
United States
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(714) 279-4706

Hong An Huynh, Pharm.D., APh
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Supervisor
Residency Program Coordinator

Kaiser Permanente Orange County
4175 E. La Palma Ave., Suite 240
Anaheim, California 92807
United States
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(714) 279-4706

Ivy Hang, Pharm.D.
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Pharmacy Resident
Kaiser Permanente, Orange County
4175 E. La Palma Ave., Suite 240
Anaheim, California 92807
United States
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(714) 279-4169
Beshoy Saad, Pharm.D.
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Pharmacy Resident
Kaiser Permanente, Orange County
4175 E. La Palma Ave., Suite 240
Anaheim, California 92807
United States
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(714) 279-6208
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