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PGY1 Pharmacy Riverside, California

The Riverside Medical Center (RMC) is in Southern California, 18 miles northeast of Disneyland in Orange County. The Kaiser Permanente (KP) Riverside Service Area, (RSA) extends throughout Riverside County, with two hospitals located at two medical center campuses with fifteen outlying medical office buildings, and one ambulatory surgical services building servicing over 565,000 members.

RMC includes a 226 bed, teaching hospital, providing services in: Emergency, ICU/CCU, Level Three Neonatal Intensive Care, Medical and Surgical Care, Pediatrics, Labor and Delivery, and Oncology; an accredited Family Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, and a nursing training program, accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, and is one of the practice sites for Inland Empire PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program located in Fontana and Riverside Counties. The Riverside Service Areas provides Oncology and specialty IV infusion therapies and clinical services with four licensed sterile compounding pharmacies and also serves as one of three SCAL locations for Oncology Pharmacist Managed Oral Chemotherapy Medication Management Services serving both Riverside and San Bernardino County physicians and patients. RMC has received The Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.  The Moreno Valley Medical Center hospital has 101 licensed medical/surgical beds. In addition, in Murrieta, CA, a new ambulatory surgical services building has opened for same-day surgeries and includes a new sterile compounding licensed oncology/specialty infusion pharmacy to serve our members in the growing southern cities in Riverside County.

The PGY1 Residency Program at Kaiser Permanente, Riverside follows guidelines set by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), provides thorough training in a variety of specialties and has been accredited by ASHP since 2009. The Kaiser Permanente, Riverside PGY1 pharmacy residency program will develop mature pharmacists who provide world class pharmaceutical care in multiple patient populations. They will function as a member of an integrated health care team, demonstrating proficiency, confidence, and compassion. They will educate patients and health care providers; and develop practice management and administrative skills adaptable to their practice setting.  We also require that each resident develops a teaching and precepting portfolio throughout the year and the residents will earn an ASHP Teaching Certificate For Pharmacists at the completion of their residency program which is funded by the Pharmacy Department.

Pharmacy Services

The KP RSA Pharmacy Services include two, 24-hr Inpatient Pharmacies, a shared Home Health Infusion Pharmacy in Fontana, California, four licensed Oncology and Specialty IV Infusion Center Pharmacies (RMC, Moreno Valley, Palm Desert, and Murrieta), 13 KP licensed outpatient pharmacies and 16 different Clinical Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services. KP RSA also offers IPPE, APPE, and AE, pharmacy student teaching rotations in ambulatory care, inpatient and outpatient pharmacies, and drug education/formulary management with various Schools of Pharmacy.

Our Inpatient Pharmacy Services provide centralized medication dispensing with automated dispensing on patient floors, electronic medical records and CPOE. The Pharmacists provide drug therapy recommendations and targeted drug therapy management under collaborative drug management protocols in all disciplines.

Our Clinical Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services provide medication therapy management utilizing collaborative drug therapy management protocols with pharmacist prescriptive authority and patient education in the following services: Anticoagulation, Heart Failure, Renal, Oncology and Specialty IV Drug Infusion, Oral Oncology, HIV/Hepatitis C, Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management, Psychiatry, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Patient-Centered Medical Home Practices in Primary Care for diabetes population management, and Specialty Pharmacy Medication Therapy Management (Irritable Bowel Disease, Rheumatology). Ambulatory Care Pharmacists also provide consultative pharmacy services and patient education in Controlled Substance Stewardship/Pain, New Member Medication Review Service, Neurology Memory Clinic, and Medication Safety initiatives/Drugs to Avoid in the Elderly.

Riverside At A Glance

Learning Experiences

Core Experience

  • Acute Care Inpatient Pharmacy
  • Acute Care Medicine
  • Drug Education/ Drug Information Formulary Management
  • Drug Information
  • Leadership and Practice Management
  • Medication Therapy Management Medicare Part-D
  • Medication-Use System and Medication Safety
  • Oncology/Specialty Drug Therapy Infusion
  • Outpatient Anticoagulation Service
  • Research & Project Management
  • Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge
  • Transitions of Care

Elective Experience

  • Any required learning experience may be selected as an elective experience with specialization and/or research activities
  • Additional elective learning experiences in Ambulatory Care: Heart Failure; Patient-Centered Medical Home in Primary Care; HIV; Renal; Pharmacy New Member Program, Controlled Substance Stewardship/Pain, and Specialty Drug Use Management; Oral Chemotherapy
  • Additional Longitudinal elective learning experiences in Inpatient Pharmacy focus areas in any of the following: Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care; ICU/CCU; NICU; and TPN/Nutrition
  • Emergency Medicine (Kaiser Permanente, Downey Medical Center)

Longitudinal Experience

  • Acute Care Inpatient Pharmacy
  • Leadership and Practice Management
  • Medication-Use System and Medication Safety
  • Research and Project Management
  • Teaching, Education, Dissemination of Knowledge

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.
  • California Intern License must be obtained, and a copy provided before their official Kaiser Permanente hire date or by July 1st whichever is earlier.
  • 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 be registered in the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS)
  • Candidates must participate in the ASHP Matching Program
  • Program NMS Code: 158013 and ASHP Program Code: 92013

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: January 5, 2024

Interview Details

  • On-Site Interview Required (may also be conducted via virtual interview)
  • On-Site/Virtual Interview Dates (if applicable): Late January – Mid February
  • Click here to link to the Virtual Information Sessions:
    • October 3rd – 3p.m. – 4p.m. PST
    • October 17th – 3p.m. – 4p.m. PST
  • Additional Information (i.e. Open House, etc.): Please RSVP to Christhel Cheng at for the 2023 Open House Event in October – December, may also be conducted via virtual meeting.
  • Open House Flyer

**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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Current Pay Rate

$23.38 per hour

Contact Information

Christhel Cheng
Project Manager II / Residency Program Secretary
Administrative Specialist

11080 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, California 92505
United States
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(951) 602-4130

Logan Saito
Area Pharmacy Director
Residency Program Director

11080 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, California 92505
United States
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(951) 602-4130

Patricia Gray
Clinical Pharmacy Director
Residency Program Coordinator

11080 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, California 92505
United States
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(951) 602-4130

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