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PGY1 Pharmacy Woodland Hills, California

The KP Woodland Hills PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to prepare pharmacist-clinicians for acute and ambulatory care environments, for PGY-2 Residency or Fellowship training, BPS board certification, as well as adjunct faculty in schools and colleges of pharmacy.

Our PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and training to advance the development of clinical pharmacists who take responsibility for medication-related outcomes of their patients.

Pharmacy Services

The Department of Pharmacy at KP Woodland Hills consists of a staff of 100 pharmacists, practicing in a variety of settings, including ambulatory care, acute care, outpatient, home health, medication use management / physician education, and management. Inpatient and outpatient pharmaceutical care services are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our pharmacy department is a teaching site for students from the University of Pacific and the University of the Southern California.

Inpatient pharmacy clinical services include: internal medicine, ICU and Cardiac ICU, NICU, infectious disease / antimicrobial stewardship, and transitions of care. Our pharmacists round with the medical teams in the ICU, and with the ID team Monday – Friday.

Inpatient pharmacist run drug management programs which include: renal drug dosing, aminoglycoside and vancomycin dosing, anticoagulation, TPN, IV to PO conversion, and patient discharge education.

Our ambulatory care pharmacists practice under approved medical center policies, procedures and protocols. However, these clinical activities are not based upon application of decision trees nor algorithms. Rather, our pharmacists practice using their knowledge, skills, and knowledge of the latest literature and national guidelines — true evidence-based practice. Our pharmacists utilize their professional knowledge and not a structured set of rules to make therapeutic decisions. They sign their own orders, author their own notes, and are responsible for their own patient pharmaceutical outcomes. This has been the practice of our medical center for over 3 decades — since the passage of pharmacist scope of practice expansion in the 1990s. Because of this level of responsibility and accountability, our preceptors are able to model the best of “working at the top of their licenses”.

About Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills

Learning Experiences

Core Experience

  • Acute Care/Inpatient Pharmacy Practice
  • Ambulatory Oncology Practice
  • Drug Intelligence and Strategy Service
  • Outpatient Anticoagulation Service
  • Physician Drug Education / Academic Outreach
  • Practice Management /Leadership

Elective Experience

  • Chronic Pain Management Program
  • Family Medicine Ambulatory and Inpatient Team
  • Geriatrics Evaluation Management (GEM)
  • Heart Failure Care Management
  • HIV Clinic
  • Home Infusion Pharmacy
  • Nephrology Clinic
  • New Member Program
  • Population Care Management Program

Longitudinal Experience

  • Bioethics Committee
  • Community Service: Free Clinic Simi Valley (Volunteer)
  • Journal Club / Critical Literature Assessment
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Pharmacy Student Teaching
  • Residency Research Project

Requirements for Acceptance

  • The applicant must be a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate from an accredited school of pharmacy and must meet all qualifications for licensure in California.
  • Candidates must have paid or volunteer pharmacy internship experience (in addition to curriculum hours).
  • Candidates must graduate from an ACPE accredited college or school of pharmacy with at least  3.00 GPA (on 4.00 scale).
  • Candidates from schools without GPA AND no class ranking AND program not ranked by US News & World Report will not be considered. However, candidates with no GPA and no class ranking will be considered if school is in top 20 ranking.
  • Must be licensed as an Intern Pharmacist in the state of California by the first day of residency program.
  • Must be licensed as a Pharmacist in the state of California by October 1st. PGY1 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: 131613 and ASHP Program Code: 92370
  • All internship hours required by California Board of Pharmacy must be completed prior to the start of the residency program.

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
  • The 3 letters of references/recommendations utilizing the form in PhORCAS is required for all reference writers.  Please advise the reference writer to copy and paste the traditional letter in the free text box under optional narrative comments question #4. 
  • Application Deadline: January 1, 2023

Interview Details

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Current Pay Rate

$23.38 per hour

Contact Information

Kimi Pontoppidan, Pharm.D., APh
Clinical Pharmacy Director
Residency Program Director

5601 De Soto Avenue
Woodland Hills, California 91367
United States
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(818) 719-2910

Hasmig Ekmekdjian, Pharm.D., APh
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Supervisor
Residency Program Coordinator

5601 De Soto Avenue
Woodland Hills, California 91367
United States
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(818) 719-2910


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