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PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership Downey, California

Our specialty residency is an ASHP Accredited Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) in Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership. The program offers leadership, mentorship, and management experience at one of the larger Southern California medical centers. The core learning experiences for the resident will revolve around the three pharmacy service line programs in ambulatory care, inpatient, and outpatient. The resident will also have a year long longitudinal learning experience with the Area Pharmacy Director, who also serves as the RPD.

The purpose of our residency program is to provide the resident with advanced leadership experience and training to improve the health of our communities with a personal touch through the delivery of pharmaceutical care in an integrated healthcare model.

The pharmacy resident will receive training and experience in various pharmacy management activities, including but not limited to:

  • Development of an executive leadership style and presence
  • Exposure to operational aspects of multiple pharmacy service lines
  • Independent oversight of multiple pharmacy operations
  • Individualized, longitudinal mentoring by Southern California Pharmacy Operations Leader, Area Pharmacy Director, and pharmacy managers in various practice settings.
  • Management of multiple projects in addition to the Western States Conference project
  • Human Resource and Personnel Management Experience
  • Overview of principles of fiscal accountability
  • Understanding the dynamics of a collaborative workforce
  • Expansion of systems thinking
  • Understanding basic business requirements, including external regulatory requirements by The Joint Commission (TJC), Board of Pharmacy (BOP), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), etc.
  • Facilitation of various area meetings including the Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) and Area Team Management (ATM) meetings, etc.
  • Exposure to Southern California Regional departments, teams, and management meetings with Executive leadership at the national, regional and local levels.
  • Participation in team building activities by understanding various relationship factors
  • Promotion of healthcare with leading edge innovative ideas and systems

Pharmacy Services

Our medical center provides acute care, ambulatory care, and outpatient pharmacy services to our members. The inpatient pharmacy services 424 licensed beds, including critical care, emergency department, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. The Downey Medical Center expanded its footprint with a 72 licensed bed tower that will also open a Cardiac Cath Lab in 2023. The ambulatory care pharmacy supports various pharmacist-managed clinical services, including Anticoagulation, Asthma, CVD Management, Depression Care Management, Heart Failure, Hepatitis C, HIV, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Infusion/Oncology, Medication Therapy Management, New Member Program, Pediatric Oncology, Psoriasis, Renal Management, and Rheumatoid Disease. Our seven outpatient pharmacies provide our members with prescription services and clinical monitoring. Our pharmacy support for managing COVID-19 expands throughout the medical center, a dedicate COVID-19 clinic, and outpatient pharmacies, and throughout our medical office buildings.

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.

Downey At A Glance

Learning Experiences

Core Experience

  • Resident Orientation
  • Clinical Pharmacy Operations
  • Drug Utilization Management Strategies
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Operations
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Operations
  • Executive Pharmacy Leadership – Longitudinal
  • Western States Conference Project (WSC) – Longitudinal

Elective Experience


Longitudinal Experience


Requirements for Acceptance

  • Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited (or ACPE candidate status) school of pharmacy.
  • Completion of an ASHP-Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program prior to start date in position or have equivalent experience approved by ASHP
  • If not already licensed as a Pharmacist in the state of CA, must be licensed as an Intern Pharmacist in the state of CA by July 1st
  • Must be licensed as a Pharmacist in the state of California by August 1st
  • Candidates must be registered in the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS).
  • Candidates must participate in the ASHP Matching Program.
  • Program NMS Code: 637263 and ASHP Program Code: 92036
  • Application Deadline: January 12, 2024 

Interview Details


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Current Pay Rate

$33.65 per hour

Contact Information

Pamela Tsushio, Pharm.D.
Area Pharmacy Director
Residency Program Director

Downey Medical Center – Pharmacy Administration 1st Floor
9400 E. Rosecrans Ave
Bellflower, CA 90706
United States
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(562) 461-6070

Dennis K. Kim, Pharm.D., BCSCP
Inpatient Pharmacy Director
Residency Program Director

KFH- Downey Medical Center, Inpatient Pharmacy
9333 E. Imperial Highway
Downey, California 90242
United States
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(562) 343-4702

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