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PGY2 Medication - Use Safety & Policy - National Oakland Regional Offices, California

Our specialty residency program offers extensive training and experience with a National perspective in the Drug Intelligence & Strategy and Pharmacy Quality and Medication Safety departments. The PGY2 residency program offers a variety of opportunities that allow the resident to develop skills in evidence-based medicine, drug information, formulary management, medication safety, and drug-use policy development. Activities will include experience with Regional and Interregional Formulary Management, California Regional and Interregional P&T Committees support, National Pharmacy Quality and Medication Safety support, Regional and National approaches in Drug Use Management initiatives, Policy Development, National Emerging Therapeutics Strategy Program, and Outcomes Research. Residents will also gain experience responding to inquiries from health care professionals, creating clinical content and medication safety alerts for the electronic medical record, and develop guidance materials used for providing patient care. Teaching activities include precepting pharmacy students and PGY1 residents and presenting formal lectures at local Schools of Pharmacy.

Oakland At A Glance

Learning Experiences

Core Experience

Program Highlights

  • Formulary Management
  • Medication Safety
  • Drug Information Inquiry
  • Drug Shortages, Recalls and Medication Safety Alerts
  • Drug Use Management
  • Teaching and Precepting
  • Drug Forecasting
  • Publications

Elective Experience

TBD based on interest

Longitudinal Experience

  • Outcomes Research and Residency Project
  • Management

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited (or ACPE candidate status) school of pharmacy.
  • Completion of (or will complete prior to start) an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program or one in the ASHP-accreditation candidate status.
  • If not already licensed as a Pharmacist in the state of California (CA), must be licensed as an Intern Pharmacist in the state of CA by start of program
  • Must be licensed as a Pharmacist in the state of CA by October 1st
  • PGY2 Residents who have not obtained a California Pharmacist license by October 1st are subject to suspension until license is obtained. 
  • Candidates must be registered in the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS)
  • Candidates must participate in the ASHP Matching Program
  • Program NMS Code: 505790 for NCAL
  • ASHP Program Code: 92182 

Application Requirements

Application Deadline in PhORCAS: January 12th, 2024 – NMS Code 505777 (SCAL); 505790 (NCAL)
For general questions, please email

  • Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent – please explain why you want to complete a specialty residency in medication-use safety and policy and how this would help achieve your career goals and objectives
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Pharmacy School transcripts
  • 3 letters of references/recommendations
  • A sample of your writing (e.g., preferably a newsletter article or a presentation.  A journal club handout is acceptable).

Interview Details

  • An onsite interview is usually required; however, a virtual interview may be necessary
  • Click here to link to the Virtual Information Sessions:
    • October 24th – 3p.m. – 4p.m. PST
    • November 16th – 11a.m. – 12p.m. PST
    • December 14th – 3p.m. – 4p.m. PST
  • Open House: TBD

**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

$34.32 per hour

Contact Information

Anne Tran-Pugh, PharmD, FCSHP
Senior Manager, Drug Intelligence & Strategy
Residency Program Director 

12254 Bellflower Blvd
Downey, California 90242
United States
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(562) 480-4080

Susan Lee, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacist Project Manager, Drug Intelligence & Strategy
Residency Program Coordinator

1 Kaiser Plaza
Oakland, California 94612
United States
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(510) 292-8521

Stephanie Ho, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
Pharmacist Evidence Analyst & Strategist, Drug Intelligence & Strategy
Residency Program Coordinator

1 Kaiser Plaza
Oakland, California 94612
United States
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(510) 300-5617

Samantha Teshima, PharmD
PGY2 Pharmacy Resident, Northern California

1 Kaiser Plaza
Oakland, California 94612
United States
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