The Community Medical Centers Healthcare Network - Central California


All candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) school or college of pharmacy or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
  • Licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the state of California (licensure must be Obtained by October 1).
  • Completion of at least 1,500 hours of professional pharmacy practice as a pharmacy intern or graduate pharmacist.
  • Application for a California Pharmacy Intern License.

Personally, I feel that the workload is pretty heavy, but that I have made it manageable with time management. I already feel that I am learning the skills necessary to be a competent clinical pharmacist and that when I complete this residency I will be able to work in whatever clinical position I am put into. - Dr. Sofia Jimenez (2008-2009)


After the Match results, the offer of employment is contingent upon successfully passing your pre-employment drug test, health assessment screen, and background investigation.  A set of performance standards has been developed by the employees of Community Medical Centers to establish specific behaviors that all employees are expected to practice while on duty.  By incorporating these standards as a measure of overall work performance, Community makes it clear that employees are expected to adhere to and practice the standards of performance outlined in the Standards of Performance handbook. All employees are required to read and acknowledge the Standards of Performance Handbook upon hire.

The following are considered during the selection process: 

  • Professional competence. Based on the candidate's performance in clinical clerkships or other practical experience.
  • Scholastic achievement. Based on the candidate's college record.
  • Communication skills. Based on the candidate's personal interview, clerkship and academic performance. An on-site interview is required.
  • Leadership potential. Based on the nature and extent of the candidate's participation in professional societies, community or public services and social activities.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the residency program and successful completion
  • Comprehension of the current standards of pharmacy practice.
  • Understanding of the challenge of professional pharmacy practice. 

This residency program was my top choice for many reasons – variety of critical care rotations, interdisciplinary rounds, level 1 trauma center, not to mention the awesome preceptors and staff.  It was also important that I choose a program with preceptors truly dedicated to helping me grow professionally.  I am confident this program will provide me with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a clinical pharmacist.  - Dr. Mallory Cruz (2011-2012)



After completing some of my rotations at Community Regional Medical Center as a student, I quickly realized that the pharmacy residency program offered here is exactly what I was looking for.  The teaching environment offers me a unique opportunity to learn, and grow, alongside the medical residents that I round with.  The clinical preceptors are knowledgeable, supportable, and truly invested in my learning.  The pharmacy staff are friendly and helpful, which creates a cohesive work environment.  As a resident, I appreciate that this residency program is so well structured and organized, which will help me manage my deadlines and allow me to devote more time to my learning experiences.  I feel that the staffing requirements are intense, but I am glad that it will help me to become a more well-rounded pharmacist by offering me experiences in the IV room, and on the floors monitoring TPNs, warfarin, and vancomycin/aminoglycoside kinetics. - Dr. Nicole Lu (2010-2011)



I chose CRMC for many different reasons. I liked that it was a Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center and served a large geographic region, meaning that they served the needs of all the included communities. The rotations offered and the diverse patient population suited my interests. I liked how the goals, objectives and activities were articulated in the residency manual, which was available via their website; I liked how organized and structured everything was. I feel confident that this learning environment will enable me to gain the exponential growth I am looking for. Most of all, after meeting with the program director, preceptors and pharmacy staff, I knew that this was the group of people that I wanted to work with and learn from, and I wanted to be a part of their team. - Dr. Emilyn Chee (2011-2012)