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Residency & Fellowship

Residency Programs Overview

The PGY-1 Residency Programs at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) in association with Sutter Medical Center Sacramento (SMCS) will welcome two pharmacy practice residents and one community pharmacy practice resident in July of 2016.  The pharmacy practice residency program has received full accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in April of 2013, while the community practice residency is anticipating accreditation during the 2016-17 academic year.  These residency positions offer a unique opportunity to train in both clinical and academic pharmacy while providing accelerated growth for residents beyond that of entry level competence.

Fast Facts

CNUCOP is located in Elk Grove, within the greater Sacramento County, about 14 miles from the California State Capital. Within a 30-mile radius there are four major hospital systems that collectively offer a vibrant community and a desirable job market for healthcare professionals.   Additionally, surrounding areas such as Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco Bay make Sacramento a desirable living location in Northern California. The CNUCOP residency program is in its fifth year.  Each residency class has produced sound graduates that have gone on to complete PGY2 residencies and obtain a variety of positions in clinical pharmacy and academia (see “Past Residency Classes- Where are they now?”).

Program At-a-Glance

The CNUCOP PGY-1 Residency Programs are 12-month programs offering accelerated professional growth in clinical, academic, and community pharmacy.  Major goals of the residency programs include:

  • Providing experience in academic teaching using student-centered active learning techniques such as Team-Based Learning (TBL)
  • Preparing residents for academia
  • Advancing residents in the practice of clinical pharmacy (pharmacy practice program)
  • Advancing residents in the practice of community pharmacy and public health (community practice program)

Required (*) and Elective Rotations Include:

Pharmacy Practice Residency

Community Practice Residency

  • Adult Medicine I*
  • Medical ICU*
  • Longitudinal Academic Teaching*
  • Longitudinal Staffing*
  • Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Research*
  • Ambulatory Care I
  • Longitudinal Ambulatory Care
  • Academic Research
  • Academic Teaching
  • Adult Medicine II
  • Ambulatory Care I and II
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Emergency Room Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Hem/Onc/BMT
  • Long Term Care / Geriatric Pharmacy
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Outpatient Transplant
  • Pharmacy Practice Management


  • Longitudinal Community-Based MTM*
  • Longitudinal Business/Operations/ Management/Ownership*
  • Longitudinal Staffing*
  • Longitudinal Academic Teaching*
  • Longitudinal Staffing*
  • Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Research*
  • Longitudinal Disease Management
  • Longitudinal Ambulatory Care
  • Academic Research
  • Advocacy
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Public Health and Wellness



Salary and Benefits

Residents are paid employees of CNUCOP and receive benefits as stated in the Employee Handbook.  The following benefits are available for each pharmacy resident position at CNUCOP.

  • Granted “Clinical Instructor” status with CNUCOP
  • Salary: $45,000 per annum, paid in bi-monthly pay periods
  • Vacation: 10 days per year
  • Holidays: 7 per year
  • Insurance: medical, dental and optical benefits, sick leave
  • Paid educational leave and travel support for attendance at selected in- state professional meetings and trainings.

Qualifications for Acceptance

All candidates for acceptance to the residency program will meet the following criteria:

  • Should have completed a program in pharmacy leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (“ACPE”)
  • Must be a United States citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States (Alien Registration Card/USCIS I-55 Status – “Green Card”)
  • Must be eligible for pharmacy licensure or have an active license to practice pharmacy in the state of California
  • Commit to one year of full time service from July 1st until June 30th of the following year



Application Procedures

The following procedures and documents will be required to complete the application process:

  • Submit application to PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application)
    • Designate ‘California Northstate College of Pharmacy’ for the Community Practice Residency
    • Designate ‘California Northstate University College of Pharmacy/Sutter Medical Center Sacramento’ for the Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Participate in the Residency Matching Program
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official college transcripts sent directly from the applicant's college or school of pharmacy
  • Three letters of recommendation


 All the above documents must be received by PhORCAS before January 15, 2016.

Learn more about PhORCAS at


For questions or concerns contact We look forward to your application.


JoAnna Souksavong, PharmD, MPH
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident

Office Phone: 559 977-8992



Dr. Souksavong is a Fresno, California native. She completed her dual Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health at Touro University California. As a resident at CNU, she looks forward to advancing and giving back to the pharmacy profession through teaching and mentorship.  In her free time, she enjoys playing with her Newfoundland shepherd and trying new foods.  

Molly Chiah, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident

Office Phone: 916 601-8299



Dr. Chiah is a Sacramento native and completed my Doctor of Pharmacy from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Prior to working in the health care industry, I worked for Mutual Housing California, a local nonprofit, low-income housing organization where I served as a board of directors member. In the future, I hope to establish a scholarship fund for underserved youth members in the Sacramento region.

Peter Truong, PharmD
PGY1 Ambulatory Care/Transitions of Care Resident


Office Phone: 714 725-5607



Dr. Truong is a PGY-1 resident with Sutter Health on the Transitions-of-Care / Ambulatory Care track. I am originally from Orange County, California and I graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy. Relating to pharmacy, some short-term goals of mine include becoming an ambulatory care pharmacist and being board certified with a BCACP. Some long-term goals of mine include being actively involved in the community and eventually establishing my own ambulatory care practice. I aspire to bridge the health information gap between healthcare providers and patients. Some hobbies of mine include hiking, running, fitness, and pigging out to delicious food.

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