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General Information
The Army Medical Department (AMEDD) operates major medical facilities in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Europe, Japan and Korea. Comprehensive medical treatment is provided to military personnel (active duty and retired), and their eligible family members. Army hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission, and closely resemble non-military civilian hospitals in the United States.

Army hospitals host progressive full-service pharmacies staffed by Army and civilian pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. In addition to state-of-the-art pharmacy practices, Army pharmacies are also involved in research, teaching, and various pharmacy-related management activities

Pharmacy residency programs have been established at selected Army Medical Centers to enhance educational opportunities for Army and civilian pharmacists. These residencies are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Aerial view of Tripler Army Medical Command

About Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC)

TAMC is a 250-bed teaching medical center located on Moanalua Ridge above Honolulu on the island of Oahu. It is the only U.S. Army Medical Center in the Pacific and provides graduate training programs in medicine, general surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, psychology, pharmacy, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, urology, oral surgery, hospital administration, and anesthesia nursing.

The medical center's service region includes Hawaii, Korea, Japan, Johnston Atoll, Guam, Eniwetok, Kwajalein, American Samoa, and various other Pacific Island Nations, encompassing 3 million square miles of ocean and 700,000 square miles of land mass.

The TAMC Department of Pharmacy has a strong history as a center of excellence. Supported by a core of dedicated civilian and military personnel, the pharmacy has continued to sustain high quality practices in all areas. The department has been an innovator of numerous clinical programs, automated systems, robotics, educational programs, and enhancements to the delivery of pharmaceutical care. In recognition of these accomplishments, the department has received the U.S. Army Pharmacy Leadership and Innovation Award and has twice won the Joint Forces Pharmacy Seminar Best Poster.

Pharmaceutical care activities at TAMC encompass various ambulatory care clinics and acute care services. Clinical pharmacists hold extensive clinical privileges, to include prescription and laboratory ordering authority. They work as integral members of the multi-disciplinary health care team participating in disease state management and functioning autonomously to implement pharmaceutical care plans.

TAMC Department of Pharmacy continues to be the leader in the development and evolution of Army Pharmacy and is the ideal setting to enhance pharmaceutical skills needed in the 21st century.


TAMC Pharmacy Residency Program

Residents at The Western States Conference in Asilomar, California

The PGY-1 residency program at TAMC is a 12-month program, training up to four residents each year; two Army residents and two civilian residents. The residency curriculum is identical for both active duty and civilian residents. The program has been ASHP-accredited since 1992 and consists of block and longitudinal rotations with dedicated project time. In addition to the residency training program, the TAMC Department of Pharmacy has student clerkship affiliation agreements with several schools of pharmacy nationwide, allowing the opportunity for residents to precept students while on rotation together.





Core Rotations:
Acute Care - Internal Medicine (8 weeks)
Ambulatory Care Clinic (4 weeks then weekly for continuity clinic)
Critical Care (6 weeks)
Formulary Management/Drug Information (6 weeks)
Inpatient Pharmacy Practice (7 weeks)
Literature Evaluation (monthly)
Patient Safety/Medication Management (monthly)
Pharmacy Administration (monthly)
Pharmacy Research (year-long)


Elective Rotations:
(5 weeks each)
Graduate Medical Education Annual Graduation Ceremony
Ambulatory Care Clinic
Anticoagulation Clinic
Behavioral Health
Emergency Medicine
Infectious Disease
Neonatal Intensive Care
Nuclear Pharmacy
Oncology Clinic
Pain Management Clinic
Pediatric Intensive Care/Pediatrics
Pharmacy Informatics


Graduates of the TAMC Pharmacy Practice Residency program will possess the following skills and qualities:

  1. Demonstrate leadership through innovation, mentoring, management, team building, and organizational skills.
  2. Practice Army core values, know Army logistics practices, and appreciate readiness issues and military organizational structure.
  3. Residents participating at the Navy Exchange Family Fun Fair
  4. Will be qualified for practice in multiple healthcare environments.
  5. Committed to practicing pharmaceutical care in a manner that is compassionate, ethical, and consistent with standards of practice.
  6. Work effectively and efficiently alongside all members of the healthcare team.
  7. Able to practice independently in the areas of disease state management, pharmaceutical care, pharmacy benefits management, managed care, and pharmacoeconomics.
  8. Accept responsibility for patients' drug therapy, identify, resolve and prevent drug-related problems, and facilitate safe and appropriate drug therapy.
  9. Communicate effectively with others and will be able to offer and accept feedback in a manner that facilitates teamwork.
  10. Have a lifelong commitment to educate him or herself, other healthcare providers, and patients.



Current PGY-1 Residents
Dr. Ellen Cheng, PharmD
Dr. Howard Johnson, PharmD
Pacific University, Hillsboro, Oregon
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington



Faculty
LTC Tou T. Yang, PharmD – Chief, Department of Pharmacy and Program Director
Education: Creighton University – BS, Pharmacy
University of Minnesota – Doctor of Pharmacy
University of Phoenix – Masters of Science, Management

Paige Shimamoto, PharmD – Residency Coordinator
Education: University of Oregon – BA, Business Administration
University of Washington – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 – The Queen’s Medical Center
PGY-2 – Critical Care, University of Washington Medical Center/Harborview Medical Center

Lara Au, PharmD, BCOP – Oncology Clinic
Education: University of Utah – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 – University of Utah Hospital
PGY-2 – Oncology, University of Utah Huntsman Center Hospital

Richelle Cardwell, PharmD – Pain Management
Education: University of California, Davis – BS, Nutritional Biochemistry
University of the Pacific – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 – VA San Diego HealthCare System

Kathy Cazares, PharmD, BCPS – Acute Care, Internal Medicine
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 –Tripler Army Medical Center

Collette Ching, PharmD, CDE – Family Medicine Ambulatory Care Clinic
Education: University of California, Berkley – BS, Chemistry
University of the Pacific – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 –Tripler Army Medical Center

Dana Chiulli, PharmD – Behavioral Health Ambulatory Care Clinic
Education: University of Georgia – BS, Biology
South University School of Pharmacy – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 – Baptist Medical Center
PGY-2 – Psychiatry, VA San Diego HealthCare System

Cassie Chun, PharmD – Formulary Management/Drug Information
Education: University of Hawaii, Manoa – BA, Biology
Washington State University – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 –Tripler Army Medical Center

Lorena DeAusen, PharmD – Integrated Pain Management Clinic
Education: Chaminade University of Honolulu – BS, Biology
University of Maryland, Baltimore – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 –Tripler Army Medical Center

Erik DeFreitas, PharmD, BCOP – Oncology Clinic
Education: Northeastern University – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-2 – Oncology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Susan Eade-Parson, PharmD, BCPS – Acute Care, Internal Medicine
Education: University of Houston – BS, Pharmacy
Creighton University – Doctor of Pharmacy

Susan Fujii, PharmD, FNLA – Internal Medicine Ambulatory Care Clinic
Education: University of the Pacific – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 –Tripler Army Medical Center

Mikala Kanae, PharmD – Acute Care, Internal Medicine
Education: Dominican University of California – BS, Biology
University of Southern California – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 – Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii
PGY-2 – Cardiology, University of California, Davis Medical Center

Donna Kido, PharmD, BCOP – Patient Safety/Medication Management
Education: University of Washington – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 – University of Washington Medical Center/Harborview Medical Center
PGY-2 – Oncology, University of Washington Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Pajnhiag Nengchu , PharmD – Emergency Department
Education: St Ulaf College – BA, Biology
University of Minnesota – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 – University of Minnesota

Ron Serna, PharmD – Anti-coagulation Clinic
Education: University of Southern California – Doctor of Pharmacy

Christopher Tan, PharmD, BCPS – Critical Care
Education: University of California, Berkley – BA, Physiology
University of California, San Francisco – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 – University of California, Davis Medical Center

Erika Toth, PharmD – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Education: Purdue University – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 –Tripler Army Medical Center

Todd Wataoka, PharmD, CDE – Internal Medicine Ambulatory Care Clinic
Education: University of Hawaii, Manoa – BS, Education
University of the Pacific – Doctor of Pharmacy

Brian White, PharmD – Pharmacy Informatics/Formulary Management/Drug Information
Education: University of California, San Diego – BS, Molecular Biology
University of California, San Francisco – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 –Tripler Army Medical Center

Don Yamashita, PharmD – Nuclear Pharmacy
Education: Albany College of Pharmacy – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-2 – Nuclear Pharmacy, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Caitrin Vordtriede, PharmD, BCPS – Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatrics
Education: University of Missouri- St Louis – BS, Biology
Auburn University – Doctor of Pharmacy
PGY-1 –Tripler Army Medical Center


Military Application Process
Two positions are awarded to active duty Army officers selected by the Office of the Surgeon General. Individuals selected for direct accession will enter the Army in the military grade determined by constructive credit evaluation and will incur a 3-year active duty service obligation upon completion of the residency program (total 4 years active duty service obligation). Time served as a pharmacy resident applies toward both retirement and promotion. Assignments after the residency will be to appropriate pharmacy officer positions.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • U.S. citizen/Permanent visa
  • Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
  • State pharmacy license prior to accession
  • Meet medical fitness, age and security requirements for appointment as an officer in the Medical Service Corps, United States Army

What are the pay and benefits for military officers?

  • Full pay and allowances of an officer
  • 30 days paid vacation per year
  • Complete medical benefits for you and your family
  • Moving/relocation costs paid by the U.S. Army


Civilian Application Process
Two positions are awarded to civilian pharmacists or intern pharmacists through the ASHP National Matching Program. Civilian residents are NOT obligated to serve as military or civilian employees upon completion of the residency.

Faculty participation at the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting Residency Showcase

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • U.S. citizen
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Pharmacy school transcripts
  • Letter of intent
  • Three reference letters
  • Copy of pharmacy school diploma*
  • Copy of current, active unrestricted U.S. pharmacist license or intern pharmacist license issued by any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States
  • Interview with members of the Residency Committee

* Graduating students may submit separately upon receipt

Application deadline is January 1st through the ASHP PhORCAS system.

To request additional information:

Residency Coordinator
Tripler Army Medical Center
Department of Pharmacy (MCHK-PY)
1 Jarrett White Road
Honolulu, HI 96859
Email: TAMC.PYResCo@amedd.army.mil
Phone: (808) 433-5344


FAQs

  1. When should I take my licensure exams?
    It is recommended to take the NAPLEX and your home state MPJE as soon as possible after graduation. It takes several months after you get your license to be formally hired as a government employee.


  2. When did you move to Oahu prior to starting the residency?
    If starting October 1st, most residents move to Hawaii in the beginning of September to allow for time to settle in and enjoy Hawaii, because you won’t have much time after residency starts to be a tourist! However, if money is an issue, you may consider working through the summer and delaying your arrival until just a week prior to your start date. This also works out best if the start date is unexpectedly delayed 2-3 weeks as it has been in the past.


  3. Did you ship anything or just bring clothes and necessities?
    It is not necessary to ship anything, unless you are shipping your car. Just bring clothes and necessities. You can find furniture on craigslist, or even rooms that are already furnished.


  4. Residents and faculty at The Western States Conference in San Diego, California
  5. Since I didn't have a site interview at TAMC, I imagine the military employees wear uniforms. If you aren't a military employee, what is the work attire?
    Most rotations require business casual attire. Inpatient rotations in acute care and intensive care allow scrubs (which are inexpensive to purchase at Wal-Mart if you don’t already own some). A white lab coat will be provided.


  6. How did you find housing, and where would you recommend looking for housing that is most convenient, affordable, and desirable?
    Housing is fairly easy to find (see craigslist Oahu) before moving to Hawaii. Disadvantages to this are that they are typically looking for tenants ASAP so they are unlikely hold the apt for you if someone else is interested, and you won’t have the opportunity to inspect the apartment before moving in. Many people here who own houses offer rooms/guesthouses for rent, which is another option to consider.

    Most convenient places to live, in order of distance from Tripler:
    • Salt Lake

    • Aiea

    • Pearl City


    Other options include:
    • Waikiki – close to beach and tourist attractions, but long drive due to traffic

    • Kailua – more $$ but nice, approx. 20 min drive on H3 without traffic

    • Hawaii Kai – pros: grocery stores and restaurants nearby, close to the beach, extremely safe; cons: about 30 minute drive from Tripler without traffic; with traffic, about 45 minutes to an hour


  7. Did you have a car shipped there, are you leasing, using public transportation (bus), or other?
    Shipping your car or buying/leasing a car on Oahu is recommended versus other forms of transportation. Please note that it rains most days in the winter season. Shipping a car takes at least 2 weeks, and costs about $1,200 one-way from the west coast (see Horizon Lines, www.shipmyvehicle.com). It also requires vehicle registration and inspection (see www1.honolulu.gov/csd/vehicle/mvehicle.htm).


  8. What online references do you have access to at TAMC?
    You will have access to many resources including, but not limited to:
    • Lexi-comp –online and available for download on your phone

    • Micromedex

    • UpToDate online

    • Facts & Comparisons

    • Pharmacist's Letter

    • John Hopkin’s Antibiotic Guide

    • Pubmed w/ full articles available electronically or by request from the library

    • OVID medline


  9. Residents enjoying a day off
  10. What do you enjoy doing in Hawaii if you have any free time?
    In the past residents have enjoyed:
    • Stand-up Paddleboarding

    • Hiking: Manoa Falls, Olomana Trail, Kuliou’ou Ridge, Maunawili Falls, Lanikai Pillbox Trail, Aiea Loop, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Tripler Ridge, Wiliwilinui Ridge, Mariner’s Ridge

    • Snorkeling

    • Kayaking

    • Diving: no certification required

    • Surf Lessons

    • Farmer’s Market


    *Discounts available to those with Hawaii driver’s license or ID (ask for kama’aina rate), also look for deals with Groupon and LivingSocial


  11. Do you have any other advice on moving to and living in Hawaii?
    Cost of living in Hawaii is high (rent, food, gas). Don’t be caught off guard and plan accordingly. Living close to Tripler will save you a lot of money on gas, and if buying food in bulk is not practical for you (i.e. CostCo, SAMS), consider shopping at Target for groceries (many items are 1/2 the cost compared to Safeway, Times, Foodland, etc.) and buying vegetables at farmer’s markets for best prices.


**Please contact current residents if you have any further questions.


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