• The Loma Linda University PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is fully accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  
  • The residents will develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to become an advanced pharmaceutical care practitioner.  The program is structured to suit the individual needs of the resident and to provide an environment of quality training and pharmaceutical care. 
  • The PGY1 program offers residents more than a dozen choices for their five elective learning experiences.  With experiences such as pediatrics, oncology, transplant, and emergency medicine, Loma Linda University is able to provide the resident with an engaging and diverse year of clinical experiences.  
  • With a growing number of PGY2 programs, Loma Linda University is dedicated to the necessary training of competent, clinical pharmacists in specialized areas.   


  • Provide personalized pharmaceutical care services to promote ethical, caring, and patient focused outcomes in all settings
  • Function competently and in partnership with other providers 
  • Enhance proficiency in written and verbal communication skills
  • Enhance time management, organizational, and management skills to fulfill both academic and clinical practice requirements
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Provide appropriate consultation
  • Prepare and deliver effective lectures to pharmacy students and other health care professionals
  • Complete a formal research project 


  • Patient care related activities such as rounding, patient chart reviews, and providing drug information
  • Reporting at Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting at the Medication Safety Subcommittee
  • Presentations such as journal clubs and in-services
  • Completion of Teaching Certificate Program
  • Participation with student professional organizations
  • Presenting formulary monographs and drug usage evaluations at the Formulary Utilization Subcommittee
  • Completion of a formal research project
  • Participate in community service events with the student professional organizations 


Residents enrolled in the PGY1 Program will participate in the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program. The goal of the program is to provide participants the experience and guidance necessary to understand and apply current educational issues in pharmacy education.  In order to earn the certificate, each participant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Attend the teaching seminars
  2. Give a minimum of one didactic lecture (1 hr minimum)
  3. Engage in a longitudinal teaching experience in the PY3 curriculum which includes developing and leading case discussions
  4. Give one hour of accredited continuing education to pharmacists
  5. Give one in-service
  6. Present one poster at a professional meeting
  7. Develop a teaching dossier


  • Internal Medicine
  • Hospital Practice
  • Administration 


  • Academia
  • Adult oncology, inpatient and outpatient
  • Ambulatory care
  • Ambulatory care, anticoagulation
  • Ambulatory care, family medicine
  • Ambulatory care, VA Loma Linda
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Cardiac transplant
  • Emergency medicine
  • General pediatrics 
  • Infectious disease
  • Informatics
  • Investigational drug
  • Medical ICU
  • Medication safety
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Nutrition
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Pediatric oncology, inpatient and outpatient
  • Pediatric pulmonology
  • Psychiatry
  • Solid organ transplant, inpatient and outpatient
  • Surgical ICU
  • Transitions of care
  • Transplant, bone marrow


Norm Hamada
Norm Hamada, Pharm.D
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services
Loma Linda University Medical Center
11223 Campus Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: (909) 558-4000 x47386

Caroline SIerra
Caroline Sierra, Pharm.D., BCPPS
Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy
Shryock Hall
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: (909) 558-7530


Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy
Shryock Hall
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: (909) 558-1300