Pharmacy Residency Program

residencyThe purpose of the PGY1 Residency Program at WCHN-Norwalk Hospital is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for PGY2 pharmacy residency training. 

Program Overview – The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program at WCHN-Norwalk is a 12 month training program. Training is built in collaboration with the resident based on his/her interests combining required and elective rotations.  

I. Orientation and Pharmacist Training

II. Required Core Rotations:

  • General Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Leadership & Practice Management
  • Staffing

III. Elective Rotations:

  • Clinical Informatics
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics/NICU
  • Population Health
  • Drug Diversion Prevention
  • Medication Safety

IV. Additional Activities for PGY1 Program

a. Presentations

  • ACPE-accredited continuing education program
  • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Platform presentation at Eastern States Conference

b. Projects

  • Research project
  • Quality improvement project

c. Teaching Opportunities

  • Teaching and Learning Certificate
  • Precept Pharmacy Students
  • Clinical In-services

d. Conferences

  • National ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
  • Regional Eastern States Conference
  • Greg Gousse Residency Conference

e. Community Outreach

  • Health Fairs
  • Immunization Clinics

 How to Apply to WCHN-Norwalk Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Applications will be accepted through PhORCAS, the Web-based pharmacy residency application system. Visit the PhORCAS site ®

  • Applicants must be in enrolled in or is a graduate of an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Applicants must be eligible for Connecticut pharmacist licensure
  • Applicant must submit to PhORCAS by the specified deadline the following:
    - Formal letter of interest describing personal and professional goals as they relate to clinical pharmacy practice
    - Curriculum vitae
    - College transcript from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
    - Three letters of recommendation

Qualified applicants will be invited to complete an onsite interview in late January or throughout February. Candidates for our residency program are selected in conjunction with the ASHP Resident Matching Program (the "Match"). Our NMS code is 267713.

For additional information, call or email: 

Judy Huang PhD, PharmD, BCPS

Program Director, WCHN-Norwalk Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Norwalk Hospital l Western Connecticut Health Network
Department of Pharmacy
34 Maple St
Norwalk, CT 06850

Pinkalben Patel, PharmD

PinkalDr. Patel is a graduate of Arnold and Marie Schwartz School of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in May 2019. Prior to her doctoral degree, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pharmaceutic Studies from Long Island University. Her professional interests include oncology, transition of care and organ transplantation. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Patel enjoys cooking, reading and watching movies and going out with her family.


Nafiseh Banaha, PharmD

NafDr. Banaha is originally from Tehran, Iran where she was born and raised. Dr. Banaha is a graduate of MCPHS-Worcester School of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2019. Her organizational affiliations include the Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS), Rho Chi Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Prior to coming to the MCPHS, she graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, with a pharmacy doctorate in 2011. Her professional interests include oncology, critical care, and cardiology. Outside of pharmacy she enjoys cooking, reading, hanging out with her friends and talking to her family overseas.