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A few reasons why our residents chose us


Claire Ferris

“I chose MMCR because of the multitude of experiences it offers as a residency program. Because it is a level II trauma center and a referral center for Northern California and Southern Oregon, the patients we see have high acuity and complexity, resulting in exceptional training. MMCR has a level III NICU and offers a pediatric/NICU elective rotation, allowing me to further explore my primary practice interest in pediatrics. Other opportunities in critical access, emergency medicine and precepting students further interested me in the program. Finally, the culture at MMCR is unparalleled. During my interview, everyone I interacted with made me feel so welcome and comfortable. Since then, it has been a blessing to work side by side with the most caring, encouraging, and energetic staff every day. Overall, I felt that this program aligned well with my interests and would be a great place for me to grow into a strong clinical pharmacist.”

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Claire Ferris

“I chose MMCR because of the multitude of experiences it offers as a residency program. Because it is a level II trauma center and a referral center for Northern California and Southern Oregon, the patients we see have high acuity and complexity, resulting in exceptional training. MMCR has a level III NICU and offers a pediatric/NICU elective rotation, allowing me to further explore my primary practice interest in pediatrics. Other opportunities in critical access, emergency medicine and precepting students further interested me in the program. Finally, the culture at MMCR is unparalleled. During my interview, everyone I interacted with made me feel so welcome and comfortable. Since then, it has been a blessing to work side by side with the most caring, encouraging, and energetic staff every day. Overall, I felt that this program aligned well with my interests and would be a great place for me to grow into a strong clinical pharmacist.”

Email:: [email protected]


Parker Cain

"I chose MMCR's PGY1 program because of its opportunities for both clinical and personal growth. One of my most important factors in choosing a residency was the ability to experience as much variety as possible. MMCR not only provides this variety, but it also has a small-town environment that allows for more hands-on responsibilities. Redding is a great mix of both rural and urban so you can get the small-town friendliness without sacrificing patient variety. Many patients from the surrounding rural areas are referred to MMCR and there are robust opportunities to gain experience with oncology, infectious disease, trauma, and pediatric patients. Something that particularly drew me towards the program was its critical access rotation in the small town of Mt. Shasta, which is a valuable opportunity to experience pharmacist responsibilities in a small hospital setting. Lastly, the entire area of Shasta County is packed with great spots to visit the outdoors. Within an hour of Redding are more lakes, rivers, trailheads, and campgrounds than I can count. I applied to MMCR's PGY1 program looking for variety and it definitely has not disappointed."

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Parker Cain

"I chose MMCR's PGY1 program because of its opportunities for both clinical and personal growth. One of my most important factors in choosing a residency was the ability to experience as much variety as possible. MMCR not only provides this variety, but it also has a small-town environment that allows for more hands-on responsibilities. Redding is a great mix of both rural and urban so you can get the small-town friendliness without sacrificing patient variety. Many patients from the surrounding rural areas are referred to MMCR and there are robust opportunities to gain experience with oncology, infectious disease, trauma, and pediatric patients. Something that particularly drew me towards the program was its critical access rotation in the small town of Mt. Shasta, which is a valuable opportunity to experience pharmacist responsibilities in a small hospital setting. Lastly, the entire area of Shasta County is packed with great spots to visit the outdoors. Within an hour of Redding are more lakes, rivers, trailheads, and campgrounds than I can count. I applied to MMCR's PGY1 program looking for variety and it definitely has not disappointed."

Email: [email protected]


Sela Smith

"I chose Mercy Medical Center Redding for my PGY1 for a number of reasons. First, as a level II trauma center that runs as a community based hospital serving a large population, there are many unique opportunities including trauma, emergency medicine, and informatics. Secondly, it offers a variety of clinical rotations, such as critical access and emergency medicine, which I believed would set the framework of my pharmacy knowledge going forward. Lastly, during the interview process I was able to get a feel for the family environment that the pharmacy program at MMCR exudes. Even though I was not a part of the team yet, it felt like everyone genuinely cared about what I had to say. Ever since moving to Redding, there has been nothing but a warm welcome and support from all the members of the pharmacy team."

Email: [email protected]

Sela Smith

"I chose Mercy Medical Center Redding for my PGY1 for a number of reasons. First, as a level II trauma center that runs as a community based hospital serving a large population, there are many unique opportunities including trauma, emergency medicine, and informatics. Secondly, it offers a variety of clinical rotations, such as critical access and emergency medicine, which I believed would set the framework of my pharmacy knowledge going forward. Lastly, during the interview process I was able to get a feel for the family environment that the pharmacy program at MMCR exudes. Even though I was not a part of the team yet, it felt like everyone genuinely cared about what I had to say. Ever since moving to Redding, there has been nothing but a warm welcome and support from all the members of the pharmacy team."

Email: [email protected]


Tavleen Takhar

"I chose MMCR because of the endless opportunities it offers as a residency program. Being a level II trauma center and the major hospital that serves the surrounding counties allows us to offer care to patients with a complex cases and strengthen our training as healthcare providers. When choosing a program, I knew I wanted a program that was well rounded and offered training opportunities in areas I was especially interested in like pediatrics. Most importantly, the work environment at MMCR is unbeatable. After directly working with the team, I can confidently say that MMCR has the most caring and supportive staff. The pharmacy culture is not just a team it is a family. Coming to work every day is a blessing and I am so glad I am at a program that values and strives to make me the best pharmacist and provider I can be."

Email: [email protected]

Tavleen Takhar

"I chose MMCR because of the endless opportunities it offers as a residency program. Being a level II trauma center and the major hospital that serves the surrounding counties allows us to offer care to patients with a complex cases and strengthen our training as healthcare providers. When choosing a program, I knew I wanted a program that was well rounded and offered training opportunities in areas I was especially interested in like pediatrics. Most importantly, the work environment at MMCR is unbeatable. After directly working with the team, I can confidently say that MMCR has the most caring and supportive staff. The pharmacy culture is not just a team it is a family. Coming to work every day is a blessing and I am so glad I am at a program that values and strives to make me the best pharmacist and provider I can be."

Email: [email protected]

Contact Our Program

Direct requests for more information should be addressed to:

Pam Cruzan RPh, BCSCP
Residency Program Director
Mercy Medical Center Redding
2175 Rosaline Ave
P.O. Box 496009
Redding, CA 96049-6009

Phone: (530) 225-7045

Email: [email protected]