PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

About the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The Department of Pharmacy Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers a one-year post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program. The residency is designed to effectively enable the new practitioner to develop a solid foundation in problem solving and decision-making skills in multiple aspects of pharmaceutical care, allowing them to proceed on to practice pharmacy with substantial clinical acumen, and the ability to continue on to specialty training if desired. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

The residency program is designed using the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Standards, and utilizes the goals and objectives designed within this program.

For more information please see handbook and policies »

Required and elective learning experiences

Required 4-week learning experiences (7)

  • Orientation (10 weeks)
  • Acute Care (6 weeks)
  • Drug Information
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy Administration and Management
  • Intensive Care (Selective)
    • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
    • Neonatal / Infant Intensive Care Unit
    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Ambulatory Clinic / Specialty Pharmacy (Selective)
    • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
    • Rheumatology / GI Clinic


  • Drug Use Evaluation
  • Pharmacy Operations and Administrator On-Call
  • Medication Safety
  • Research
  • Recruitment
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Presentations
    • Journal Clubs (3)
    • Learning Experience Presentations (4)


  • Any intensive care (selective) experience not completed as required experience
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit II
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit II
  • Emergency Department
  • Acute Care II
  • Oncology II
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacy Administration and Management II
  • Clinical On-Call
  • Toxicology / Poison Center
  • Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Additional experiences

The resident provides a service commitment to the hospital every third weekend, alternating weekend responsibilities between administrator on-call and order verification or triage shifts.

The resident will attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December and the Eastern States Residency Conference in April or May of their residency year. The resident is also encouraged to attend local pharmacy meetings as well.

Stipend and benefits

  • $55,000 per year
  • Paid Personal Leave (20 days, includes vacation and sick days)
  • Nine holidays (resident will work either Thanksgiving or Christmas Day)
  • Hospital Benefits Program — medical, dental, vision, prescription, disability, life insurance, medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts, 403b plans

Program requirements

Interested applicants to the PGY1 Pharmacy  Residency Program, must:

Selection of the resident is based on evaluation of college transcripts, letters of recommendation and a full day interview (on-site or virtual). Applicants will be contacted by mid-February to either schedule an interview or to be informed that their application has been declined.

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members (including trainees) on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

This mandate also applies to workforce members or trainees performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. Additionally, all workforce members based in or regularly scheduled to work at any New Jersey location are mandated to be both vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, with booster timing consistent with applicable guidelines. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates. CHOP also requires all workforce members and trainees who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons. Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected category. CHOP is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor seeking priority referrals for protected veterans.

CHOP is committed to building an inclusive culture where employees feel a sense of belonging, connection, and community within their workplace. We are a team dedicated to fostering an environment that allows for all to be their authentic selves. We are focused on attracting, cultivating, and retaining diverse talent who can help us deliver on our mission to be a world leader in the advancement of healthcare for children.

We strongly encourage all candidates of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.

How to apply

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program uses the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for all required materials. Please visit the PhORCAS website to submit all necessary materials.

It is strongly encouraged that the three reference forms required in the PhORCAS application be submitted by two clinical preceptors, and a faculty member or employer. It is also recommended that the required references include narrative comments in the PhORCAS reference form.

The application deadline is January 2.