PGY2 Residency in Drug Information

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers a one-year unaccredited PGY2 Residency in Drug Information designed to cultivate future leaders in Pharmacy Practice.

Pharmacists completing this residency will master the principles of drug information for general and pediatric practices, learn about healthcare organization and acquire clinical skills in various pediatric specialties.

Upon completing the program, the resident will develop advanced and innovative skills in:

  • Drug information practice
  • Formulary management
  • Committee support
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Medication-use evaluation
  • Quality improvement development
  • Investigational drug services
  • Medical writing
  • Experiential teaching
  • Educating other healthcare professionals, patients and the community

Required and elective rotations

The Residency in Drug Information program consists of approximately 10 months of required rotations and two months of elective rotations.

Required rotations include:

  • Drug information orientation
  • Drug information service
  • Pharmacy operations
  • Clinical / drug information management
  • Medication safety
  • Investigational drug service
  • Informatics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pediatric pharmacology / patient care
  • Teaching / precepting
  • Publishing / editing

Longitudinal experiences available include:

  • Investigational drug service
  • Medication safety
  • Clinical on-call service

Elective rotations include (but are not limited to):

  • Blood and marrow transplantation / oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Cystic fibrosis / pulmonary medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Home care
  • Metabolism
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition support
  • Pain management
  • Pharmacy management
  • Poison control and toxicology
  • Solid organ transplantation

Additional experiences

  • Drug use evaluation
  • Medication safety incidents / adverse drug reactions
  • Multidisciplinary committees
  • Quality improvement
  • Journal clubs
  • Case presentations
  • Staff development / CE program
  • Residency project
  • Didactic teaching

The resident provides a service commitment to the Hospital in the form of staffing or clinical on-call service of approximately one weekend per month and staffing two weekdays per month per resident year.

The resident will attend the Mid-year Clinical Meeting in December and the Eastern States Residency Conference in May. The resident is also encouraged to attend local pharmacy meetings

Stipend and benefits

  • $50,000 per year, $1,000 meeting stipend
  • Paid Personal Leave (25 days, includes vacation and sick days)
  • Seven holidays (resident will work one of these holidays)
  • Hospital Benefits Program — medical, dental, vision, prescription, disability, life insurance, medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts, 403b plans

Program requirements

To apply for the PGY2 Drug Information Residency Program, you must:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program
  • Have successfully completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1)
  • Be eligible for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania by October 1 of residency year. Please refer to the PA State Board of Pharmacy for licensure information.

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

How to apply

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Residency in Drug Information program requires the following materials for the application process:

  1. Current picture
  2. Letter of intent
  3. Three letters of recommendation to be submitted by a clinical preceptor, a faculty member and the PGY1 Residency Program Director (RPD)
  4. Completion of the attached recommendation form by an employer (Word)
  5. Pharmacy school transcripts

Please submit the application electronically by midnight, January 6, to Jamie Gomes,

Mailing address for transcripts (if applicable):

Jamie Gomes
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Department of Pharmacy Services
3401 Civic Center Blvd.
Main, 9NW17
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.