Pharmacy Practice Residency Program (PGY1)

About the PGY1 Residency Program

The Department of Pharmacy Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers a one-year post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice 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.

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, download our PGY1 Residency Handbook »

Required and elective rotations

The residency program consists of approximately nine months of required rotations and three months of elective rotations.

Required rotations include:

  • Drug information
  • General medicine
  • Intensive care
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacy management
  • Pharmacy operations

Longitudinal experiences available include:

  • Anticoagulation clinic
  • Blood and marrow transplantation (BMT) clinic
  • Bone health clinic
  • Investigational drug service
  • Pulmonary hypertension (PH) clinic
  • Transplant clinic

Elective rotations include (but are not limited to):

  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Cardiology
  • Cystic fibrosis / pulmonary medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Home care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition support
  • Pain management
  • Poison control and toxicology
  • Research
  • Solid organ transplantation

Additional experiences

  • Administrator on-call service
  • Drug use evaluation
  • Formulary management
  • Medication safety incidents / adverse drug reactions
  • Multidisciplinary committees
  • Quality improvement
  • Case presentations
  • Journal clubs
  • Staff development / CE program
  • Residency project

The resident provides a service commitment to the Hospital in the form of staffing and/or administrator on-call service of approximately one weekend per three weeks.

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

Stipend and benefits

  • $50,500 per year
  • 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

Interested applicants to the Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) Residency Program, must:

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 Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) 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 a clinical preceptor, a faculty member and an employer. It is also recommended that the required references include narrative comments in the PhORCAS reference form.

In addition to the required application materials in PhORCAS, please upload a current picture in the supplemental information section.

The application deadline is January 2.

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, 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.