Pharmacy Practice Specialty Residency Program (PGY2)

About the PGY2 Residency Program

The Department of Pharmacy Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers a one-year post-graduate year 2 (PGY2) Pharmacy Practice Specialty Residency in Pediatrics. The purpose of the residency is to cultivate future leaders in pediatric specialty practice.

Pharmacists completing this residency will master the principles of pediatric pharmacotherapy and be competent and confident pediatric practitioners capable of providing direct patient care in various pediatric subspecialties. They will understand the principles of a sound pediatric pharmacy operational system and be able to integrate these principles into their clinical practice.

These pharmacists will be skilled in educating other healthcare professionals, patients, and the community on pediatric medication-related issues and will be capable of conducting basic clinical research to answer medication-related questions in the pediatric population. They will demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring their own performance, exhibiting commitment to the profession, and exercising leadership in improving the safety of the medication use system.

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 PGY2 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:

  • Administrative / pharmacokinetics / drug information
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • General pediatrics
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Oncology / blood and marrow transplantation 
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Solid organ transplantation

Longitudinal experiences available include:

  • Anticoagulation clinic
  • Blood and marrow transplantation clinic
  • Bone health clinic
  • Investigational drug service
  • Pulmonary hypertension clinic
  • Transplant clinic

Elective rotations include (but are not limited to):

  • Cardiology
  • Cystic fibrosis / pulmonary medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Home Care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition support
  • Pain management
  • Poison control and toxicology
  • Other pediatric subspecialties approved by preceptor/director

Additional experiences

  • Pharmacokinetics / pharmacotherapeutics consultation service
  • Clinical on-call service
  • Drug use evaluation
  • Formulary management
  • Multidisciplinary committees
  • Quality improvement
  • Case presentations
  • Journal clubs
  • Staff development / CE program
  • Student preceptorship / didactic teaching
  • Clinical research project; management project

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

The resident will function as an active member of various multidisciplinary pediatric teams. He or she will be able to tailor the learning experiences to best meet his or her professional goals. The resident also has the opportunity to focus his or her residency in selected pediatric subspecialties during elective rotations.

The resident will attend the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting in December and the Eastern States Residency Conference or specialty meeting (e.g. PPAG) in the spring 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

To apply for the Pharmacy Practice Specialty 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 Pharmacy Practice Specialty 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 your PGY1 Residency Program director. 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.