Pharmacy Residency Program

Purpose: To prepare residents to assume roles as pediatric pharmacy providers and clinical educators.

Residency graduates are equipped to be integral members of an interdisciplinary pediatric patient care team, able to make complex pharmacotherapy recommendations to benefit patients across the range of diseases and disorders which occur in all pediatric age groups. Graduates also acquire experience in research focused in pediatric care and are expected to develop the ability to teach patients, caregivers and other health professionals.

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh’s post-graduate residency in Pharmacy Practice presents a unique opportunity. Offered in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, this residency provides a well-rounded clinical pharmacy experience.

As the only hospital in western Pennsylvania devoted solely to the care of infants, children and young adults, Children's Hospital is renowned for cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, organ and tissue transplantation, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, and pediatric surgery, among other distinguished service lines. Additionally, Children’s is an established leader in health care technology with computerized physician order entry and paperless integration with the Pharmacy Department. Children’s affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh means that the pharmacy residency combines these clinical entities with excellent didactic/preceptor experiences and opportunities in research. 

During his or her residency experience, the resident will have the opportunity to gain additional clinical knowledge and focus on quality patient care through 12 monthly rotations. Rotation opportunities include general pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, cardiac intensive care, hematology/oncology, transplantation, ambulatory care, infectious disease, management operations, and drug information. Elective rotations will be offered based on availability and resident interest. 

Clinical pharmacists at Children’s play an essential role on the patient care team in a variety of specialties. Through the Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Service, the clinical pharmacists are responsible for antibiotic surveillance, pharmacokinetics and drug information, and consultative services. This service is offered to physicians, nurses, and other medical staff to provide continuous clinical pharmacy services to our patients. The team is also responsible for documenting clinical interventions and reporting adverse drug reactions, and it plays an important role in medication safety and error prevention. 

As a member of the Pharmacy team, the resident will play an essential role in providing these services. He or she also will discover special considerations about the practice and profession of pharmacy specific to pediatric patients. In focusing on direct patient care, the resident will develop a knowledge base in disease states specific to pediatrics and pharmacokinetic differences unique to this population. The resident will have the opportunity to develop drug utilization reviews, special projects, and presentations to benefit the department and institution. Furthermore, the resident will be exposed to teaching and research through our unique affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh.

Upon completion of this one-year program, the resident will be prepared to further enhance his/her clinical knowledge and experience independently as a pediatric practitioner.

About the Residency Program

  • Duration:  12 months
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Application deadline: January 5, 2015
  • Starting date: July 1, 2015
  • Training site: Private, non-profit, tertiary-care teaching hospital
  • Average daily census: 229
  • Estimated stipend: $36, 000
  • Available benefits: Health, dental, vision, life, disability; paid time off; travel reimbursement

Special Requirements for Acceptance

  • Completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy program from an accredited college of pharmacy
  • Eligibility of PA licensure
  • Completed application 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts
  • Writing sample (school project, publication, abstract, etc.)

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