Frequently Asked Questions about the Pediatric Pharmacy Residency

Learn more about the Pediatric Pharmacy Residency program.
What is the pharmacy’s relationship with the medical staff?
Excellent. Pharmacists are integral members of the code blue team and participate in various hospital committees. The medical staff rates the pharmacy as the #1 valued service in the hospital.
What is your role during a Code Blue?
Residents are required to be PALS certified.  Residents assist clinical pharmacists during Code Blues, but they are not required to function alone at a Code Blue event.
How often are you required to staff the inpatient pharmacy? 
After obtaining licensure, residents are required to staff one weekend per month. They also staff one week of each required rotation to learn the drug regimens and protocols prior to their clinical rotation.
How much interaction do you have with your preceptors?
Residents meet with the pharmacy director and residency coordinator once a week. Rotation preceptors meet with the residents several times a week. Residents meet with each other on a weekly basis to discuss journal clubs, drug therapy updates, patient cases and plan group projects.  
Where do most residents work after graduation?
Most stay on at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, while some take positions at other children’s hospitals.
Will a pediatric residency limit my practice options?
Pediatric experience is highly valued by most institutions. Patients at our facility range from newborn to adult. Packard Children's Hospital cares for maternity patients as well. Thus, you will receive great exposure to both pediatric and adult populations.  
How are Western States Projects selected?
Residents are able to select a research project in their particular area of interest.  If residents do not have a preference, they can choose from a list of proposed pharmacy research projects.  Residents will have the opportunity to work with a preceptor on their project.