Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1), Pharmacy Residency Program


Thank you for your interest in our ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency. For over 21 years, our program has been training residents to become confident and competent pharmacists.

2016 Pediatric Pharmacy Residents
2016-2017 Pharmacy Practice Residents

Pharmacy Practice Residency Mission Statement

The mission of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is to train competent, confident and independent practitioners of pharmacy practice. The resident will obtain skills necessary to provide quality pediatric pharmaceutical care through education, multidisciplinary teamwork and research.

Program Overview

The Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY1) at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is a one-year post-graduate training program that offers an environment to gain professional competence, expand clinical knowledge and develop a philosophy of pharmacy practice.
The purpose of the residency program is:

  1. To train competent pharmacists and innovative practitioners who can provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services across the continuum (acute care, critical care and ambulatory care)
  2. To train practitioners to function as effective members of health care teams
  3. Develop excellent written and verbal communication skills
  4. To train practitioners who can provide accurate and timely drug information
  5. To train practitioners who can develop and implement drug policies, and rational, safe and cost-effective drug therapy
  6. To educate health care professionals, students, patients and the community about appropriate medication use and safety
  7. To train professionals to become leaders within the pharmacy profession

Program Structure

Our philosophy of residency training is to offer practical experiences in diverse, multidisciplinary environments that span the continuum of pharmaceutical care. Our approach in the provision of pharmaceutical care is to provide comprehensive, patient-oriented services. The residency is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and follows the ASHP Residency Learning System (RLS).
The practice model integrates distribution and clinical activities at the patient care level, and is supported by centralized drug distribution, support functions and management systems.
Clinical staff pharmacists cover all acute patient care areas, including Cardiology, Critical Care, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Labor and Delivery, Maternity, Hematology/Oncology, Operating Room and Solid Organ Transplant.
Residents contribute to many clinical activities, including collection of data for Drug Utilization Evaluations (DUEs), in-services to the staff during their clinical rotations and inpatient medication teaching to patients. The formal aspects of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are coordinated by the Director of Pharmacy and the Associate Director of Pharmacy. In addition to clinical services, the residents serve as preceptors to pharmacy students completing their clinical clerkships throughout the year.

Residency Requirements

  1. Complete and present a research project at the Western States Conference
  2. Participate in teaching activities with students and monthly journal club meetings
  3. Prepare and present drug monographs for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  4. Serve as Drug Information Resident on call on a rotating basis
  5. Staff a minimum of 35 shifts during the residency year, including some weekends and holidays
  6. Staff a minimum of 5 shifts for each rotation with a staffing component

Stipends and Benefits

Residents receive a competitive annual stipend with full benefits including an excellent healthcare benefits package, voluntary tax-deferred annuity plan and 10 days of paid time off (PTO). Please refer to our ASHP listing for more information.
In addition, residents receive educational leave and a stipend to attend and participate in clinical presentations at a minimum of 2 conferences which may include:

  • The California Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • The ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • The Western States Residency/Preceptor Meeting
  • The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Annual Meeting

Residency Rotations

Required (4 - 6 Weeks)

  • General Pediatrics *
  • Neonatal Intensive Care *
  • Pediatric Intensive Care *
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care *
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant *
  • Administration/Management
  • Complex Care Clinic (Longitudinal)
  • Nutrition Support Team
    * denotes a staffing component

Electives (4 Weeks)

  • Home Infusion
  • Infectious Disease
  • Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Operating Room
  • Emergency Room at Stanford
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Nephrology/Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Development of new rotation based on resident interest