Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Critical Care Residency Program


Thank you for your interest in our ASHP-accredited post-graduate year two (PGY2) specialty residency in critical care. This innovative, focused residency program is designed to train residents to become confident and competent pharmacists in pediatric critical care.

Joshua Robinson, PharmD
2017-2018 Critical Care Resident
Joshua Robinson, Pharm.D.

Critical Care Residency Mission Statement

The mission of the critical care residency program is to train competent, confident and independent practitioners of critical care pharmacy practice in a pediatric health-system setting. Through education, multidisciplinary teamwork and research the resident will obtain skills necessary to provide quality pharmaceutical care and function as a clinical pharmacist/specialist in pediatric critical care.

Program Overview

The post graduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency program in critical care at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is a specialty second-year post-graduate training program that offers an environment to gain professional competence, expand clinical knowledge and develop a philosophy of pharmacy practice in pediatric critical care.
The purpose of the PGY2 residency program in critical care is to:

  • To train competent pharmacists and innovative practitioners who can provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services in a dynamic and challenging environment
  • To develop excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • To train practitioners who can provide accurate and timely drug information related to critical care
  • To train practitioners who can develop and implement drug policies, and rational, safe and cost-effective drug therapy related to critical care
  • To educate health care professionals, students, patients and the community about appropriate medication use and safety
  • 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 in pediatric critical 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).
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.
Residents contribute to various 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 post-graduate year one residents completing their critical care clinical clerkships and rotations throughout the year.

Residency Requirements

  • Complete and present a research project at the Western States Conference
  • Participate in teaching activities with students and PGY1 residents
  • Prepare and present drug monographs and MUEs for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Provide drug information related to critical care topics
  • Staff a minimum of 35 shifts during the residency year, including some weekends and holidays
  • 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.

Residents receive educational leave and a stipend to attend and participate in clinical presentations at 2 conferences which may include:

  • The ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • The Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress
  • The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Annual Meeting
  • The Western States Residency/Preceptor meeting

Required rotations

  • Hospital Orientation
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Nutrition Support
  • Administration/Leadership (longitudinal)
  • Pharmacy Operations (Longitudinal)
  • Research (longitudinal)

Elective rotations

  • Home Infusion
  • General Pediatrics (Cardiology, Nephrology/Rheumatology, Pulmonology, General Medicine)
  • Operating Room/Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant
  • Emergency Department (if available)
  • Adult Intensive Care (if available)