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.

Christine Boulos, Pharm.D.
2019-2020 Critical Care Resident
Christine Boulos, 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 training program that offers an environment to gain professional competence, expand clinical knowledge and develop a philosophy of pharmacy practice in pediatric critical care.

PGY2 program purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.
The goals of the PGY2 residency program in critical care are:

  1. To train competent pharmacists and innovative practitioners who can provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services in a dynamic and challenging environment
  2. To develop excellent written and verbal communication skills
  3. To train practitioners who can provide accurate and timely drug information related to critical care
  4. To train practitioners who can develop and implement drug policies, utilizing rational, safe and cost-effective drug therapy related to critical care
  5. To educate health care professionals, students, patients and the community about appropriate medication use and safety
  6. 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 Medication Utilization Evaluations (MUEs), in-services to the staff during their clinical rotations and inpatient medication teaching to patients. Critical care residents regularly participate in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Resuscitation Oversight Committee. 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

  1. Complete and present a research project
  2. Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  3. Participate in teaching activities with students and PGY1 residents
  4. Prepare and present drug monographs and MUEs for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  5. Provide drug information related to critical care topics
  6. Maintain BLS and obtain PALS certification
  7. Staff a minimum of 35 shifts during the residency year, including some weekends and holidays

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

Required rotations

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

Elective rotations

  • Acute Care 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 Medical Intensive Care (if available)

How to apply

The application deadline for the PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program is Friday, January 3, 2020. NO applications will be accepted beyond this date.

Applicant requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program
  2. Graduate from an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency
  3. Possess a California pharmacy intern license prior to the start date
  4. Eligible for pharmacist licensure in the state of California

Submitting an application

Interested applicants must complete ALL of the following:

  1. Enrollment in the ASHP Resident Matching Program
  2. Submit the following required documents through PhORCAS
    1. Your personal statement/letter of intent - outlining career goals, areas of interest, and reasons for applying to the residency program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
    2. Your Curriculum Vitae
    3. Official School of Pharmacy transcript
    4. Three letters of recommendation submitted directly to PhORCAS
    5. Writing sample (drug information response, case report, drug monograph, or drug utilization review)
  3. Complete the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital online application
    1. Access the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital job listing website:
    2. Search by Req# enter 11298 and click Search Open Positions
    3. Follow the instructions on the website
    4. Attach your Curriculum Vitae
    5. When finished, click Submit

On-site interview

After review of application materials by the residency committee, selected applicants will be contacted for a three hour on-site interview in February. Candidates will be required to give a 10 minute presentation as part of the interview process.