Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1), Pharmacy Residency Program


Thank you for your interest in our ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency. For over 25 years, our program has been training residents to become confident and competent pharmacists.

2020-2021 Pediatric Pharmacy Residents
2020-2021 Pharmacy Practice Residents

Pharmacy residency mission statement

The mission of the PGY1 Pharmacy 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 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.

PGY1 program purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
The goals of the PGY1 Pharmacy residency program are:

  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. To 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, utilizing 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 PGY1 pharmacy 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. Pharmacy residents regularly participate in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Safe Medication Practices Committee. In addition to clinical services, the residents serve as preceptors to pharmacy students completing their clinical clerkships throughout the year.

The PGY1 - Transitions of Care focus provides additional training in transitions of care and our ambulatory clinics.

NMS Code Program Number of Positions Comments
141713 PGY1 3
  • PICU is a required rotation
141721 PGY1 – Transitions of Care Focus 1
  • Elective rotations are focused in ambulatory care and transitions of care
  • Includes longitudinal requirements in transitions of care

Residency requirements

  1. Complete and present a research project
  2. Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  3. Participate in teaching activities with students
  4. Prepare and present drug monographs and MUEs for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  5. Serve as Drug Information Resident on call on a rotating basis
  6. Maintain BLS and obtain PALS certification
  7. Staff a minimum of 35 shifts during the residency year, including some weekends and holidays in each of the following areas of the pharmacy: sterile compounding, non-sterile distribution and acute care

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 Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Annual Meeting

Residency rotations


  • Hospital Orientation
  • Administration
  • Acute Care Pediatrics
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Nutrition
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Pharmacy Operations I
  • Transitions of Care in Complex Patients


  • Research
  • Pharmacy Operations II
  • Teaching and Administration


  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant
  • Infectious Disease
  • Operating Room
  • Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Acute Care (Cardiology, Nephrology/Rheumatology, Gastroenterology)
  • Ambulatory Care (Home Infusion, Cystic Fibrosis Clinic)
  • Adult rotations at Stanford Hospital and Clinics (if available)
  • Development of new rotation based on resident’s interest

How to apply

The application deadline for the PGY1 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program is Friday, January 1, 2021. 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. Possess a California pharmacist intern or pharmacist license prior to the start date
  3. 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. 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. 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 12570 and click Search Open Positions
    3. Follow the instructions on the website
    4. Attach your Curriculum Vitae
    5. When finished, click Submit


After review of application materials by the residency committee, selected applicants will be contacted for an interview in February.