Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Pediatric Residency Program


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

Pediatric residency mission statement

The mission of the pediatric residency program is to train competent, confident and independent clinical pharmacists 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 pediatrics.

Jafar Essayli, PharmD, PGY2 Pediatric Resident, Class of 2024

Program overview

The post graduate year two (PGY2) pediatric pharmacy residency program 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 patients. The program is flexible and allows the resident to focus their experience in a pediatric subspecialty.

PGY2 program purpose

PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.

The goals of the PGY2 residency program in pediatrics are:

  • 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
  • To train practitioners who can develop and implement drug policies, utilizing rational, safe and cost-effective drug therapy in pediatric 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 pediatrics. 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 participate in 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. PGY2 pediatric residents regularly participate in the Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee and Safe Medication Practices Committee. In addition to clinical services, residents serve as preceptors to pharmacy students and post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residents.

NMS Code Program Number of Positions
741861 PGY2 Pediatric 1

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 a minimum of 2 conferences, which may include:

  • The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Fall Conference
  • The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Annual Meeting

Required learning experiences

  • Hospital Orientation (2 weeks)
  • Acute Care Pediatrics (5 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases (5 weeks)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (4 weeks)
  • Nutrition (2 weeks)
  • Oncology (5 weeks)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (5 weeks)

Longitudinal experiences

  • Pharmacy Research (12 months)
  • Pharmacy Operations (12 months)
  • Teaching (12 months)
    • Optional Teaching Certificate
  • Administration and Pharmacy & Therapeutics (12 months)

Elective learning experiences

  • Administration (4-5 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Cystic Fibrosis and Lung Transplant (3-4 weeks)
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care (4 weeks)
  • Perioperative Pharmacy (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Informatics (4 weeks)
  • Solid Organ Transplant (4 weeks)
  • Stem Cell Transplant (4 weeks)
  • Acute Care Family Centered Rounds (3-4 weeks)
  • Home Infusion (3-4 weeks)
  • Oncology Clinic (3-4 weeks)
  • Adult Learning Experiences at Stanford Health Care if available
    • Emergency Department (4 weeks)
    • Hematology (4-5 weeks)
  • Development of a new rotation based on resident interest and preceptor availability

Teaching Certificate Program (optional)

The PGY2 Program offers residents an opportunity to complete a Teaching Certificate. This program will provide residents with the skills to effectively precept and instruct pharmacy students. The residents will develop their own teaching and precepting philosophy, co-precept pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations and deliver lectures or case-based presentations throughout the year.

How to apply

The application deadline for the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program is Friday, January 5, 2024. NO applications will be accepted beyond this date.


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
  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. 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 to assess quality and written communication (e.g. drug information response, case report, drug monograph, drug utilization review, or manuscript. PowerPoint presentation will not be accepted.)
  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 18480 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, applicants will be contacted for an interview, which will take place in February. Candidates will be required to give a presentation as part of the interview process.

ASHP Resident Matching Program: This residency agrees that no person at this residency will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.