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.

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residents, Class of 2024

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 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

The goals of the PGY1 Pharmacy residency program are:

  • To train competent pharmacists and innovative practitioners who can provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services across the continuum (acute care, critical care and ambulatory care)
  • To train practitioners to function as effective members of health care teams
  • 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
  • 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 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 will have the guidance of a variety of highly knowledgeable preceptors and work in a collaborative interdisciplinary setting. Clinical staff pharmacists cover all patient care areas, including but not limited to Acute Care Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Labor and Delivery, Maternity, Hematology/Oncology, Operating Room, and Solid Organ Transplant.

Residents contribute to various clinical activities, including collection of data for medication utilization evaluations, monographs, 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.

NMS Code
Program Number of Positions
141713 PGY1 Pharmacy
141721 PGY1 Pharmacy – Transitions of Care Track 1
659763 PGY1&2 Combined Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership 1

The PGY1 Pharmacy – Transitions of Care Track provides additional experience in transitions of care and ambulatory clinics. Electives and staffing experiences are transitions of care focused.

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

Required learning experiences

  • Hospital Orientation (3 weeks)
  • Administration (5 weeks)
  • Acute Care Pediatrics (5 weeks)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (4 weeks)
  • Nutrition (2 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Operations (2 weeks)
  • Transitions of Care (4 weeks)

Longitudinal experiences

  • Emergency Code Response (12 months)
  • Pharmacy Research (12 months)
  • Pharmacy Clinical Operations (8 months)
  • Teaching (12 months)
  • Administration and Pharmacy & Therapeutics (12 months)

Elective learning experiences

  • Acute Care Cardiology (2-4 weeks)
  • Acute Care Gastroenterology (2-4 weeks)
  • Acute Care Nephrology (2-4 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Cystic Fibrosis and Lung Transplant (3-4 weeks)
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care (4 weeks)
  • Home Infusion (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease (5 weeks)
  • Oncology (4-5 weeks)
  • Perioperative Pharmacy (3-4 weeks)
  • Outpatient Pharmacy (3-4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (5 weeks)
  • Solid Organ Transplant (4 weeks)
  • Specialty Pharmacy (4 weeks)
  • Stem Cell Transplant (4-5 weeks)
  • Adult rotations at Stanford Health Care (if available)
  • Development of a new rotation based on resident interest and preceptor availability

Teaching Certificate Program (optional)

The PGY-1 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 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE), and deliver lectures or case-based presentations throughout the year.

How to apply

The application deadline for the PGY1 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. Possess a California pharmacist intern or pharmacist license
  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 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, manuscript, etc. PowerPoint presentations are not 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 18484 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. Interviews will be conducted in February.

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.