Pharmacy Residency Program


Children's Hospital Colorado offers a Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency and Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program. The purpose of this program is to train highly qualified pharmacy graduates in diverse areas of clinical and operational pediatric pharmacy practice and further develop leadership skills so that they may apply these skills in any pediatric healthcare setting and assume leadership roles in the profession.

Currriculum-PGY1

The residency provides valuable training in various required, 4-week modules within the specialty of pediatrics, which includes:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • General Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Pharmacy Leadership and Administration
  • Ambulatory Care (Longitudinal rotation, 1 day weekly)

The following elective rotations are available in the various subspecialties within pediatrics; the program is designed to cater to the individual needs and goals of each resident and other sub-specialty rotations can be arranged:

  • Infectious Disease
  • Cardiac Intensive Care and Cardiology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Faculty
  • General Surgery/Neurosurgery
  • Emergency Department
  • Hemotology and Anticoagulation
  • Medication Safety

In order to provide a well-rounded, relevant program, the following experiences are also included in the program:

  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • ADR reporting and analysis
  • Drug Utilization Evaluation’s
  • Drug Information
  • Drug Monograph Preparation
  • Administrative Topics
  • Hospital Committee Involvement
  • Code Training and Experience/PALS Certification
  • Teaching/Didactic Opportunities
  • Teaching certificate program at University of Colorado School of Pharmacy

Curriculum-PGY2

Our PGY2 program focuses on being flexible to the resident's individual interests. Required rotations are based on the residents baseline knowledge in pediatrics. Rotations may be between 2 to 6 week modules within the specialty of pediatrics, which may include a combination of any of the following:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • General Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Pharmacy Leadership and Administration
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Cardiac Intensive Care and Cardiology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Faculty
  • General Surgery/Neurosurgery
  • Emergency Department
  • Hemotology and Anticoagulation
  • Medication Safety

In order to provide a well-rounded, relevant program, the following experiences are also included in the program:

  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Membership: Secretary
  • ADR reporting and analysis
  • Drug Utilization Evaluations
  • Drug Information
  • Drug Monograph Preparation
  • Administrative Topics
  • Additional Hospital Committee Involvement based on subspecialty interest area
  • Code Training and Experience/PALS Certification
  • Teaching/Didactic Opportunities: Co-Coordination of the Pediatric Pharmacy Elective at University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, coordination of IPPE students at Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Teaching certificate program at University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
  • Required publication of a case report and major project results
  • Service commitment

Major Project

Successful completion of a Major Project is required to fulfill the requirements of our residency program. These projects have focused on pediatric issues pertinent to clinical practice and quality improvement at Children's Hospital Colorado. The emphasis of the resident’s major project allows for the resident to contribute a valuable service to the department and the hospital. The process allows the resident to develop his or her skills in medical literature review, technical writing, in data collection and assessment, manuscript preparation and general organizational and leadership skills. PGY1 residents are encouraged to pursue publication of their major project. Publication of their major project and a case report is required for PGY2 residents in order to successfully complete the program. All major projects are required to be presented at the yearly Western States Residency Conference in Monterey, California.

Service Commitment

Pharmacy Residents at Children's Hospital Colorado are valuable members of the pharmacy team. The practice experience offered to residents requires them to develop problem-solving skills, to use effective communication and supervisory skills and requires strict attention to detail. Residents gain practice experience by working as registered pharmacist every other weekend as a PGY1 or every 4th weekend as a PGY2, and occasionally during the week. During the week, the residents staff clinical service days, working in place of their preceptor, as the clinical pharmacist for the unit in which they are on rotation. The residents play a key role in helping the department to function and succeed in achieving our goals.

Pharmacy Residency Application and Content Information

  • There are four PGY1 pharmacy practice resident positions and one PGY2 pediatric pharmacy resident position available
  • Application deadline in January 9 of each year
  • The residency program begins on July 1 of each year
  • For more information, contact Jennifer.Hamner@childrenscolorado.org, Residency Program Director, or call (720) 777-8155.