Children's Hospital Colorado
Pharmacy Services
Pharmacy Services

Pharmacy Residency Program

Children's Colorado pharmacy residency programs

Our pharmacy residency programs prepare pharmacists to be skilled clinical practitioners within an atmosphere of educational growth, encouragement, respect and transparent communication.

Our pharmacy residents benefit from our integrative, clinical approach to patient care that goes far beyond drug procurement and dispensing.

We pride ourselves in developing highly qualified pharmaceutical practitioners that are capable of providing high-quality, patient-centered care within the diverse areas of clinical and operational pediatric pharmacy practice.

We aim to cultivate and develop leadership skills so that pharmacists completing our programs will conduct their practice with a high level of leadership, expertise and maturity, and will be able to excel and assume leadership roles in various pediatric healthcare settings.

Pharmacy residency program overview

The pharmacy residency program at Children’s Colorado includes:

  • Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) pharmacy practice residency program (4 positions)
  • Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2) pediatric pharmacy residency program (2 positions)

With a dedicated leadership team of diverse, experienced preceptors and individualized, multidisciplinary clinical experiences, prospective and current pharmacy residents are set up for success.

Service commitment

Pharmacy residents at Children's Colorado are valuable members of the pharmacy team.

The program’s practice experience requires residents to develop problem-solving skills, utilize effective communication techniques, hone supervisory skills and exercise strict attention to detail.

Residents gain this valuable, practice experience by staffing as a registered pharmacist every other weekend as a PGY-1 or every fourth weekend as a PGY-2. Shifts generally vary, and will alternate between days and evenings, with residents staffing operational or clinical shifts according to their previous experience.

During the week, residents will occasionally staff a “clinical staffing day” where they work in place of their preceptor, acting as the clinical pharmacist for the unit that they’re on-rotation for. In this experience, our residents play a key role in helping the department to function and to succeed in achieving our goals.

Major project

Residents must successfully complete a major project to fulfill the requirements of both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 residency programs. These projects focus on pediatric issues pertinent to clinical practice and quality improvement at Children's Colorado. The emphasis of each resident’s major project allows for them to contribute a valuable service to the department and the hospital, while the process allows the residents to develop their skills in medical literature review, technical writing, data collection and assessment, manuscript preparation and general organizational and leadership skills.

Residents are required to present all major projects at the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) annual meeting, and they are encouraged to pursue publication of their major project, if applicable.

Pharmacy residency application and contact information

Application deadline: December 30, 2017
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.

PGY-1 pharmacy residency program

The PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at Children’s Colorado is a 12-month, ASHP-accredited program that trains residents to be confident, highly skilled medical experts. Our residency provides valuable training in the various aspects of pharmacology and pediatrics through a customizable program comprised of four-week modules.

Our diverse program provides residents with an unparalleled educational experience, transforming them into authoritative resources and experts in the application, administration, research and innovation of pharmacotherapy.

Core rotations

We aim to provide our residents with a solid foundation upon which they can build their medical careers. As such, each resident is required to complete the following four-week rotations:

  • General medicine
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Pediatric oncology 
  • Leadership and administration 
  • Ambulatory care 
    • Pharmacy residents may choose to participate in one of three clinics for their ambulatory rotation: hematology, oncology or Special Care Clinic (SCC) with a Colorado School of Pharmacy faculty member.

Elective rotations

To provide our residents with individualized, comprehensive educational experiences, each resident is encouraged to pursue clinical areas that interest them. Residents may choose from the following elective rotations, each lasting four to six weeks:

  • Infectious diseases

  • Cardiac Intensive Care

  • Bone marrow transplant

  • Pediatric pain management

  • Solid organ transplant

  • Emergency medicine

  • Psychiatric care

  • Ambulatory care

    • Residents may choose to participate in a second clinical rotation, in addition to the required ambulatory care rotation.


Please note that the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program is designed to cater to the individual needs and learning goals of each resident, therefore, we’re able to arrange other sub-specialty rotations.

Longitudinal and concentrated learning experiences

In order to provide a well-rounded program with real-world applications, the following experiences are also included in the PGY-1 residency program:

  • Adverse drug reaction reporting and analysis
  • Drug utilization evaluations
  • Written drug information questions
  • Preparation and presentation of a drug monograph
  • Poster presentation (national)
  • Administrative projects
  • Hospital committee involvement (medication safety committee)
  • Code training and experience; PALS Certification
  • Seminars/formal presentations
  • Facilitation and didactic teaching opportunities
  • Teaching certificate program at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Major project


Residency requirements

To be eligible for the PGY-1 residency program at Children’s Colorado, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from an ACPE accredited degree program (or from a program that’s in the process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
  • Must obtain pharmacy licensure in the state of Colorado no later than 90 days from the first day of the residency year.

Benefits

  • Full benefits (health, vision, dental and life insurance plans available)
  • Staff parking privileges (there is a nominal fee for parking at the resident’s expense)
  • Sixteen days PTO for vacation, holidays and sick time
  • Travel stipend to attend ASHP and PPAG (mandatory) and ACCP (optional)
  • Salary of $48,000 annually

PGY-2 pharmacy residency program

Our PGY-2 pediatric pharmacy residency is not only ASHP-accredited, but is also highly flexible to accommodate each resident’s unique interests. This isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” program, but instead one that allows residents to sub-specialize in one of four tracks according to their interests.

The required rotations within each track are based on the resident’s baseline knowledge in pediatrics. Furthermore, a resident may also combine tracks to create an individualized educational experience.

Available sub-specialty tracks

  • Critical care
    • Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU)
    • Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
    • Cardiac Intensive Care
    • Emergency medicine
  • Hematology/oncology
    • Oncology
    • Bone marrow transplant
    • Oncology clinic
  • General pediatrics
    • General medicine
    • Pulmonary medicine
    • Oncology
    • NICU or PICU
  • Infectious disease
    • Infectious diseases
    • Antimicrobial stewardship
    • Oncology with a focus on infectious disease
    • PICU with a focus on infectious disease

Required rotations

  • PGY-2 residents must complete two, four-week leadership rotations

 Elective rotations

Residents may complete any of the sub-specialty rotations listed above or any of the following rotations, each four to six weeks in duration:

  • Ambulatory care (oncology or SCC)
  • Hematology and anticoagulation (hematology clinic)
  • Pediatric pain management
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Pediatric psychiatric care
  • NICU (off-site at University of Colorado Hospital)
  • Investigational drug service (oncology/BMT-focused)
  • Informatics

Longitudinal and concentrated learning experiences

In order to provide a well-rounded program that produces pediatric pharmacy experts, the following experiences are also included in the PGY-2 residency program: 

  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee membership: secretary
  • Written drug information questions
  • Adverse drug reaction reporting
  • Preparation and presentation of a drug monograph
  • Administrative projects
  • Poster presentation (national)
  • Seminars/formal presentations
  • Code training and experience; PALS certification
  • Academia and teaching
    • Co-coordination of the Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Elective and presentation of one formal therapeutic lecture at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
    • Coordination of IPPE students at Children’s Colorado
    • Serve as a liaison for CU PediatRx, the University of Colorado PPAG Chapter
  • Precept APPE students and/or PGY-1 residents on rotation
  • Teaching certificate program at University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Required publication of a case report or review article to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Major project

 Residency requirements

To be eligible for the PGY-2 residency program at Children’s Colorado, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Must be a graduate of an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency program. (Experience in pediatric clinical pharmacy practice is desirable.)
  • Must have obtained pharmacy licensure in the state of Colorado no later than 90 days from the first day of the residency year.

Benefits

  • Full benefits (health, vision, dental and life insurance plans available)
  • Staff parking privileges (there is a nominal fee for parking at the resident’s expense)
  • 18 days PTO for vacation, holidays and sick time
  • Travel stipend to attend ASHP and PPAG (mandatory) and a third professional conference of the resident’s choosing
  • One compensation day for each weekend worked
  • Salary of $53,000 annually

 


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