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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.

Clinical pharmacy services highlights

We aim to continue progressing the specialty of pediatric pharmacy through research, presentations and leadership positions. Over the past year, our pharmacists and residents have contributed to literature and national presentations.

2018-2019 accomplishments:

  • 40 publications or submissions for publication
    • 13 included a resident as an author in the publication
  • 8 book chapters
  • 22 national poster presentations
  • 2 international platform presentations
  • 18 national platform presentations
  • 14 national or state leadership positions

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 (3 positions)
  • Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2) medication safety residency program (1 position)

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

Children’s Colorado pharmacy residency alumni: 1992-Present

  • ASHP Pediatric Specialty Residency 1992-2006
  • ASHP PGY1 Pharmacy Residency 2007-present
  • ASHP PGY2 Pediatric Accredited Residency Program since 2012
  • Trained pediatric clinical pharmacists that practice in pediatrics across the country
  • Med safety PGY-2 pharmacy residency 2018-present (accreditation pending 2020)
  • See our photo composite of pharmacy residency alumni (pharmacy residency alumni currently on staff at Children's Colorado are highlighted in yellow)

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 licensed pharmacist every other weekend as a PGY-1, or every third 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.

Throughout rotations, residents will participate in multidisciplinary rounds and progress toward independently rounding with the team. During each rotation, residents will occasionally staff a "clinical staffing day" where they independently staff 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 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 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/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, 2019
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
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Oncology
  • Leadership and administration

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

  • Acute pain management

  • Solid organ transplant

  • Emergency medicine

  • Psychiatry

  • Neurology

  • Pulmonary

  • Ambulatory care (Special Care Clinic, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Neuro-oncology, Rheumatology, Endocrine, Thrombosis and Hematology)

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:

  • Drug utilization evaluations
  • Preparation and presentation of a drug monograph to P&T
  • Poster presentation (national)
  • PALS certification, code training and experience
  • Teaching certificate program at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (optional)
  • Teaching, educating, and precepting:
    • Continuing education presentation
    • Precepting APPE and IPPE students
    • Case presentation
    • Therapeutics presentation
    • Facilitation and didactic teaching opportunities
    • Journal clubs
  • Major project
  • Policy addition or update

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). At a minimum, the program must be a five-year pharmacy degree program.
  • Doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) preferred.
  • 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 (mandatory), PPAG (mandatory) and ACCP (optional depending on annual budget)
    • Must have active involvement at each conference
  • Salary of $48,000 annually

PGY-2 pediatric 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 five 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.

Required rotations

Required rotations are determined by the residency program director based on PGY-1 experiences.

  • PGY-2 residents must complete a leadership rotation
  • General medicine independent clinical service month
  • Core required rotations based on sub-specialty track
  • Precepting rotation in sub-specialty area

Available sub-specialty tracks

Sub-specialty track Rotations offered (not all-inclusive) Highlights
Critical care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
  • Cardiac Intensive Care (CICU)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Maternal Fetal Unit
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Oncology or bone marrow transplant with a critical care focus
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Level 4 NICU
  • Referral center for 7 states
  • 2019 national rankings:
    • #18: NICU
    • #12: Pediatric cardiology and heart surgery
  • 24-hour pharmacist code response
    • Extensive pharmacy resident experience in code situations
  • ECMO and CRRT treatments
  • Critical Care Preceptors: 16
Hematology/Oncology
  • Oncology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Hematology/Neuro-oncology Clinic
  • Solid Tumor/Leukemia Clinic
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic
  • Thrombosis and Hemostasis Ambulatory Care
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) with oncology focus
  • 2019 National Rankings:
    • #14: Pediatric cancer
  • Established collaborative practice agreements
  • MIBG treatment
  • COG Center
  • CAR-T cell treatment center
  • Hematology/Oncology Preceptors: 9
General pediatric medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Acute Pain Service
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Neurology
  • Nationally ranked in several sub-specialties
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Collaborative practice agreements
  • Transplant types: Heart, liver, kidney
  • Large pediatric psychiatry population with dedicated pharmacy clinical specialist
  • General pediatric medicine preceptors: 10
Infectious disease
  • Infectious diseases
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Oncology with a focus in infectious disease
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) with focus in infectious disease
  • Nationally recognized antimicrobial stewardship program
  • Infectious Disease Preceptors: 2
    • One rounds with ID team
    • One rounds with antimicrobial stewardship team
  • Involvement in Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program (CHIP) Clinic
Ambulatory care (sub-specialty track as of 2020)
  • Special care
  • Oncology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cardiology
  • Thrombosis and hemostasis
  • Rheumatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Child health
  • Added five new ambulatory rotations over the past year
  • 2019 national rankings:
    • #7: Pediatric diabetes and endocrinology
    • #6: Pediatric gastroenterology & GI surgery
  • Ambulatory Care Preceptors: 9
  • Collaborative practice agreements

Elective rotations

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

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:

  • Preparation and presentation of a drug monograph to P&T
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee membership: Secretary
  • Poster presentation (national)
  • PALS certification; code training and experience
  • Teaching, educating, and precepting:
    • Coordination of IPPE students at Children’s Colorado
    • Serve as a liaison for CU PediatRx, the University of Colorado PPAG Chapter
    • Precept IPPE, APPE and/or PGY-1 residents on rotation
    • Continuing education presentation
    • Case presentation
    • Therapeutics presentation
    • Facilitation and didactic teaching opportunities
    • Journal clubs
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee membership: Secretary
  • Teaching certificate program at University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (optional)
  • Required publication of a case report and review article to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Major project
  • Quality improvement project
  • Policy addition or update

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 (PharmD)
  • 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
    • Must have active involvement at conference
  • Salary of $53,000 annually

PGY-2 medication safety pharmacy residency program

  • Offered through the Quality and Patient Safety Department
  • For more information, contact Patricia Cutting Booker, PharmD, BCPPS, Medication Safety Specialist at Patricia.Cutting@childrenscolorado.org
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