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PGY1 Position Summary

Pharmacy Residency Program

Phoenix Children’s is committed to the training and professional development of outstanding clinical pharmacists and leaders in pediatric pharmacy practice. Our Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program builds on your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education with hands-on experience and leadership training. As a graduate of our program, you’ll be fully prepared to find employment as an independent clinical pharmacist or to begin Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The challenging, yet flexible, program will motivate and prepare you to ensure safe and effective evidence-based patient care for pediatric patients. You’ll participate in service activities to enhance your ability to think critically, solve problems and work with diverse professionals in various settings. You’ll also have exposure to pharmacy department policies and procedures while staffing the central pharmacy every third weekend and one evening every other week.

As a PGY1 resident, you’ll be assigned clinical responsibilities under the preceptorship of an experienced pharmacist to help you develop your skills and immediately put them into practice. You’ll be actively engaged in leadership skills development and paired with leadership mentors throughout the program. Our goal is to help you become a leader in pharmaceutical care, management, education and communication.

Required Learning Experiences (4 weeks)

  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Solid Organ Transplant

Elective Learning Experiences (4 weeks)

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Advanced Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Advanced Practice Management
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • General Pediatrics with Precepting
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Medication Safety
  • Quality Improvement
  • Ambulatory Solid Organ Transplant
  • Other topics, depending on needs or interest of the resident

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Drug Information
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Pharmacy Systems
  • Residency Research Project
  • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)
  • Drug Class Review
  • Teaching and Academia
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing and Operations Management

Year One Achievements

During the residency year, you’ll:

  • Actively participate in daily patient care rounds, therapeutic drug monitoring and provision of drug information to the medical team.
  • Perform direct and indirect patient care activities through various programs, including medication therapy management (MTM), quality improvement interventions and drug utilization review.
  • Present medication monographs and therapy class reviews to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee.
  • Complete a residency research project suitable for publication and present results at the Pediatric Pharmacy Association.
  • Work in the inpatient pharmacy every third weekend and one evening every other week.
  • Earn a teaching certificate through Midwestern University College of Pharmacy- Glendale Clinician Educators Program.

To successfully complete the program, you must achieve 90% of the required American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) PGY1 Residency Program Goals and Objectives.

To find out more, call or email:

Amy L. Nguyen, PharmD, BCPPS
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

ASHP Directory Information

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