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PGY2 Residency

Post Graduate Year Two - Pediatrics

Children's Mercy offers one postgraduate year-two (PGY2) position. The PGY2 program meets the requirements of applicable standards set forth and approved by ASHP for a residency and has received American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) candidate status.

Program Purpose


The PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of pediatric clinical pharmacists. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with pediatric board certification.  
   

Program Goals


PGY2 Pediatric pharmacy residents will be provided with opportunities to function independently as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, enabling them to practice as pediatric clinical pharmacy specialists in a variety of pediatric practice environments. These extensively trained individuals will be able to identify, prevent, and resolve medication and nutrition related problems. In addition, they will provide leadership in pediatric pharmacy practice, continually improve the safety of the medication-use system, and deliver quality education to various health care practitioners and students.

General Goals


The CMH PGY2 residency uses the ASHP Residency Standard to guide its instruction and evaluation of residents. Upon completion of this residency, the PGY2 Pharmacy Resident will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Competency Area R1: Patient Care

  • Competency Area R2: Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care

  • Competency Area R3: Leadership and Management  

  • Competency Area R4: Teaching, Education and Dissemination of Knowledge

  • Competency Area R5: Management of Medical Emergencies

Program Details


The focus of the program is on the provision of pharmaceutical care, with core rotations in general pediatrics, infectious disease, neonatal intensive care, hematology/oncology, pediatric intensive care and teaching/precepting in an area of choice. The residency program is designed to offer a training plan specific to each resident based on their interest, goals and past experiences. Residents are required to complete required rotations in order to build a solid pediatric foundation and have the opportunity to select elective rotations based upon their specific interests and goals.

Rotations


Elective rotations are designed to suit the individual needs and interests of the resident and exist for all subspecialty areas of practice. The residents will also be members of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee, and will have the opportunity to participate on several other medication-related hospital committees. Teaching experiences, including both didactic and clinical instruction, are gained through interaction with medical and pharmacy students, pediatric residents, and hospital staff. 

Required traditional (4 week) rotations include:

  • Orientation

  • General Pediatrics

  • Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant

  • Infectious Disease

  • Neonatal Intensive Care 

  • Pediatric Intensive Care

*Additional rotations may be required depending on previous PGY1 experiences*

Required longitudinal (9 months) rotations include:

  • Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Management

    • Medication Safety

    • Committee participate and follow up to selected reported safety events

  • Teaching and Education (Lectures, Precepting, Presentations)

    • Provision of lectures in the Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Elective at UMKC College of Pharmacy

    • Presentation of research project at the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Annual Meeting

    • Education provision to multidisciplinary medical staff

    • Opportunity to precept pharmacy students and PGY1 residents

  • Major Research/Quality Improvement Project

  • Distribution and Clinical Staffing

    • The resident is expected to function as a clinical pharmacist on their staffing weekend after orientation in the main pharmacy.  Clinical staffing opportunities are available in General Pediatrics, Intensive Care Nursery, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the Emergency Department.   

Elective rotations are designed to suit the individual needs and interests of the resident and exist for multiple subspecialty areas of practice. Each resident will be able to choose up to six elective rotations for the residency year, with each rotation being a traditional 4 week experience in duration. In order to increase the available opportunities, efforts are made to ensure each resident has at least one elective block where they are the only resident with an elective at that time; however, availability of elective rotations is based on the preceptor’s availability. Potential elective rotations at CMH include:

  • Advanced Neonatal Intensive Care

  • Advanced Pediatric Intensive Care

  • Ambulatory Care

  • Antibiotic Stewardship

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Bone Marrow Transplant

  • Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonology 

  • Heart/Liver Transplant

  • Management

  • Medication Safety

  • Nephrology (Dialysis/Renal Transplant)

  • Neurology

Residents are also required to complete additional program requirements, aimed at developing a skilled and competent pediatric pharmacist. Additional program requirements include completion of a major research project, platform and poster presentations at national/regional/local conventions, student teaching and precepting, active participation in hospital committees, and weekend pharmacist staffing.  

Eligibility requirements include a Doctor of Pharmacy degree or Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee certificate, completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency, and licensure in the state of Missouri.