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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) accreditation.

Program Purpose


The PGY2 pediatric residency program builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.

Program Goals

PGY2 Pediatric pharmacy residents will be provided with opportunities to function independently as part of an interdisciplinary health care 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 Pediatric pharmacy residency uses the ASHP Residency Standard to guide its instruction and evaluation of residents. Upon completion of this residency, the CMH PGY2 Pediatric pharmacy residency 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 and pediatric intensive care. 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.


Elective rotations are designed to suit the individual needs and interests of the resident and exist for all subspecialty areas of practice. The resident will participate in projects within the pharmacy department and will have the opportunity to participate on hospital-wide medication-related 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 rotations include:

Required Longitudinal Rotations

Brief Description

Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Management

  • Medication safety
  • Committee participation and follow-up on selected safety events

Teaching and Education

  • Provision of lectures at UMKC College of Pharmacy
  • Presentation of research project at the Pediatric Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting
  • Education to multi-disciplinary staff
  • Opportunity to precept students or PGY1 residents

Major Research/Quality Improvement Project

  • Select from a list of submitted topics
  • Option to develop your own project with RPD approval

Distribution and Clinical Staffing

  • Function as a clinical pharmacist during staffing weekends
  • Will orient in the main pharmacy first


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 Children's Mercy include:

Elective Rotation Options

Advanced NICU

Heart/Liver Transplant

Advanced PICU


Ambulatory Care

Medication Safety

Antibiotic Stewardship


Bone Marrow Transplant


Emergency Medicine



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 or candidate-status PGY1 residency, and licensure in the state of Missouri. Licensure in Kansas will be required if participating in ambulatory care clinics.