PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program

Wake Forest Baptist Health offers a 1-year postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) pediatric pharmacy residency at Brenner Children’s Hospital. The residency program is designed to provide residents with a broad range of pediatric learning experiences in a progressive, academic setting that takes a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric patient care. As it relates to the pediatric patient, the program focuses on developing residents’ analytical, clinical, leadership and teaching skills. One position is available each year.

Brenner Children’s Hospital is dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, quality improvement, research and advocacy, with a focus on the special needs of children and families.

Rotations

The residency offers clinical experiences in the following areas, with flexible scheduling to allow residents to tailor their learning opportunities. Monthly rotations are 4-week experiences.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation 
  • Pediatric Critical Care 
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 
  • General Pediatrics 

Elective Rotations

  • Pediatric Nephrology 
  • Pediatric Cardiology 
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Antibiotic Support Team
  • Repeat of any core rotation
  • Other pediatric-focused electives may be able to be developed based on the resident’s specific interests 

 Longitudinal 

  • Pediatric Practice Management
  • Pediatric Bowel Rehabilitation for Improved Digestion, Growth and Elimination (BRIDGE) Clinic
  • Pediatric Transitions of Care through the North Carolina Community Care Network (longitudinal)
  • Staffing and Code Response
  • Research  

Precepting

Precepting students and PGY1 residents provides the PGY2 residents with the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and further deepen their own clinical knowledge base. Wake Forest Baptist is a rotation site for pharmacy students from Campbell and Wingate Universities. Precepting responsibilities are available on many rotations.

Teaching Certificate

At the beginning of the year, residents have the opportunity to enroll in a teaching certificate program sponsored by the department of pharmacy. This program is intended to develop the resident’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach effectively in a wide variety of settings. The certificate program also aims to enhance the resident’s ability to provide constructive evaluations, as well as incorporate feedback into their own teaching. Many of the residency-required presentations qualify as experiences that help the resident complete the certificate program.

Presentations and Conferences

Written and verbal communication skills are emphasized throughout the program. Some of the presentation experiences include:

  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • 1-hour ACPE-accredited Pharmacy Grand Rounds  
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Journal club 
  • Bi-monthly pediatric pharmacy presentations
  • Platform Presentation at Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG)
  • Lecture to Wake Forest Physician Assistants students
  • Lecture to Campbell University School of Pharmacy students

Projects

Residents must complete or participate in the following projects:

  • Independent research project
  • Manuscript for publication
  • Pediatric quarterly newsletter publications
  • Pharmacy volunteer at Camp Victory Junction
  • Protocol(s) development and implementation

Staffing

Residents are required to help fulfill the department’s staffing needs. The pediatric resident currently staffs every 5th weekend, one evening shift a month, and 2 holidays a year.

Scheduling

The residency schedule is designed to provide a variety of learning experiences throughout the year. Highlights include:

  • 12 one-month rotations
  • A month dedicated to learning the distribution system in the pediatric satellite pharmacy (July)
  • A full research and administration month (December)
  • Longitudinal rotations on practice management and ambulatory care

Salary and Benefits

  • Accrual of paid holiday and vacation time
  • Comprehensive benefit package
  • Estimated stipend: $50,750
  • Funding to attend select professional meetings

Application Process

Please submit your application online using ASHP’s Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and include the following information:

  • A current CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Pharmacy school transcripts

In your letter of intent, please answer the following questions:

  • What are your goals for a pediatric pharmacy residency, and how does our program meet these goals?
  • Describe any research experience or training, special projects or scientific work you have completed, as well as any notable professional accomplishments you have achieved.
  • What do you think is the largest obstacle facing pharmacy today?
  • What personal interests do you have outside of pharmacy?

Application Guidelines

When submitting your application, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submit 3 (and only 3) references to the reference section of PhORCAS
  • Submit only 1 letter of intent
  • Ensure your letter of intent is in 12-point font and not more than 2 pages long

Please consider your choice for references carefully. We want information from people who will help us get to know you and understand how well you will succeed in our program.

In general, the best reference letters come from:

  • Preceptors for clinical rotations
  • Clinical faculty that facilitate clinical problem-solving courses
  • Faculty/administrators, organizational advisers and employers whom you have worked with on a particular project and/or know well

Application Deadline

The deadline for the PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency program is January 1.

On-site interviews will be granted for select applicants.