PGY2 Pediatrics


The PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This program is designed to prepare motivated and qualified pharmacists for advanced pediatric clinical pharmacy practice, including clinical specialist and/or clinical faculty positions.

Number of Positions: 1-2

About the Program: 

The program emphasizes clinical practice and consists of nine months of core (required) learning experiences in specific aspects of pediatric pharmacy and three months of elective opportunities. Elective rotations are customized to meets the needs of the individual resident, while accomplishing the objectives for the program. Therefore, the program will be individualized to suit the needs of the particular resident.

Learning Experiences
  • General Orientation
  • Pediatric ICU (2)
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Peds Heme/Onc and BMT
  • General Pediatrics (2)
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Academia/Research
  • Peds Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Resident Research Project
  • Weekend Clinical Staffing
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Clinic
  • Committee Participation
  • Teaching and Leadership
Clinical Responsibilities: 

The design of this program is intended to offer the resident as much flexibility as possible, while accomplishing the objectives of the program. In general, the majority of clinical experiences will be gained through inpatient, direct patient care clinical services as part of an interdisciplinary team in pediatrics with longitudinal ambulatory care experience in the pediatric pulmonary center clinics (e.g., asthma, sleep and cystic fibrosis clinics). The resident is expected to participate in weekly clinical pharmacy conferences and in weekend clinical coverage.

Various practice areas include general pediatric medicine, pediatric and neonatal critical care, pulmonary medicine, hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant, emergency medicine, cardiology and infectious diseases. The resident will be allowed up to three months of electives from a variety of specialties in addition to the required areas of practice.

Academic Responsibilities: 

Academic responsibilities will include didactic teaching experience through formal lecturing and small group teaching within therapeutics courses for PharmD students. Clerkship teaching will be gained through assisting in precepting PharmD students.

The resident will design, implement, and complete at least one research project related to pediatric pharmacotherapy of such quality that would merit presentation at a national conference and result in a completed manuscript suitable for submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The resident also may be asked to co-author case reports or review articles depending on resident’s long-term goals and availability. 

Additionally, the resident has the option to participate in the longitudinal Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program.

Weekend Staffing/On-call Responsibilities: 

Residents are required to participate in the pediatric clinical staffing service on a rotating basis every third week (on average). This coverage includes management of all patients in the PICU, heme/onc/bmt and general pediatrics floors. Duties include, but are not limited to, pharmacokinetic monitoring, anticoagulation monitoring, management of pediatric TPNs, and response to code blue situations.

Benefits and Financial Provisions: 

The salaries for these programs are competitive with similar residency programs nationwide. Residents are entitled to all benefits provided to full time University appointed personnel. Funds may be provided to help offset travel expenses to selected state and national meetings.

Salary: $51,659

Application Process: 

The applicant for the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency should have graduated from a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program and completed a clinically oriented PGY1 residency in pharmacy before beginning his/her Pediatric Pharmacy Residency. Suspension of these criteria may be allowed for exceptional candidates as determined by the residency director.

The University of Arizona Residency Programs participate in the ASHP-associated Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for applications and the National Matching Service (NMS) for the residency matching process.

Please submit the following REQUIRED documents through the PhORCAS system by JANUARY 2nd:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Pharmacy School Transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

ASHP Code: 81006
NMS Program Code: 632661

On-site interviews for invited applications will occur in February.

Contact Information: 

For additional information about the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact:

Leslie Thompson, PharmD, BCPS
Director, PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program 
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Pharmacy Services
Tucson, AZ 85724
Phone: (520) 694-4184