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PGY2 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 Two (PGY2) Pharmacy Residency Program will expand and build on your previous experience and training developed during your PGY1. As a graduate of our PGY2 program, you will be fully prepared to become a clinical specialist in pediatrics and pursue board certification in pediatric pharmacy.

The challenging program will motivate and prepare you to ensure safe and effective evidence-based patient care for pediatric patients. Our program will tailor your PGY2 year based on your goals/interests and previous unique PGY1 experiences. You’ll participate in service activities to continue enhancing 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.

As a PGY2 resident, you’ll expand on clinical responsibilities under the preceptorship of an experienced pharmacist to help hone your skills and apply them in 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 patient care, management, education and communication.

Required Learning Experiences (4 weeks)

Note: Individual rotation schedules will be modified based on the unique PGY1 experience of the resident.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Residency Research Project
  • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)
  • Teaching and Academia
  • Inpatient pharmacy staffing and operations management

Year Two Achievements

During the residency year, you’ll:

  • Integrate layered learning and mentorship with PGY1 pharmacy residents and student pharmacists. 
  • Actively participate in daily patient care rounds, therapeutic drug monitoring and provision of drug information to the medical team.
  • 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.
  • Deliver lectures to pharmacy students at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy.
  • 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) PGY2 Residency Program Goals and Objectives.

To find out more, call or email:

Todd Kociancic, PharmD, BCPPS
PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director

ASHP Directory Information

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