The Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Residency at UC Davis Health, is a one-year, PGY2 specialty residency in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice. During these 12 months, the program consists of concentrated training in all aspects of pediatric practice. This program is flexible in that it will adapt to the needs of the individual resident but will provide the basic foundation for quality pediatric clinical practice. The residency is supported by the Department of Pharmacy.
UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children. It is the central valley's only Pediatric Level 1 trauma center, and emergency department. This ‘hospital within a hospital' has 129 pediatric beds with NICU, PICU, Peds CICU, Hematology/Oncology and General Ward units. As a teaching hospital, it serves as an optimal location for training future practitioners. The pediatric area employs 9 FTEs dedicated to pediatric pharmacy practice. Pharmacists in this area are responsible for: 1 ) Review and verification of all medications prescribed to pediatric patients, 2) Preparation and Dispensing of some pediatric medications, 3) Participation in medication safety committee and culture, 4) Acting as a drug information resource for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health care professionals, 5) Participating in multidisciplinary rounds with NICU, PICU, CT Surgery, Heme/Onc and Ward Service teams, 6) Documentation of interventions, 7) Management of parenteral nutrition in cooperation with UC Davis Health dieticians, 8) Interpretation of drug levels via pharmacokinetic monitoring, 9) Patient and professional education.
Upon successful completion of all requirements of the program, an appropriate certificate will be awarded to the pediatric resident by UC Davis Health.
UC Davis Health PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Purpose:
PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized practice. 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 that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area.
The major area of focus of this program is provision of pharmaceutical care in the area of pediatrics. As is the standard in today's health care system, this practice takes place in a multidisciplinary field and residents will have the opportunity to interact with clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, nurses, social workers, respiratory therapist, emergency medical services personnel, as well as patients and their families. Daily activities will include attendance of rounds with bedside consultation for both physicians and nursing staff regarding therapy management, drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, and intravenous drug compatibility, among others. The resident will participate in all aspects of practice which include weekend staffing, emergency/code response, student precepting, student/resident/staff education, research project design and execution and will be responsible for providing appropriate, timely, and accurate drug delivery to patients. The UC Davis Health PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency is designed to meet the educational goals and objectives as outlined by the ASHP PGY2 Pediatric Residency Accreditation Standard.
Program Learning Experiences:
Core Experiences (32 weeks)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Pediatric CT Surgery (CTICU)
General Pediatric Wards
Longitudinal (6-12 months)
Longitudinal (6-12 months)
Longitudinal (8 presentations)
Elective Experiences (16 weeks)
Pediatric Infectious Disease
Pediatric Resident Responsibilities (Summary):
•Report to assigned preceptor
•Clinical pharmacy meetings
•Residency project with written manuscript
•Daily clinical/rotation assignments
•Any educational opportunities (e.g. grand rounds)
•Prepare and presents results of research at Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Annual Meeting
•Meet with preceptor no less than 3 times per week
•Complete Pharmacademic evaluations in a timely manner
•On formal presentation for ACPE-accredited continuing education
•Serve as junior preceptor
•Meet with RPD at least once a month to discuss issues/suggestions and overall trajectory
•Pediatric RAC meetings to monitor progress
Resident's Role in Teaching:
UC Davis Health offers many opportunities for both clinical and didactic teaching. The resident will be responsible for assisting preceptors with clerkship teaching for University of California, San Francisco pharmacy students and UC Davis Health PGY1 pharmacy residents. The resident will assume the primary preceptor role for UCSF pharmacy students for at least one rotation but may be encouraged to do more if deemed appropriate by preceptors. The pediatric resident will be required to prepare an ACPE accredited pharmacy grand rounds presentation on an appropriate pediatric topic, based on the resident's interests and a department needs assessment. In addition, the resident may choose to participate in academic teaching at regional schools of pharmacy with the approval of the Program Director. Pediatric residents will participate in clinical faculty research as opportunities become available. As opportunities become available for didactic lectures, participation will be supported.
Residency Research Project:
All UC Davis Health PGY2 residents are required to complete a research project during their residency. The pediatric resident will present their research at the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Meeting in April. In preparation for conducting their research project, the resident will complete UC Davis Health IRB-required training and certification. The resident will prepare a project proposal, which will be reviewed and approved by the UC Davis Health Pharmacy Research Oversight Committee. The resident will also submit their project to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the IRB for approval, before embarking on their research. Upon completion of the project, the resident will be required to summarize their research project in a manuscript suitable for publication as well as a poster or platform presentation.
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Activity:
The pediatric resident will be required to complete a medication use evaluation or a drug formulary review, as assigned by the UC Davis Health P&T Committee coordinator. The P&T Committee activity will be related to a pediatric product or topic. The pediatric program director will work with the P&T Committee coordinator and the resident to determine the assignment, based on the resident's interests and the needs of the department.
The pediatric resident will participate in various committee activities, as assigned by the Program Director. Assignments will be determined based on current department initiatives. The purpose of the residents' committee involvement is to ensure the resident gains exposure to the pediatric pharmacist's role in activities related to quality-improvement, medication safety, safe handling of hazardous drugs, guideline development and assessment/implementation of technology and automation within the institution and pharmacy department. An example of a committee in which pediatric pharmacists play a key role at UC Davis Health is Pediatric MERC, but as other opportunities arise, the resident may be involved in other committees as well.
The pediatric resident is encouraged to maintain an active role in pharmacy and pediatric professional organizations. The resident is strongly encouraged to become a member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) and American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP) and attend their annual meetings. The resident will be provided with some financial support from the institution and professional leave time to facilitate participation in professional development activities.
Pharmacy Department Service:
The pediatric resident is expected to provide ~300 hours of pharmacy department service. This expectation will be met primarily by providing pediatric pharmacist coverage one weekend every 3 weeks (15 weekends) plus one major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year's Day). A back-up pediatric pharmacist will always be available on site or on-call, to advise and support the resident as needed. Each Pediatric resident will serve as a practicing pharmacist in the pediatric satellite on every 3rd weekend. From August through at least October, resident will be a third pharmacist to assist the two scheduled pediatric pool pharmacists. Starting no earlier than November and when deemed appropriate, as determined by feedback from pediatric pharmacy team and the resident, resident will work with fostered independence as one of the two scheduled pharmacists. Pediatric resident will be working in both an operational and clinical capacity during the weekend shifts and will be responsible for TPN, kinetics, drug information, anticoagulation and any other clinical/dispensing duties that may arise during the course of a shift.
Pediatrics residents will assist in the resident recruitment and candidate selection process. This includes participating in any Pharmacy Showcases in which UC Davis Health participates, when appropriate. The pediatric resident will also participate in the residency showcase at the ASHP Midyear meeting occurring the first or second week of December. They will also be involved in the interview process by giving tours and eating lunch with the prospective candidates in February.
BLS and PALS Certification:
Each pediatric resident is expected to successfully complete the BLS and PALS curriculum within the first two months of the residency. The goal is to ensure the pediatrics resident is familiar with and capable of providing BLS, ACLS, and PALS in the event of an emergency.
Journal Club Presentations:
Overall Journal Clubs are held every 6 weeks (on average). This will be comprised of a total of 8 journal clubs during the year. The articles will be chosen by the Pediatric resident with guidance from the Journal club Preceptor to meet overall goals which are to exercise skills in critical thinking and literature evaluation. Selected articles will differ in research design, in order to expose the resident to various areas of pediatric pharmacotherapy and types of study design. Journal clubs will be made available to all staff and formally presented.
Pediatric Residency Advisory Committee
This group will be comprised of the Program Director and Core Preceptors to help to improve the educational experience, adjust the residency as needed based on concerns of the resident/preceptors and provide feedback to preceptors and residents. This meeting will take place quarterly and will involve the PGY 2 Resident as their input is immensely valuable in the execution of the residency program.
Pre-employment drug screening is a requirement of UC Davis Health.
SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE PGY-2 PEDIATRICS RESIDENCY
Copy of certificate of completion of PGY1 residency if PGY1 was performed in another program
Pharmacy Licensure per residency policy
Successful completion of all required rotations and completion of additional elective rotations totaling 12 months plus full participation and leadership in weekend clinical-satellite service responsibilities and pediatric journal club
Participation in the PGY-2 residency evaluation process (self-evaluation, rotation evaluation, preceptor evaluation and preceptor's resident evaluation, end of year program evaluation, quarterly RPD plans)
Satisfactorily completing assigned teaching requirements (journal clubs, case presentations, student case facilitation, CE presentations, participation in resident lectures, participation in 80% of Monthly Pediatric Educational Meetings, etc.)
Completion of research project and manuscript to the satisfaction of the residency project advisor/RPD
BLS , ACLS, and PALS certification if not current
Completion of 2 formal CE presentations including at least 1 ACPE accredited CE presentation and one within UA/UMC and one at the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) Annual Meeting (or approved conference)
Copy of notebook (preferably electronic, but written acceptable) reflective of activities (e.g., presentations and associated evaluations)
80% of all assigned objectives shall be achieved for residency, 100% of all clinical G/O (area R1 and R5)
Resident Personnel Policies:
Refer to UCDMC Pharmacy Residency Manual for general policies and requirements applicable to all UCDMC pharmacy residents.
The following policies can be located in the Pharmacy Resident Personnel Manual located at
UC Davis Medical Center is the major teaching facility for the UC Davis School of Medicine, and serves as a clerkship site for several affiliated professional programs, including the UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy. The Medical Center is licensed for over 645 beds, including the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has an ambulatory care program with more than 60 clinics, a progressive specialty pharmacy program, offers a full range of inpatient services, diagnostic services, and a 24-hour major emergency medical service.
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