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Pharmacy Residency

Cook Children's pharmacy residency training is divided into two post-graduate years. Each year long program introduces residents to multiple aspects of pediatric medicine, diverse patient populations and leading-edge health care technology. The goal of the programs is to produce well-rounded pediatric pharmacy practitioners with solid foundations built on the theoretical and practical application of clinical pharmacy skills.

Cook Children's is affiliated with University of Texas, University of North Texas, and Texas Tech Schools of Pharmacy.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The Cook Children's post-graduate year one residency program offers residents an opportunity to develop clinical pharmacy practice skills in a challenging and progressive environment.

Cook Children's is affiliated with University of Texas, University of North Texas, and Texas Tech Schools of Pharmacy.

Required rotations

Each core rotation is four to six weeks.

  • General pediatrics
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Medication safety
  • Teaching and Precepting

Elective rotations

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Pain Management/Palliative Care
  • Ambulatory care
  • Neurology
  • Advanced Required Rotation

Residency requirements

  • A residency project prepared for publishing in medical journal, in addition to other projects assigned on rotation and drug use evaluations.
  • In-services and continuing education programs for our medical center staff.
  • Preceptor for pharmacy students
  • Teaching certificate
  • Staffing commitment
  • Start date in mid-June
  • Texas Pharmacy license by August 1

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency

The Cook Children's post-graduate year two residency program helps residents transition from a general practice to a more specialized practice focusing on pediatric patients.

PGY2 Program Tracks

Pediatrics

Candidates have completed an adult-focused PGY1 residency

Required rotations during PGY2 residency:

  • Orientation
  • General pediatrics
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Teaching/precepting

Elective rotations (choose four):

  • Advanced required rotation
  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Hematology and Oncology Center
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
  • Pain Management
  • Ambulatory care
  • Nutrition
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Administration
  • Medication safety

Hematology and Oncology Center

Candidates have completed a pediatric-focused PGY1 residency

Required rotations during PGY2 residency:

  • Orientation
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Teaching/precepting

Elective rotations (choose two):

  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU))
  • Infectious disease
  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Nutrition
  • Administration
  • Medication safety
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Pain Management
  • Ambulatory care

Critical Care

Candidates have completed an pediatric-focused PGY1 residency

Required rotations during PGY2 residency:

  • Orientation
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Nutrition
  • Teaching/precepting

Elective rotations (choose two):

  • Medication safety
  • Administration
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
  • Hematology and Oncology Center
  • Ambulatory care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pain Management
  • Neurology

PGY2 residency requirements

Throughout the PGY2 residency year, each resident must:

  • Obtain Texas pharmacy licensure by July 1
  • Finish a residency research project in publishable form, in addition to other projects assigned during rotations and drug use evaluations.
  • Complete in-services and continuing education programs for medical center staff.
  • Serve as a preceptor for pharmacy students and PGY1 residents.
  • Acquire teaching certificate.
  • Meet staffing commitments.

Pharmacy Preceptor Biographies

Throughout the PGY2 residency year, each resident must:

  • Obtain Texas pharmacy licensure by July 1
  • Finish a residency research project in publishable form, in addition to other projects assigned during rotations and drug use evaluations.
  • Complete in-services and continuing education programs for medical center staff.
  • Serve as a preceptor for pharmacy students and PGY1 residents.
  • Acquire teaching certificate.
  • Meet staffing commitments.

Pharmacy/Application Information

Pharmacy services

Cook Children's Pharmacy provides service to patients admitted to the Emergency Department, inpatients and outpatients. The pharmacy operates under a decentralized model, with a majority of pharmaceutical care occurring on the patient care units. Pharmacy services include drug procurement and storage, preparation and dispensing, drug therapy monitoring, medication reconciliation, patient education, and parenteral nutrition evaluation. The pharmacy is a part of the medical center's clinical support division and reports activities through the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

The pharmacy team

  • Administration: Director, clinical manager, three clinical coordinators, operations manager, business manager, and pharmacy technician supervisors
  • Specialists: NICU, PICU, Hematology and Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency medicine, IT, medication safety, investigational drugs
  • Infectious diseases - two PGY1 and two PGY2 residents
  • 55 full time equivalent pharmacists: Clinical, Distributive, Hematology and Oncology satellite, Outpatient satellite, Operating Room satellite (2), Ambulatory Surgery Center satellite, Emergency Room satellite, Retail
  • 50 full time equivalent pharmacy technicians: Distributive, Clinical, Data analyst, medication safety, medication assistance program, informatics, purchasing, billing/340b
  • 8 pharmacy interns

Residency program application instructions

Submit a current transcript of college courses completed.

  • Letter of intent

Enclose a statement of your professional goals, both short-term and long term. Also include why you want to pursue residency training and why you are specifically interested in Cook Children's Medical Center.

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

Enclose a copy of your current CV. It should include schools or universities attended (including dates); degrees conferred or expected honors and awards, extracurricular activities, work experience, clinical rotations (taken and scheduled) and other pertinent information.

Recommendations

  • Three letters of recommendation are required, at least one of which are from a pharmacy employer and two from clinical faculty or rotation preceptors.
  • Photograph

It is optional for you to attach a photograph to the application. The photograph will assist us in recalling you and your interview when all candidates are considered.

  • Interview

Selected applicants will be invited to interview at Cook Children's Medical Center at a mutually convenient time during late January or February.