Residency Program

Pediatric Pharmacy (PGY2)


The Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center is a 190 bed inpatient and expansive specialty outpatient facility dedicated to providing the best possible care for the patients and families served today and discovering treatments that will enhance the health care of future generations. Duke Children’s is committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all aspects of pediatric care. Most importantly, Duke Children’s consistently strives to make the patient experience a model of quality care through advanced treatment, compassionate support, and full family participation and communication. Duke Children’s sets the highest standard possible for training pediatric health care professionals by offering innovative curricula and learning systems to enhance trainees' learning and development.

Duke Children’s mission is to provide:

  • Excellence in the clinical care of infants and children;
  • Innovation in basic and applied research;
  • Leadership in the education of health care professionals; and
  • Advocacy for children's health.

Duke Children's provides a comprehensive array of pediatric services for children from birth to adulthood. Duke's multidisciplinary approach to care is especially effective in the treatment of complex childhood health problems. Duke Children's specialty services provide care in 28 pediatric specialties, ranging from common allergies and infectious diseases to complex
leukemias and genetic disorders.
Duke Children's is consistently ranked among the top pediatric specialty programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.
Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center is located within Duke University Hospital (DUH) in Durham, North Carolina. DUH is an academic learning center and serves as the flagship for the Health System. In addition to Duke Hospital, Duke University Health System (DUHS) includes two community hospitals, Durham Regional Hospital and Duke Health Raleigh Hospital, as well
as affiliations with other hospitals in the region, community based primary care practices, home care, infusion services and hospice care.
The pediatric residency experience is a specialized program consisting of orientation and eleven calendar month rotations in various pediatric inpatient and outpatient care settings. The program is designed to include several core experiences necessary for establishing a foundation in general pediatric pharmacotherapy. As core experiences are completed, the program allows for flexibility in providing a year long experience that will allow the resident to develop into an exceptional pediatric pharmacy clinician. Upon completion of this program, the resident will be prepared for a variety of career opportunities including pediatric general clinical practice, specialty, and clinical pharmacy leadership positions.


A PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency embraces the concept that pharmacy practitioners must share in the responsibility and accountability for optimal drug therapy as they transition from a PGY1 pharmacy residency graduate into an expert clinical specialist in pediatric practice and pharmacotherapy. A pediatric residency graduate will be equipped to practice in a pediatric pharmacotherapy specialist role and to become an accomplished teacher of pediatric pharmacotherapy. The residency program is structured to provide opportunities for active participation (both as student and teacher) in the interdisciplinary
education of pediatric medical residents during various weekly conferences and team teaching. Additionally, the pharmacy resident will participate in the education of Doctor of Pharmacy students and pediatric pharmacy staff. The residency will provide a variety of research opportunities which will focus on improving patient outcomes and/or enhancing therapeutic


The PGY2 resident and the program director will develop an individualized residency program based on the resident’s previous training, experience, and future professional goals. The resultant program plan will be targeted for the resident to achieve core and elective outcomes such as:

Core Outcomes

Resident is competent to:

  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications in pediatric patients and influence appropriate decision-making regarding pharmacotherapy.
  • Optimze the outcomes of pediatric patients by promoting and/or providing evidence-based medication therapy as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team in acute and ambulatory care settings.
  • Manage and improve the medication-use process in pediatric patient care areas.
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills.
  • Appropriately apply knowledge from adult evidence-based therapy to the pediatric patients.
  • Develop comprehensive educational program for healthcare providers which addresses the specialized pharmacotheraphy needs of the pediatric patient.
  • Professionally and constructively interact with pediatric patients and their family members regarding their therapeutic regimen.

Elective Outcomes

Resident is competent to:

  • Demonstrate professional knowledge, skills, and ability required to function independently as a recognized peer contributor in an academic setting.
  • Conceive, author and publish articles or review of clinical literature related to pediatric pharmacotheraphy.
  • Identify opportunities and design a research project which will benefit therapeutic understanding outcomes in pediatric patients.
  • Coordinate and/or lead clinical pharmacy services in a children's hospital.



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