The Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center is a 205 inpatient beds and expansive specialty outpatient facility within Duke University Hospital System. It is 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 by setting the highest standard possible for training pediatric health care professionals. It offers innovative curricula and learning systems to enhance trainees’ learning and development.  Duke children’s is consistently ranked among the top pediatric specialty programs nationwide by U.S. News and World Report and it is ranked the number one pediatric hospital programs in the state of North Carolina.

The pediatric residency is a specialized program consisting of 12 months of training in various pediatric settings. The program is designed to include several core experiences necessary for establishing a foundation of pediatric knowledge. Due to the diverse experiences at Duke, the residency year is tailored to adapt to the needs and interests of the individual resident.


Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of 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 or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

The purpose of the PGY2 Pediatric Residency Program is to prepare the resident to excel in the care of pediatric patients in any setting as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical faculty member, or to continue post graduate training (e.g., another residency or fellowship). 

Excellence will be achieved by:

  • Demonstrating accountability for patient care
  • Modeling excellence in pediatric pharmaceutical care
  • Serving as professional role models for pharmacy students and PGY1 residents
  • Participating in clinical research and performance improvement projects focused on pediatric pharmacotherapy
  • Facilitating and leading pediatric pharmacotherapy discussions in Pediatric Pharmacy Conferences


Required Outcomes

  • In collaboration with the health care team, provide comprehensive medication management to pediatric patients following a consistent patient care process.   
  • Ensure continuity of care during pediatric patient transitions between care settings.
  • Manage and facilitate delivery of medications to support safe and effective drug therapy for pediatric patients.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes for pediatric patients, as applicable to the organization.
  • Appropriately apply knowledge from adult evidence-based therapy to the pediatric patients
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct a quality improvement or research project.    
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for successful self-development in the provision of care for pediatric patients.
  • Demonstrate management skills in the provision of care for pediatric patients. 
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to pediatric patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups).
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians, or fellow health care professionals in pediatrics.     

Elective Outcomes

  • Write for publication pertinent medication-use information on pediatric-related topics for health care professionals and/or the public.              
  • 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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