The PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at Children's of Alabama features structured experiences in a broad variety of pediatric specialty areas of practice, along with the ability to tailor to individual goals and practice interests through unique elective opportunities. In addition to patient care activities, residents also have involvement in hospital committees, develop and present educational activities, participate in code/trauma response, have precepting opportunities, and complete a major research project. Other program highlights include a teaching and learning certificate program, competitive stipend and benefits, and paid travel to professional meetings.
Children's offers three (3) ASHP accredited PGY-1 residency positions annually for applicants with a primary interest in pediatric pharmacy practice. In addition, our program has a collaborative agreement with a pediatric PGY2 program through Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy for which our residents may early commit.
Required pediatric experiences include core rotations in pediatric hospital medicine, pediatric intensive care, hematology/oncology, neonatal intensive care, pulmonary, nephrology, and infectious diseases. In addition, residents participate in longitudinal experiences in pharmacokinetics, ambulatory care, anticoagulation, drug information, pharmacy operations, and practice management. Available electives include blood and bone marrow transplant, toxicology, cardiology and heart transplant, investigational drug study, emergency medicine, psychiatry, medication safety, advanced practice experiences in core rotations, and additional experiences tailored to resident areas of interest.
Be a graduate of or candidate for graduation from an ACPE accredited degree program (or one in the process of pursuing accreditation) or have a FPGEC certificate from NABP
Because of the necessary timelines of the residency program, Children's of Alabama does not sponsor visas for foreign pharmacy residency applicants.
Have obtained or will obtain a Pharm.D. degree by July 1st of the residency year
Be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the State of Alabama
Have minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during their pharmacy school curriculum
Candidates applying from pharmacy programs without GPAs shall provide an indication of academic performance through official documentation from their college of pharmacy.
Be available for an interview in the month of February
Required application materials include: Letter of interest, curriculum vitae, official pharmacy school transcripts, and three (3) letters of reference, one of which must be from an employer or direct supervisor during employment
Applications accepted using PhORCAS and the NMS. No person at this residency will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. Children's of Alabama has a commitment to diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from under-represented groups.
Children’s of Alabama (COA) is a private, not-for-profit, free-standing pediatric hospital, and with more than 3.5 million square feet, is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. COA is ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report. COA is a regional referral center, offering diverse inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside and at more than a dozen other sites across the state. COA is a primary training site for health care professionals and is one of the 10 busiest pediatric hospitals in the nation. COA is the only health system in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. Our mission is to provide the finest pediatric health services to all children in an environment that fosters excellence in research and medical education. Pharmaceutical care services include therapeutic drug monitoring, drug information, code/trauma team participation, and investigational drug study support.