Cook Children's ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency training is divided into two post-graduate years, with two PGY1 and two PGY2 positions available. Each year-long program introduces residents to multiple aspects of pediatric medicine, diverse patient populations, and leading-edge health care technology. Cook Children's is a 443-bed hospital provides a wide variety of learning opportunities in various areas, including a level II trauma center, level IV NICU, level I PICU, and stem cell transplant unit.
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. To accomplish this, residents staff in both clinical and operational roles and work with preceptors and staff who are residency trained and board certified. Cook Children's pharmacists currently account for 20% of pediatric board certified pharmacists in the state of Texas.
Residency preceptors are invested in the growth of residents and helping them develop the tools that they need to succeed. To ensure research projects success, residents receive project mentorship from topic experts and research coordinators as well as dedicated project time throughout the year. Our program hosts biannual quality improvement retreats to review the strengths and weaknesses of our program with preceptors and current residents. Recognizing the rigors of residency training, a wellness program was implemented to provide structured and unstructured support to promote well-being, balance, and resilience.
Cook Children's is affiliated with University of Texas, University of North Texas, and Texas Tech Schools of Pharmacy and provides the opportunity to complete a teaching and leadership program, participate in pharmacy school curriculum, and dedicated time to precepting.
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 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and 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, if available.
The ASHP-accredited, post-graduate year 2 (PGY2) residency program at Cook Children's is a rigorous program focused on expanding each resident's clinical pediatric expertise, adaptability, independence, and clinical leadership skills. The PGY2 program at Cook Children's is especially unique in that our program offers the ASHP Recognized Specialty Pathway in Oncology. Residents may also tailor the PGY2 Pediatrics elective experiences to focus in areas such as General Pediatrics, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, and Ambulatory. Each program option is designed to transition residents from generalist to specialist practitioners within these disciplines and provides mentorship from experts in these areas. At the completion of the PGY2 year, residents will have advanced pediatric clinical knowledge, skills to establish and expand pediatric clinical pharmacy services, and the ability to provide clinical leadership to a multidisciplinary specialty team.
PGY2 Specialty Pathway in Pediatric Oncology
The Cook Children's PGY2 Pediatric residency program is recognized as an approved Pediatric Specialty Pathway provider of Oncology training practice in pediatrics by the ASHP Commission on Credentialing. The Oncology Pathway provides focused training in these areas:
Oncology I - Hematologic Malignancies
Oncology II - Solid Tumors
Stem Cell Transplant
Ambulatory: Hematology/Oncology Clinic
Several unique elective learning experiences are also offered to further training and experience in the Pediatric Oncology Specialty.
Prospective residents must be:
Eligible to work in the United States
A graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Texas
Application Requirements: Prospective residents must complete the following application elements by January 2:
Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) application
Candidate application with the National Matching Service (NMS)
A one-page letter of intent which includes both your short and long-term professional goals, why you are pursuing residency training, and why you are interested in the residency program at Cook Children’s Medical Center
Official transcript from pharmacy school
Curriculum vitae (CV)
Three letters of recommendations required; a fourth letter is optional.
One letter must be from a clinical preceptor (pediatric preceptor preferred)
One letter should be from most recent employer (pharmacy employer preferred)
PGY2: One letter must be from PGY1 Residency Program Director (RPD)
A screening interview is required. Selected applicants will then be invited to interview with Cook Children’s Medical Center at a mutually convenient time during late January or February.
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.