The PGY2 Pediatrics Residency Program is a one-year ASHP-accredited residency program. Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is a 364-bed hospital affiliated with Loma Linda University Health and supporting over a million children. The Children’s Hospital includes 84 neonatal ICU beds, 25 pediatric ICU beds, and 33 hematology/oncology beds.
The PGY2 Pediatrics resident will develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to become an advanced pharmaceutical care practitioner in pediatrics. Through its affiliation with the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, the resident will also gain the experience necessary to become an effective pharmacy educator.
Required learning experiences are designed for the resident to develop important skills in managing pediatric patients with a variety of disease states. These learning experiences may be customized for a longer experience and may also be repeated for an advanced learning experience. Sequencing of these experiences is customized based on resident preference and interest.
Elective learning experiences are 4-6 weeks in length and are selected and scheduled based on resident preference. Residents select three learning experiences that best suit their interests from the options below. Longitudinal learning experiences occur throughout the year and include medication safety, hospital practice, academia, and research. Additionally, the resident will have 3 project weeks scheduled throughout the year based on resident preference.
PEDIATRIC PHARMACY RESIDENCY GOALS
- Become proficient in the pharmacologic management of the pediatric patient
- Serve as a productive member of a multi-disciplinary pediatric team
- Provide patient-centered pharmaceutical care
- Develop medication safety skills for the pediatric patient
- Improve written and verbal communication skills
- Acquire the knowledge and skills to become an effective pediatric pharmacist and attain Board Certification in Pediatric Pharmacy
- Participate in patient care rounds, monitor patients, and assess the appropriateness of drug therapy
- Provide drug information to patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals
- Participate in the Children’s Hospital Medication Safety Committee and/or other meetings involving Medication Safety/Quality Assurance
- Precept student pharmacists and/or PGY1 residents
- Complete and present a research project at the Pediatric Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting
- Prepare and submit manuscript for publication
- Provide a Continuing Education presentation
- Provide one didactic lecture in the Special Populations course
- Develop and lead a case discussion in the Advanced Pediatric Pharmacotherapy course
- Complete a drug use evaluation and/or drug monograph
- Participate in community service events with student pharmacist professional organizations
REQUIRED LEARNING EXPERIENCES
- General Pediatrics (4 weeks)
- Hospital Practice (5-6 weeks)
- Pediatric Intensive Care (6 weeks)
- Neonatal Intensive Care (6 weeks)
- Advanced General Pediatrics (4 weeks)
- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, outpatient (6 weeks)
Residents will be trained in operational areas during their Hospital Practice learning experience and will continue to develop these skills longitudinally throughout the year. Residents staff every third weekend and every third holiday throughout the year in both the main pharmacy and the satellite pharmacies in the Children’s Hospital.
ELECTIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES
- Pediatric Infectious Diseases
- Pediatric Emergency Department
- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, inpatient
- Pediatric Heart Transplant, inpatient and outpatient
- Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
- Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability
Residents are eligible for medical/dental/vision insurance and receive 10 days of paid time off each year in addition to paid professional leave to attend professional meetings or job interviews. Residents also receive a stipend to support travel, lodging, and registration fees to attend professional conferences.