Pharmacists play an essential role in the care of children at CHKD. Clinical pharmacists are viewed as invaluable members of patient care teams and hospital committees. Pharmacy practice residents are members of the Department of Pharmacy, where they will gain expertise through exposure to a broad range of clinical services.
Department of Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical care to our pediatric
patient population. Pharmaceutical care involves not only medication therapy,
but also decisions regarding medication selection, dosages, routes, methods of
administration, and therapeutic drug monitoring. Patients’ medications,
diseases, and doses are reviewed for safe and effective treatment. We also
provide drug information to other health care professionals and counseling to
patients and/or their caregivers.
In addition, pharmacists at CHKD are
responsible for documenting clinical interventions and reporting adverse drug
reactions, and they play an important role in formulary management, medication
safety, and error prevention.
While residents learn unique
pediatric pharmacy considerations through time spent staffing in the inpatient
pharmacy, the primary focus of this residency is direct patient care. Residents
will gain clinical knowledge through 12 monthly rotations, including the core
and elective rotations listed below.
Core rotations include the following:
Pediatrics (2 months)
- Ambulatory Care
In addition, residents will complete three elective rotations (based on availability and resident interest).
Longitudinal residency requirements include, but are not
limited to, the following:
Service: Clinical pharmacist on-call service for drug information,
pharmacokinetic drug monitoring, and medical alert/trauma response
in the inpatient pharmacy on some evenings and weekends
- Additional ambulatory care clinic experiences
reviews and additional administrative projects
in hospital committees, including Medication Safety Subcommittee, Pharmacy
Committee, and Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
and teaching pharmacy students on rotation
presentations for CHKD Pharmacist Continuing Professional Development
attendance at Pediatric Noon Conference
attendance at Pediatric Grand Rounds
Upon completion of this one-year
program, residents will be prepared to further enhance their clinical knowledge
in a pediatric specialty residency or in independent pediatric pharmacy