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Pharmacy Residency

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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 residents are members of the Department of Pharmacy, where they will gain expertise through exposure to a broad range of clinical services.

Our Program

The 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. Pharmacists 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:

  • General Pediatrics (2 months)
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Pharmacy Operations/Staffing
  • Management and Medication Safety

In addition, residents will complete 2-3 elective rotations (based on availability and resident interest)

Longitudinal residency requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MED Service: Clinical pharmacist on-call service for drug information, total parenteral nutrition writing, pharmacokinetic drug monitoring, and medical alert/trauma response
  • Staffing in the inpatient pharmacy on some evenings and weekends
  • Participation in the pharmacist-run RSV Prevention Clinic
  • Opportunity to complete a teaching certificate program through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Formulary reviews, medication safety projects, and additional administrative projects
  • Participation in hospital committees, including Pharmacy Committee, and Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
  • Participation in informatics topic discussions and projects
  • Precepting and teaching pharmacy students on rotation
  • Preparing CE presentations for pharmacist and technician continuing professional development
  • Daily attendance at Pediatric Noon Conference
  • Weekly 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 practice.

PGY-2 Flexible Residency

CHKD also offers the opportunity for one of the PGY-1 residents to stay on to complete a PGY-2 residency with an emphasis in pediatric critical care medicine. The rotations will focus on pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, and pediatric emergency medicine. If this position is not filled internally during any particular year, it will flex to a third PGY-1 resident spot for the year.

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Application Process

   Students currently in the final year of their doctor of pharmacy curriculum at an accredited school or college of pharmacy or pharmacists currently holding a doctor of pharmacy degree from an accredited school or college of pharmacy may submit an application for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at CHKD.

   Applications will be accepted from October until January 1. Prospective residents may apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Application Service (PHORCAS) at A letter of intent, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a professional picture, and college transcripts should be included when applying online. The candidate must be eligible for licensure in Virginia.

Contact Us

For more information about our pediatric residency program at CHKD, please contact:

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
Pharmacy Department
Mike Chicella, Residency Program Director
601 Children's Lane
Norfolk, VA 23507-9982
(757) 668-8034