PGY-1 Pediatric Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

PGY-1 UPMC Children's Hospital

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) is a 308 bed free-standing pediatric hospital. The hospital serves the community as a level I trauma center, level IV NICU, and is nationally ranked #8 for America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report 2019-20. The pharmacy department provides 24/7 operational and clinical services. There are currently pharmacy clinical specialists practicing in pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiology, neonatal critical care, general pediatrics, pediatric oncology, pediatric bone marrow transplant, pediatric solid organ transplant, and pediatric antimicrobial stewardship. The PGY1 pediatric pharmacy residency program is a one year commitment that will provide residents with the knowledge and skills to provide outstanding pediatric pharmaceutical care for neonates through adulthood. Residents will:

  • Design, recommend, and manage safe and effective treatment for a diverse range of hospitalized patients.
  • Prepare, dispense, and manage medications to support safe and effective drug therapy for patients.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes using evidence to improve patient care.
  • Demonstrate leadership and management skills.
  • Provide education to patients, caregivers, and a variety of health care professionals.

Application Requirements

  • Graduating or have graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy.
  • Enrolled in the Match (National Matching Services)
  • Must be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Application Process

An application must be submitted through PhORCAS by December 31st and include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Pharmacy school transcripts
  • Letter of intent describing rationale for residency training
  • Three completed standardized reference forms in PhORCAS
    • At least one must be from a clinical preceptor

Select candidates will be invited for an on-site interview, which aretypically conducted on select dates in January and early February. An on-site interview is required.

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information from any residency candidate.

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, are eligible for board certification, and are eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy resident training.

The purpose of the residency is to train highly motivated pharmacists, increase professional development, clinical involvement, and develop independent critical thinking skills needed to function as a proficient pediatric pharmacist. The resident will have the opportunity to provide pharmaceutical care to patients in pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiology,neonatal critical care, general pediatrics, pediatric oncology, pediatric solid organ transplant, and through longitudinal activities. The residency program will provide the resident with the flexibility to adapt experiences to meet their specific learning needs and goals.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 1
Starting Date: July 1
Estimated Stipend: $46,922
Benefits: Health, eye, dental, life and disability insurance; paid time off; and travel support(up to $1800) to professional conferences
Training Site Type: Free standing children's hospital
Owner/Affiliates: UPMC
Model (type): Teaching, Tertiary
Professional Staff: ~50
Total Beds: 308

Required (~4 weeks unless noted)

  • Pharmacy Orientation
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Neonatal Critical Care/Nutrition Support
  • Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Pharmacy Administration


  • Pharmacy Operations (every 3rd weekend and one evening per week from 4-8PM)
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
  • Pediatric Complex Care Clinic
  • Committee Participation
  • Research Series
  • Quality Improvement
  • Formulary Review
  • Presentations
  • Professional Development


  • Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
  • Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant
  • Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Various Pediatric Subspecialty Services
  • Mastery of Teaching Certification (through University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy)

*Learning experiences above are exapmles (not all inclusive) and are subject to change based on availability


Don Berry, RPh,
Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care

Kelli Crowley, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS,
Pediatric Critical Care

Elizabeth Ferguson, PharmD, BCPPS,
General Pediatrics

Breana Goscicki, PharmD,
Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant

Denise Howrie, PharmD
Associate Professor of Pharmacy & Pediatrics
Pediatric Oncology

Bill McGhee, PharmD,
Outpatient Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant

Melinda Miller, PharmD, BCPS,
Neonatal Critical Care

Jennifer Shenk, PharmD, BCPPS
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Neonatal Critical Care

Carol Vetterly, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS,
Clinical Coordinator, Pediatric Critical Care

Erin Westlander, PharmD, BCIDP
Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship


Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Residency Program Director:

Jennifer Shenk, PharmD, BCPPS
Neonatal Clinical Pharmacist
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Phone: 412-692-3172

UPMC Presbyterian