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

PGY-1 UPMC Children's Hospital

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP) is a 308 bed pediatric hospital, and has been ranked as one of the top 10 Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for eight years in a row. The hospital serves the community as a level 1 trauma center, level 4 NICU, and is nationally recognized for their transplant program. The pharmacy department provides 24/7 services operational and clinical services. There are currently pharmacy clinical specialists in pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiology, neonatal critical care, general pediatrics, pediatric oncology, and pediatric solid organ transplant.

The PGY1 pediatric pharmacy residency program 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

All residents must be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applications for Pharmacist License and Intern Registration are available.

Pennsylvania requires 1500 registered intern hours in order to be eligible for licensure. Of the 1500 hours, only 1000 hours can be obtained through an academic program. That is, 500 intern hours must be obtained outside of school. These 1500 intern hours must be registered with a state board of pharmacy to count toward licensure in Pennsylvania. If you have not yet started registering hours with your state board of pharmacy, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible in order to be eligible for Pennsylvania licensure. We also encourage you to review your own state's rules regarding the registration, reporting and transfer of intern hours. Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions you have regarding licensure with individual program directors.

Application Process

Eligible candidates will have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by January 5th. An on-site interview is required.

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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: TBD
Benefits: Health, eye, dental, life and disability insurance; paid time off; and travel support 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 Learning Experiences (~4 weeks)

  • 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 every Wednesday 4-8PM)
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
  • Pediatric Ambulatory Care
  • Committee Participation
  • Research Series
  • Quality Improvement
  • Formulary Review
  • Presentations
  • Professional Development

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
  • Pediatric Solid Organ 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

Denise Howrie, PharmD,
Pediatric Oncology

Bill McGhee, PharmD,
Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant

Melinda Miller, PharmD, BCPS,
Neonatal Critical Care

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


Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Polischuk E. Vetterly CG, Crowley KL, et. al. Implementation of a standardized process for ordering and dispensing of high-alert emergency medication infusions. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2012;17(2):166-72.

Residency Program Director:

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

UPMC Presbyterian