Pharmacy Residency program - postgraduate year one (PGY-1)

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin PGY-1 pharmacy residency program provides pharmacy residents with opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary health care rounds in all acute care rotations as well as work with attending physicians, pediatric medical residents, pharmacy and medical students, nurses and pharmacists.

Opportunities offered in our PGY-1 program assists our pharmacy residents with developing clinical skills in a pediatric acute care hospital while developing competence in direct patient care, practice management and leadership skills. The PGY-1 pharmacy residents receive an appointment on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council. Residents have the opportunity to develop clinical programs and provided a limited amount of decentralized pharmacy staffing to further educational opportunities. Skills necessary to work at a pediatric institution in the areas of central pharmacy, total parenteral nutrition and decentralized medical/surgical areas will be developed.


  • Orientation
  • Pediatric general medical
  • Pediatric general medical/surgical
  • Pediatric nutritional support
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Hematology, oncology, bone marrow transplant
  • Solid organ transplant clinics
  • Leadership and practice management
  • Longitudinal rotations
    • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
    • Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council
    • Decentralized pharmacy staffing
    • Medication Safety Committee
    • Trauma team

Elective rotations are available in the following pediatric areas

  • Emergency department and trauma center
  • Infectious disease
  • Investigational drug service
  • Oncology clinic
  • Toxicology
  • Longitudinal rotations
    • Investigational drug service
    • Special needs program

Residency requirements

Qualified applicants are future graduates or graduated from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited pharmacy program and eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of Wisconsin. Licensure must be obtained no later than October 1. Residency begins on July 1 and ends one year later on June 30.

Staffing requirements

Residents are required to staff every third weekend as well as approximately two weekdays per month. Staffing locations will include central pharmacy, total parenteral nutrition service, medication reconciliation and decentralized teams which will provide the resident with the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary rounds.

Required projects

In addition to clinical rotations, the pharmacy resident is expected to complete various projects, including but not limited to:

  • Present a poster at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Mid-year meeting
  • Present research project at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • Present at least 3 one-hour presentations to pharmacy personnel
  • Present at least one lecture to pharmacy students in a pediatric elective course
  • Present patient cases for selected rotations


  • Competitive salary
  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision, life)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training
  • Access to an extensive library of journals and textbooks

Learn about the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program application process.

For additional information on our pharmacy or pharmacy residency program:

Tom Nelson, PharmD, RPh
Clinical Coordinator and Residency Program Director
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Department of Pharmacy, MS 730
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997
(414) 266-2838