Post graduate year 2

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin PGY-2 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. These activities will provide the resident with opportunities to develop clinical skills in a pediatric acute-care hospital while developing competence in direct pediatric patient care, practice management and leadership skills. The PGY-2 pharmacy resident receives an appointment to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Medication Safety Committee and Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to develop clinical programs and provide decentralized pharmacy staffing. The resident will develop the competencies necessary to provide comprehensive medication management services to pediatric patients in their chosen critical care setting.


The residency requires rotations in the following areas:

  • Orientation
  • General pediatric medical/surgical areas
  • Total parenteral nutrition service
  • Leadership and practice management
  • At least 2 of the following:
    • Neonatal intensive care
    • Pediatric intensive care
    • Pediatric hematology, oncology, bone marrow transplant
  • Leadership and practice management
  • Longitudinal rotations:
    • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
    • Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council
    • Medication Safety Committee
    • Trauma team
    • Decentralized pharmacy staffing
    • Medication reconciliation

Elective rotations are available in the following areas:

  • Pediatric infectious disease
  • Pediatric emergency department and trauma center
  • Toxicology
  • Solid organ transplant clinics
  • Longitudinal rotations:
    • Pediatric investigational drug service
    • Special needs program

Residency requirements

Qualified applicants are graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited pharmacy program, completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency and are eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of Wisconsin. Licensure must be obtained no later than October 1. The residency begins on July 1 and ends one year later on June 30.

Staffing requirements

The resident is required to staff every third weekend as well as approximately two weekdays per month. Staffing locations will include central pharmacy, total parenteral nutrition pharmacist, medication reconciliation and decentralized teams which will provide the resident with the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary rounds. As the PGY-2 resident establishes independent practice in the intensive care units, staffing locations will be added.

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-2 pediatric 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