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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. Residents develop skills necessary to work at a pediatric institution in the areas of central pharmacy, total parenteral nutrition and decentralized medical/surgical areas.


The residency requires rotations in the following areas:

  • Orientation (2-3 weeks)
  • Pediatric general medical (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric general medical/surgical (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric nutritional support (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacokinetics (4 weeks)
  • At least 1 of the following
    • Neonatal intensive care (4-6 weeks)
    • Pediatric intensive care (4-6 weeks)
    • Hematology, oncology, bone marrow transplant (4-6 weeks)
  • Longitudinal rotations (12 months)
    • Committees and Projects
      • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
      • Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council
      • Medication Safety Committee
    • Decentralized pharmacy staffing
    • Trauma team
    • Leadership and practice management (6 months)

Elective rotations are available in the following pediatric areas

  • Emergency department and trauma center (4 weeks)
  • Infectious disease (4 weeks)
  • Investigational drug service (Longitudinal over 6 months)
  • Solid organ transplant clinics (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology w/ Wisconsin Poison Control Center (4 weeks)
  • Teaching Certificate Program (4 weeks)

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 is to be obtained by September 1st and no later than November 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
  • Present a minimum of 2 journal club articles to pharmacist staff


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

To learn more about benefits offered at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin click here.

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

View the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin PGY-1 Residency Manual & Policy

For additional information on our pharmacy or pharmacy residency program:
W. Scott Waggoner, PharmD, BCPPS
PGY-1 & PGY-2 Residency Program Director
Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacist
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
PO Box 1997
Department of Pharmacy, MS 730
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997
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