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PGY1 Residency

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is an academic teaching hospital that is integrated with the UC San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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The purpose of this program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Our program residents will be eligible for board certification and be eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The residency centers on the development of knowledge, attitude, and skills needed to provide pharmaceutical care in pediatrics. Each resident will rotate in the areas of General Medicine/Surgery, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Cardiac Intensive Care (CVICU) Hematology/Oncology, Pharmacy Administration, UC San Diego electives and other chosen electives.

Longitudinal rotations include: Research Project, Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) activities (writing and presenting Drug Monographs for Formulary Review and Medication Use Evaluations), Central Pharmacy Operations, Ambulatory Care Clinics (Severe Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis) and a Teaching Certificate program.

The residents’ goal will be to achieve optimal medication therapy outcomes as part of a multidisciplinary health care team. They will be competent in oral and written communication and will take part in educating other health care professionals, students, patients and parents in medication therapy. The residents will be guided in conducting and completing a research project, working with researchers from the Pediatric Trials Network.

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Department of Pharmacy Mission Statement

The mission of the Pharmacy Department is to optimize medication therapy through the application of the skills and knowledge of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy employees to promote optimal patient outcomes through the safe, effective, rational, and cost-effective use of medications.

Program Summary

  • Resident Positions Available
    Two new residents are accepted each year.
  • Stipend
    The current annual stipend is approximately $61,000.
  • Beginning Date
    The residency program begins on the last week of June or the first week of July depending on the calendar year.
  • Application Procedure
    1. Applicants must participate in the ASHP Match and apply using PhORCAS at Rady Children’s Hospital National Matching Service (NMS) Code: 236213
    2. Matched residents must be licensed Pharmacist Interns in the State of California prior to the start of the program.
    3. Matched residents must be licensed Pharmacists in the State of California by November 1 of their appointed year.
  • Application Deadline
    December 31st.

Program Overview

Resident Rotations: Required Rotations Duration
Orientation 3 weeks
Central Pharmacy Operations (Plus Longitudinal) 2 weeks
Administration 3 weeks
Medical Surgical 6 weeks
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 6 weeks
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 6 weeks
Acute Cardiac Unit 6 weeks
Hematology/Oncology 4 weeks
Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship 4 weeks
Research (Plus Longitudinal) 2 weeks
Total Required 40 weeks
Electives* 8 weeks

Longitudinal Experiences:

– Research project

– P&T Committee activities:

  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Formulary Review

– Central Pharmacy Operations

  • In addition to required two-week rotation:

Staffing 2 weekends out of 6 weeks in addition to one major and one minor holiday

– Ambulatory Care Clinics

  • Severe Asthma Clinic
  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

– Teaching Certificate Program (SDPRL)


  • Nephrology/Transplant
  • Informatics
  • Investigational Medications
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • More time with required rotations
  • UC San Diego Rotations

Additional opportunities include activities in pharmacokinetics, Homecare pharmacy, Bernardy Center (long-term care facility) and medication safety

Additional Activities

  • Mentoring APPE and IPPE Pharmacy Students
  • PALS Certification
  • Adverse-Drug Reaction Program evaluation
  • Provide written pharmacokinetic consults for various therapeutically monitored medications
  • Completion of residency project and presentation at Western States
  • Completion of a minimum of one Drug Utilization Evaluation (DUE)
  • Assist in medication monograph preparation and formulary management
  • Participate in Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Medication Error Management Committee

Professional Meetings

Residents will be required to attend various professional meetings throughout the year, which may include CSHP’s (California Society of Health System Pharmacists) Seminar and/or ASHP’s (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear meeting at which they will participate in recruitment efforts.  The residents will present their research at the Western States Residency Showcase.


For additional information, contact Residency Program Director Gale Romanowski, Pharm.D., at

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
3020 Children’s Way, San Diego, CA 92123
Main Phone: 858-576-1700
Customer Service & Referrals: 800-788-9029