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PGY2 Pediatrics 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.

PGY2 Program Purpose: PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego is a pediatric training program established in the year 2019.  The program accepts one resident annually.  The residency centers on the development of knowledge, attitude, and skills needed to provide pharmaceutical care in the specialized area of pediatrics with a focus on hematology/oncology.  The resident will rotate in the areas of General Pediatrics, Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU, Solid Tumors, BMT, Leukemia/Lymphoma, Hematology, and Infections Disease, as well as chosen electives (Informatics, Pain\Palliative Care, and Investigational Meds).  The resident will have additional responsibilities including presentations, both formal and informal, as well as the Childhood Cancers Lecture for the Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Elective at the UCSD School of Pharmacy. The resident will also successfully complete a research project suitable for publication. This project will be presented at HOPA (Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association) annual meeting.   

The attending physicians at the Rady Children’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders treat more than 250 new pediatric patients every year with various childhood cancers, making us the largest pediatric cancer care center and only pediatric bone marrow transplant program serving San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties.


The PGY2 residency will comprise core rotations in:

  • Inpatient Oncology (Solid tumor and Leukemia/Lymphoma)
  • Hematology
  • Stem Cell Transplant
  • Antimicrobial  Stewardship/Infectious  Disease
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric/Neonatal ICU
  • Central Pharmacy Staffing

Elective rotations include: Investigational Drug Services, Informatics (EPIC Beacon), Pain/Palliative Care

Residents are required to complete a Hematology/Oncology Research Project

Requirements for Acceptance:  

  • Pharm.D. degree from ACPE accredited program
  • Successful completion of PGY1 residency
  • Application and current CV through Phorcas, minimum three letters of recommendation
  • California pharmacist license prior to the start of the program and no later than Nov. 1 during the start of the year


We offer health, dental, vision and hospitalization insurance, as well as vacation, holiday and professional leave. A set travel stipend for the year will be provided to support attendance at professional conferences such as HOPA, CSHP Seminar and ASHP Midyear. See the Policy and Procedure Manual for additional benefit information.


For additional information, contact the Residency Program Director:

Lawrence Alejandro, Pharm.D., BCPPS
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