Cook Children's ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency training is divided into two post-graduate years, with two PGY1 and two PGY2 positions available. Each year-long program introduces residents to multiple aspects of pediatric medicine, diverse patient populations, and leading-edge health care technology. Cook Children's is a 443-bed hospital provides a wide variety of learning opportunities in various areas, including a level II trauma center, level IV NICU, level I PICU, and stem cell transplant unit.
The goal of the program is to produce well-rounded pediatric pharmacy practitioners with solid foundations built on the theoretical and practical application of clinical pharmacy skills. To accomplish this, residents staff in both clinical and operational roles and work with preceptors and staff who are residency trained and board certified. Cook Children's pharmacists currently account for 20% of pediatric board certified pharmacists in the state of Texas.
Residency preceptors are invested in the growth of residents and helping them develop the tools that they need to succeed. To ensure research projects success, residents receive project mentorship from topic experts and research coordinators as well as dedicated project time throughout the year. Our program hosts biannual quality improvement retreats to review the strengths and weaknesses of our program with preceptors and current residents. Recognizing the rigors of residency training, a wellness program was implemented to provide structured and unstructured support to promote well-being, balance, and resilience.
Cook Children's is affiliated with University of Texas, University of North Texas, and Texas Tech Schools of Pharmacy and provides the opportunity to complete a teaching and leadership program, participate in pharmacy school curriculum, and dedicated time to precepting.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
The Cook Children's post-graduate year one residency program offers residents an opportunity to develop clinical pharmacy practice skills in a challenging and progressive environment.
PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
Since 2008, the ASHP-accredited post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) residency program at Cook Children's has offered a unique, well-rounded learning experience to our first year residents. The PGY1 residency provides a rigorous curriculum, flexible rotations, and a progressive learning environment that is supported by experienced preceptors. At the completion of the PGY1 year, the resident will have a solid foundation of pediatric clinical knowledge, confidence to function as an independent healthcare provider, and the ability to be a meaningful contributor of pharmaceutical care to a multidisciplinary team.
Prospective residents must be:
Eligible to work in the United States
A graduate or candidate for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Texas
Application Requirements: Prospective residents must complete the following application elements by January 2:
Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) application
Candidate application with the National Matching Service (NMS)
A one-page letter of intent which includes both your short and long-term professional goals, why you are pursuing residency training, and why you are interested in the residency program at Cook Children’s Medical Center
Official transcript from pharmacy school
Curriculum vitae (CV)
Three letters of recommendations required; a fourth letter is optional.
One letter must be from a clinical preceptor (pediatric preceptor preferred)
One letter should be from most recent employer (pharmacy employer preferred)
PGY2: One letter must be from PGY1 Residency Program Director (RPD)
A screening interview is required. Selected applicants will then be invited to interview with Cook Children’s Medical Center at a mutually convenient time during late January or February.
Cook Children's pharmacy residency training is divided into two post-graduate years. Each year long program introduces residents to multiple aspects of pediatric medicine, diverse patient populations and leading-edge health care technology. The goal of the programs is to produce well-rounded pediatric pharmacy practitioners with solid foundations built on the theoretical and practical application of clinical pharmacy skills.
Cook Children's is affiliated with University of Texas, University of North Texas, and Texas Tech Schools of Pharmacy.