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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta offers both PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY-2 Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant residencies with the opportunity to grow professionally while working as part of an elite interdisciplinary team on-site at one of our three hospitals. With multiple rotation sites around Atlanta, Children’s offers the unique opportunity to experience pharmacy practice both in a community hospital setting, on our Scottish Rite campus, and in a teaching hospital setting, at Egleston hospital.

Each resident has one year to complete a major research project in an area of interest, resulting in a manuscript worthy of submission for publication. In addition to honing written communication skills, residents will enhance their confidence in public speaking through a variety of opportunities for professional presentations. Each year, residents will present during pharmacy Grand Rounds; provide in-services for nurses, pharmacists and physicians; and complete a poster session for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) conference.

Staffing and on-call requirements

The pharmacy department at Children’s provides 24-hour-a-day on-call pharmacokinetic services to manage dosing of critical medications for our patients. PGY-1 residents will rotate weekends to gain firsthand experience in critical care areas while staffing our pharmacy. Our PGY-2 residents will assist with our Clinical On-Call service one weekend per month and staff our intensive care unit (ICU) satellite pharmacy two shifts per month. Each resident will be expected to cover one major and one minor holiday during his 12-month experience.

Benefits offered to residents

Children’s provides all residents with:

  • Health and life insurance
  • Dental and vision plans
  • Accrued paid time off and personal days
  • Nine holidays
  • Education and travel assistance for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) midyear clinical meeting and the Southeastern Residency Conference

Review our pharmacy residency packet.

Children’s offers two postgraduate year-one (PGY-1) pharmacy residency positions. These 12-month positions are designed for first-year residency applicants with a primary interest in pediatrics and a desire to build skills in not only pharmacy practice but also research and communication.

Requirements

A doctorate in pharmacy or equivalent experience and eligibility for Georgia licensure are required to be considered for this program.

Required rotations

Rotations may change from year to year, depending on our needs. 

  • Drug information/pharmacokinetics: Involves the practice of skills related to patient-specific and general drug information. Includes a five-week rotation of pharmacokinetics training (12-month longitudinal rotation).
  • General pediatrics: Introduces pharmaceutical care to the general pediatric population through pharmacokinetic monitoring and patient care experiences.
  • Neonatology: Gives opportunity to participate with multidisciplinary team to manage fluids, electrolytes and pain control; monitor antibiotic therapy; and adjust medications based on renal and hepatic dysfunction.
  • Orientation: Allows residents to train as licensed pharmacists, learning basic pharmacy operations and how to process medication orders.
  • Pediatric critical care: Focuses on the pharmacotherapy management of common pediatric care illnesses and protocols to improve patient care.
  • Pediatric immunocompromised: Allows residents to become familiar with transplant patients and protocols, or oncology patients and COG/NANT protocols, and other specific disease states in hematology/oncology.
  • Practice management: Exposes residents to management skills, leadership philosophies and revenue cycles within the healthcare system (four-week longitudinal rotation).

  • Bone marrow transplant (BMT): Focuses on describing pathophysiology of disorders and managing complications associated with pharmaceutical care plans for BMT patients.
  • Investigational drug service (IDS)/research rotation: Teaches how to manage the pharmaceutical requirements of a clinical research trial, the new-drug development process and the regulations governing IDS.
  • Medication safety/quality: Educates about the role of the pharmacist in ensuring medication safety.
  • Transplant preceptorship: Offers the opportunity to serve as a preceptor for the fourth-year pharmacy students. The resident may also elect to obtain a teaching certificate through Mercer University College of Pharmacy.

Children’s offers one postgraduate year-two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency position. This 12-month position is designed for a second-year residency applicant with primary interests in pediatric solid organ transplantation. Residents gain valuable experience working closely with interdisciplinary providers at Egleston hospital, as well as providers within the Emory Healthcare System.

Requirements

To be eligible for this program, applicants must have:

  • PharmD or equivalent experience
  • Eligibility for Georgia licensure
  • PGY-1 residency completion

Required rotations

Rotations may change from year to year, depending on our needs.

  • Orientation: Train as licensed pharmacists, learning basic pharmacy operations and how to process medication orders.
  • Liver transplant: Care for pediatric liver transplant patients from referral to transplantation by participating in daily rounds and outpatient clinics.
  • Heart transplant: Care for pediatric heart transplant patients from referral to transplantation by participating in daily rounds and outpatient clinics.
  • Kidney transplant: Care for pediatric kidney transplant patients from referral to transplantation by participating in daily rounds and outpatient clinics.
  • Pediatric critical care: Rotate through both the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
  • Infectious disease transplant: Develop a knowledge base of specific infectious disease concerns encountered in the transplant population.
  • Transplant quality: Learn and participate in organizational development and monitoring of requirements for both the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Adult transplant: Participate in adult transplantation rotations in partnership with Emory Healthcare.
  • Longitudinal transplant clinic: Participate in this weekly clinic for the length of the residency year.

  • Bone marrow transplant (BMT): Focuses on describing pathophysiology of disorders and managing complications associated with pharmaceutical care plans for BMT patients.
  • Investigational drug service (IDS)/research rotation: Teaches how to manage the pharmaceutical requirements of a clinical research trial, the new-drug development process and the regulations governing IDS.
  • Medication safety/quality: Educates about the role of the pharmacist in ensuring medication safety.
  • Transplant preceptorship: Offers the opportunity to serve as a preceptor for the fourth-year pharmacy students. The resident may also elect to obtain a teaching certificate through Mercer University College of Pharmacy.

Learn More About Children’s and Get an In-Depth Look at Some of Our Opportunities

If you are interested in applying for one of our two pharmacy residency programs, complete the following steps.

PGY-1 Advanced Pharmacy Residency

An interview will be scheduled for selected candidates.

PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency

Once we receive all required materials, we will notify applicants of their interview status.

If you have questions or are seeking additional information about our pharmacy residency programs, contact:

Rochelle Liverman, PharmD
Pharmacy Transplant Specialist and Residency Director
Phone: 404-785-1414
Fax: 404-785-1677
Email: rochelle.liverman@choa.org

Timothy Stacy, MBA, RPh
Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Nutrition
Phone: 404-785-5389
Fax: 404-785-1677
Email: timothy.stacy@choa.org