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PGY2 Pediatric Specialty Pharmacy Residency

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PGY2 Pediatric Specialty Pharmacy Residency

Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the first freestanding children's hospital in South Carolina, with more than 30 pediatric subspecialties. We are a major regional academic pediatric medicine referral center, caring for more than 150,000 visits each year.

We house 163 beds across a wide range of clinical areas, including 78 general pediatric medicine beds, 18 pediatric intensive care beds and 67 neonatal intensive care beds.

Our specialty areas of care include:

Our specialty areas of care include pediatric critical care, neonatology/neonatal critical care, infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship, hematology, oncology, nephrology, gastroenterology, general medicine, pulmonology, neurology, surgery (neurosurgery, general surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery), cardiology, palliative care, nutrition, endocrinology, ophthalmology, urology, radiology, sports medicine, rheumatology, microbiology, pediatric trauma services and pediatric emergency medicine.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
We partner with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, the largest department within the medical school, to serve as a major hub for medical students, pharmacy students and nursing students from across the nation and beyond.

Our PGY2 pediatric specialty residency program has a long and distinguished history, stemming from our original program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1972. Our pediatric pharmacists round daily with the pediatric critical care/pediatric trauma team, five neonatal critical care teams, the hematology/oncology team, the antimicrobial stewardship/infectious diseases team, two large general pediatric inpatient medicine teams and the pediatric emergency department.

While providing clinical pharmacy services to all areas in Children’s Hospital, we also provide services in outpatient settings as well, including the Children's Hospital Outpatient Clinic, the Special Care Center, the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, the Children's Day Hospital/Pediatric Sedation Suite and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic.

PGY2 Pediatric Residency Program

The PGY2 Pediatric Specialty Pharmacy Residency at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is a unique program that tailors its design every year, depending on the current resident’s prior pediatric knowledge/experiences and specific pediatric specialty interests. Whether our residents have limited pediatric experiences or are PGY1 graduates from another children’s hospital, our goal is the same: we aim to ensure that our graduates maximize their pediatric experiences and education in order to become specialists in pediatric clinical pharmacy.

All PGY2 residency graduates exit our program equipped to be fully-integrated members of the interdisciplinary pediatric medical team, able to make complex medication recommendations in this unique patient population. Our training focuses on developing the resident with capabilities to understand a wide range of diseases and disorders that occur in patients from the neonatal period to adolescents. Graduates are experienced in clinical pediatric research and excel in their ability to teach other health professionals (including student health professionals). They also acquire the experience necessary to exercise leadership of pediatric pharmacy practice in the health system.

Tailoring your year with a focus

 We provide you with the option to maximize your choices for a successful career direction.

  • Our program allows our residents to tailor the second half of their residency year with a focus in a pediatric specialty (i.e. Pediatric Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship or Pediatric Critical Care).
  • We highly recommend this option for residents that are coming from a PGY1 at another children’s hospital or who can gain a solid pediatric foundation in the first half of their residency year.
  • Having a focused PGY2 allows our residents to stand out when looking for careers in specialized areas.

General program goals

  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills in the pediatric patient care setting
  • Optimize the care of inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat pediatric patients
  • Evaluate, manage, and improve the medication-use process in pediatric patient care areas
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training or educational activities for pediatric health care professionals, health care professionals in training, and the public
  • Conduct pediatric pharmacy research
  • Demonstrate added skills for functioning effectively in the pediatric pharmacy practice environment
  • Demonstrate skills required to function in an academic setting, including precepting, and completing the Academic Preparation Program (elective)

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