PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency provides residents with opportunities to become competent pharmacy clinicians and prepares them for direct patient care roles.

The ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency builds on Doctor of Pharmacy 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 pharmacy residency training.

This program will provide the resident with opportunities to become a competent pharmacy clinician, in preparation for a career in direct patient care roles. The core focus will be in creating a well-rounded pharmacist capable of working in diverse roles in pharmacy practice with an emphasis in pediatrics, while allowing the resident to tailor the program to an individual’s interests through elective rotations. The program begins mid-June and ends on June 30 of the following year.

What You Need to Know

Program Objectives

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to family-centered care, focusing on the unique needs of pediatric patients
  • Use evidence-based clinical practice to make decisions both for general guidelines and for patient-specific recommendations
  • Support professional, legal and accreditation standards affecting health-system pharmacy practice
  • Work in an environment which supports a diverse pharmacy practice model
  • Understand the physiological and developmental changes that occur from birth through adolescence and how those factors may affect pharmacotherapy decisions
  • Identify and learn to anticipate unique pediatric drug distribution needs
  • Learn and use pediatric medication safety strategies

Rotations & Experiences

Resident will have 12 one-month rotations as well as longitudinal rotations throughout the year. 

Required Rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Administration
  • Adult General Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Pulmonary
  • Emergency Medicine

Elective Rotations:

  • Academia
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Informatics
  • Neurosciences
  • Nutrition Support
  • Poison Center
  • Research
  • Behavioral Health

Longitudinal Rotations:

  • Medication Safety
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Staffing/On Call
  • Teaching Certificate (optional)

In addition to rotations, the resident will be expected to complete various projects including, but not limited to:

  • Research project to be presented at the Pediatric Pharmacist Association annual conference with a publishable manuscript
  • Drug Utilization Review to be presented as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee drug monograph
  • Quality and Performance Improvement projects


Successful candidates will be graduates of accredited pharmacy programs and eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of Ohio by Sept. 1.

Staffing Requirements

  • Every other weekend 
  • On-call responsibilities 

Preceptors, Residents & Alumni

Nationwide Children's Hospital has possessed a rich tradition of producing leaders in clinical and administrative pharmacy practice since it first offered an ASHP-Accredited Residency in Hospital Pharmacy in 1976.

Salary & Benefits

  • Stipend: $48,000
  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision and life)
  • Ten days paid vacation per year
  • Travel allowance for required conferences
  • Paid membership to a professional pharmacy organization

Application & Selection

Interested candidates should submit the following items via PhORCAS to the program director no later than December 28.

  • Letter of intent – one page letter explaining why the candidate is interested in the position and what qualifications they have that are not fully captured within the remaining application packet

  • Curriculum vitae

  • College transcript(s)

  • Three letters of recommendation

A virtual interview is required.