PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency

The Nationwide Children’s PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency focuses on training pharmacists in disease state management in a community and ambulatory care setting.

Program Overview

The Department of Pharmacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital continues to expand the services offered in ambulatory care and recognizes the need for a residency program in community care. The vast majority of pharmacy residency programs in existence focus on adult care, while our program is primarily pediatric based.

Newly licensed and experienced pharmacists must undergo significant training before they are ready to practice independently in the pediatric setting. Pediatric drug distribution is complex; it encompasses the challenges of adult drug distribution in addition to other intricacies specific to pediatrics.

The Department of Pharmacy provides the following services in Ambulatory Care:

  • Innovative ambulatory pharmacy services with:
    • Pharmacists provide pharmacotherapy services in the Primary Care , Close To Home Centers , HIV, , Complex Care, and Neurology Clinics
    • Three outpatient pharmacies providing prescription processing and counseling for clinic discharge patients and hospital staff, each with a private consultation room.  In addition, a robust discharge counseling service is provided for patients and families. 
    • An on-site specialty pharmacy provides medication and clinical services to patients in our Cystic Fibrosis, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, and GI clinics.
  • Pediatric compounding program

What You Need to Know

Program Objectives

The Nationwide Children’s PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency focuses on training pharmacists in disease state management in a community and ambulatory care setting.

Residents completing the program are prepared to:

  • Provide direct patient care to pediatric and adult patient populations within the ambulatory setting.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary collaborative practice.
  • Implement or enhance a pharmacy practice program.
  • Educate patients, students, pharmacists, and other health care professionals.
  • Display leadership and practice management skills.

Rotations & Experiences

The resident completes longitudinal rotations through the outpatient pharmacies at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Longitudinal learning experiences focus in the following areas:

  • Direct Patient Care with additional experiences available through, but not limited to, the following outpatient clinics:
    • Primary Care/Quality Improvement
    • Internal Medicine Adult/Pediatric Clinic
    • Transitions of Care in outpatient pharmacy
  • Practice Management
  • Teaching/Education with the opportunity to receive a teaching certificate
  • Residency Project
  • Professional Service/Staffing in the Outpatient Pharmacy

Elective Rotations:

  • HIV
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Complex Care
  • Neurology

In addition to the assigned rotations, residents complete/participate in the following projects:

  • Journal club and leadership presentations to pharmacy staff and students
  • Quarterly seminar presentations
  • The opportunity to receive a teaching certificate through the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy


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

The residency begins on July 1 and ends one year later on June 30.

Staffing Requirements

Every third weekend in the outpatient pharmacy.

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, life)
  • 10 days paid vacation per year plus 3 paid interview days
  • Travel allowance for the ASHP Midyear Meeting and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference
  • One year paid membership to a professional pharmacy organization
  • Access to an extensive library of journals and textbooks

Application & Selection

Interested candidates should submit the following items via PhORCAS to the Program Director no later than Jan. 2:

  • Letter of Intent – one page letter explaining why the candidate is interested in the position and what qualifications he/she has that are not fully captured within the remaining application packet
  • Curriculum vitae
  • College transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation

An on-site interview is required. If you are unable to upload application materials for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (with emphasis in community care) to PhORCAS, please mail them to: 

Kristen Lamberjack, PharmD, BCACP
Program Director, PGY1 Community Care Residency
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Lamberjack.
Phone: (614) 722-2159