Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center offers an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited single Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency program. The purpose of the program is to build on your 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 ride range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The pharmacy residency program at Children’s is a unique practice experience, as it takes place in a standalone pediatric hospital. As a resident, you will rotate through various practice settings and assume responsibility for all aspects of patient drug therapy, including:

  • Assessing and monitoring medication use
  • Providing pharmacokinetic consulting
  • Conducting patient interviews and patient medication counseling
  • Advising physicians and healthcare providers on appropriate medication use
  • Attending and participating in rounds
  • Providing lectures on drug therapy to medical and nursing staff

You will also have the opportunity to serve as a preceptor for pharmacy students, participate in lectures, and provide formal presentations to other healthcare providers and staff.

PGY1 Curriculum


Our pharmacy practice residency program provides valuable training in various core rotations. They are generally 4- to 8-week sessions, which include:

  • Orientation
  • Medical/surgical — general pediatrics
  • Acute care
    • Neonatal intensive care
    • Pediatric intensive care
  • Oncology/hematology
  • Practice management
  • Therapeutics and policy development
  • Projects and research

Additionally, you will be able to participate in elective rotations designed to cater to your personal needs and interests. We have many different elective rotations available, such as:

  • Adult intensive care
  • Cardiology and heart transplant (ambulatory included)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship
  • Level 3 NICU
  • Pediatric bone marrow transplant
  • Pediatric liver transplant

Additional Training & Educational Experiences

Becoming a successful pharmacist requires more than participating in rotations. In order to provide a well-rounded education, our program also includes:

  • Membership on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Medication safety and drug policy development
  • Drug utilization evaluation
  • Hospital Committee involvement
  • Code training and experience/BLS Certification/PALS Certification
  • Precepting and didactic lecture opportunities
  • Teaching certificate program in conjunction with Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • Leadership case series in conjunction with Nebraska Medicine

Pharmacy Residency Application

There is one PGY1 pharmacy practice resident position available each year. Candidates must meet the following criteria to qualify for the position:

  • Graduate of an accredited College or School of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Licensure or eligibility for licensure in Nebraska
  • Registered with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Matching Program

Application deadline is January 1 of each year. Please submit all application material using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

All candidates must be registered with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program.

The residency program will begin on July 1 of each year.

For more information, feel free to contact the Pharmacy Practice Residency Director:

Elizabeth Zdyb, PharmD, BCPS, MBA


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