ASHP-Accredited PGY1 Residency

Published On 07/11/2011

The University of Tennessee and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital offer four PGY1 residency positions that train residents to function as competent, independent pharmacy practitioners. 

Residents are expected to:

  • Provide pharmaceutical care in multiple settings, applying evidence-based knowledge
  • Maintain independent learning skills
  • Possess a professional ethic
  • Develop effective communication and leadership skills
  • Understand research methods and opportunities
  • Take responsibility for evaluation of one’s work
  • Provide effective drug education to others
  • Understand and participate in the medication use improvement system
  • Improve the drug distribution system
  • Assume personal responsibility for effective change through involvement in multidisciplinary and intradepartmental teams

The specific program for each resident varies based upon his or her goals, interests and previous experience.  However, all residents are required to complete rotations in core subject areas considered to be essential to the pharmacy practitioner in the pediatric setting.


Core Educational Experiences
(1 month each, 8 total)

  • Pharmacy Operations Orientation
  • Parenteral Nutrition Orientation  
  • Pediatric General Medicine
  • Parenteral Nutrition Service (2 months, non-consecutive)
  • Pediatric Critical Care       
  • Neonatal Critical Care
  • Pharmacy Administration

Longitudinal Rotations
(1 year)

  • UTHSC Teaching and Learning Program
  • Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Research Project
  • Children's Intestinal Rehabilitation at
    Le Bonheur (CIRCLe Clinic)

Elective Experiences
(1 month each, 3 total)

  • Academia
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Hematology/Oncology (based on availability at off-site hospital)
  • Specialized Pediatric Service (i.e. neurology, ambulatory care, nephrology, etc.)
  • May repeat a required rotation based on availability

*December is excluded as time in that month is devoted to attending the ASHP midyear meeting, shared coverage of the parenteral nutrition service, PTO for holidays and designated project days.\

Program Requirements

Additional program requirements include active participation in residency orientation program, lunch and learn topic discussions, multi-disciplinary hospital committees as well as teaching and recruitment activities. The resident is also expected to:

  • Conduct a major research project
  • Prepare a manuscript acceptable for publication
  • Deliver a platform presentation at PPAG and Mid-South Residency Conference in the Spring
  • Complete a Medication Use Evaluation
  • Present and actively participate in journal club and patient case discussions
  • Obtain BLS and PALS certification
  • Develop and present a Continuing Education program

Hospital Service Commitment

This component is designed to ensure that residents gain experience and can function as a pharmacist in a pediatric hospital. To achieve this objective, residents are scheduled approximately two clinical shifts/month and approximately 16 hours/month as an operational pharmacist.