Pharmacy Residency Programs PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Texas Children’s Hospital Pharmacy Department promotes the mission of the hospital of providing quality and cost-effective care. The mission of the pharmacy department is to:

  • To excel in the provision of high quality, value-based patient care through safe and innovative medication use in alignment with Texas Children’s mission and values.
  • To advance the profession of pharmacy, foster an environment that values employee contributions, and support development through balance and accountability.
  • To have fun, recognize our accomplishments, and celebrate and share our successes.

The clinical pharmacy specialists serve as liaisons and resources to the medical services. They povide proactive patient care through development of pharmacotherapy plans and patient education.  They are also mentors and educators to the pharmacists, residents (pharmacy and medical), nurses, and patients.

Purpose Statement

PGY1 Program Purpose: PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on 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 wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

About the Residency Program

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Texas Children’s Hospital started in 2014. The PGY1 pharmacy residency program is a 12-month, ASHP accredited program focused on direct patient care, practice management, and education. The program is designed to meet the defined goals and objectives for PGY1 programs and is tailored to the resident’s interests and past experience. This training program allows residents to gain experience to become authoritative resources in pharmacotherapy and prepares them for further specialized training in the care of pediatric patients. Additionally, residents’ experiences will allow them to develop skills in the education of learners, healthcare providers, and patients. The program begins the first Monday of July.

Program Director

Hillary Calderon, PharmD

Pharmacy Director - Texas Children's Hospital & Pavilion for Women

Prem C. Oommen, PharmD, MBA, RPh


Orientation (1 required)

Acute Care (4 required)

  • General Medicine
    • PHM (Pediatric Hospital Medicine)
    • Transitional Intensive Care Unit (TICU)
    • Women’s Services
  • Infectious Disease
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • Infectious Disease
  • Oncology/BMT
    • Oncology
    • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Pulmonology/Neurology
    • Pulmonology
    • Neurology
  • Transplant
    • Heart Failure/Heart Transplant
    • Liver Transplant 
    • Lung Transplant
    • Renal/Renal Transplant

Administration (1 required) 

  • Administration

Critical Care (2 required)

  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) 
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Ambulatory Care (1 required – 6 month longitudinal)

  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF) / Pulmonary
  • Heart Transplant
  • Renal/Renal Transplant
  • Liver Transplant
  • Lung Transplant

Electives (2)

  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gastroenterology/Hepatology & Nutrition
  • Hematology
  • Informatics
  • Medication Safety
  • Pain Service

Departmental Committee (12 month longitudinal)

  • Pharmacy Financial & Inventory Subcommittee
  • Pharmacy Operations Subcommittee
  • Medication Management Subcommittee
  • Pharmacy Database Subcommittee

Projects and Presentation Requirements

Clinical Research Project or Quality Improvement

  • Work with a preceptor on an interdisciplinary research project with the goal of publication by the end of your residency year
  • Present research results at the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPA) Annual Meeting  
  • Submit a formal manuscript suitable for publication or equivalent summary for a quality improvement initiative


  • At minimum, two journal club presentations
  • One 30-minute case presentation
  • One 30-minute pharmacotherapy rounds presentation
  • One 60-minute pharmacotherapy rounds presentation

Medication and Formulary Management

  • Provide support to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee through serving as editor for one edition of the quarterly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Newsletter
  • Complete one formulary management project, such as a formulary addition or drug monograph
  • Conduct a medication use evaluation with poster presentation of results at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

Staffing Responsibilities

  • The resident staffing responsibilities include:
    • Two 10-hour shifts every other third weekend in the following areas:
      • Medication Preparation and Safety Pharmacist (distributive and technician supervision functions)
      • Inpatient Staff Pharmacist (order verification functions)

Clinical-On-Call and Code Response

  • Clinical On-Call
    • At home clinical-on-call program for off-hours and weekend requests
    • Resident will carry clinical-on-call pager 7 days at a time rotated with other residents
    • Resident will contact on-call preceptor with all clinical questions
  • Code Response
    • Resident will carry code pager rotated with other residents
    • Respond to code events during normal business hours M-F with preceptor backup

Teaching Opportunities

  • Aid in precepting pharmacy students
  • Residents will also have the opportunity to complete a teaching certificate offered through the University of Houston College of Pharmacy

Salary and Benefits

  • Stipend: $52,000
  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision, life)
  • 14 vacation days per year plus one TCH My Day

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