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 group serve as liaisons and resources to the medical services. Providing proactive patient care through development of pharmacotherapy plan 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

Tim Humlicek, PharmD

Program Coordinator

Hannah Sauer, PharmD, BCOP

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)
  • 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
  • Epilepsy/Neurology
  • Oncology


  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gastroenterology/Hepatology & Nutrition
  • Hematology
  • Informatics
  • Medication Safety
  • Pain Service
  • Transitional Intensive Care Unit (TICU)
  • Women’s Services

Departmental Committee (2 – 6 month longitudinal)

  • Pharmacy Inventory Subcommittee
  • Pharmacy Operations 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 to pharmacy department
  • One 30-minute presentations to pharmacy department
  • One 60-minute presentation to pharmacy department

Medication and Formulary Management

  • Residents provide support to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee through serving as editor for one edition of the quarterly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Newsletter
  • 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)
      • Medication Use and Safety Pharmacist (Clinical pharmacist responsibilities in the Order Verification Center)

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 students in the spring
  • 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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