Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY2)

The Pediatric PGY2 Residency Program is an ASHP-accredited one year residency established to provide specialty training for residents interested in pediatrics. The Pediatric PGY2 Residency Program at Rush was established in 2019 and has one PGY2 pediatric resident. Rush University Medical Center has additional PGY2 programs focused in critical care, solid organ transplant, oncology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and health system pharmacy administration & leadership.

The goal of the Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) Pediatric PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program is to provide the resident with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of age-related pharmacotherapy in the pediatric population. The resident will be exposed to multiple pediatric populations within an interdisciplinary setting to allow them to become independent clinicians. The resident will be able to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills within pediatric pharmacotherapy through active participation in required and elective patient care rotations and a multitude of other learning opportunities. In addition, the resident will learn how to appropriately review, prepare, and dispense pediatric medications in a safe and efficient manner. Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to independently conduct practice based research and lead practice based quality initiatives.

The residency program is designed to comply with the published accreditation standards of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP)


Patient Care experience

The Pediatric PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program is a one year residency designed to provide specialty training to a resident interested in pediatric care. The PGY2 resident will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary care of pediatric patients in an academic teaching facility. The Rush University Children’s hospital within RUMC has 110-licensed beds consisting of an 18-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a 60-bed mixed acuity Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a 20-bed General Pediatric Unit, and a pediatric Emergency Department.

Research experience

In collaboration with an experienced preceptor, the PGY2 resident will be expected to complete a longitudinal research project suitable for publication. The project will be based on the resident’s interest and will focus on a specific topic in pediatric pharmacotherapy. The project will be presented as a platform presentation at the PPA Annual Meeting. The resident will also have the opportunity to participate in a formal Research Certificate Program.

Teaching experience

The PGY2 resident will serve as a preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students enrolled at an affiliated college of pharmacy. The resident will also lead organized group discussions with pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents. Opportunities to provide didactic lectures will be available to the resident. The resident will also have the opportunity to participate in a Teaching Certificate Program if not already completed.

Staffing experience

The resident will be responsible for staffing every 4th weekend in the Pediatric Pharmacy Satellite and for 4 hours in the Emergency Department (pediatrics/adults) during their on-call shift.

On-call experience

The resident will be expected to take overnight in-house on-call in the medical center approximately one out of every 14 nights. An on-call room is available for down time between responsibilities. The on-call program services both the pediatric and adult population at RUMC. Responsibilities during on-call include, but are not limited to: pharmacokinetic drug monitoring, response to drug information questions, emergency response, and approval of adult restricted antimicrobials.


Core rotations
  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit I (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit II (4 weeks)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit I (4 weeks)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit II (4 weeks)
  • General Pediatrics I (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology I (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Ambulatory Care (2 weeks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Department (4 weeks)
Elective rotations (limited to two offsite rotations)
  • Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship (2-4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Administration (2-4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Medication Safety/Informatics (2-4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Investigational Drug Service (2-4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Parenteral Nutrition (2-4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant (offsite 4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Ambulatory Care (onsite 2 weeks; offsite 4 weeks)
  • Advanced Required Rotation (2-4 weeks)
Longitudinal experiences
  • Teaching Opportunities:
    • Didactic lectures
    • Precepting IPPE and APPE students
    • Pharmacy Grand Rounds (2 times per year)
    • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Policy/Management:
    • Committee membership
    • Policy & protocol development
    • Medication use evaluation
    • Monograph
  • Research:
    • One formal research project with manuscript of publishable quality
    • Platform presentation of research at the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) Annual Meeting
    • Research Certificate Program
  • Pharmacy Services:
    • On-call program (24 hour, in-house)
    • Ambulatory Care: 1 half-day per week
    • Weekend/Holiday Staffing (Pediatric Pharmacy Satellite): every 4th weekend; 1 major & 1 minor holiday

Salary and benefits for the Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program

The resident will be paid approximately $52,707 annually. Checks are issued every other Friday via direct deposit, which is set up through the payroll department.

In addition to the salary, Rush will cover continuing education opportunities up to $1,000 each calendar year for residents. Rush also offers generous benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply for the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency program through the following channels:

Application due date: 1/2/2024

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any international applicants at this time.

Contact us

If you have questions about the program not covered on this page, in our manual or in our brochure, please contact:

Jessica L. Jacobson, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
PGY2 Pediatric Residency Program Director
(312) 942-6174