How many residents do you have?
What happens after I submit my application?
What experiences are required?
What electives are available?
How are residents evaluated?
Is research required?
What teaching opportunities exist?
Is Staffing required?
Must I be licensed?
How do I get licensed?
What is the salary?
How much vacation time is there?

Q: How many residents do you have?

A: We currently accept 3 PGY1 pharmacy practice residents. Two of the residents are sited in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul.  A PGY2 pediatric specialty residency will be offered in 2015.

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Q: What happens after I submit my application?

A: Preceptors from Children's will review all applications to determine which candidates to invite for site interviews. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of interview dates, a list of alternate candidates will be made. These candidates would be invited for an on-site interview as additional interview dates opened up.

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Q: What experiences are required?

A: The required learning experiences include:

  • Orientation
  • Practice management
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Ambulatory Medicine/MTM Clinic

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Q: What electives are available?

A: In the past, residents have chosen to pursue elective learning experiences in areas including: hematology/oncology, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia treatment center, emergency medicine, infectious disease, endocrinology and toxicology. Off-site learning experiences outside Children's Hospitals and Clinics may also be available for the resident.

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Q: How are residents evaluated?

A: Resident feedback is vital in the development of clinical practitioners. Residents are evaluated using ASHP's RLS criteria. More information can be found here Program Overview - Evaluations)

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Q: Is research required?

A: Yes, each resident shall complete a research or major project as part of their residency training.

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Q: What teaching opportunities exist?

A: The resident will be scheduled to provide presentations to the pharmacy staff for CE credit quarterly. The topic of these presentations will be related to their current learning experience. In addition to these conferences, the resident will review journal articles for Children's Journal Club. The resident also has the option of providing didactic coursework for pharmacy students at the College of Pharmacy. Residents may also assist with the preceptorship of pharmacy students on rotation at Children's throughout the year.

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Q: Is Staffing required?

A: Pharmacy practice residents will be scheduled to work every other weekend throughout the residency. In St. Paul, residents work 5 out of 12 weekends due to an occasional 12-hour shift.

Each resident can expect to work either Christmas or New Year's holidays in addition to a normal complement of additional holidays consistent with staffing patterns for the department.

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Q: Must I be licensed?

A: All pharmacy residents are required to be licensed in the State of Minnesota.

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Q: How do I get licensed?

A: Information regarding pharmacy licensure in Minnesota can be found at the Board of Pharmacy's website.

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Q: What is the salary?

A: Residents' salary and benefits for residency activities are received through Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The stipend is competitive. Dental and health insurance is provided in the benefits package offered by Children's.

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Q: How much vacation time is there?

A: Residents will accrue 30 days of paid time off during the residency year. The resident will need to notify their primary preceptor and staffing coordinator in advance regarding vacation requests. Any remaining PTO hours will be paid out at the end of the year on a pro-rated basis with their residency stipend.

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