Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to frequently asked questions about pharmacy residency program at Children’s Minnesota.

Q: How many residents do you have?

A: Children’s currently accepts three PGY1 residents and one PGY2 resident. Two of the PGY1 residents and the PGY2 resident are officed and complete their staffing commitments on the Children’s – Minneapolis campus. One PGY1 resident is officed and completes his/her staffing on the Children’s – St. Paul campus. Note that each campus has a separate match number.

Q: How do I apply?

A: See the How to Apply page for information on the application process.

Q: When are applications due?

A: Applications need to be uploaded to the PhORCAS website by January 5. See the How to Apply page for information on the application process.

Q: What happens after I submit my application?

A: Children’s residency preceptors will review all applications and will notify applicants of their status. Some applicants may be placed on an alternate list if the number of candidates exceeds the number of interview slots.

Q: How is the program designed?

A: The program is structured to provide you with an initial orientation/training module followed by core rotations and 24 weeks of elective rotations. See the Pharmacy residency program overview for more information.

Q: What experiences are required?

A: The required learning experiences include:

  • Orientation/training
  • Practice management
  • Pediatric medicine
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Residency Project
  • Staffing
  • Teaching Certificate

Q: What electives are available?

A: In the past, residents have chosen to pursue elective learning experiences in areas including (but not limited to): cardiovascular intensive care, inpatient/outpatient hematology, inpatient/outpatient oncology, epilepsy, medication therapy management, emergency medicine, pharmacogenomics, antibiotic stewardship, toxicology, cystic fibrosis and endocrinology.  Off-site learning experiences outside Children’s may also be available for the resident.

Q: How are residents evaluated?

A: Residents are evaluated using the residency Accreditation Standards from ASHP. See the Pharmacy residency program overview page for more information.

Q: Is research required?

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

Q: What teaching opportunities exist?

A: Residents will be scheduled to provide quarterly CE presentations to the pharmacy staff. The topic of these presentations will be related to their current learning experience. In addition to these presentations, the resident may give case presentations at the conclusion of clinical rotations. 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.

Q: Is staffing required?

A: The PGY1 pharmacy practice residents will be scheduled to work every other weekend throughout the residency. In St. Paul, residents work five out of 12 weekends due to an occasional 12-hour shift. Each PGY1 resident can expect to work either the Christmas or New Year’s holiday and additional holidays consistent with staffing patterns for the department. The PGY2 pediatric specialty resident will staff every third weekend throughout the residency. In addition to staffing responsibilities, residents will also be assigned a nursing unit/or department as liaison pharmacist.

Q: Must I be licensed?

A: All pharmacy residents are required to be licensed in the State of Minnesota within 90 days of starting the residency.

Q: How do I get licensed?

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

Q: What is the salary?

A: Residents receive their salary and benefits for residency activities through Children’s Minnesota. The stipend varies by role. Dental and health insurance is provided in the benefits package offered by Children’s.

Q: How much vacation time is there?

A: Residents will accrue 30 days of paid time off during the residency year. Residents will deduct compensation time, education time, sick time, etc., from their PTO account. The resident will need to notify their primary preceptor and staffing coordinator in advance regarding vacation requests.

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