Postgraduate year one (PGY-1)

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Children's Wisconsin will provide the resident opportunity to enhance clinical skills in a pediatric acute care hospital while developing competence in direct patient care, practice management, and leadership. PGY-1 pharmacy residents will have the opportunity to participate in health care rounds in all acute care rotations as well as work with attending physicians, pediatric medical residents, a PGY-2 pharmacy resident, pharmacy students from multiple schools of pharmacy, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. In addition, residents will have the opportunity to develop clinical programs and provide a limited amount of decentralized pharmacy staffing to further educational opportunities. The resident will have 8 required rotations and up to 3 elective rotations depending on the length of elective experiences. The PGY-1 resident receives appointments to the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, Medication Safety Committee and Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council.

Required rotations:

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric General Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric General Medicine II (4 weeks)
  • Central Pharmacy/Nutrition (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Pharmacokinetics (4 weeks)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (4-6 weeks)
  • Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant (4-6 weeks)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (6 weeks)
  • Longitudinal rotations:
    • Pharmacy Committees
      • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
      • Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council
      • Medication Safety Committee
    • Precepting
    • Major Research Project

Elective rotations

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Solid Organ Transplant Service (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Longitudinal Rotations:
    • Pediatric Investigational Drug Service
    • Teaching Certificate – Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

Residency requirements

Qualified applicants are future graduates or graduated from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited pharmacy program and eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of Wisconsin. Licensure is to be obtained by September 1st and no later than November 1. Residency begins on July 1 and ends one year later on June 30.

Staffing requirements

Residents are required to staff every third weekend as well as approximately two weekdays per month (50-60 staffing days per year). Staffing locations will include central pharmacy, total parenteral nutrition service, medication reconciliation and decentralized teams which will provide the resident with the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary rounds.

Required projects

In addition to clinical rotations, the pharmacy resident is expected to complete various projects, including but not limited to:

  • Present a poster at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Mid-year meeting
  • Present research project at the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Annual Meeting
  • Present at least 3 one-hour presentations to pharmacy personnel
  • Present at least one lecture to pharmacy students in a pediatric elective course
  • Present patient cases for selected rotations
  • Present a minimum of 2 journal club articles to pharmacist staff


  • Competitive salary
  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision, life)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training
  • Access to an extensive library of journals and textbooks

Learn more about benefits offered at Children's.

Learn about the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program application process.

View Children's PGY-1 residency manual and policy.

For additional information on our pharmacy or pharmacy residency program, please contact:

W. Scott Waggoner, PharmD, BCPPS 
PGY-1 & PGY-2 Residency Program Director
Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacist
Children's Wisconsin 
PO Box 1997
Department of Pharmacy, MS 730
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 266-8597 |