Pharmacy Residency Program - postgraduate year two (PGY-2)

The PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program at Children's Wisconsin will hone pediatric pharmacist skills and develop competence in direct patient care, practice management, and leadership. Our program also provides the opportunity to customize the residency year based on individual career goals. PGY-2 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, PGY-1 pharmacy residents, pharmacy students from multiple schools of pharmacy, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

In addition, the resident 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 6 required rotations and up to 5 elective rotations depending on the length of elective and required experiences. The PGY-2 resident receives appointments to the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, Medication Safety Committee and Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council.

Required rotations:

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric General Medicine (4-6 weeks)
  • Intensive Care Unit Rotations (approximately 6 months of the year)
    • Neonatal Intensive Care (72 beds) (6 weeks)
    • Pediatric Intensive Care (12 weeks)
      • Cardiac ICU (24 beds)
      • Surgical ICU (24 beds)
      • Medical and Special Needs ICU (24 beds)
  • Pediatric Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant (24 beds) (4-6 weeks)
  • Longitudinal Rotations:
    • Pharmacy Committees
      • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
      • Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council
      • Medication Safety Committee
    • Precepting
    • Major Research Project

Elective rotations

  • Pediatric emergency department and trauma center (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology w/ Wisconsin Poison Control Center (4 weeks)
  • Solid Organ Transplant Service (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (4 weeks)
  • Longitudinal Rotations:
    • Pediatric Investigational Drug Service
    • Teaching Certificate – Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

Residency requirements

Qualified applicants are graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited pharmacy program, completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency and are 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. The residency begins on July 1 and ends one year later on June 30.

Staffing requirements

The resident is 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 pharmacist, medication reconciliation and decentralized teams which will provide the resident with the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary rounds. As the PGY-2 resident establishes independent practice in the intensive care units, he/she may staff in the intensive care area for which they have demonstrated competency.

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 or equivalent conference.
  • 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.

View Children’s PGY-2 residency manual and policy

Learn about the PGY-2 pharmacy residency program application process.

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 |