Frequently Asked Questions
The resident should enter the program committed to developing his/her clinical skills. This will require dedication, time and hard work. The resident is expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements of the program. This will include all assignments and projects required by each rotation, attendance to all required meetings and the availability and willingness to participate in all professional activities sponsored by the Department
The resident is expected to complete a major residency project. The project is expected to be presented at the ASHP Midyear Meeting and at the Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) Annual Meeting in the spring. Topic presentations to the clinical staff, staff pharmacists and students are presented at regular intervals throughout the year. Formal teaching opportunities are available through the College of Pharmacy at the University of Houston.
It is our philosophy that effective clinical service requires a sound understanding of pharmacy operations and issues. Staffing provides this valuable learning experience. The resident will staff at regular intervals in designated pharmacy satellites or patient care areas. Currently our residents staff approximately 40 hours per month.
The Department of Pharmacy participates in undergraduate and graduate clinical and experiential programs with several colleges of pharmacy. Residents participate in providing inservices and ACPE accredited programs to the Department.
Every attempt is made to financially support trips for the resident to attend educational seminars and programs. Priority programs include the ASHP Midyear Clinical and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Meeting. Additionally, residents are encouraged to attend local and state programs as appropriate.
Evaluations are based upon behavioral and competency based objectives covering all the areas of rotation and experience in the program according to the RLS system. Additionally, the resident evaluates his/her preceptors and the overall program content.
The resident must be eligible for licensure (reciprocity or examination) upon acceptance into the program. It is mandatory that residents take any required exams for licensure in June prior to starting the program.
Depending on the applicant pool, two to four residents will be accepted. A PharmD degree is required and prior residency experience is preferred. Qualified candidates will be invited to an on-site interview. A 30-minute presentation is required. Interviews are conducted between January and March.
The interview process includes a full day of meetings with clinical preceptors and administrative staff and a tour of the facilities. Applicants should be prepared to assume the travel and lodging costs for the interview. Texas Children's can assist in coordinating airline and/or hotel arrangements.
The annual stipend is competitive. There is a benefit program that includes comprehensive health insurance and vacation time. There is no financial support for moving and living expenses, but relocation information is provided.
The majority of previous residents are clinical pharmacists at pediatric hospitals nationwide. There are also some residents who have gone on to pursue positions in industry. The current and past residents are always available for questions.
You will be expected to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in order to present a poster on your research to date. It is also the most valuable time for contacting and interviewing with future employers. The resident will also be attending the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) Specialty Meeting in the spring in order to present the final results.
The resident will be expected to staff one holiday a year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s.) The resident also has 10 personal days. It is recommended that the resident use these days for interviews during the spring.
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