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PGY2 Pediatrics


Thank you for your interest in our Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospital and Clinics. More importantly, congratulations on your decision to pursue a PGY2 in pediatric pharmacy. Your dedication to learning and our profession will aid in the continual growth and excellence of pediatric pharmacy.

Please take the time to peruse our website but let me highlight a few items for you:

UNC is one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

Our program offers a wide array of clinical learning opportunities for residents. Rotation experiences include acute care, general pediatrics, and ambulatory experiences. We focus on resident specific interests by having “a la carte” elective rotation experiences to customize your learning.

We train teachers.

UNC Hospitals has a close relationship with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and you will be heavily involved in the teaching and mentoring of upcoming pharmacists. Experiences range from didactic teaching to precepting a 4th year pharmacy student during a repeat rotation. Also, it’s OK if you did not get a teaching certificate during your PGY1, we offer and encourage that too.

We focus on mentorship and community.

It takes a village to properly train a high-performing resident, both clinically and emotionally. You will have various mentors here at UNC; rotation preceptors, School of Pharmacy faculty, administrators and me (your RPD). On top of that, you also will choose a mentor outside of pediatrics to work with and learn from. This relationship is key in helping you stay on track with the various residency requirements and navigate the UNC system.

We produce well-rounded clinical specialist.

Our preceptors will push your pediatric pharmacotherapy skills to excellence. The staffing requirement will increase your autonomy and teach you how pharmacy operations are integrated into clinical practice making you more marketable during your future job search. Other experiences that focus on leadership include active involvement in the Pediatric Medication Safety Committee and the optional Leadership Certificate Program.

Again, thank you for your interest in our Pediatric Pharmacy Residency. I look forward to meeting you and hearing what questions and comments you have about our program.



Cassidy Beach

Cassidy L. Beach, Pharm.D., BCOP, BCPS, CPP

Residency Program Director - PGY2 Pediatrics

Clinical Specialist – Outpatient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant

University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital


For your reference, a printable brochure can be found here.

Our Goal:

The PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency, established by the North Carolina Children’s Hospital is an organized, directed, post-graduate training program leading to advanced knowledge and practice skills in pediatric pharmacotherapy. The purpose of our program is to not only train residents to have the qualifications required for acute and ambulatory pediatric clinical specialist positions and adjunct faculty appointments but also produce leaders and teachers to push our profession further

Our Facility:

NC Children’s Hospital is recognized as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News and World Report. North Carolina Children’s Hospital is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and comprises of 150 inpatient beds along with a comprehensive children’s outpatient center. Specialty units include a 20-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), a 60 bed newborn critical care center, and 64 general inpatient unit beds along with extensive ambulatory services. There is comprehensive specialized care in nearly all subspecialties. These include but are not limited to: pulmonology, intensive care, neonatology, surgery, gastroenterology, oncology/hematology/stem cell transplant, neurology, endocrinology, metabolism, and psychology. UNC is a large Cystic Fibrosis Center and was recently ranked within the top 10 in pulmonology services by U.S. News and World Report. You can learn more about UNC Children’s here.

Pediatric Pharmacy:

Twenty-four hour unit-dose, centralized pharmacy services are provided at UNC. Services include IV admixture, total parenteral nutrition admixture, preparation of antineoplastic agents, compounding of pediatric dosage forms. Our pediatric pharmacy satellite provides drug consulting services, first doses of medications, and pediatric code coverage. Ambulatory clinical services are established within the pediatric hematology/oncology clinic and currently expanding into pediatric pulmonology/cystic fibrosis.


Explanation of the Calendar Year

Rotations are generally 1 month long and are open for adjustment based on the resident’s wants and needs. July is reserved for orientation and December is reserved for research work and attending Midyear Clinical Meeting. Resident is required to complete a research project with submission to a peer-reviewed journal and a medication use evaluation.


  • Orientation and Research
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Hematology/oncology/stem cell transplant (Inpatient or outpatient)
  • General Pediatrics I: Nephrology, neurology, endocrinology (inpatient)
  • General Pediatrics II: Pulmonology, cardiology, gastroenterology (inpatient)
  • Childhood/adolescent psychiatry (inpatient)
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology clinic
  • Pediatric pulmonology/cystic fibrosis clinic
  • Stem cell transplant (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Pediatric infectious diseases
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Emergency medicine
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Preceptorship: Any required rotation may be repeated with an emphasis on preceptor skills
  • Staffing
    • Completion of 400 hours over academic year
    • Day and evening shifts
    • Week long staffing blocks along with 1 major and 1 minor holiday
  • Medication safety committee
  • Teaching requirements (6 months each)
    • Fall: Participate in UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy skills labs
    • Spring: Teaching assistant for UNC School of Pharmacy pediatric pharmacotherapy elective

Our Team

The pharmacists within our pediatric hospital:

Cassidy Beach, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS, CPP

Cassidy Beach, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS, CPP

Clinical Specialist - Outpatient Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Stem Cell Transplant

Assistant Clinical Preceptor- UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Program Director - PGY2 Pediatric Specialty Residency


  • PharmD – University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Pharmacy, Kansas City, MO - 2009
  • PGY1 – Scott & White Memorial Hospital - 2010
  • PGY2 - Hematology/Oncology Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN- 2011

Preceptor for: Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology, BMT Clinic

Rotation Description:

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Clinic may see up to 45 patients per day. Both malignant, non-malignant and stem cell transplant patients are cared for in clinic. The resident will gain experience in leukemia, lymphoma, solid tumors, non-malignant hematology (e.g. sickle cell disease and ITP) along with pre- and post- stem cell transplant care. The resident will work closely with nursing and medical staff to provide medication reconciliation, counseling and monitoring of polypharmacy, and drug information to staff members.

Cameron Jordan, PharmD, BCPS, CPP

Cameron Jordan, PharmD, BCPS, CPP

Clinical Specialist – Pediatric Pulmonary, Cardiology, Gastroenterology

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor – UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Residency Program Coordinator - PGY2 Pediatric Specialty Residency


  • PharmD – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC – 2012
  • PGY1 – Medical University of South Carolina – 2013
  • PGY2 Pediatrics – Medical University of South Carolina – 2014

Preceptor for: General Pediatrics – Pulmonary, Cardiology, GI

Rotation Description:

The Pediatric Pulmonology/Cardiology/Gastroenterology rotation at North Carolina’s Children’s Hospital is a one month learning experience that will allow the resident to advance clinical practice skills in an inpatient pediatric setting. The resident will become an integral part of the Pediatric Pulmonary (Blue) and/or Cardiology/Gastroenterology (Red) Teams, participating in clinical rounds and supporting the medication-use process. The resident is expected to design and implement age-appropriate pharmacotherapy plans, provide accurate and timely responses to pediatric drug information questions, collect and monitor patient specific information to assess the efficacy of drug therapy, verify medication orders, respond to code blue emergencies, and demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacotherapy, and complications of disease states commonly seen within pediatric patients. The rotation affords the resident opportunities to develop clinical and presentation skills, pharmacokinetic management, and discharge counseling.

Chris Falato, PharmD

Chris Falato, PharmD

Clinical Manager – Pediatrics


  • PharmD – Duquesne University, Mylan School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh PA - 2002
  • PGY1 – Texas Children’s Hospital - 2003

Preceptor for: Administration

Rotation Description:

This is a project oriented rotation. The resident will be given a choice of current performance improvement initiatives. Once projects are selected they will facilitate bringing the project to completion allowing them to develop their skills in literature searches/application of best practices, project management, ability to lead a team without authority, and time management. The resident will be involved in attending a number of administration meetings to gather a better understanding of the interworking’s for various initiatives. These will include Pharmacy Information, Medication Safety and Core Operations. We will also complete a variety of topic discussions to help understand how clinical practice is impacted by the institutions logistical and financial limitations. All of these topics will be covered from the perspective of pediatrics and how that may differ from adult hospitals.

Shawna Beck, PharmD

Shawna Beck, PharmD

Clinical Specialist - Pediatrics- Intensive Care

Clinical Assistant Professor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


  • PharmD – Hampton University - 2008
  • PGY1 – Inova HealthCare in Fairfax, VA - 2009
  • PGY2 Pediatrics - Texas Children’s Hospital- 2010

Preceptor for: Pediatrics Intensive Care

Rotation Description:

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is a 20 bed unit that services critically ill pediatric patients. The resident will gain experience in pharmacokinetics, parenteral nutrition management, sedation/analgesia, renal adjustment of medications and anticoagulation. Additionally, the resident will provide management of post operative cardiac surgery patients as well as traumatic brain injury patients. The resident will work with a multi-disciplinary team to facilitate transition to non critical care units and will provide medication reconciliation in-services for both pharmacy and non pharmacy practitioners.

Jenna Bognaski, PharmD

Jenna Bognaski, PharmD

Clinical Specialist - Pediatrics - Hematology, Oncology, Stem Cell Transplant

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


  • PharmD – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - 2012
  • PGY1 – Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Nashville, TN - 2013

Preceptor for: Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology, BMT

Rotation Description:

This rotation provides an experience with the inpatient pediatric hematology and oncology team. Patients admitted to this service are typically here to receive scheduled chemotherapy or to manage complications associated with their treatment or disease state, whether malignant or non-malignant. Common disease states encountered include leukemias, sarcomas, and sickle cell disease. The learner will also encounter a variety of infectious disease and supportive care related topics, including chemotherapy-induced nausea & vomiting, tumor lysis syndrome, febrile neutropenia, total parenteral nutrition, and pain. Learners will work with a multi-disciplinary team to provide recommendations for medical management and education of patients & families.

Genny Brewer, PharmD

Genny Brewer, PharmD

Clinical Specialist - Pediatrics

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


  • PharmD – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC - 2001

Amy Brown, PharmD, BCPS

Amy BrownAmy Brown, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialist - Neonatal Critical Care

Clinical Adjunct Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


  • PharmD – University of Pittsburgh - 2001
  • Preceptor for: Neonatal Intensive Care

Rotation Description:

The Newborn Critical Care Center is a 58 bed level IIIb NICU served by 11 board-certified attending neonatologists, 18 neonatal nurse practitioners, 1 pharmacist, dieticians, UNC resident physicians and medical students. The resident will be fully integrated within the multi-disciplinary care team in order to provide an increasingly autonomous experience, with an average daily census of ~40 patients. The resident will gain clinical pharmacy experience in the following areas of neonatology at minimum: prematurity, nutrition/feeding problems, apnea, sepsis/congenital infections, respiratory distress, infants of diabetic mothers, hypoxic ischemic events, genetic disorders, pain management and neonatal abstinence syndrome. There will be a large focus on nutrition, specifically total parenteral nutrition (TPN). This rotation affords the resident opportunities to further develop independent clinical skills specifically nutrition and pharmacokinetic/antibiotic management, literature evaluation, small group presentations, and provide discharge planning and counseling.

Austin B. Cutler, PharmD, BCPS

Austin B. Cutler, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialist - Pediatrics Cardiac Intensive Care (Duke Unviersity Hosptial)


  • PharmD – Campbell University - 2000

Preceptor for: Pediatrics Cardiac Intensive Care (Duke University Hospial)

Rotation Description:

The Duke Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) is a thirteen bed unit caring for critically ill medical and surgical pediatric inpatients. Residents will gain experience caring for a wide range of critically ill pediatric cardiac patients including those with congenital heart defects (PDA, tetralogy of Fallot, HLHS, TGA, Pulmonary Atresia, and others), surgical procedures (including but not limited to - PDA ligation, Norwood, Bidirectional Glenn, Fontan, transplantation), post-operative care, low cardiac output syndrome, anticoagulation, arrythmias & antiarrhythmic medications). Patients range in age from birth to 35 years of age. The resident will develop practice skills to manage patients requiring parenteral nutrition/fluid/electrolytes, treatment of infections- both community and hospital acquired, general pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic assessment and management of pediatric critical care patients.

Daniel Lui, PharmD

Daniel Lui, PharmD

Clinical Specialist - Pediatric Float

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


  • PharmD – University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA - 2012
  • PGY1 – Children's Hospital of The King's Daughter Norfolk, VA - 2013
  • PGY2 Pediatrics - UNC Hospital and Clinics - 2014

Preceptor for: Critical Care/General Pediatrics

Rotation Description:

The rotation is comprised of a floating schedule across a continuum of pediatric specialty services (pediatric critical care, neonatal critical care, general pediatrics, and pediatric hematology/oncology). The schedule will be dependent upon that of the pediatric float clinical specialist. The resident will be exposed to a variety of specialty areas and will learn to efficiently perform clinical responsibilities in a manner that is applicable to all patient populations covered. The resident will learn to develop effective communication with varying medical interdisciplinary teams and develop baseline knowledge in the respective specialty areas to sufficiently provide optimal and appropriate patient care. The resident will learn to develop flexibility as a clinician over the course of the rotation. The expectation for the resident is to perform the fundamental responsibilities of the other respective rotations such as active participation in interdisciplinary rounds, therapeutic drug monitoring, developing and tailoring TPN therapy, in addition to other clinical duties.

Kathy Riley, PharmD

Kathy Riley, PharmD

Clinical Specialist - General Pediatrics (Endocrine, Nephrology, Neurology)

Clinical Adjunct Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


  • PharmD – Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - 1990

Preceptor for: General Pediatrics

Rotation Description:

The General Pediatrics Rotation is a one month learning experience which will enable the learner to develop clinical pharmacy skills associated with the management of pediatric patients on the General Pediatrics services. The subspecialties of Nephrology, Neurology, Endocrinology, and Metabolism are also covered under General Pediatrics The normal daily census is ~20+ patients. Knowledge of conditions that commonly present in pediatric patients, primary treatments, management of complications and general medicine issues, pediatric pharmacotherapy, and literature evaluation and retrieval will be emphasized. Learners will be expected to utilize abilities learned previously in the curriculum in order to collect patient-specific information, evaluate and monitor drug therapy, educate patients and caregivers, respond to drug information inquiries, and document clinical interventions.

Georganne Sebastian, RPh, MS

Georganne SebastianGeorganne Sebastian, RPh, MS

Clinical Specialist - Pediatrics


  • BS Pharm – UNC at Chapel Hill - 1980
  • PGY1/PGY2/MS – University of Wisconsin at Madison 1980-1982


Instructions for the 2015-2016 application process:

Step 1

All applicants to ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residencies must participate in the match process sponsored by the National Matching Service. Applicants must submit match agreements to the National Matching Service to obtain a match number.

Applications and Deadlines

Step 2

The UNC Hospitals will be participating in PhORCAS, the new ASHP residency online application tool. More information can be found at PhORCAS.

Step 3

A complete application will have the following information found through PhORCAS:

  • General information about the applicant
  • Cover letter
  • Response to essay questions
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Pharmacy School Transcript
  • Three (3) references. Reference writers should complete the standardized Phorcas reference form only.
  • Current photograph (optional)

Application Deadline is January 1st.

Applicants must submit all required materials as well as uploading a document with answers to UNC-specific essay questions (see supplemental information above).


Frequently Asked Questions

What recruiting activities is the program participating in?

We will be participating in the Tuesday morning residency showcase at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, but will not be participating in PPS. Please contact Cassidy Beach ( if you are interested in speaking with her or our current PGY2 resident at the residency showcase. Additionally, our current resident’s contact information is available on the website should candidates have additional questions about our program.

How many pediatric pharmacy residents are at UNC?

We are currently recruiting for one pediatric PGY-2 pharmacy resident. UNC recruits for 33-35 residents total each year.

Is the program accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists?

Our program started in 1995. We recently were re-accredited by ASHP for a full 6 years.

How do I apply?

Our application deadline is January 1, 2016. Please note that we do participate in the PhORCAS application service. Three letters of recommendation, official pharmacy school transcripts, and the UNC supplemental application must be uploaded and submitted by this deadline. Selected candidates are asked to participate in an onsite interview. Candidates will be notified via the National Matching Service if they matched at UNC on March 18, 2016.

What will I receive for a stipend and benefits?

You can expect approximately a $45,000 stipend for the year. You will also have the opportunity to purchase health insurance, dental insurance and life insurance through UNC. Additionally a laptop computer, pager, white coat and scrubs are provided.

How often do I staff?

The pediatric resident staffs approximately every third weekend along with 2-3 week long staffing blocks to attain the required 400 hours. Staffing if exclusively in the pediatric satellite and it clinically and operationally focused. Staffing responsibilities include therapeutic drug monitoring, parenteral nutrition, and answering clinical questions from physicians and nurses. The resident will also dispense patient-specific oral medications and certain intravenous medications from the pediatric satellite.

What makes the UNC experience different?

At UNC, you will have the option to take rotations in the outpatient pediatric clinics with preceptors who are licensed and credentialed as clinical pharmacist practitioners, which is unique to North Carolina. As a major research center, UNC is a site for large clinical trials of innovative medications and therapies. You will take care of patients taking medications that are investigational and not yet FDA approved. While being the only pediatric specialty resident has its benefits as it allows for an extremely flexible and individualized year, being within a large residency class ensures that there are always co-residents available for support and camaraderie, both at work and outside of work.

What is it like living in Chapel Hill?

Chapel Hill is a great place to live and is within just 2-3 hours of the beach and the mountains! There is a lot to do in the triangle area (which includes Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh) from unique restaurants to professional hockey games to shopping and outdoor activities! Some highlights include seeing UNC Basketball games, visiting the Duke Gardens (55 acres of amazing flowers and greenery), listening to live music at various bars and cafes around the Triangle or visiting one of the many museums in downtown Raleigh.

What can I expect my onsite interview day to be like?

The onsite interview is broken down into two parts. The first part is dinner with a pediatric representative(s) the night before the interview if the candidates travel plans allow. The second is the actual day long interview. The morning of, the candidate will meet with the RPD for coffee/breakfast to provide an overview of the day. Next, the candidate will be given an orientation and introduction to the organization of the UNC health system and pharmacy department. The interview will also include behavioral interview questions in small group settings (2-4 pharmacists) along with a larger group interview with the pediatric pharmacists. We ask that you prepare a 30-minute presentation on a clinical topic of your choice.

For more information, contact:

Cassidy Beach

Cassidy L. Beach, Pharm.D., BCOP, BCPS, CPP
Residency Program Director - PGY2 Pediatrics
Clinical Specialist, UNC Children's Hospital

Current resident

Alison DaCosta

Alison DaCosta