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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 produce residents who have the qualifications that are required for acute and ambulatory pediatric clinical specialist positions and adjunct faculty appointments.

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, 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.

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 are quickly expanding into various subspecialties.


Required (1 month each):
•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 and outpatient)
•Childhood/adolescent psychology (inpatient)

•Emergency medicine
•Pediatric hematology/oncology clinic
•Stem cell transplant (inpatient and outpatient)
•Pediatric infectious diseases
•Cardiac intensive care
•Pediatric surgery
•Pharmacy administration
•Any required rotation may be repeated with an emphasis in preceptorship


•Staffing (yearlong)

•Medication safety committee (yearlong)

•Teaching requirements (6 months each)

•Fall: Participate in UNC School of Pharmacy skills labs

•Spring: Teaching assistant for UNC School of Pharmacy pediatric pharmacotherapy elective

Explanation of the Calendar Year

Rotations are generally 1 month long but 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.

•Cassidy Beach, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS - Outpatient Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Stem Cell Transplant
•Shawna Beck, PharmD - Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
•Jenna Bognaski, PharmD– Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Stem Cell Transplant
•Amy Brown, PharmD, BCPS - Neonatal Critical Care
•Austin B. Cutler, PharmD, BCPS – Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care (Duke University Hospital)
•Shauna S. Garris, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
•Leah Hatfield, PharmD, BCPS – Emergency Medicine
•M. Lindsey Hedgepeth Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
•Daniel Lui, PharmD - Pediatrics
•Kathy Riley, PharmD – General Pediatrics
•Andrew Stivers, PharmD – Medication Safety

Staffing Component

It is required that the resident complete minimum 400 staffing hours per year. These will be fulfilled by staffing every 3rd weekend in the pediatric satellite (day or evening shifts), completing 3 week long staffing blocks throughout the year, and staffing 1 major and minor holiday.

Seminars/Professional Meetings

The resident is expected to attend the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP) Annual Convention, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, and Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy group (PPAG) Annual Meeting to present their residency research project. Attendance to extracurricular meetings outside of those listed may be considered for approval by the RPD; please note that the resident will be required to use paid time off to attend. Each resident will have a $1250 stipend per year for travel to cover all meetings.

Additional Requirements

Each resident will be expected to complete the following:
•PALS certification
•Continuing Education presentation (1 per residency year)
•Case Conference presented to UNC School of pharmacy P4 students and PGY1 residents (2 sessions per residency year)

RPD Contact Information

Cassidy L. Beach, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS

Residency Program Director, PGY2 Pediatrics

Clinical Specialist – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant

UNC Children’s Hospital

101 Manning Drive

Campus Box 7600

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Pager: 919-123-0053 Phone: 919-966-6854

Fax: 919-843-0156

For more information on our Pharmacy Residency Program contact 

Stephen F. Eckel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, FAPhA, FASHP, FCCP,  Associate Director of Pharmacy, Director, Pharmacy Residency Programs, Clinical Associate Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy