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 specialists.
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.
Cameron J. McKinzie, Pharm.D., BCPPS, BCPS, CPP
Residency Program Director - PGY2 Pediatrics
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner – Outpatient Pediatric Pulmonary
University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital
For your reference, a printable brochure can be found here.
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
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.
Our pediatric pharmacy satellite provides drug consulting services, patient-specific oral and IV dose preparation, and pediatric code coverage. Services including total parenteral nutrition admixture and compounding of pediatric dosage forms are provided by our centralized pharmacy, and preparation of antineoplastic agents is provided by our Cancer Hospital Inpatient Pharmacy. Ambulatory clinical services are established within the pediatric hematology/oncology clinic and pediatric pulmonary/cystic fibrosis clinic, and are currently expanding into pediatric gastroenterology and rheumatology clinics.