PGY2 Pediatrics

Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Additional Program Description

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 has a Multitude of Experiences Available to Residents

NC Children’s Hospital has 150 inpatient beds along with a comprehensive children’s outpatient center. With the extensive general and subspecialty medical services available for patients, our program offers a wide array of clinical learning opportunities for residents. Rotation experiences include a variety of acute care, general pediatrics, and ambulatory experiences. We focus on resident-specific interests by offering a number of elective rotation experiences to customize your learning throughout the year.

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 special formulations are provided by our Central Inpatient Pharmacy, and preparation of antineoplastic agents is provided by our Cancer Hospital Inpatient Pharmacy. Ambulatory clinical services are established within the pediatric endocrinology, hematology/oncology, pulmonology, and rheumatology clinics, and are currently expanding into other sub-specialty areas.

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. Available experiences include didactic teaching, precepting pharmacy students during rotation, and a specific preceptorship rotation. We also offer a teaching certificate program in partnership with the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

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 throughout the year. 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 component of your residency year will increase your autonomy and teach you how pharmacy operations are integrated into clinical practice. Other experiences that focus on leadership include active involvement in the Pediatric Medication Safety Committee, a longitudinal administrative rotation with our Pediatric Pharmacy Manager, 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 you have about our program.



For more information, contact:

Cameron McKinzie

Cameron J. McKinzie, Pharm.D., BCPPS, BCPS, CPP
Residency Program Director - PGY2 Pediatrics
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, Outpatient Pediatric Pulmonary