PGY2 Pediatrics Program Design

Explanation of the Calendar Year

Rotations are each 1 month long and are open for adjustment based on the resident’s wants and needs. July is reserved for orientation, and December is primarily reserved for research work and attending Midyear Clinical Meeting, although there is the opportunity for a “mini rotation” based on resident interest. Each 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 Unit
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Hematology Oncology (select 1)
    • Inpatient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic
  • General Pediatrics (select 1):
    • General Pediatrics I
    • General Pediatrics II
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases


(the equivalent of 5 rotation months of elective experiences need to be completed)

  • Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic
  • Pediatric Pulmonology Clinic
  • Preceptorship
  • Pediatric Administration/Leadership
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Burn Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Endocrinology/Rheumatology Clinic
  • Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Precision Medicine

*May repeat required rotation as elective; elective experiences may be two weeks or full month experiences. Other opportunities pending interest available at discretion of RPD/RPC.

Longitudinal Responsibilities

Educational/Research Activities

Research Project: The UNC PGY2 Pediatric Residency Program utilizes a traditional research model. Residents will review research project options and submit a rank list to the RPD/RPC who will then aim to assign each resident their highest ranked research project.

Medication Use Evaluation (MUE): Residents will complete a MUE as part of their longitudinal pediatric administration rotation. Residents may work individually on separate projects or together on a larger initiative.

Pediatric Patient Oriented Discussion (POD): This recurring educational session provides all learners on pediatric learning experiences with foundational pediatric-focused topics. The PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residents will attend all 4 of the sessions in August, and then will be responsible for teaching each POD session at least once throughout the remainder of the residency year.

Continuing Education: Residents will provide an hour-long departmental ACPE-accredited CE session during the residency year. This session is open to pharmacists and technicians across the state (presented live and via WebEx).

Research Month (December) and Administration Days: December is reserved as a research month, though residents have the option to complete a “mini-rotation” depending on their interests. Residents are also given one “admin day” each month, which is when they will meet with the Pediatric Clinical Manager for their longitudinal pediatric administration rotation.

Staffing requirements

Residents will complete a total of 400 hours of staffing throughout the academic year.

Weekend staffing: Residents will staff approximately every 3rd weekend. There will be a mix of clinical and operational shifts, performing order and product verification for pediatric patients as well as therapeutic drug monitoring, patient review, TPN verification, and other clinical responsibilities.

Weekday staffing: In addition to weekend staffing shifts, residents will complete the remainder of their staffing hours through weekday staffing shifts dispersed throughout the year.


PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residents participate as a teaching assistant in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy during the fall semester of their residency year. Each resident is responsible for one out of two blocks of the Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Elective.


Residents will serve on the UNC Pediatric Medication Safety Committee.

Certificate Programs

Residents are permitted to participate in both certificate programs offered through the department (i.e., the Teaching Certificate and Leadership Certificate).

Longitudinal Residency Leadership Experience

Residents are assigned a residency-related leadership role over the course of the year. Examples include social media committee member, recruitment co-chair, Midyear coordinator, etc. Residents are also eligible to apply for the chief resident role in either the fall or spring semesters.

Requirements for Program Completion

In order to receive a certificate of Residency completion, residents must complete all requirements specified in the appointment agreement:

  • Complete all scheduled learning experiences
  • Receive an evaluation score of “Achieved for the Residency” (ACHR) for at least 85% of PharmAcademic objectives required by the program
  • Complete a one year research project or a pre-specified part of a multi-year research project, including all of the following: data retrieval, data analysis, formal presentation (poster OR platform) at a local/regional/national forum, creation of a draft manuscript in publishable quality, project proposal submission, creation of a data collection tool, and IRB submission (if appropriate)
  • Contribute approximately 400 hours of staffing support to the department through weekday, weekend, day/evening and holiday clinical and/or operational staffing requirements based on departmental need
  • Attend at least 15 hours of resident CE programming
  • Complete all evaluations in PharmAcademic, ASHP's approved tool
  • Provide a 30-60 minute (RPD determined) ACPE accredited CE program for pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians within and outside the Department of Pharmacy
  • Participate in required departmental “on-call” services as necessary to support departmental functions
  • Serve as a support resource/teaching assistant at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy during at least one semester of the academic year
  • Serve on a designated hospital or health system committee as assigned by the program
  • Complete a medication use evaluation or quality improvement project
  • Document completion of the PGY2 Pediatric program appendix as required by ASHP
  • Teach each of the four Pediatric POD learning sessions at least once during the residency year
  • Upload files to document completion of all required residency components into Pharmacademic (CE slides, MUE, research project, data collection tool, manuscript, IRB, research proposal, appendix completion, poster/platform research presentation, etc.)

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