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PGY2 Pediatrics

Welcome

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.

Best,

Cameron

Cameron J. McKinzie

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

Overview

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:

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.

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Experiences

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.

Rotations:

Required
  • Orientation and Research
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Hematology/oncology/stem cell transplant (Inpatient or outpatient)
  • General Pediatrics: resident will complete 2 of 3 experiences: 
    • General Pediatrics I: Pulmonology
    • General Pediatrics II: Cardiology, endocrinology, nephrology, neurology
    • General Pediatrics III: Moses Cone
  • Childhood/adolescent psychiatry (inpatient)
Elective
  • 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
Longitudinal
  • 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 
    • Fall:Teaching assistant for UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy pediatric pharmacotherapy elective

Our Team

The pharmacists within our pediatric hospital:

Cameron McKinzie, PharmD, BCPPS, BCPS, CPP

Cameron McKinzie, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, CPP

Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner – Outpatient Pediatric Pulmonary

Residency Program Director – PGY2 Pediatric Specialty Residency

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Education:

  • PharmD: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill - 2012
  • PGY1: Medical University of South Carolina - 2013
  • PGY2 Pediatrics: Medical University of South Carolina - 2014

Preceptor for: Outpatient Pediatric Pulmonary/Cystic Fibrosis

Jessica R. Wallace, PharmD, BCPPS

Jessica R. Wallace, PharmD, BCPPS

Clinical Specialist – Pediatrics

Residency Program Coordinator – PGY2 Pediatric Specialty Residency

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Education:

  • PharmD: University of Georgia – 2012
  • PGY1: Massachusetts General Hospital – 2015
  • PGY2 Pediatrics: Children’s National Health System – 2016

Preceptor for: Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Shawna Beck, PharmD

Shawna Beck, PharmD

Clinical Specialist – Pediatric Intensive Care

Clinical Assistant Professor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Education:

  • PharmD: Hampton University - 2008
  • PGY1: Inova HealthCare - 2009
  • PGY2 Pediatrics: Texas Children's Hospital - 2010

Preceptor for: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Jenna Bognaski Kaplan, PharmD

Jenna Bognaski Kaplan, PharmD

Clinical Specialist – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Education:

  • PharmD: University of Michigan - 2012
  • PGY1: Vanderbilt Children's Hospital - 2013

Preceptor for: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Genny Brewer, PharmD

Genny Brewer, PharmD

Clinical Specialist - Pediatrics

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Education:

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

Amy Brown, PharmD, BCPS

Amy Brown, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialist - Neonatal Intensive Care

Education:
PharmD: University of Pittsburgh - 2001

Preceptor for: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Carmen D. Echols, PharmD

Carmen D. Echols, PharmD

Clinical Specialist - Inpatient Pediatric Pulmonary and Bone Marrow Transplant

Clinical Adjunct Preceptor-UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Education:

  • BS Biology - The University of Georgia, Athens, GA – 2008
  • PharmD – Mercer University, School of Pharmacy, Atlanta, GA – 2012
  • PGY1 – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA – 2013

Preceptor for: Pediatric Pulmonary, Pediatric BMT

Cassidy Beach Faircloth, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS, CPP

Cassidy Beach Faircloth, 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

Education:

  • 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

Chris Falato, PharmD

Chris Falato, PharmD

Clinical Manager – Pediatrics

Education:

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

Preceptor for: Administration

Ashley McCallister, PharmD, MBA

Ashley McCallister, PharmD, MBA
Clinical Specialist – Pediatrics

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Education:

  • PharmD/MBA: Campbell University - 2015
  • PGY1: Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital - 2016
  • PGY2 Pediatrics: Vanderbilt Children's Hospital - 2017

Lauren Payne, PharmD

Lauren Payne, PharmD
Clinical Specialist – Pediatrics

Adjunct Clinical Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Education:

  • PharmD: University of Kentucky - 2015
  • PGY1: Wake Forest Baptist Health - 2016
  • PGY2 Pediatrics: Wake Forest Baptist Health - 2017

Kathy Riley, PharmD

Kathy Riley, PharmD

Clinical Specialist - General Pediatrics

Clinical Adjunct Preceptor - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Education:

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

Georganne Sebastian, RPh, MS

Georganne Sebastian, RPh, MS

Clinical Specialist – Pediatrics

Education:

  • BS Pharm: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill - 1980
  • PGY1/PGY2/MS: University of Wisconsin at Madison - 1982

Application

Instructions for the 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).

FAQ

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 Cameron McKinzie (Cameron.McKinzie@unchealth.unc.edu) 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, 2018. 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.

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 is 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 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:

Cameron McKinzie

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

Current resident

Megan Fortenberry

Megan Fortenberry
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