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About the Program

This one-year specialized residency focuses on diverse experiences in pediatrics and neonatal medicine. The University of Kentucky Medical Center has a 207-bed children's hospital with 43 general pediatric beds, 16 Pediatric ICU/Cardiothoracic ICU beds, 12-bed progressive care unit, 26-bed newborn nursery, 8-bed neonatal abstinence unit, 70 neonatal ICU beds, 11-bed sedation and procedural unit, and 21 dedicated pediatric emergency department beds. The primary emphasis of the program is to develop clinicians with expertise in the care of pediatric patients. Rotation schedules are tailored to the interests of the resident. Residents completing the program are expected to demonstrate competency in the areas of contemporary pharmacy practice, written and oral communication, teaching, and clinical research.

The pediatric residents participate in clinical research activities that are presented at a national meeting and submitted for publication. Residents participate in the on-call program, clinical rounds, didactic and experiential teaching, clinical research, scholarly activity, clinical conferences, grand rounds, and institutional or departmental committees. 

The program is affiliated with a nationally recognized college of pharmacy which provides residents with opportunities to engage in educational activities including precepting Doctor of Pharmacy students on clinical rotations, facilitating group discussions, and didactic lectures.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) on its list of the Best Children's Hospitals. KCH and Cincinnati Children’s Joint Pediatric Heart Program ranked 14th in the country in pediatric cardiology & heart surgery. KCH, in association with Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center - Lexington, was also ranked 40th in the country for pediatric orthopedic care.

Learn more about our program in this short video.

Program Director

Brian Gardner, PharmD, BCPPS Department of Pharmacy Services

Location Detail
UKHealthCare 800 Rose Street, H110 Lexington, KY 40536-0293

Kentucky Children's

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Quick Facts

Application Deadline: Monday, December 27, 2021

Starting Date: July 1

Number of Positions: 2

Eligibility Criteria:  Doctor of Pharmacy degree, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency from an accredited program, eligible for licensure in the state of Kentucky

Application Requirements

  • Complete online PhORCAS application
  • Three (3) references provided via the Standardized Reference Form on PhORCAS
  • Letter of Intent

Core Rotations

  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • PediBOOST/Experiential Precepting

Elective Rotations

  • Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonology
  • High-risk obstetrics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Academia
  • Ambulatory care rotations are available in pediatric neurology, hematology/oncology, cystic fibrosis, nephrology, infectious diseases, and cardiology.

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.