Director:
Brent A Hall, PharmD, BCPPS

2017-2018 Resident:
Vaibhavi Bhavsar, Pharm.D.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children. It serves as Sacramento’s Pediatric Level 1 trauma center and Pediatric Emergency Department. This ‘hospital within a hospital' has 129 pediatric beds with NICU, PICU, Peds CICU, Hematology/ Oncology and General Ward units. As a teaching hospital, it serves as an optimal location for training future practitioners.

The pediatric area employs 9 FTEs dedicated to pediatric pharmacy practice.  Pharmacists in this area are responsible for:

  • Review and verification of all medications prescribed to pediatric patients
  • Preparation and dispensing of some pediatric medications
  • Participation in medication safety committee and culture
  • Acting as a drug information resource for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health care professionals
  • Participating in multidisciplinary rounds with NICU, PICU, CT Surgery, Heme/Onc and Ward service teams
  • Documentation of interventions
  • Management of parenteral nutrition in cooperation with UCDMC dieticians
  • Interpretation of drug levels via pharmacokinetic monitoring
  • Patient and professional education

The purpose of this program is to train pharmacists in the care of pediatric patients.  This training will provide high quality, cost-effective care in a positive learning environment that promotes independence, critical thinking and creativity in a culture of mutual respect. Through this program, residents will learn advanced practice and research to be applied on both the local and national level.

As is the standard in today's health care system, this practice takes place in a multidisciplinary field and residents will have the opportunity to interact with clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists, emergency medical services personnel, as well as patients and their families. Daily activities will include attendance of rounds with bedside consultation for both physicians and nursing staff regarding therapy management, drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, and intravenous drug compatibility, among others. The resident will participate in all aspects of practice which include weekend staffing, emergency/code response, student precepting, student/resident/staff education, research project design and execution and will be responsible for providing appropriate, timely, and accurate drug delivery to patients.  The UCDMC PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency is designed to meet the educational goals and objectives as outlined by the ASHP PGY-2 Pediatric Residency Accreditation Standard.  At the end of this residency experience, the resident will have the knowledge, skill and confidence to succeed in an academic and/or clinical position.

Core Experiences

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
General Pediatric Wards (encompasses Hospitalist
      Practice, Pediatric GI, Pediatric Nephrology and
      Pediatric Surgery)
Pediatric Emergency Department
Research (Longitudinal)
Administration (Longitudinal over 6 months)
Medication Safety (Longitudinal over 6 months)
Journal Club

Elective Experiences

Nutrition
Pain       
Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Infectious Disease
Pediatric Pulmonology
Toxicology