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Application Information

Acceptance into the residency program will be on a competitive basis using a formal application process to maximize the quality of the resident(s) ultimately chosen. Program criteria for the selection of residents are:

  • The applicant is or will be a graduate of a college or school of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education and will possess a doctor of pharmacy degree by July 1st of the residency year for which they are applying.
  • The applicant must be eligible for pharmacist licensure in Alabama
  • The applicant must be enrolled in the ASHP National Matching Program.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or hold a permanent visa
  • The applicant must provide evidence of the following:
    • Primary interest in pediatrics and commitment to patient care in a pediatric setting
    • Superior academic performance and involvement in school/professional organizations and extracurricular/community activities
    • Superior written and verbal communication skills
    • Personality characteristics required of a pharmacy resident, such as emotional maturity, independence, motivation, adaptability, and strong interpersonal skills.

Our staff is committed to providing the finest pediatric healthcare to all children. We built our legacy on our core values of trust, teamwork, compassion, innovation and commitment. We know that every time we come through these doors we will live up to our high standards as we work to make a difference in children's lives. You've chosen a career that’s all about care. If you want to make a difference the life of children and their families, if you want to advance in your profession, if you appreciate good benefits, and want to work with outstanding medical professionals in a variety of areas, then Children’s of Alabama is where you belong. If you are committed to the care of pediatric patients and interested in growing, learning, and being part of an exceptional pharmacy team, we invite you to apply to our pharmacy residency program!

How to Apply to our Residency Program

Application to our PGY1 program requires:

  • a letter of interest/intent
  • curriculum vitae
  • pharmacy school transcript
  • photo of the applicant
  • three letters of recommendation (one of which must come from an employer or supervisor)

Applications must be submitted using PhORCAS. An on-site interview including a presentation is required.* All application components must be received by December 28, 2021Invitations to interview will be sent by late January. Onsite interviews must be completed by the end of February.* Unfortunately, it is not possible to interview all applicants. 

No person at this residency will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Please be aware that Children's of Alabama does not hire individuals who use nicotine products of any kind, including smoking cessation aids containing nicotine. Applicants who profess to use nicotine will not have their applications processed. Applicants who are offered and accept a residency position will be tested for nicotine during regular pre-employment testing. If an applicant tests positive for nicotine, results of the residency match will be void and their employment offer will be rescinded.


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Deidra Schmidt, Pharm.D., AAHIVP
Residency Program Director

Children's of Alabama Department of Pharmacy

1600 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Phone: 205-638-9712
Fax: 205-638-9934


 *Interviews in February 2022 may be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applicants will be provided with updated information.