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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 or candidate for graduation from an Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in the process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Certificate (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
  • Because of the necessary timelines of the residency program, Children's of Alabama does not sponsor visas for foreign pharmacy residency applicants.
  • Applicants must obtain 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 have minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale during their pharmacy school curriculum. Candidates applying from pharmacy programs without GPAs shall provide an indication of academic performance through official documentation from their college of pharmacy.

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Children’s of Alabama is committed to recruiting residents of diverse ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, and religious backgrounds. We encourage applications from under-represented groups. The unique qualities of each resident are integral to the strength of our program and facilitate our efforts to cultivate a workforce that mirrors the diverse population we serve. As a department, our pharmacy is committed to cultivation of a more diverse and inclusive environment.

Our staff is committed to providing the finest pediatric healthcare to all children. Our team is built on our core values of trust, teamwork, compassion, innovation, and commitment. We know that every time we come through the doors at Children’s 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, 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
  • official pharmacy school transcript
  • three letters of recommendation (one of which must come from an employer or supervisor at place of employment)

Applications must be submitted using PhORCAS. All application components must be received by January 2, 2024.

Invitations to interview will be sent by late January. Unfortunately, it is not possible to interview all applicants. Interviews will be conducted in February and will include a 10-minute presentation to the interview committee. Interviews for the 2023-24 residency year will be conducted in person. No person at this residency will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

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