Current Participant

Bethany Sharpless, PharmD

Bethany Sharpless joined us in mid-June 2015. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. She was a pharmacy intern at the Cortland Regional Medical Center for 3 years while going through school. Bethany achieved several accolades which include the United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award and was a national top ten finalist in the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition. She was also has held several leadership positions including presidential positions in various organizations. She currently has interests in critical care, solid organ transplant and hematology/oncology.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

The newly expanded Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, designed by patients, families and caregivers, is an environment that promotes children’s physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

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Delaware Valley

The goal of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Pharmacy Practice Residency program is to train compassionate, clinically superior pharmacists who are prepared for hospital practice or further specialization. Graduates of this program will be able to easily transition to a PGY2 pediatric specialty residency or obtain a hospital position as a point-of-care pediatric pharmacist.

About Our Program

At Nemours, we offer a one-year Pharmacy Residency Program. Our goal, upon your completion of this program, will be to prepare you as a competent and confident practitioner, able to deliver pharmacy care to pediatric patients in a distributive as well as clinical environment.

You’ll also develop the necessary skills to educate patients, families and other healthcare professionals on drug-related topics.

We’ll provide experiences that will help develop essential skills such as writing, communication, critical thinking and problem solving. You’ll also have the opportunity to improve the safety of the medication-use system and demonstrate professional maturity by monitoring your own performance and by exhibiting commitment to the profession.

Our program offers you a number of distinctive features including:
  • A six-month split in your required ambulatory care clinic experience, allowing you to experience more than one ambulatory care setting.
  • Flexibility in your schedule should your interests change over the course of the year.
  • A residency steering committee will monitor your progress and provide guidance for the completion of your required activities.
  • Affiliations with several area hospitals allow us to provide some experiences off-site.
  • Our relationship with Temple University School of Pharmacy allows you to participate in student teaching during your residency year.

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Clinical Experience Through Rotations and Electives

We work with your interests and background to develop your rotation schedule.

  • A total of three elective rotations available for you to tailor the residency to your interests
  • Several elective rotations for you to choose from
  • A dedicated rotation for your research project

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Clinical Achievements

The program has earned a number of clinical achievements:
  • All unit-based pharmacists won the “SuperStar” recognition pin from the medical residents for their invaluable service to the medical staff and patients.
  • A pediatric pharmacist presented at Pediatric Medical Grand Rounds on the topic of Breastfeeding and Medications: A Guide for Prescribers.
  • Several members of the pharmacy department collaborated to publish the Pediatric Neurosurgery On-Call textbook.
  • Preceptors have been published in various journals such as Hospital Pharmacy, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Drug Topics, and The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
  • Posters created by residents and preceptors have been presented at various conferences held by organizations such as Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG), American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI)
  • A pediatric pharmacist was asked to write a pediatric book chapter on the management of pediatric causalities of chemical terrorist attacks. The chapter is for the Textbook of Military Medicine, which is prepared by Department of the Army, Office of The Surgeon General and published by the Borden Institute.
  • A pediatric pharmacist was awarded the Best/Innovative Practice Award by the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group for her submission entitled, “Development of a Computerized Pediatric Anticoagulation Program.”

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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is like no other in the region — designed by families, for families.

About Our Hospital in Delaware

The duPont Hospital for Children is a multispecialty, tertiary care teaching institution located on a 300-acre estate in the scenic Brandywine Valley in Wilmington, Del.

As a program participant, you’ll have access to advanced computer systems for patient care activities, electronic mail, word processing, internet access and library research functions. Among the hospital’s amenities for all staff are:

  • free parking
  • park-like setting
  • gym/fitness center
  • on-site child care center for children of staff
  • massage therapy

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Contact Us

Elora Hilmas, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Coordinator
(302) 651-5791

Apply for Our Program

Application Requirements
Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016
  • PharmD degree
  • eligibility for Delaware licensure (must be obtained by September 15)
  • academic transcript
  • curriculum vitae
  • three letters of recommendation
  • letter of intent

To Apply