Frequently Asked Questions

Pharmacy Residency Program

Does St. Jude participate in the pharmacy online residency centralized application service called PhORCAS?

Yes, all applicants for the residency programs offered at St. Jude are required to utilize the PhORCAS system to apply for their desired program.

Are resident candidates required to complete a PGY1 residency experience?

Yes, resident applicants are required to have completed a PGY1 residency experience prior to enrolment in any PGY2 experience as per ASHP accreditation standards.

Where do I find information on how to obtain a Tennessee License?

Please contact the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy, or access their website for additional information and requirements for the State of Tennessee. Information about reciprocating licenses can be found at the National Boards of Pharmacy website.

How are holidays handled?

All employees of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital are granted a total of 8 holidays per calendar year. Residents are required to work one major holiday. The exact holiday will be determined between the resident and the Residency Program Director within one month of starting the residency program.

Will the resident have his or her own office space and materials?

Each resident is assigned a personal laptop computer that can be used for their full academic year. Residents are also provided several reference texts during orientation. Residents are provided a professional development fund that can be used for additional materials or memberships or additional items of the resident’s choice. Residents are provided with their own office space within the department. All general office supplies are also readily available for the residents use.

What are the staffing requirements?

For Oncology with a Pediatric Focus PGY2 Residents

Based on ASHP requirements for an Oncology specialty residency (PGY2), residents are required to complete a predetermined number of hours in order to gain competency in chemotherapy preparation and sterile technique. Residents will complete this training during orientation and by staffing one afternoon per week, every other week for the first half of the year. Residents will also provide weekend clinical coverage during the residency. Coverage will take place every second or third weekend for the first half of the residency and will alternate between clinical services and pharmacy operations services. For the second half of the residency, coverage will take place every third or fourth weekend and only for clinical services. Residents will receive a monetary stipend for weekend coverage during the second half of the residency year.

Clinical Pharmacogenetics residents will complete similar staffing requirements as the Oncology with a Pediatric Focus residents during the first half of the residency experience.

Medication-Use Safety residents will staff one afternoon per week, every other week and every second or third weekend in pharmacy operation services during the first half of the residency year. For the second half of the year, additional staffing may be required as determined by the Residency Program Director.

Will the resident have the opportunity to precept students?

St Jude currently is responsible for precepting students from a number of colleges of pharmacy across the country. The resident will be expected to help co-precept the student should the resident and students rotations overlap. Residents are also expected to lead group discussions and facilitate learning experiences for PharmD students as required during the month.

What professional meetings are the resident required to attend?

Residents are required to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. In addition, residents are required to present their research at a national pharmacology, oncology specialty, or pharmacogenetics meeting, such as ACCP, ASCPT, HOPA or the PGRN. Additional meetings and an optional residency class trip may be available and may vary from year to year.

For the residency in Clinical Pharmacogenetics is a degree in the biological sciences or training in human genetics required?

A background in biological sciences and basic human genetics is recommend, but not required. The resident, through the help of key preceptors, will be expected to become proficient in all relevant topics in genetics that will be necessary to practice in the field of clinical pharmacogenetics.