Frequently Asked Questions

Pharmacy Residency Preceptors David Gregornik, PharmD, and Cyrine Haidar, PharmD

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 regarding 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. Oncology residents are required to work one major holiday. (Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Medication-Use Safety and Clinical Pharmacogenetics residents will work one other 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 may be used for the full academic year. Residents are also provided several reference texts during orientation. Residents are provided a professional development fund that may 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 - Pediatrics 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 begin this training during orientation. Further experience will be gained by staffing in Central Pharmacy on weekends and a concentrated experience in the pharmacy during their project month. Clinical and operational coverage of weekends will be approximately every fourth weekend.

Clinical Pharmacogenetics residents will complete similar staffing requirements as the Oncology - Pediatrics residents working approximately 1 weekend per month providing clinical and pharmacy operations services.

Medication-Use Safety residents will staff one afternoon per week, every week and as part of the weekend on-call responsibilities. Weekend coverage will take place approximately once per month and will include provision of clinical services and pharmacy operations services.

Will the resident have the opportunity to precept students?

The St. Jude Pharmaceutical Department accepts pharmacy students from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and across the country for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. The resident will be expected to assist in precepting students 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, PPAG or the PGRN. Additional meetings and an optional residency class trip may be available. Funding for these opportunities vary from year to year.

Is a degree in the biological sciences or training in human genetics required ror the residency in Clinical Pharmacogenetics?

A background in biological sciences and basic human genetics is recommended, 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.