Pharmaceutical Department Residency Programs

Medication-Use Safety


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers a 12-month ASHP-accredited Specialized (PGY2) Residency in Medication-Use Safety. 

The St. Jude Medication-Use Safety residency is a postgraduate training program that provides advanced training in medication safety. The purpose of the program is to prepare the resident to assume a leadership role in coordinating and implementing improvements to the medication use system in a complex, high-risk patient population. St Jude is committed to providing truly comprehensive patient care. Full integration of an electronic health record that is used continuously as patients move from inpatient to ambulatory care combined with the highly skilled clinical pharmacy team provide unrivalled opportunities for direct involvement in improving medication safety across the continuum of care. The complex and high risk nature of treatment provided at St. Jude provides a unique learning environment for patient safety and quality that can be applied to any health care setting.

Throughout the program, the resident will gain experience in medication error and adverse drug event reporting and investigation processes. There will be opportunities for the resident to lead medication safety assessment and improvement efforts to prevent future patient safety events and work to maximize the patient safety benefits of the electronic health record. Other activities include newsletter writing, policy and guideline development, formulary management, and experience working with a fully integrated electronic health record. Other specific activities include participation on the Medication Use Safety Team and the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee in addition to patient safety activities such as root cause analyses.

Along with medication safety experiences, the resident will acquire experience in teaching through lectures, in-services, journal club presentations and precepting pharmacy students on rotation. The resident will be expected to complete a research project focused on medication safety and present the results at a national meeting. Experiences during the residency will enable the resident to seek a career focused on medication safety, medication use policy, or clinical informatics.


After completing orientation, the resident will spend approximately 9 months of the 12-month program focusing on improving medication use practices. The resident will have the opportunity to participate in both administrative as well as patient care aspects of the St. Jude medication use process. Potential one- or two-month elective rotation experiences are available for the Medication-Use Safety resident based on individual interest. These elective learning experiences will be balanced with the longitudinal, research and other project responsibilities required within the program. Elective rotation choices for the Medication-Use Safety resident are similar to those listed for the Oncology Residency PGY2 program list, and may also include experience with a Medication Safety Officer in a large university hospital and visits to national organizations devoted to safe medication use.


Number of Positions


Start Date

July 1

Application Deadline

Second Monday in January


Program Director

Jennifer Robertson, PharmD, BCPS
Mail Stop 150
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Pharmaceutical Department
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Phone: (901) 595-6276
FAX: (901) 595-3111

Application Requirements:

While not required for candidacy, resident applicants are strongly encouraged to interview with St Jude staff at the Professional Placement Service (PPS/CareerPharm) at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.  

All application materials must be submitted through PhORCAS.

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree, successful completion of a Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency, and eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of Tennessee
  • Copy of official school transcript
  • Letter of intent
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Completion of an onsite interview