Pharmaceutical Department Residency Programs

Medication-Use Safety and Policy


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

This postgraduate training program provides advanced training in medication safety and prepares the resident to assume a leadership role in coordinating and implementing improvements to the medication use system in a complex, high-risk patient population.

We have 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, this provides 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 maximize patient safety benefits of the electronic health record. Other activities include newsletter writing, policy and guideline development and formulary management. 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 and inservices and precepting pharmacy students. The resident will be expected to complete a research project focused on medication safety and publish the results. 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 and patient care aspects of the St. Jude medication-use process. Potential one- or two-month elective rotation experiences are available for the 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 and Policy resident are similar to those listed for the PGY2 Oncology Residency 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

Monday, January 6, 2020

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Program Director

Jennifer Robertson, PharmD, BCPS