Pharmaceutical Department Residency Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. All employees of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are granted a total of 8 holidays per calendar year. Residents will be expected to cover one major holiday (Christmas, Thanksgiving, or New Year’s Day) or two minor holidays (Memorial Day and Labor Day). The exact holiday will be determined among the residents within one month of starting the residency program.

  5. 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. Pharmaceutical Department residents are provided with their own office space within the department. All general office supplies are also readily available for the residents use.

  6. Oncology - Pediatrics PGY2 Residents

    Residents will be oriented to the entire department during the month of July.  A focused week in various areas of the department will occur during the month of December.  During this time, the residents will be trained on the chemotherapy preparation process.

    Clinical coverage of weekends will be approximately every fourth weekend.

    Clinical Pharmacogenetics Residents

    The clinical pharmacogenetics resident will be oriented to the entire department during the month of July.  The resident will be responsible for training in the Central Pharmacy one night a week, every other week during the first few months of the residency.

    Clinical coverage of weekends will be approximately every fourth weekend.

    Medication-Use Safety residents

    The medication-use safety resident will be oriented to the entire department during the month of July.  The resident will be responsible for training in the Central Pharmacy one night a week, every week, for the first six months of the residency.  Further time will be determined with the residency program director.

    Clinical coverage of weekends will be approximately every fourth weekend.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.