Development of a postgraduate year 2 pharmacy residency in clinical pharmacogenetics

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The structure and development of an innovative, ASHP-accredited postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) clinical pharmacogenetics residency program are described.


A 12-month PGY2 clinical pharmacogenetics residency was created at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in accordance with the ASHP standards for advanced practice residencies. The purpose of this 12-month residency program is to prepare pharmacy residents to implement pharmacogenetics in clinical practice. The program helps residents develop expertise in the science of pharmacogenetics as well as an understanding of translational research, innovative pharmacy practice model development, and clinical informatics. The resident learns to optimize patient outcomes through the expert provision of evidence-based, patient-centered precision medicine as an integral part of an interprofessional team. After completing the program, residents are expected to have the clinical skills necessary to practice in the field of clinical pharmacogenetics and independently implement pharmacogenetic testing in other health-system settings. Because implementation of pharmacogenetics requires collaboration across many disciplines, residents works within an interprofessional team of physicians, nurses, informatics specialists, pharmacists, and clinical laboratory personnel to achieve program goals. Since the first resident graduated in 2012, the program has graduated 1 resident each year. Graduated residents have accepted pharmacogenetics positions at major academic medical centers and community hospitals, as well as academic and research positions with a pharmacogenetics emphasis.


A PGY2 clinical pharmacogenetics residency was successfully developed at St. Jude in 2013. After completion of the program, residents are equipped with the clinical skills and necessary experience to drive precision medicine forward and lead the implementation of pharmacogenetic testing in other healthcare settings.

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