Jefferson University Hospitals

Pharmacy FAQs

Below are a list of commonly asked questions.

The primary purpose of the Department of Pharmacy is to care for the patients of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital through the responsible provision of pharmaceutical care. The department is also dedicated to educating healthcare professionals, conducting research in the pharmaceutical and medical sciences, and to promoting public health.

More specifically, the Department of Pharmacy seeks to:

  • Provide optimal drug therapy for all patients to improve their quality of life.
  • Provide education and training to pharmacy students, graduate students and pharmacy residents wishing to further expand their experience in pharmacy practice. Such residency training shall meet and exceed the Accreditation Standards approved by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).
  • Cooperate with Thomas Jefferson University and other colleges in the education of medical, nursing, pharmacy and allied health science students.
  • Cooperate in all programs whose objectives are to maintain or upgrade the health of the community.
  • Conduct pharmaceutical research of a scientific, clinical, or administrative nature with the object of improving pharmaceutical services, patient care and the profession of pharmacy as a whole.
  • Provide an environment conducive to professional and personal growth in the field of pharmacy.

department is committed to effectively achieving these objectives in an efficient and economically responsible manner.

At Jefferson, our pharmacists practice in specialty areas such as:

  •     Neonatology/Pediatrics
  •     Cardiology/Heart Failure
  •     Critical Care
  •     Drug Information
  •     Drug Policy Development
  •     Neurology/Neurosurgery
  •     Hematology/ Oncology
  •     Infectious Diseases
  •     Bone Marrow Transplantation
  •     Solid Organ Transplantation
  •     Pain Management
  •     Nutritional Support
  •     Emergency Medicine
  •     Pharmacoeconomics

The department strongly encourages and supports personal growth through the University’s tuition assistance program and by modifying work schedules to accommodate school schedules. Numerous pharmacists and technicians have obtained undergraduate and advanced degrees in related fields of study.

The department also regularly provides ACPE-approved programs on campus at no charge to its employees. These programs are designed to assist employees in obtaining the educational requirements mandated by the State Board of Pharmacy.

The department recognizes the value of Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) by providing a salary adjustment for this credential. Also, certified technicians are invited to attend the numerous continuing education programs offered by the department to assist in maintaining their certification.

The Pharmacy Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals consists of approximately 100 full-time pharmacists and 89 full-time supporting personnel (pharmacy technicians and clerks). A sizable part-time staff increases the department's resources to nearly 200 employees.

The department consists of a large centralized pharmacy and three decentralized pharmacies that are responsible for providing comprehensive pharmacy services to the approximately 660 beds at our Center City campus. The Department also consists of a well-established Investigational Drug Service that participates in numerous inpatient and outpatient protocols and a Drug Information Center that services practitioners throughout the Jefferson Health System. The Department staffs outpatient pharmacies at several convenient on-campus locations and has responsibility for pharmacy services at the Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences.

The department was among the first of its kind to develop a Career Ladder System for pharmacists. The Career Ladder is an organized process for advancing within one’s chosen profession. Its purpose is to recognize the increased value of employees as they grow professionally and personally. At Jefferson each new pharmacist is placed on an appropriate step within the Career Ladder.

Many pharmacists have advanced through formal promotion into such positions as Advanced Practice Patient Care Pharmacist, Team Leader, Coordinator, Manager, and Assistant Director. Several such positions exist within our large and diverse department.

All employees are provided with a set work schedule. Depending on the position, these schedules may include rotating shifts, weekends, and/or holiday assignments. For example, a pharmacist or technician may be expected to rotate first and second shifts and to work a routine weekend schedule. Because there is a set schedule, the employee would be able to calculate working assignments months in advance.