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Calvin Daniels

Calvin "Clay" Daniels

Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Pharmacist, Medication Safety and Informatics

St. Jude Children’s Research Center

St. Jude Children’s Research Center

His Story

 Dr. Daniels received his Pharm.D. from the University of Tennessee. He completed a PGY1 residency at Children's of Alabama and a PGY2 residency in Medication-Use and Safety at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Prior to earning his Pharm.D., Dr. Daniels completed a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Daniels is a member of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology’s Advisory Group on Clinical Information Systems.

Facility/Health System

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. About 7,800 active patients are seen at St. Jude yearly, most of who are treated on a continuing outpatient basis as part of ongoing research programs. The hospital also has 78 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. 

Significant Projects

 Dr. Daniels has been involved with a comprehensive analysis of interruptive drug-drug interaction alerts by a newly-formed multidisciplinary team of prescribers and pharmacists in order to identify and refine clinically inappropriate alerts. As part of this alert fatigue reduction effort, this team also utilized a clinician satisfaction survey to assess user satisfaction with the institution’s interruptive alerts. He also participated in implementation of a system to track medication dose deliveries from pharmacy via barcoding.

Advice for Someone New to Your Specialty Area

 "Informatics is a broad field within pharmacy that has great overlap with an institution’s medication safety counterparts. You can be an invaluable asset to your institution’s medication safety team if you not only understand the informatics systems within your institution but also the medication safety tools used to evaluate safety events and prospectively identify gaps in the medication system."

Initial Involvement in ASHP

 "I became involved with ASHP to make connections within the profession of pharmacy and to continue to broaden my pharmacy knowledge base after graduation."

Value of ASHP

 "ASHP provides pharmacists with invaluable networking opportunities and multiple methods to ensure that you remain a life-long learner."

"ASHP provides pharmacists with the tools and resources to develop professional connections, further their own pharmacy training, and advocate for their profession."