Oncology Specialty Residency

Hematology and Oncology Specialty Residency

WFBMC offers an ASHP-accredited, one-year, specialty residency in hematology and oncology at an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.  The residency is designed to provide the resident with a broad range of hematology and oncology experiences in a progressive environment committed to pharmaceutical care and education.  These experiences combine learning opportunities in a multidisciplinary setting for both inpatients and outpatients.  Two positions are available each year.

Pharmacy Hem/Onc Team Photo

Fundamentals

Clinical Experiences

Clinical experiences are available in each of the following patient populations:

  • Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT)
  • Leukemia
  • Medical Oncology
  • Pediatric Oncology 
  • Gynecology Oncology
  • Breast Cancer Clinic
  • GI/Thoracic Cancer Clinic
  • Infectious Diseases/Antibiotic Support 
  • Nutrition Support 
  • Pain Management 
  • Palliative Care 

Preceptors

  • Joseph Bonkowski, PharmD, MS, MHA (Practice Management)
  • Mona Benrashid, PharmD, BCOP
  • Bill Cowden, PharmD
  • Heather Cox, PharmD, BCOP
  • LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD, BCOP, CPP
  • Kara Loth, PharmD, BCOP
  • Jennifer Ziegler Miller, PharmD, BCOP 
  • Brandy Strickland Snyder, PharmD, BCOP, CPP
  • Erica Wands, PharmD

Rotations

Members of the pharmacy staff participate in daily patient care rounds, therapeutic drug monitoring, medication reconciliation, patient education, providing drug information, and in-service education.

Flexibility allows each resident to tailor experiences to meet his/her individual interests and career goals.

  • One month rotations that can be made into blocks of multiple months
  • In July, the resident will spend time learning order verification and distribution system for chemotherapy  patients 
  • In August, the resident will spend time in the outpatient clinic and on the chemotherapy inpatient service gaining exposure to as many different disease states as possible
  • December will be left open as a research and administration month
  • The remaining 9 rotations are broken into 6 required rotations and 3 elective rotations 
  • All rotations precepted by qualified clinical specialists 

Clinical experiences 

Required Rotations

  • Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT)
  • Leukemia
  • Medical Oncology (inpatient)
  • Breast Cancer Clinic
  • GI/Thoracic Cancer Clinic
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Practice Management - longitudinal
  • Practice Experience (clinic and inpatient) - longitudinal

Electives

  • Gynecology Oncology
  • Leukemia, outpatient
  • Lymphoma, outpatient
  • Hematology, outpatient
  • Head/neck, outpatient
  • Sarcoma/melanoma, outpatient
  • BMT, outpatient
  • Pediatric Oncology, outpatient
  • Palliative Care
  • Nutrition Support
  • Infectious Disease/Antibiotic Support
  • Investigational Drug Services

Presentations

Written and verbal communication skills are emphasized throughout the program. Presentation opportunities include:

  • Drug class presentations
  • Disease state topic discussions
  • Pharmacotherapy CE Program
  • Pharmacy Department journal club
  • Pharmacy Department case presentations 
  • Didactic lectures at Campbell University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (required), Wake Forest University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program and Nurse Anesthesia program (optional)  
  • Staff development presentations 
  • Poster presentation at a national meeting (such as ASHP Midyear or HOPA) 
  • Lay Public Education

Precepting

By precepting students, the hematology and oncology resident will have the opportunity to refine his/her teaching skills and further deepen his/her own clinical knowledge base.

  • WFBMC is a rotation site primarily for students from Wingate University and Campbell University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (approximately 160 student months per year) 
  • Precepting responsibilities are available on many rotations 
  • For those residents who have not received a teaching certificate, they may complete the teaching certificate
    program at WFBMC

ProjectsSpecial resident oncology

The oncology resident will have mentoring with pharmacy preceptors as they complete:

  • A minimum of one independent research project with a manuscript ready for publication
  • One drug use evaluation
  • Drug monograph completion for presentation at P & T 
  • Treatment plan review and build for use in the WFBMC electronic medical record system 

Benefits

  •  Comprehensive benefit package 
  •  Estimated stipend: $47,000 
  •  Paid holiday and vacation time 
  •  Funding to attend professional meetings (HOPA and ASHP Midyear) 
  •  Office with computer
  •  Gratis covered parking

Staffing

  • Each resident will staff every third weekend
  • Each resident will work two holidays
  • Each resident will be on call every third week

Former Residents (Current Positions)

 Mandy Confer Gatesman, PharmD, BCOP

Virginia Commonwealth University, Oncology Clinical Coordinator

2005-06
Jennifer Davis, PharmD, BCOP

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sarcoma Clinical Specialist

 2006-07
Heather D. Cox, PharmD, BCOP

WFBH Oncology Decentralized Clinical Pharmacist

 2007-08
Violette Sun Basorun, PharmD, MBA, BCOP

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia-Oncology Clinical Specialist

 2008-09
M Jay Brown, PharmD, BCOP

Novant Health, Director of Oncology Pharmacy

 2009-10
Kara Loth, PharmD, BCOP

WFBH Oncology Decentralized Clinical Pharmacist

 2010-11
Danielle Waldon, PharmD

WFBH Specialty Pharmacy- Oncology Clinical Specialist

 2011-12
Meghan Devine, PharmD

Carolinas Medical Center, Pediatric Hem/Onc Clinical Specialist

 2012-13
Morgan Pendleton, PharmD

WFBH Oncology Decentralized Clinical Pharmacist

 2013-14

  Lindsey Gruber, PharmD

Current PGY2 Resident

 

2014-15 
 Amanda Sierzchulski, PharmD

Current PGY2 Resident

 

2014-15 

 

Application Requirements

  • Applications will be accepted through http://www.ashp.org/phorcas
  • Application deadline is December 31st
  • If selected, an on-site interview is required

Contact Information and Application Submission 

Questions about the application process can be directed to:

 

LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD, BCOP, CPP
Hematology and Oncology Residency Program Director
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
(336) 713-3416

lakenned@wakehealth.edu  

An index of our residency programs are located below:
Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1)

Advanced Practice Specialty (PGY2)
 Critical Care 
 Infectious Disease
 Oncology
 Pediatrics
 Health System Pharmacy Administration (Masters)

Quick Reference

Oncology Residency
LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD, BCOP, CPP
Hematology-Oncology Residency Program Director

336-713-3416

Contact email:
lakenned@wakehealth.edu

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