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


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 


  • 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


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


  • 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


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


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 


  •  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


  • 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

Jennifer Davis, PharmD, BCOP

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sarcoma Clinical Specialist

Heather D. Cox, PharmD, BCOP

WFBH Oncology Decentralized Clinical Pharmacist

Violette Sun Basorun, PharmD, MBA, BCOP

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia-Oncology Clinical Specialist

M Jay Brown, PharmD, BCOP

Novant Health, Director of Oncology Pharmacy

Kara Loth, PharmD, BCOP

WFBH Oncology Decentralized Clinical Pharmacist

Danielle Waldon, PharmD

WFBH Specialty Pharmacy- Oncology Clinical Specialist

Meghan Devine, PharmD

Carolinas Medical Center, Pediatric Hem/Onc Clinical Specialist

Morgan Pendleton, PharmD

WFBH Oncology Decentralized Clinical Pharmacist


  Lindsey Gruber, PharmD

Current PGY2 Resident


 Amanda Sierzchulski, PharmD

Current PGY2 Resident




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


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

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

Quick Reference

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


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