PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program

Wake Forest Baptist Health offers an American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited, 1-year postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) specialty residency in hematology and oncology at a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The residency is designed to provide residents 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.

Four positions are available each year with one external position available for 2020-2021. 

Why Wake Forest Baptist?

Our residency allows a diverse experience with the opportunity to practice independently using a collaborative practice agreement with the NC Boards of Pharmacy and the Medical Board. The residency has many board certified oncology pharmacists to precept and mentor our residents in their training.

Where are they now? 

Hear from our current and past residents on their experiences. Below is a listing of our residents first jobs: 

  • Lindsey Gruber (2015) – Northside Hospital
  • Amanda Sierzchulski (2015) – Mayo Clinic
  • Justin Arnall (2016) – Carolinas Medical Center
  • Marie Cavalier (2016) - Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Ali Cook (2017) – Carolinas Medical Center
  • Bradley Yelvington (2017) – Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Katelyn Brammer (2018) – Novant, Presbyterian
  • Eileen Chen (2018)– Alleghany Medical Center
  • Laura Bowers (2019) – Johns Hopkins All Children’s
  • Lauren Curry (2019) – University of Kentucky
  • Stephen Lirette (2019) – University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Elizabeth Rogers (2019) – Duke University

Rotations

Our flexible residency program allows residents to tailor their experiences to meet their individual career goals. The residency year is divided into 12 rotations, most of which are one month long. Residents are also evaluated longitudinally on project, presentations, research, and practice experience (staffing).

Additional highlights include:

  • 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 both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • The remaining nine rotations are broken into six required rotations and four elective rotations.
  • All rotations are precepted by qualified clinical specialists

Required Rotations

  • Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy (SCT-CT)
  • Leukemia
  • Medical oncology (inpatient)
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Outpatient experiences, (2 months)
  • Ambulatory Practice – longitudinal (6 month rotation)

Longitudinal

  • Practice management
  •  Practice experience (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Research

Elective Rotations

Residents choose electives from:

  • Advanced SCT-CT
  • Advanced Leukemia
  • Advanced Pediatric Oncology
  • Advanced Medical Oncology 
  • GU/Sarcoma, outpatient 
  • Thoracic/Head and Neck Oncology, outpatient
  • Breast Oncology, outpatient
  • Myeloma/Lymphoma, outpatient 
  • MICU Oncology 
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship 
  • Palliative Care

Precepting

Precepting students and PGY1 residents provides the PGY2 resident with the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and further deepen their own clinical knowledge base. Wake Forest Baptist is a rotation site for pharmacy students from Campbell, Wingate, and High Point Universities. Precepting responsibilities are available on many rotations.

Teaching Certificate

At the beginning of the year, if they have not completed one previously, residents have the opportunity to enroll in a teaching certificate program sponsored by the department of pharmacy. This program is intended to develop the resident’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach effectively in a wide variety of settings. The certificate program also aims to enhance the resident’s ability to provide constructive evaluations, as well as incorporate feedback into his or her own teaching. Many of the residency-required presentations qualify as experiences that help the resident complete the certificate program. 

Presentations and Conferences

Written and verbal communication skills are emphasized throughout the program. Some of the presentation experiences include:

  • Disease state topic discussions
  • Drug class presentations
  • Pharmacy grand rounds
  • Pharmacy department journal club
  • Pharmacy department case presentations
  • Staff development presentations
  • Didactic lectures at Campbell University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (required), Wake Forest School of Medicine physician assistant program and nurse anesthesia program (optional)
  • Poster presentation at a national meeting

Projects

Oncology residents are mentored by pharmacy preceptors as they complete these requirements:

  • Independent research project with a manuscript ready for publication
  • Drug monograph completion for presentation at pharmacy and therapeutics committee
  • Medication use evaluation 
  • Treatment plan review and build for use in the Wake Forest Baptist electronic medical record system

Staffing

Residents are required to help fulfill the department’s staffing needs in both the inpatient chemotherapy satellite and the infusion pharmacy for the clinic. Each resident will staff every 3rd weekend and 2 holidays as well as one evening clinical shift weekly. 

Salary and Benefits

  • Accrual of paid holiday and vacation time
  • Comprehensive benefit package
  • Estimated stipend: $54,000
  • Funding to attend select professional meetings

Application Process

Please submit your application online using ASHP’s Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and include the following information:

  • A current CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Pharmacy school transcripts

Application Guidelines

When submitting your application, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submit 3 references to the reference section of PhORCAS
  • Submit letter of intent

Application Deadline

The deadline for the PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency program is January 1st.

On-site interviews will be granted for select applicants.