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.

Two positions are available each year.

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.

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 and antimicrobial stewardship management.

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.
  • December will be left open as a research and administration month.
  • The remaining nine rotations are broken into six required rotations and four elective rotations.
  • All rotations are precepted by qualified clinical specialists

Required Rotations

  • Blood and marrow transplant (BMT)
  • Leukemia
  • Medical oncology (inpatient)
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Breast, outpatient
  • GI/Thoracic, outpatient
  • Ambulatory Practice-Myeloma-longitudinal
  • Practice Management - longitudinal
  • Practice Experience - longitudinal
  • Investigational Drug - longitudinal

Longitudinal

  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Practice management
  • Practice experience (clinic and inpatient)
  • Presentations
  • Projects

Elective Rotations

Residents choose 4 electives from:

  • Advanced BMT
  • Advanced Leukemia
  • Advanced Management
  • Advanced Pediatric oncology
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • GU/Sarcoma, outpatient
  • Gynecology Oncology
  • Myeloma/Lymphoma, outpatient
  • MICU Oncology
  • 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 and Wingate 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
  • Lay Public Education

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
  • Drug 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. Each resident will staff every 3rd weekend and 2 holidays.

Salary and Benefits

  • Accrual of paid holiday and vacation time
  • Comprehensive benefit package
  • Estimated stipend: $50,000
  • 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

In your letter of intent, please answer the following questions:

  • What are your goals for a pharmacy residency, and how does our program meet these goals?
  • Describe any research experience or training, special projects or scientific work you have completed, as well as any notable professional accomplishments you have achieved.
  • What do you think is the largest obstacle facing pharmacy today?
  • What personal interests do you have outside of pharmacy?

Application Guidelines

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

  • Submit 3 (and only 3) references to the reference section of PhORCAS
  • Submit only 1 letter of intent
  • Ensure your essay is in 12-point font and not more than 2 pages long

Please consider your choice for references carefully. We want information from people who will help us get to know you and understand how well you will succeed in our program.

In general, the best reference letters come from:

  • Preceptors for clinical rotations
  • Clinical faculty that facilitate clinical problem-solving courses
  • Faculty/administrators, organizational advisers and employers whom you have worked with on a particular project and/or know well

Application Deadline

The deadline for the PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency program is December 31.

On-site interviews will be granted for select applicants.