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PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency

Providence Alaska Medical Center

3851 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508


PGY2 Oncology Residency Program Mission

The Pharmaceutical Care Services Department recognizes the need to participate in the development of training programs necessary to ensure the ongoing availability of pharmacy practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to promote, recommend, and deliver high quality pharmaceutical care services.

Our ASHP-accredited PGY2 Oncology residency program is dedicated to providing the resident with the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to assure optimal drug therapy outcomes, and to nurture the life skills and professionalism required to contribute positively in the health care environment.

Program Purpose

The PGY2 Oncology pharmacy residency seeks to prepare pharmacists to practice as an oncology specialist pharmacist in the inpatient and outpatient ambulatory clinic settings for adult and pediatric oncology patients.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Providence Alaska Medical Center Oncology Residency Goals are as follows:

  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat individuals with cancer.
  • Optimize the outcomes of individuals with cancer by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Manage and improve the medication-use process in oncology patient care areas.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training or educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training.
  • Sustain the ongoing development of expertise and professionalism in the practice of oncology pharmacy.
  • Conduct oncology practice research.
  • Function effectively in oncology settings participating in clinical investigations.
  • The resident will demonstrate competencies in three core areas:
    • Direct Patient Care
    • Staffing
    • Project management

Successful completion of the residency program involves meeting the residency program goals and objectives identified at the beginning of the residency year.

ASHP standards are used to define program objectives. An assessment of the resident’s knowledge, skills, experiences, and interests will be performed prior to the beginning of the residency year. Objectives will be individualized for the incoming residents based on their previous learning experiences.


PharmAcademic is used to document the resident’s progress throughout the program. Informal assessments and review of specified longitudinal goals with the RPD will occur regularly during the year. Formative evaluations will occur during experiences and summative evaluations will occur at the end of each learning experience. Residents will self-evaluate throughout the residency. Residents will evaluate preceptors and learning experiences formally at the end of each learning experience.

Residency Hours

A minimum of 2000 hours (one year), are required for completion of the residency program. Residents are expected to dedicate the time and effort necessary to effectively complete the program objectives. Often it requires more than a 40 hour work week to obtain the maximum benefits of the program. The preceptors are responsible for ensuring that the residents understand the time requirements for each learning experience. The resident positions are considered “exempt” (salaried) positions by PAMC and not paid per hour. Presentation of the Residency Certificate is contingent upon completion of all program objectives and the residency project.

Staffing Responsibilities

In order for the resident to adequately gain the understanding and confidence necessary to provide pharmaceutical care, it is necessary that the resident spend time performing pharmacist staffing. The staffing requirement is every other Saturday in the Outpatient Infusion Center, and a total of eight cumulative weeks staffing a variety of clinical services including inpatient adult oncology (2 weeks), outpatient infusion (3 weeks) and pediatric oncology (3 weeks). Staffing may be as a continuous week (final week of rotation), one day weekly staffing during rotation, or a combination, based on department needs.

Pharmacy Residency and Fellowship Programs Informational Sessions

Effective patient-centered, clinical pharmacy practice is a philosophy that’s supported across the entire Providence organization. Join us virtually to meet our pharmacy teams, receive an overview of each program’s curriculum and details, and an opportunity for questions and answers.

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