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What is the expected start date for the PGY2 program?

As a site with a single resident, we can be flexible on the start date for the program. We understand that PGY1 programs have variable start/end dates and coordinating a move to Alaska can be stressful time. Our only requirement is that a resident must start at the beginning of a 2-week pay period. Most of our residents start during the middle to end of July.

What are the strengths of your program?

Our oncology team has close relationships with physicians and nurses, and are a valued member of the healthcare team. Being the largest hospital in Alaska, we see a wide variety of disease states and patient presentations that one may not experience outside of a larger academic medical center in the lower 48. Our program does an excellent job at preparing pharmacists for the challenges of oncology pharmacy, and our graduating residents have a 100% first time pass rate for the BCOP exam after completion of residency.

How customizable is your program?

We are flexible in scheduling resident’s elective rotations to match their clinical interests. Being part of a large healthcare system, we have the opportunity to provide outside rotations at other facilities in the Pacific Northwest, as long as they don’t exceed 25% of the total residency learning experiences. If residents choose to do offsite rotations, we will attempt to coordinate around their scheduled Bone Marrow Transplant rotations (typically at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington in Seattle), to minimize travel costs for the resident.

What are the licensure requirements?

An Alaska intern license is required by the first day of orientation (this means the process must be started early after receiving your acceptance letter) if you do not already have an AK pharmacist license by then. You may not start without it. Delays sometimes occur in the process for the intern license and the pharmacist license, so start ASAP!

The State Board recommends that applications be submitted a minimum three months in advance of the need for licensure. The resident must become licensed as a pharmacist in the state of Alaska by August 31 of the residency year and for a minimum of 2/3 of the residency one-year program. The Board requires 1500 intern hours for licensure. Questions regarding licensing should be directed to BoardofPharmacy@ alaska.gov website https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/ web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofPharmacy.aspx or emailing license@alaska.gov. Contact phone numbers are listed on the Alaska Board of Pharmacy home page: https:// www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/ BoardofPharmacy.aspx.

What are the staffing requirements of the residency program?

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 (3 weeks), outpatient infusion (3 weeks) and pediatric oncology (2 weeks). Staffing may be as a continuous week (final week of rotation), weekly Friday staffing during rotation, or a combination, based on department needs.

Are there opportunities to teach and precept students?

Our department hosts many pharmacy students on learning experiences and high school students interested in the profession. Residents are expected to act as preceptors for any type of student while on learning experience together. PGY2 resident may also be involved in precepting PGY1 residents if they choose to do an elective Oncology rotation.

There are also opportunities throughout the year to provide education to pharmacy, nursing, medical and other hospital staff. The University of Alaska Anchorage campus is located across the street from the hospital and has a pharmacy school joint with Idaho State University and a large nursing program, which offers the potential for teaching. At times, there may be an opportunity to lecture to larger groups depending on community requests. Presentation at the Alaska Pharmacists Association (AKPhA)/ASHP Academy annual meeting is an option. Presentation at the AKPhA Annual Meeting is optional. Completion of a Teaching Certificate program is optional, if not completed as a PGY1.

What are you looking for in a resident?

The resident should expect a very demanding program with multiple simultaneous responsibilities. We seek candidates with a burning desire for learning, a willingness to put in many hours outside a normal work week and good stress/ time management skills. An ability to communicate openly with maturity and emotional intelligence is very important.

We seek candidates who demonstrate an interest in improving the plight of the patient by promoting the profession, the role of pharmacy, and effectiveness of our services to that end. Previous involvement in clinical projects and extracurricular activities demonstrate that desire.

During the presentation done at the interview we look for the applicant’s ability to create good visual aids and to present clinical information articulately, including analysis of pertinent literature.

And finally, we are looking for residents who will work in partnership with our staff, find humor in their day and love what they are doing.