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Learning Experiences

Residency Learning Experiences

Required Rotations:

  • Inpatient Adult Oncology (I,II,III)
  • Pediatric Oncology (I,II)
  • Outpatient Oncology (I,II,III)
  • Bone Marrow Transplant (outside institution, if not completed during PGY1 year)


  • Pain/Palliative Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Specialty Pharmacy

Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  • Hematology
  • Private Practice clinic shadowing

Longitudinal Project

The resident is required to complete a major project during the twelve month program. The project shall focus on an aspect of oncology pharmacy practice.

The project may involve:

  • Original clinical or administrative research
  • Program development
  • Interdisciplinary Medication Use Quality Improvement Project
  • Other aspects of oncology pharmacy practice approved by the RPD

The project will be presented at the ASHP Clinical Midyear Meeting, UAA/ISU School of Pharmacy Grand Rounds and the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association Conference and must be submitted in written manuscript form suitable for publishing prior to the completion of the residency year.

Miscellaneous Requirements

The following are additional requirements of the residency program:

  • Participation in a Medication Use Evaluation
  • Completion of yearly formulary Antineoplastic Review
  • Providence St. Joseph’s Health System formulary class review or monograph
  • Presentation of monthly ACPE-accredited Oncology Lectures
  • Annual chemotherapy competency training for staff
  • Formal drug information question write-ups
  • Attendance at Providence St. Joseph’s system level oncology pharmacy meetings
  • Miscellaneous projects as assigned by preceptors

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