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PGY2 Oncology Residency

The PGY2 Oncology Residency is an American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited twelve-month program that transitions the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice resident to a specialized practice within oncology and hematology. The program focuses on clinical practice and education, and includes completion of a residency project. Upon completion of this PGY2 program, the resident will be prepared for an oncology clinical pharmacist position with adjunct faculty responsibilities.

Qualifications

Applicants must be Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy; have completed an accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency; be licensed or eligible for pharmacist licensure in Virginia; and possess requisite patient care training or experience. The successful applicant must possess exceptional knowledge, clinical problem solving, communication skills, and leadership qualities.

Purpose Statement

To transition PGY1 pharmacy practice residency graduates from general practice to a specialized practice within oncology. Oncology pharmacy residents will be prepared to be independent members of a multidisciplinary oncology team within an academic medical center, while having a secondary educational responsibility to both practicing and training healthcare professionals.

Residency Goals

  • To develop expert pharmacy skills and competence in oncology-related areas such as cancer chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation, and oncology-related supportive care. The resident will be able to participate effectively in therapeutic decision-making, drug therapy selection, and therapeutic drug monitoring to improve outcomes and quality of life in the oncology patient.
  • To develop and enhance teaching skills by participating in selected didactic courses at the VCU School of Pharmacy, precepting students in clinical experiences (APPEs and IPPEs), and presenting educational information to health care professionals, patients, and family members.
  • To enhance written and oral communication skills to enable the resident to contribute oncology information through publication and presentation.
  • To develop sufficient knowledge and clinical experience in oncology to initiate and perform research in this area.
  • To develop effective organizational, integrative, and evaluative skills that assist the resident in developing cost-effective, patient-oriented pharmacy services in oncology.

Recruitment

The Oncology Residency Program Director or program preceptors and residents from VCUHS will be interviewing candidates at the ASHP Midyear Personnel Placement Service. Candidates are encouraged to interview at the ASHP Midyear Personnel Placement Service and apply for the program. On site interviews are by invitation only.

Program Training and Structure

The PGY2 Oncology resident will gain a broad range of experiences in various oncology settings. Massey Cancer Center, an NCI-designated cancer center, coordinates multidisciplinary activities in cancer research, treatment and education for the university and the community. Massey Cancer Center is a regional referral center for Virginia and an integral part of VCU Health System.

The program is comprised of ten rotations that are generally five weeks in duration. Staffing occurs every third weekend in the chemotherapy satellite.

 

Orientation

1 rotation

Inpatient Hematology

1 rotation

Inpatient Oncology

1 rotation

Bone Marrow Transplant (inpatient +/- clinic)

  • If previous BMT experience, 1 rotation; if no previous BMT experience,
    2 rotations (inpatient and clinic)

1-2 rotations

Hematology/Oncology Clinic

2 rotations

Clerkship Teaching APPE (on Inpatient Hematology or Oncology)

1 rotation

Elective Rotations

  • Inpatient Pediatric Oncology
  • Pediatric Oncology Clinic
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic (if not done as a required rotation)
  • Inpatient Palliative Care
  • Immunosuppressed Infectious Diseases Consult Service
  • Hematology/Oncology Consult Service
  • Gynecology Oncology
  • Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit
  • Others (based upon interest)

2-3 rotations

Longitudinal Clinic

  • Gynecology Oncology Clinic (required)
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma Clinic
  • Pediatric Oncology Clinic
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Clinic
  • Supportive Care Clinic
  • Others (based upon interest)

1/2 day per week, 2-3 clinics per year

 

Teaching

The PGY2 Oncology Resident is given an academic faculty appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the VCU School of Pharmacy and has opportunities to provide didactic instruction (e.g., lectures, team-based learning sessions, case conferences) and experiential training (e.g., APPEs) for Doctor of Pharmacy students from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Residents may participate in an elective teaching and learning certificate program.

Research

Each resident is responsible for initiating and successfully completing a research project, with presentation at an internal residency research symposium and at a national meeting (e.g., HOPA or ASBMT). Residents are encouraged to submit their projects for publication. An advisor and additional support guides the resident through the process. Potential oncology research projects are presented to the residents at the start of the residency program.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and participates in the ASHP/NMS PGY2 Matching Program and PhORCAS. For application instructions, please visit the Application Process section of this website.

Program Leadership

Program Director

Kelly Gregory Hawks, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Specialist, Stem Cell Transplantation
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
     PharmD, Purdue University School of Pharmacy
     PGY1 Residency in Pharmacy Practice,
and
     PGY2 Residency in Oncology at University of North Carolina Hospitals

Coordinator, Pharmacy Residency Programs

Craig Kirkwood, PharmD
Assistant Director, Pharmacotherapy Services
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
     BS, University of Buffalo
     PharmD, University of Buffalo
     Residency in Hospital Pharmacy, Buffalo General Hospital
     Residency in Drug Information, North Carolina Memorial Hospital at University of North Carolina

Director, Department of Pharmacy Services

Rodney L. Stiltner, PharmD, MS
Director, Department of Pharmacy Services
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy
     PharmD, Mercer University
     MS, University of Wisconsin
     Residency in Pharmacy Practice, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia
     Residency in Management Pharmacy Practice, University of Wisconsin Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics

Preceptors

May Aziz, PharmD, BCOP
Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant

Patty Corrigan, PharmD, BCOP
Outpatient Hematology/Oncology Clinic
Gynecology/Oncology Clinic

Morgan Culver, PharmD, BCOP
Inpatient Hematology

Mandy Gatesman, PharmD, BCOP
Inpatient Oncology

Kelly Hawks, PharmD, BCOP
Outpatient Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic

Morgan Pendleton, PharmD, BCOP
Outpatient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant

Cady Ploessl, PharmD, BCOP
Inpatient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant

Application Process

This program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and participates in the ASHP/NMS PGY2 Matching Program and PhORCAS. The application deadline is January 2, 2017. For application instructions, please visit the Application Process section of this website.

Required Characteristics to be Evaluated by Your Reference Writers:

1. Clinical problem solving skills

2. Ability to work with peers and communicate

3. Emotional stability and maturity

4. Dependability

5. Effective patient interactions

Number of Positions

1

Salary and Benefits

The salary for PGY2 pharmacy residents at VCU Health System is $49,816.

Duration of Appointment

The pharmacy resident's contract at VCU Health System will begin on July 1 of the program year. The pharmacy residency will be completed on June 30 of the subsequent year.

Vacation and Holiday Leave

Two weeks (10 days) are granted for paid vacation or personal leave. This may be taken during rotations throughout the year. At least 10 days of paid holiday leave are provided during the year. Discretionary leave (personal or vacation leave) is pre-approved by the resident's rotation preceptor, the residency program director, and the residency programs coordinator. In general, the resident will be absent no more than five days during any rotation.

Sick and Family Leave

Two weeks (10 days) of paid sick leave and one week (5 days) of family leave are provided as baseline leave. When either sick or family baseline leave is exhausted, extended sick/family leave is available for an additional 17 days. After complete use of extended sick/family leave, unpaid leave is utilized and the need to extend the residency is considered.

Educational and Professional Leave

Educational leave is provided for attendance at a national professional meeting (up to 5 days) and the regional residency conference (up to 3 days). For the national professional meeting, PGY2 pharmacy residents will attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. PGY2 residents are provided an additional 5 days of educational leave to attend a specialty-specific meeting (e.g., ACCP, SCCM, HOPA, CPNP), upon approval by the program director and the residency programs coordinator. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a stipend toward travel, meals and lodging expenses at the national and regional meetings and, for PGY2 residents, may be applied toward the additional educational meeting upon administrative approval. Professional leave (up to 5 days) is granted for interviews without the use of vacation days. Professional leave may be used for attendance at a professional meeting, in lieu of interviews, upon the permission of the program director.

Health Benefits

The VCU Health System provides a health insurance policy, to each pharmacy resident. Coverage includes outpatient physician visits and laboratory tests. Prescription, dental, vision, and family coverage are available through payroll deduction with the respective co-pay and vary with the level of coverage desired.

Liability Insurance

VCU Health System is self-insured and provides professional liability (malpractice) insurance, subject to policy limits, for each pharmacy resident. Insurance covers professional service when on-duty within the institution. It does not cover professional services (e.g., moonlighting or consulting activities) provided at other facilities or institutions. This malpractice insurance will cover all acts of alleged medical negligence while a resident is at VCU Health System. Residents may choose to enhance the professional liability insurance with a personal liability policy.

Moonlighting and Optional Staffing

Residents are permitted to seek additional, paid staffing as a pharmacist upon approval of their program director. For convenience, the staffing usually occurs within VCU Health System. Moonlighting, in general, will not extend to greater than eight hours weekly. Additional staffing which conflicts with residency requirements is not permitted.

Office Space and Resources

The Department of Pharmacy Services provides office space for all residents in the Main Hospital. Residents access patient information and drug information throughout VCUHS and from home via the VCUHS Cerner information system.

Health and Recreation Facilities

Residents have access to VCU recreational facilities, including exercise equipment, weight rooms, aerobic activities, basketball courts and swimming pools, at a reduced membership fee.

Parking

Parking is provided on the VCU Medical Center campus through payroll deduction at the reduced, housestaff rate.