Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Oncology Pharmacy Resident
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Oncology Pharmacy Residency program is a 12-month, full-time residency, accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The purpose of the PGY2 Pharmacy Residency program is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.
The mission of the PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy residency is to develop and refine clinical, leadership, research management, quality assurance, and teaching skills within the practice of oncology. Upon completion of the PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy residency, graduates should be well-prepared to enter clinical practice as an oncology pharmacy specialist and as an associate or affiliate clinical faculty member.
Our residency program will provide each resident with specific learning experiences designed to enable the resident to expand the scope of his/her practice skills. The resident will be evaluated on ASHP goals/objectives as assigned on various learning experiences (rotations, longitudinal experiences, presentations, etc.) throughout the year. The ASHP Residency Learning System and PharmAcademic is used extensively, which offers the resident a tailored, personalized, and progressive learning experience throughout the year.
This residency will tentatively begin on July 3, 2023, with one residency position available. PGY2 specialty residencies require the successful completion of a PGY1 residency year and pharmacy licensure in the state of Tennessee. VUMC pharmacy residency positions beginning in 2023 in postgraduate year one (PGY1) or postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs are offered to applicants through the ASHP Resident Matching Program (the "Match"). The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is responsible for establishing the Rules of the Match, and for monitoring the implementation of the Match. The administration and conduct of the Match is carried out by National Matching Services Inc. on behalf of ASHP.
- Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience)
- Master's Degree (or equivalent experience)
- < 1 year relevant experience
- Applicants must submit their application in the PhORCAS application portal by December 31st and complete an online application with Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency. Doctor of Pharmacy degree, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency certificate, three letters of recommendation from pharmacy preceptors and/or supervisory pharmacists, and University transcripts for pharmacy coursework are required to be submitted through applicants PhORCAS application.
- Applicants will be required to be a graduate of an accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program and must obtain unrestricted licensure to practice as a Pharmacist in the State of Tennessee by July 31st of their residency year. Residents who are not fully licensed by this date will have modifications to their scheduled responsibilities. Failure to obtain Tennessee licensure by October 1st will result in dismissal from the residency program and termination from employment at VUMC, unless licensure is anticipated by October 31st. Verification of professional degree conferred, as well as Tennessee Pharmacist licensure occurs in accordance with VUMC policy.
Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):
Additional Qualification Information:
- VUMC will conduct pre-employment background checks on all final candidates for all positions in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The background check process will begin after a contingent offer of employment is made and accepted by the selected/matched residency candidate. Pharmacy employees and candidates who are conditionally offered employment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center will also be tested for compliance with alcohol and drug use in accordance with VUMC policy.
Paid time off (PTO), travel support to attend professional meetings, health insurance, relocation allowance and other benefits. For additional information go to: https://www.vumc.org/department-pharmacy/pgy2-solid-organ-transplant
A broad range of experiences are incorporated into the residency curriculum. Didactic discussions, reading assignments, case presentations, written assignments, and direct patient care experiences will allow the oncology pharmacy resident to understand and appreciate the implications of areas including but not limited to malignant hematology, stem cell transplant/cellular therapy, medical oncology, as well as supportive care management of cancer patients. Training will focus on a full range of disease states, disorders, and procedures along with the literature behind the medication management of such conditions. Rotations are designed to ensure experience is gained with the highest acuity patients in each sub-specialty area. Clinical knowledge needed to obtain board certification within the practice specialty is provided. Graduates are able to conduct research independently in the oncology setting and should be confident educators in the multidisciplinary and pharmacy training environment.
Residents will have the opportunity to gain teaching experience and assist preceptors with teaching pharmacy students from the local colleges of pharmacy and PGY1 Pharmacy residents from our own institution, with an optional teaching certificate provided by one of the two local colleges of pharmacy obtained during the residency. The resident will also have opportunities to provide didactic lectures to pharmacy students, dietetic interns, and medical students, as well as in-service presentations to pharmacy and nursing staff. The resident will gain experience in giving formal presentations and will be required to complete research pharmacy projects which will be inclusive of idea development, literature review, study design, IRB submission, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, oral presentation and a written manuscript submitted for publication during the residency.
Required core clinical rotation experiences include inpatient malignant hematology, stem cell transplant, inpatient medical oncology, and two outpatient medical oncology specialties with a variety of required longitudinal experiences and elective rotations such as pediatric oncology, outpatient malignant hematology, pain and symptom management, outpatient medical oncology specialties, nutrition support, infectious diseases, specialty pharmacy and others.
The resident will work in a guided hospital practice every third weekend and on selected holidays. Staffing requirements will vary but will include a combination of operational and clinical service responsibilities.
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