BAPTIST MD ANDERSON Pharmacy Residency Program

Purpose of the Program

Baptist MD Anderson’s Pharmacy Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) Oncology Pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Pharmacy Graduate PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in Hematology/Oncology. 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 that improves medication therapy.

Residents who successfully complete this residency will be prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or another specialized position, and be eligible for board certification in Oncology.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE The resident will function as an integral part of the department's and institution's patient care services.

Throughout the program, the resident will have practice responsibilities, be assigned to departmental and interdepartmental committees, and be involved with departmental activities.

AN OVERVIEW PGY2 Residency Program Description

The PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a 12-month training program designed to meet and exceed practice standards established by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists for PGY2 Program.

Our first resident completed training in 2018 and our preceptors are passionate about training residents in all aspects of oncology pharmacy practice. We currently have one PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy resident position each year.

  • Required Rotations

    • Orientation (July, 3-4 weeks based on start date, licensure status)
    • Inpatient Adult Hematology/ Oncology*
    • Infusion Center/Operations*
    • Ambulatory Care- Hematology
    • Ambulatory Care- Lung/ Head and Neck
    • Ambulatory Care- GI/GU
    • Ambulatory Care- Breast/ GYN
    • Inpatient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

  • Longitudinal Experience

    • Administration/ Drug Information
    • Research
    • Investigational Drug Service
    • Education
    • Staffing*

    *To ensure the resident is comfortable with staffing and pharmacy workflows, the resident will complete both Inpatient Adult Oncology and the Infusion Center/Operations rotations upon completion of orientation and prior to starting other clinical rotations.

  • Elective Rotations

    With all of the complexities of cancer, it takes a dedicated, multidisciplinary team of experts to create an effective treatment plan. Our tumor boards bring practitioners together to discuss difficult cancer cases and work out the best way to treat each patient. We offer tumor boards for each disease site, including:

    • Adult Outpatient Neuro-Oncology
    • Adult Outpatient Sarcoma
    • Mixed Tumors
    • Oncology Drug Information
    • Infectious Diseases

    Additional Elective Rotations: Residents have the opportunity to repeat a required rotation during the residency year. Other clinical rotations available at Baptist Health may be considered on a case by case basis. Other electives may be based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

ELIGIBILITY Qualifications & Licensure

The following qualifications and licensure are required to apply:

  • Applicants must possess the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an ACPE-accredited program, or a program pursuing ACPE accreditation.
  • Applicants should be eligible for licensure in the State of Florida, and exams taken prior to the beginning of the residency program.
  • Applicants must complete an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, or a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency in Candidate Status.

How to Apply

Candidates are strongly encouraged to schedule an initial interview through the Personal Placement Service (PPS) at the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting. Applicants must submit an application to PHORCAS. The ASHP Match Number for Baptist MD Anderson’s PGY2 Residency Program is 7792. At this time, we are only offering one residency each year.

For additional questions, contact our Residency Program Director Heather Pound, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP.

PHARMACY PROGRAM Program Design and Resident Responsibilities

The residency program provides training in all aspects of oncology pharmacy practice. To accomplish this, the resident will spend one month orienting to the department, followed by completion of both core and elective learning experiences, thus allowing the resident the flexibility to pursue their individual goals. Completion of a research project is also required. Learning experiences are one month in duration.

  • Learning Experiences

    Learning experiences are one month in duration. Completion of a research project is also required. The resident will also be responsible for constant self-evaluation. The resident should continually prepare and motivate themselves through self learning so that the resident may fully benefit from the residency.

    Core experiences

    • Adult Ambulatory Care (4 months total)
      • Ambulatory Care- Hematology
      • Ambulatory Care- Lung/ Head and Neck
      • Ambulatory Care- GI/GU
      • Ambulatory Care- Breast/ GYN
    • Infusion Center/ Operations
    • Inpatient Adult Oncology
    • Inpatient Pediatric Oncology

    Longitudinal Rotations

    • Administrative/Drug Information
    • Education
    • Investigational Drug Service
    • Pharmacy Service experiences

    Elective experiences

    • Adult Outpatient Neuro-Oncology
    • Infusion Center/ Operations
    • Adult Outpatient Sarcoma
    • Mixed Tumors
    • Oncology Drug Information
    • Infectious Diseases

    Off-site electives may be arranged based on site availability and resident interest. New experiences may be explored to provide the resident experience in a wide-range of conditions; these should be discussed during the resident’s quarterly development meetings. Residents may elect to repeat any of the experiences listed above or take a PGY1 rotation (e.g. general pediatrics). Learning experiences may be repeated up to two times.

    Repeat experiences are expected to build on the knowledge and skills obtained in the first experience. More complete descriptions of each learning experience can be found in the comprehensive manual given during orientation.

  • Practice Responsibilities

    The resident will be required to provide practice coverage one of every four weekends (Saturday and Sunday), and outpatient practice coverage one day every other week. This "hands on practice experience involves the resident directly providing pharmaceutical care to patients. Weekend shifts are 8 hours in duration where the resident will provide on-call oncology services for the inpatient central and decentralized pharmacy staff, and Baptist MD Anderson physicians and APPs. A 10 hour break between shifts will be scheduled. The ASHP Pharmacy Specific Duty Hours Requirements will be followed for scheduling residents.

    Each resident is required to staff one major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and one minor holiday (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve).

  • Orientation

    General orientation is approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on licensure status. Orientation provides the resident with a familiarity of the pharmacy departments within Baptist MD Anderson, as well as Wolfson Children's Hospital/Baptist Health Jacksonville campus and a hands-on familiarity of each service of the Pharmacy Department. This orientation period serves to train the resident to be functional in providing pharmaceutical care to our patients.

    The resident will receive an orientation to the following areas/services:

    • Chemotherapy entry/double check process
    • Chemotherapy/IV admixture
    • Inpatient Decentral Practice
    • Outpatient Infusion center
    • Controlled Substance System
    • Manufacturing and Packaging Services
    • Computer Systems
    • Pharmacy Purchasing
    • Automated Patient Medication System (AcuDose)
    • Emergency Medication/Crash Carts/Hypersensitivity Kits
    • Medical Library

    The orientation period also includes the following activities:

    • Introduction to the pharmacy staff
    • Procurement of ID badges and parking decals
    • Attendance at the system-wide and Baptist Health Jacksonville employee orientations
    • Benefits and payroll procedures
    • Orientation to the Residency Evaluations and PharmAcademic
    • Research and Grand Rounds requirements
    • Drug Information and Administration requirements
    • Pharmacist Competencies
    • Hospital Mission and Pharmacy Vision
    • Basic Life Support (BLS), if needed
    • Introduction to rotational and longitudinal learning experiences
    • Orientation Competency Checklist

  • Research Project

    Each resident is required to complete a quality research project to enhance the resident's professional growth and benefit the department through innovative changes in the way pharmacy is practiced. A Primary Research Associate is chosen to help with the project throughout the year. Other co-investigators may be solicited for help if needed. The research project policy and timeline will be provided during orientation.

    The research project proposal will be submitted to the Baptist Health IRB for review and approval prior to data collection. The research project will be presented by the resident to the pharmacy department and at either the annual Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist Association (HOPA) meeting, the Florida Residency Conference in Gainesville, Florida, or an equivalent resident conference. A completed research manuscript suitable for publication is also required.

  • Presentations

    Each resident is required to present the following presentation for continuing education (CE)

    • One 1-hour pharmacy grand rounds
    • One 1-hour oncology grand rounds presentation of his/her choice
    • One 1-hour presentation for pharmacy technicians

    The resident is required to present his/her research project prior to the presentation at HOPA, the Florida Residency Conference, or equivalent residency conference.

    Journal Club and Case Presentations will be held at regular intervals throughout the year; the resident is required to present one article at each journal club.

    Opportunities to precept students from regional colleges of pharmacy are available through the year.

    Other presentation opportunities may arise throughout the year to reinforce oncology related topics.

  • Drug Information and Administrative Projects

    The resident will be required to complete various projects throughout the year as part of the drug information and administrative longitudinal rotations. At a minimum these will include a monograph or therapeutic class review, a drug utilization evaluation, adverse event reporting and monitoring, and preparation activities for The Joint Commission surveys. Other tasks may be assigned in order for the resident to achieve the goals and objectives of the residency.

  • Benefit Package

    The resident will receive an annual stipend from the Department of Pharmacy. The resident will receive coverage for medical, dental and vision insurance according to Baptist Health employee flexibility plan. Coverage begins the first of the month following 30 days of employment.

    Paid Leave:
    The resident will accrue PTO (Paid Time Off) hours after 30 days of employment which will be used for vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The resident will accrue approximately 16 days of PTO during the residency year.

  • Certificate of Completion Requirements

    The following is a brief list of minimum requirements each resident must successfully complete by the last day of the residency in order to be considered for graduation of their residency program. A complete list will be provided during orientation.

    • Complete a yearlong research project which includes, at minimum:
      • Presentation of protocol to the Education Committee
      • Protocol submission and closeout of project to IRB
      • Abstract submission to the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist Association
      • Formal presentation to the pharmacy department or cancer center providers
      • Submission of final research project write-up in a manuscript form suitable for publication in an approved journal
    • Complete a drug monograph or formulary review of a therapeutic class and present to P&T
    • Complete a DUE/MUE
    • Complete one Adverse Drug Event Monitoring Report
    • Complete one Performance Improvement Project
    • Complete two Grand Rounds presentations, and all associated paperwork for CE submission
    • Complete at least 5 journal club presentations
    • Complete 2 formal case presentations
    • Complete one nursing education
    • Complete an administrative project
    • Complete all evaluations and self-assessments