The oncology pharmacy residency program is a 12 month period of education and experiences that focuses on oncology pharmacy practice and is designed to provide ongoing pharmacy clinical activities while promoting the resident’s needs. The resident’s experiences throughout the year will include outpatient oncology, surgical oncology, inpatient oncology, administrative oncology, bone marrow transplant, hospice/palliative care, therapeutic drug monitoring, drug information, drug policy development, and will also provide additional electives that are specific to the practice of oncology pharmacy. The program will provide the resident with clinical experiences in a variety of patients and oncology diagnoses. The resident will work together with physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses in providing quality pharmaceutical services to patients and their families. During the year, the resident will be expected to give presentations such as patient management conferences, in-services to nursing and/or providers, journal clubs, and a formal staff development seminar. The resident is also expected to assist in the teaching/precepting of pharmacy students and PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residents who are taking an elective in oncology pharmacy at SAVAHCS. A research project is required, and the resident will present a poster of the planned study at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the results of the study at a pharmacy residency conference.
Completion of an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program
Pharmacist licensure in any of the United States
National Matching Service and Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service registration
Application Packet Requirements
The SAVAHCS PGY2 Pharmacy Residency participates in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Please refer to the ASHP website for details. Incomplete packets are not considered for review.
In addition to the PhORCAS application standard requirements, there are additional requirements for the SAVAHCS application:
Each reference writer must provide comments for a minimum of 10 of the "Characteristics Evaluated" on the PhORCAS Standardized Reference form PLUS either complete the first 3 narrative comments on the PhORCAS form, or provide a traditional letter of reference that addresses the areas listed in the narrative questions. These additional requirements must be communicated by the applicant to their references.
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About VA Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY2 Oncology)
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, AZ
The Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) has provided comprehensive, world class health care to Veterans for over eighty years. SAVAHCS is recognized for achieving and sustaining high levels of performance and service to our Veterans and is the recipient of the 2012 Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence Award that is based on nationally recognized criteria of organizational excellence. SAVAHCS is an integrated Veteran’s Affairs health care system consisting of an over 250 bed hospital, multiple primary care and specialty clinics, two urban community outpatient clinics, and five community outpatient clinics in Tucson’s outlying areas serving 50,000 Veterans annually.
The SAVAHCS Pharmacy Service is a highly integrated, progressive clinical practice model that encompasses approximately 115 pharmacy staff members, over 30 Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in a variety of practice settings. Additionally, the Pharmacy Service is a technology and patient safety leader assisted by the extensive use of robotics and automation.
As a principal academic affiliate for the University of Arizona’s (U of A) Colleges of Medicine, ...Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy, over 700 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals receive training at SAVAHCS annually. Additionally, the Pharmacy Service line also trains pharmacy students from other schools of pharmacy around the country.
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