The Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS) offers an ASHP-Accredited PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Oncology. This program will build upon the competencies developed during a PGY1 residency to develop the advanced skills of an Oncology Clinical Specialist . Over twelve months of individualized training, the resident will complete longitudinal as well as traditional block learning experiences focused on direct patient care, education & research. In addition to clinical experiences, the resident will complete an approved research project and have the opportunity to complete a teaching certificate through our affiliation with the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Graduates of the program will display expert level knowledge and skills in the complex practice of oncology. They will be prepared to practice in a variety of environments and attain oncology board certification (BCOP).
The primary practice setting for this residency will be the Hematology Oncology Clinic at the DVAMC. Here, the resident will participate in multidisciplinary clinics with full time VA faculty and staff members as well as faculty and hematology/oncology fellows who practice at the DVAHCS and the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, the resident will participate in, and ultimately lead, Oncology Pharmacist Clinic appointments and will learn to practice under a pharmacist scope of practice that supports prescriptive authority. The resident will work with patients with a variety of malignant diagnoses to ensure provision of optimal medication management and address adherence issues when identified. In addition, the resident will work with the Oncology Consult Service and other Clinical Pharmacy Specialists to ensure evidence-based and patient-centered pharmacotherapy across the continuum of care.
Required Learning Experiences
Learning experiences are longitudinal unless otherwise noted below.
Oncology Practice (Clinic-based)
Oncology Formulary Management
Oncology Leadership & Professionalism
Acute Care / Internal Medicine (one month)
Oncology Consult Service (Inpatient-based)
Palliative Care and Hospice (one month)
Oncology Pharmacy Operations
Investigational Drug Services
Elective Learning Experiences
The resident may select from a variety of elective learning experiences. In addition to the experiences below, additional time may be scheduled in a required area as an elective or additional experiences outside the VA system may be available.
Infectious Diseases (one month)
Anticoagulation (longitudinal verses block based on resident interest/experience)
Complete an IRB approved residency research project and complete a manuscript suitable for publication. The resident will also submit to present their research project at the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting.
The Veterans Health Administration sets annual residency stipends (currently $46,613) and benefits for all VA residency programs. Each resident is offered 13 days each of accrued annual leave and sick/family care leave, 10 paid federal holidays, and a healthcare benefits package. Pharmacy residents are also given educational leave with pay to attend and present at select professional meetings. The resident may also be eligible for a faculty appointment with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Qualified applicants are required to possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of pharmacy, be a citizen of the United States, have an active pharmacy license in any state by the first day of the residency, and have completed an accredited Pharmacy Practice or PGY1 Residency training program. An on-site interview is required.
Interested applicants should submit an application through PhORCAS with the following components by January 6, 2020. On-site interviews are required and will be scheduled after review of all application materials.
Letter of intent indicating why advanced training in oncology at the Durham VA is desired
PhORCAS recommendations from three references.
About Durham VA Health Care System
The Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS) - Medical Center is a 271-bed tertiary care referral, teaching and research facility affiliated with Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and the Duke University School of Medicine. The Medical Center provides general and specialty medical, surgical, psychiatric inpatient and ambulatory services, and serves as a major referral center for North Carolina, southern Virginia, northern South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee. Special programs at Durham include a comprehensive Women’s Health Center, a Home Based Primary Care program, a Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), the VISN 6 Mental Illness, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, the Southeast Epilepsy Center of Excellence, and the Epidemiology Research and Information Center (ERIC).
Pharmacy Residents at the Durham VA will practice under the guidance of a department of over 100 staff members with a team of over 40 Clinical Pharmacy Specialists (CPS). The department provides 24-hour centralized services in additi...on to clinical support provided by our CPS team. The CPS provide progressive, multi-disciplinary, patient-centered care in a wide variety of clinical areas under a scope of practice that grants prescriptive privileges. In addition to their clinical responsibilities, many of our residency program preceptors also serve as preceptors for the regional schools of pharmacy, conduct clinical research projects, participate in scholarly activities, and serve as leaders for numerous state and national pharmacy organizations. The department also offers a VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program for pharmacy students. Beyond the traditional learning experiences of a residency program, our residents will also have the opportunity to participate in teaching certificate programs, co-precept pharmacy students on APPE rotations, and serve as a teaching assistant for a clinical practice lab at UNC. Residents will also receive support and guidance from the Residency Program Director, the Residency Advisory Committee, the Research Advisory Committee, and a formal mentorship program.