Lifespan Pharmacy Residency Programs

Rhode Island Hospital/University of Rhode Island PGY-2 Oncology Residency

PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program Purpose

The purpose of the Rhode Island Hospital/University of Rhode Island PGY-2 oncology pharmacy residency is to prepare graduates to function independently as clinical pharmacy specialists with the qualifications needed for acute and ambulatory care oncology pharmacy practice positions and adjunct or non-tenure track faculty appointments. Finally, the graduate will be prepared for board certification in Oncology Pharmacy.

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Justin Huynh, PharmD, BCOP

Oncology Pharmacy Resident, 2013-2014

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Hematology/Oncology

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Program Goals and Details

Program Goals

The residency program will provide the resident with specific learning/practice experiences designed to enable the resident to expand the scope of their practice skills. The program objectives and goals are based on standards provided by ASHP and reflect our program’s purpose. 

Program graduates will be prepared to function independently and act as essential members of an interdisciplinary team caring for patients. Furthermore, graduates will be prepared to function as adjunct faculty for pharmacy students on rotation and in classroom learning experiences at a college of pharmacy. Finally, graduates will be prepared for board certification in oncology.

Supervision and Work Ethic

The resident is expected to achieve the objectives of the residency program related to both administrative and professional practice skills. The resident reports to and is supervised by the rotation preceptor and the residency program director. During staffing, the resident is under the supervision of the pharmacist in charge.

Hours of practice vary according to the requirements set forth by the preceptor and director. The resident is expected to be present in body, mind, and spirit at all assigned activities of the service they are currently a part of, including medical staff rounding, clinic visits, and administrative activities. An eight-hour day is expected for physical presence on site during assigned workdays.

The residency program is the resident’s most important commitment. Working extra shifts outside the residency program requirements (moonlighting) is strongly discouraged, especially at the beginning of the residency. To work overtime, the resident must be trained in the area. Extra work moonlighting and overtime work must be requested through and approved by the residency director and hours worked will be reported on a monthly basis by each resident. Consideration will be given to residency workload and deliverables assigned and resident standing within the program. 

Requirements and Qualifications

  1. PharmD degree from an accredited school/college of pharmacy
  2. Eligibility for Rhode Island licensure
  3. Application must be submitted through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
    1. Formal letter of intent
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Official university/college transcripts
    4. Recommendation letters from 3 references
    5. Example of completed project in PowerPoint to be uploaded in PhORCAS
  4. Personal interview

Program Structure

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation
  • Palliative Care
  • Acute Care Hematology/Oncology 
  • Ambulatory Care Hematology Oncology I
  • Ambulatory Care Hematology Oncology II
  • Ambulatory Care Hematology Oncology III
  • Investigational Drug Services

Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Bone Marrow Transplant (at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA) 
  • Infectious Diseases / Antimicrobial Stewardship 
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Interpretation and Application of Research Principles
  • Specialty Pharmacy / Oral Oncology
  • Sterile Compounding

Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  • Academia 
  • Practice Management 
  • Medication Safety 
  • Formulary Management 
  • Service Commitment
  • Research

Pharmacy Practice Staffing Requirements

Pharmacy staffing responsibilities are every fourth weekend plus one-half weekday every week. Weekend shifts are morning shift.

Residents are responsible for staffing every other holiday. Recognized hospital holidays include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Estimated stipend: $45,675
  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Holiday, vacation, and sick leave
  • Free parking
  • Workspace with computer
  • Travel, continuing education allowance