PGY2 Oncology


The University of North Carolina Medical Center (UNCMC) PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency serves to promote professionalism, the pursuit of scholarship, and provide learning experiences that prepare graduates to assume positions in which they demonstrate leadership and compassion through work as highly skilled providers of care to oncology patients. As an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited PGY2 program, the residency aims to provide comprehensive training supported by advanced practice models in a variety of oncology care settings. Our oncology pharmacy training program fosters a culture of innovation that supports opportunities for residents and encourages the development of practitioners who demonstrate the attributes of a leader. Additionally, we promote an atmosphere of curiosity and one that encourages residents to engage in scholarly pursuits, fosters compassionate delivery of health care, and promotes preceptor development. Lastly, we aim to provide a collegial environment where residents feel supported through mentorship.

Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs 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.

Collaboration with the North Carolina Cancer Hospital

The North Carolina Cancer Hospital, the clinical home of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, houses an interdisciplinary cancer care program in a 315,000-square foot building that was dedicated in 2009. Healthcare providers at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital treat patients from every county in North Carolina with nearly 200,000 visits each year. Within the oncology service line, the Department of Pharmacy provides critical services to our patients in collaboration with interprofessional colleagues who value our contributions to care. Our oncology pharmacy practitioners provide a wide breadth of services in a diversity of practice settings that include both acute and ambulatory care. Our oncology pharmacy team has won three ASHP Best Practice Awards. At UNCMC, we nourish an advanced and contemporary practice model in oncology pharmacy. We continue to trail blaze, pushing the envelope with innovative pharmacy services supported by external funding resources. We believe the diversity in opportunities that you will encounter here are UNC will well-equip you with a confident mind and a strong skill set that readies you for success both now and in the future!

About the Residency Program Director

Dr. Auten is an acute care malignant hematology specialist at UNCMC and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC and her Doctor of Pharmacy from UNC ESOP.  She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice and PGY2 specialty residency in oncology pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA. Dr. Auten’s practice and research interests focus on acute leukemia, supportive care, and patient education. She is the proud mother of Tyler Leigh (daughter), Simba (cat), and wife to Chad. In her free time, Dr. Auten enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out on the water (ocean or lake), and enjoying great food with old and new friends!

For more information, contact:

Jessica Auten, PharmD, BCOP
Residency Program Director, PGY2 Oncology
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Malignant Hematology