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PGY2 Oncology Program Design

An informational handout outlining requirements and opportunities within the program can be found here. An overview of the program is provided below:

Program at a Glance

The UNCMC oncology residency is a 12-month program. The residency program is tailored to the interests and career goals of each resident. In addition to core and elective rotation experiences outlined below, required activities include the completion of a research project and presentation of findings, the provision of an ACPE-accredited continuing education presentation, and the submission of a manuscript draft to a peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, 400 hours of staffing are required, which equates to approximately every third weekend and 15 weekday staffing shifts per year. Activities include chemotherapy infusion pharmacy operations and service-based staffing. Each resident will also serve as a teaching assistant with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (ESOP). Residents also have the opportunity to participate in teaching and/or leadership certificate programs during their time at UNCMC. Additionally, residents participate in hospital committees.

Rotational Experiences

Core (required):

  • Acute Care Malignant Hematology (1 month)
  • Acute Care Medical Oncology (1 month)
  • Benign Hematology (2 weeks)
  • Oncology Palliative Care Clinic (2 weeks)
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Experience (acute care or clinic) (1 month)
  • Oncology Administration (1 month)
  • Longitudinal Clinic (1 month)


  • Precision Medicine (1 month)
  • Neurological/GU Malignancies Clinic (1 month)
  • Melanoma/Head & Neck Cancer Clinic (1 month)
  • Breast Cancer Clinic (1 month)
  • GI Malignancies Clinic (1 month)
  • Gynecologic Malignancies Clinic (1 month)
  • Leukemia Clinic (1 month)
  • Lung Cancer/Sarcoma Clinic (1 month)
  • Lymphoma/Myeloma Clinic (1 month)
  • Benign Hematology Clinic (1 month)
  • Acute Care Pediatric Oncology (1 month)
  • Pediatric Oncology Clinic (1 month)
  • Chemotherapy Infusion Clinic (1 month)
  • Community Oncology Clinic (1 month)
  • MICU (oncology focused) (1 month)
  • Oncology Specialty Pharmacy (1 month)
  • Investigational Drug Services (1 month)
  • International Oncology Pharmacy (1 month)

Longitudinal Responsibilities

Longitudinal Clinic

Residents will be assigned a longitudinal ambulatory oncologic clinic experience for the year. This assignment (based on resident preference and preceptor availability) will be the resident’s first or second rotation of the year. Following the month-long experience in this clinic, residents will continue to rotate through this clinic two days per month, typically once every other week.

Educational Activities

  • Hematology Oncology Power Hours (HOPS): This course engages PGY2 oncology pharmacy residents in a structured process of learning fundamental concepts of oncology pharmacy practice. All residents meet with an assigned instructor for 90 minutes every two weeks throughout the residency year. During these sessions, a team based learning approach is utilized to facilitate an engaging group discussion on the assigned topic and associated chemotherapy.
  • Continuing Education: Residents provide two ACPE-accredited CE sessions during the residency year. The first session is a 30-minute presentation to members of the clinical oncology group, designed to prepare residents for job interview presentations. The second session is the hour-long departmental CE session open to pharmacists and technicians across the state (presented live and via WebEx).
  • Leadership Series: Residents participate in a monthly leadership series with the Oncology Residency leaders to enforce vital skills needed to be a successful clinician. These topics include but are not limited to communication, emotional intelligence and building resilience.

Teaching Opportunities

Residents participate as a teaching assistant in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy during one semester of their residency year in either the Pharmacogenomics or Oncology electives. Opportunities for residents to participate in and lead didactic lectures are abundant. Teaching opportunities are also integrated within patient care experiences through the layered learning practice model (LLPM). This innovative practice allows residents to foster their preceptorship skills by developing one-on-one cooperative learning activities in an experiential environment.

Requirements for Program Completion:

In order to receive a certificate of residency completion, residents must complete the UNCMC Department of Pharmacy requirements in addition to PGY2 Oncology requirements. Requirements for graduation can be found at this LINK.

For more information, contact:

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