PGY2 Hematology Oncology Program Design

Program at a Glance

The UNCMC specialty oncology residency experience 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 earn an appointment as a clinical instructor 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

  • Benign hematology

  • Bone marrow transplant experience (inpatient or outpatient)

  • Oncology administration

  • Solid tumor experience (inpatient or outpatient)

  • Longitudinal clinic


  • Acute care medical oncology

  • Acute care bone marrow transplant

  • Bone marrow transplant clinic

  • Hematology/oncology clinic (UNC Hillsborough)

  • Breast clinic

  • GI clinic

  • Gynecologic malignancies clinic

  • Chemotherapy infusion clinic

  • International oncology pharmacy experience

  • Investigational Drug Services

  • Leukemia clinic

  • Lung cancer/sarcoma clinic

  • Lymphoma/myeloma clinic

  • Neurological and genitourinary malignancies clinic

  • Oncology specialty pharmacy

  • Outpatient oncology palliative care

  • Pediatric oncology clinic

  • Precision medicine

  • Melanoma and head/neck cancer clinic

  • Medical intensive care unit (oncology focused)

Program requirements

Department of Pharmacy Residency Requirements:

  • Completion of a one-year research project or a pre-specified part of a multi-year research project

  • Presentation of an ACPE-accredited continuing education program

  • Submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal

  • Completion of all staffing responsibilities (for oncology, includes both chemotherapy infusion pharmacy (operational) staffing and service-based staffing)

Oncology-specific Residency Requirements:

  • Oncology Grand Rounds Continuing Education (an additional 30 minute ACPE-accredited continuing education presentation)

  • Successful completion of Hematology Oncology Power hourS (HOPS) curriculum

  • Teaching responsibilities:

    • As a clinical instructor with UNC ESOP, residents work with pharmacy students for a cumulative total of one semester equivalent. In the past, residents have served as clinical instructor for the pharmacogenomics elective, oncology elective, and the pharmaceutical care experience (PCE) courses. 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.

For more information, contact:

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