Caring and Advancing Resident Education
Welcome! You have made a great decision to pursue a second-year specialty residency in oncology. We believe that oncology pharmacy is an exciting and rewarding area of pharmacy practice. Even more, we are honored that you are considering The University of North Carolina (UNC) Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to be the next step in your journey. As you explore what we have to offer, we believe you will find that UNC offers a strong, comprehensive specialty residency program in oncology pharmacy to prepare you for a flourishing career.
Our people make our program stand out. Approximately twenty talented clinical pharmacy specialists make up our core team of oncology preceptors who work with you throughout your residency year. Our preceptors have a wide variety of practice experience and a diverse set of skills with many being nationally recognized. Our program has preceptors who are leaders; presenting on oncology pharmacy locally, nationally and world-wide. The diversity among our clinical group offers the advantage of having several different mentorship perspectives. True to our preceptors is a genuine care and commitment to you and your professional growth and development. Mentorship and development is a priority here at UNC. In fact, mentorship is a formalized aspect of our residency program department-wide. Additionally, a residency program of our size offers the opportunity to nurture many friendships amongst peers with whom you will share your residency experience. Upon completing our program, you enter the next phase of your career with a wide network of others that will be both colleagues and friends.
The North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the UNC Medical Center, houses an interdisciplinary cancer care program in a 315,000-square foot building that was dedicated in 2009. The North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Center is focused entirely on providing clinical care to patients with cancer. Healthcare providers at the North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Center treat patients from every county in North Carolina with more than 135,000 visits each year. It is a 50-bed facility (and growing) with many different oncology clinics that offer you the opportunity to learn in a variety of practice settings. Within the oncology service line, the Department of Pharmacy provides critical services to our patients in collaboration with interprofessional colleagues. We enjoy solid relationships with our 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. At the UNC Medical Center, we nourish an advanced and innovative practice model in oncology pharmacy. Our oncology pharmacy team has won three American Society of Health-system Pharmacists Best Practice Awards. 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!
The UNC Department of Pharmacy and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy work together in a Partnership in Patient Care. This is a systematic and integrated strategy to develop an interdependent relationship between the two entities to optimize resources and opportunities for you as a resident. The agreement has been endorsed by both the Chancellor of the University and the Chief Executive Officer of UNC Medical Center. This partnership affords you many opportunities within our program to grow skills in providing education to students, residents, interprofessional colleagues, patients and more in both experiential and didactic settings. We teach teachers.
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Questions? For additional information, please contact:
Jill S. Bates, Pharm.D., M.S., BCOP
PGY2 Oncology Residency Program Director
Office (984) 974-8241
Jessica J. Auten, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP
Residency Coordinator, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy
Caring and Advancing Resident Education
What recruiting activities is the program participating in?
We offer comprehensive oncology pharmacy PGY2 program information that is available on our website and printable brochure (available for download on our website). We will be participating in the residency showcase at the ASHP Midyear clinical meeting. Like us on Facebook!
How many resident positions are available?
We recruit for 4 resident positions in oncology pharmacy annually. Overall, the University of North Carolina Hospital recruits over 30 pharmacy residents each year
What should I expect at the time of the on-site interview?
Candidates for our PGY2 oncology program will start their day with a brief orientation. This allows candidates to learn about the organizational structure of our pharmacy department as well as cultural practices. The interview includes a tour of the North Carolina cancer hospital and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Additionally, candidates will have the opportunity to meet with current PGY2 oncology pharmacy residents to learn about their experiences here at UNC Medical Center.
The interview portion of the day will include behavioral-based interviews. These will be conducted by members of our hematology/oncology pharmacy team and allow each candidate the opportunity to meet preceptors of our program. In addition, we ask each candidate to prepare a 10-minute clinical pearl presentation covering content of the candidate’s choosing.
Is the program accredited by the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists?
Our program was founded in 1996 and is accredited by the ASHP for a full 6 years.
How and when are residents selected for the program?
Our application deadline is January 1.
Please note that we do participate in the PhORCAS application service and we do request submission of supplemental application question responses.
What teaching opportunities exist as part of the program?
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (the School) is an integral piece of our residency program. In partnership with the School, we offer many opportunities for our residents to gain teaching experience in various capacities. We teach teachers.
- Residents serve as a teaching assistant (TA) for a course with content that aligns with oncology pharmacy practice (1 semester)
- Residents present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program
- Lecture opportunities for residents are bountiful
UNC Medical Center hosts learners at many different places in training. Our institution is a leader in developing the layered learning practice model (LLPM). Through this innovative practice, opportunities exist for one-on-one cooperative learning activities in an experiential practice setting
Teaching Certificate Program
UNC offers the opportunity to apply to our teaching certificate program. This program prepares residents in their role as a teacher. The program is a hybrid of online and classroom didactic material coupled with development of a teaching portfolio. Participants of the certificate program also complete small group teaching, large group teaching, and precepting experiences.
How is research integrated into the oncology pharmacy residency program?
Our program prioritizes developing research skills and focuses on the scientific method. Our preceptors understand how to support the residency research program to make it a rich and rewarding experience founded in collaboration. We strive to offer projects that are innovative and generate meaningful contributions to science. Our research process follows the scientific method but in a flipped chronological ordering. Residents enter our program and begin with an established research project picking up with data collection and taking the project to completion. During the second half of the year, residents focus on hypothesis generation and research question development to produce viable projects for future oncology pharmacy residents.
What entertainment and cultural opportunities are available in the Chapel Hill area?
Comprising one third of the Research Triangle, charming Chapel Hill, NC has a lot to offer potential residents. The University of North Carolina is the centerpiece of this historic area. In addition to offering top notch education to students from around the globe, its sports programs provide first class entertainment. The Dean Smith Center hosts basketball games each year with local rivals Duke and NC State. The local populace is polarized by these contests and the atmosphere is electric. By contrast, the Ackland Museum of Art or the NC Botanical Garden can provide a relaxing afternoon if your team didn’t fare well the night before. Employment opportunities abound in both the medical and information technology fields. While living near the college does come at a premium, there are many wonderful areas nearby where top notch housing is still highly affordable. I think you’ll find that Chapel Hill is both rich in history and primed for a bright future.
Additional attractions include:
- Shows at the Ritz
- South point Mall
- Carolina Hurricanes hockey games
- Durham Bulls baseball games
- Two hours to the mountains, 2.5 hours to the beach
- Outlet mall (25 minutes away)
- Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn