This program has filled the residency position through the early commitment process for the 2020-2021 residency year. Thank you for your interest.

Purpose

This PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advances or specialized practice. PGY2 residency provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

Description

The PGY2 residency in oncology pharmacy is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice focused on the care of patients with cancer. Following completion of the PGY2 residency, graduates will be equipped to meet the challenges of current and future oncology pharmacy practice. Residency graduates will be prepared to participate as integral members of the interdisciplinary teams caring for individuals with cancer in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and assume responsibility for pharmaceutical care.

Graduates will gain significant knowledge of neoplastic diseases, cancer-related and cancer treatment-related disorders and supportive care/palliative care management. Graduates will also acquire knowledge of the preparation and distribution of anti-cancer medications including safe handling and disposal of hazardous substances.

Overall, graduates will gain experience participating on interdisciplinary teams to successfully serve healthcare organizations as a valuable resource for information about anti-cancer medications and decision-making affecting the care of patients with cancer.

We currently offer one position for the PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency.

Program Educational Goals

  • In collaboration with the health care team, provide comprehensive medication management to oncology patients following a consistent patient care process.
  • Ensure continuity of care during transitions of oncology patients between care settings.
  • Manage and facilitate delivery of medications to support safe and effective drug therapy for oncology patients.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes for oncology patients, as applicable to the organization.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct a quality improvement or research project.
  • Demonstrate management skills in the provision of care for oncology patients.
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to oncology patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups).
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians, or fellow health care professionals in oncology.
  • Appropriately manage oncology investigational drugs and oncology investigational drug services.
  • Manage and improve the medication-use process in oncology patient care areas
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provisions of training or educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training
  • Assume an active role in patient education activities: including direct patient counseling, adherence/knowledge assessment and development of education materials
  • Promote health improvement, wellness and cancer prevention
  • Sustain ongoing development of expertise and professionalism in the practice of oncology pharmacy
  • Conduct oncology pharmacy practice research
  • Function effectively in oncology settings participating in clinical investigations

Learning Experiences

The first month of residency is an orientation to the Department of Pharmacy, after a 1.5-day hospital orientation. Activities include competency lectures on basic clinical skills, training on the MGH computerized order entry system, and side-by-side training with clinical pharmacy preceptors. Additionally, residents will understand the structure of the Residency Learning System, which is the backbone of how residency training is put into action.

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Breast Oncology
  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Genitourinary and Gynecologic Oncology
  • Melanoma
  • Pediatric Oncology

Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Palliative Care
  • Infectious Disease

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Pharmacy practice experience – decentralized inpatient clinical operations and ambulatory oncology practice
  • Oncology Stewardship and Drug Policy
  • Oncology Pharmacy Management
  • Medication Safety
  • Education Series (includes weekly BCOP discussions)
  • Oncology clinical trials
  • Research project and manuscript development
  • Residents teaching seminar / teaching certificate at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University (optional)
  • Resident officer positions

Contact Information

Gayle Blouin, PharmD, BCOP
Director, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency
GBlouin@mgh.harvard.edu

Thu Oanh Dong, PharmD, BCOP
Coordinator, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy
TODang@mgh.harvard.edu