PGY2: Hematology/Oncology (UC Medical Center)

Program Code: 44202
National Matching Service Code: 560660
Start date: July 1
Number of positions: 2

The following outline represents general program design and requirements for the ASHP-accredited PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The program includes a variety of direct and non-direct patient care, research, and teaching opportunities and will be tailored to meet the needs of an individual resident based on the resident development plan.

Program requirements

Entrance into the PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency requires the following:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an AACP-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Pharmacist licensure in the state of Ohio

The PGY2 Oncology Residency Certificate will be awarded with completion of all established program requirements, including achievement of Required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives for PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency.

Clinical learning experiences 

-All experiences are one month in duration, unless otherwise noted


  • Orientation (distribution and specialty pharmacy)
  • Inpatient Hematology/BMT I
  • Inpatient Hematology/BMT II
  • Outpatient Solid Tumor I (GI & Thoracic malignancies)
  • Outpatient Solid Tumor II (Head/Neck & GU malignancies)
  • Outpatient Solid Tumor III (Breast & Gynecologic malignancies)
  • Outpatient Hematology/BMT
  • Oncology informatics (2 weeks)
  • Investigational Drug Service & Clinical Research
  • Research (1 dedicated month, as well as longitudinal check in)


  • Inpatient Solid Tumor or Hematology Consult Service (2-4 weeks)
  • Benign hematology (2-4 weeks, UCMC and West Chester Hospital)
  • Nutrition (2-4 weeks)
  • Community Oncology Clinic (at West Chester Hospital, 2-4 weeks)
  • Solid Organ Transplant (2-4 weeks)
  • Transplant Infectious Disease (2-4 weeks)
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (2-4 weeks)
  • Repeat of any required experience


  • Ambulatory Clinics (2-3 experiences in 3–5-month blocks where the resident practices independently with the provider and team. Options include:
    • Benign hematology clinic
    • Neuro Oncology clinic
    • Melanoma clinic (at West Chester Hospital)
    • Inpatient pain stewardship (required)
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Formulary evaluation
  • Administration topics



Each PGY2 Oncology resident will participate in a longitudinal research project that originates from either resident interest or preceptor research submissions. A research timeline is established to ensure the resident stays on schedule for completion of residency.

June/July Research question and research team selected
August Research question and objectives presented to Pharmacy Research Subcommittee
September Submission of protocol to the Investigational Review Board (IRB)
November Development of Vizient abstract and poster
December Presentation of research question and methods at Vizient Conference held in conjunction with the ASHP midyear clinical meeting; focused data collection/analysis
January/March Data analysis, Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference (GLPRC) abstract submission
March/April Presentations at Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Associate (HOPA) and GLPRC
April-June Manuscript preparation and submission
June Presentation of final project at UC Health Research Showcase


Education opportunities 

Each PGY2 Oncology Resident will have the opportunity to participate in the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program, if not completed as a PGY1. The program is available for all residents in the greater Cincinnati area and consists of a two-day seminar along with longitudinal didactic, co-precepting and small group teaching requirements. The PGY2 Oncology Resident will participate in didactic lectures in the oncology module of therapeutics at the college.

Education of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals is integrated longitudinally throughout the program including inter-professional grand rounds presentations, resident-led clinical presentations, nursing education, and other opportunities.


Pharmacy Grand Rounds 

Each PGY2 Oncology Resident will develop two Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) continuing education presentations for Pharmacy Grand Rounds. One presentation will be and individual 60-minute presentation; the second presentation may be an individual presentation or a combined presentation with a co-resident, also 60 min total in duration


Pharmacy Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement 

Each PGY2 Oncology Resident will present one pharmacy-specific process improvement opportunity at the Monthly Pharmacy Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement (MMI) case conference. A written summary will be developed by the resident for ACPE continuing education for pharmacists.


Medication use evaluation (MUE) 

Each PGY2 Oncology Resident will conduct an MUE coordinated through each resident’s assigned committee. The resident may choose to complete in the first half or second half of the year, based on resident preference. Presentation of results will occur by the resident to the Chemotherapy, Biologics and infusion Subcommittee of the Drug Policy Development, or other relevant committee.


Committee involvement 

Each PGY2 Oncology Resident will serve as an active member of The Chemotherapy and Biologics Subcommittee


Independent practice 

Each PGY2 Oncology Resident will assist with provision of pharmacy coverage for rapid responses, Code Blue, and Code Violet for their services while inpatient, as well as rapid responses to oncology infusion areas while on ambulatory rotations (in addition to the rapid response team.) The residents will not participate in the departmental on-call program, but will serve as an on-call resource one evening a week, with on-site availability from 4pm to 6pm; the remainder of call will occur from home for urgent clinical hematology/oncology issues. Each PGY2 Oncology Resident will also provide weekend clinical coverage to the oncology and solid organ transplant service lines approximately every 3 weeks, as well as coverage of Thanksgiving or Christmas. The residents may also spend a month working with the Pulmonology Consult Team to ensure safe antibiotic use in patients with cystic fibrosis, contingent on completion of this activity as a PGY1, or additional interest as a PGY2.


Professional conferences 

PGY2 Oncology Residents are required to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting/Vizient Meeting (December) and Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference (April/May). Additionally, the PGY2 Oncology Resident will be expected to attend the Residency Exchange (fall) and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association Meeting (late March/early April), unless otherwise determined by the program director. Alternative experiences will be arranged if extenuating circumstances preclude attendance


Salary and benefits 

Final information regarding salary, benefits, and pre-employment requirements will be provided to matched applicants for PGY1 and PGY2 programs prior to the start of the residency year.

  • Estimated salary of $56,326
  • 28 days paid time off (includes holidays and professional conference travel
  • Medical, dental, vision plans
  • Individual workspace including a desktop computer and laser printer
  • Physical and electronic access to the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library (adjacent to hospital)
  • Weekly ACPE provided through Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Financial reimbursement for professional conferences, as available
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification
  • Free covered parking adjacent to hospital


Application Process 

The following items must be received by January 2nd to complete this application. Please submit the following items via PhORCAS

  1. A letter of intent describing your reasons for applying to the program and interests within the pharmacy profession.
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae.
  3. College transcripts
  4. Three letters of recommendation (utilizing PhORCAS format)


Program Contact

Lisa Savage Grate, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Medical & Gynecologic Oncology
Program Director, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency

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