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PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency

The Baylor University Medical Center PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency aims to develop well-rounded clinicians who can provide high level pharmaceutical care in a variety of oncology settings.

The program was initiated in July 2020 and is actively working toward accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Our one-year specialty program is designed to provide specialized training for residents interested in oncology. Residents will gain experience comprehensive management in a diverse population of cancer patients who are at various places in the spectrum of their disease from initial diagnosis to end of life care.

The program provides a variety of learning experiences, including medication management, development of guidelines and protocols, practice leadership, drug information, teaching, and research. The structure and learning experiences will be continuously customized to meet each resident's professional and personal goals.

Upon successful completion of a PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency, residents are prepared for providing advanced patient care in the inpatient or ambulatory setting in a community-based or academic setting, clinical faculty members at a college of pharmacy or other specialized positions in the oncology practice setting, perform practice-related research, and serve patients, providers, and institutions as an authoritative resource in oncology medicine.

We currently accept one resident each year.

Curriculum

About the Pickens Cancer Hospital

Since 1983, the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas has performed close to 6,000 adult bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants in the past 35 years. Adjacent to the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center is the Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital, which is the first all oncology dedicated inpatient cancer hospital in North Texas. More than 150,000 cancer patients are treated each year on the BUMC campus. The cancer program at BUMC is focused on delivering safe, quality, compassionate patient care. Milestones include:

  • Participation in multiple active Phase One or High Acuity Oncology Research Trials
  • First North Texas providers to offer chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy
  • One of the largest and most comprehensive blood and marrow transplant programs in the state of Texas and in the nation
  • North Texas’ first adult marrow transplantation
  • North Texas’ first matched unrelated donor transplantation

Ten months are devoted to orientation and core experiences; two months are available for electives.  Additionally, Residents will also participate longitudinal learning experiences.

Required rotations (9 months):

  • Orientation (3-4 weeks)
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Oncology (2 months)
  • Inpatient Hematology Oncology (2 months)
  • Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant (2 months)
  • Immunosuppressed Infectious Disease (1 month)
  • Research/Investigational Drug Services (1 month)

Elective Rotations (3 months, 2-4-week blocks each)

  • Immunology/Pathology/Stem Cell Processing Labs
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Gynecology Oncology
  • Palliative Care

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Oncology Leadership
  • Code Blue response
  • Research Project
  • On-Call/Drug Information Pager
  • Seminar presentation
  • Precepting students and residents
  • Medical Oncology Outpatient Clinic
  • Education: Didactic lectures
  • Policy/Guideline Development or Review
  • Staffing: decentralized clinical staffing and pharmacy teams
  • Medication Use Evaluation/Quality Improvement to multidisciplinary oncology

Our multifaceted multidisciplinary teaching is provided during formal rounds, didactic sessions, and oncology related conferences (HEM Fellows Conference, Oncology Nursing Internship, and others).  

Residents are required to provide a 45-minute ACPE accredited CE to the pharmacy department.

Residents will have the opportunity to mentor and precept PGY1 residents or longitudinal clerkship students at least once during the residency year.

The PGY2 Oncology pharmacy resident will be responsible for staffing every third weekend or equivalent time commitments per department needs in the oncology clinical staffing shift. The purpose of these experiences is to gain practice experience in clinical, operational and leadership areas.

The resident will be expected to work one major holiday (Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day).

In the event of a meeting or conference on the resident’s scheduled weekend, the resident will be expected to work an alternate weekend.

All residents cover the Pharmacy Department’s Drug Information Service, through which they provide urgent and non-urgent drug information questions. On call hours for urgent requests are from 1600-0700.

When on-call, the resident is responsible for ensuring that all consultations, documentation, and follow-up are completed.

A rotation schedule will be determined by the Chief Resident (currently staffed every seventh weekend).

Residents also contribute to and serve as editors of the Baylor Mailer, the Drug Information Service newsletter, which is published monthly.

Benefits

Here is a selection of the benefits we provide. (For a complete list, view our Benefits page)

  • Paid Time Off: 15 days
  • Free parking, discounted bus passes available and a DART rail station on campus
  • Professional leave: Residents will be allowed professional leave and travel expenses for attendance at professional seminars and meetings such as the ASHP Clinical Mid-Year Meeting, the Spring Residency Leadership Conference and the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists Annual Meeting
  • Dedicated office and computer
  • Access to Baylor Health Sciences Library and electronic references

How to Apply

We use the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PHORCAS) to accept applications, transcripts and other supporting application materials.

Deadline for application: January 5th of each year.


Application Requirements

The qualified applicant must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited college of pharmacy and must be eligible for Texas licensure. Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is required.

Applicants must also submit:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three recommendation forms
  • Official College Transcript

Frequently Asked Questions

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Baylor University Medical Center was established in 1903 and officially accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1990.
We understand applying to Residencies can be a daunting task. We want you to stand out on paper so this is what we look for:
  • Grades: In order to ensure you have a solid clinical knowledge base a GPA of 3.0 is our cutoff.
  • Leadership and Professional Involvement: Demonstrates your ability to lead and multitask throughout school. If you were involved in organizations outside of Pharmacy be sure to include those (e.g. student athlete). Explain your contribution to the organization or activity.
  • Research: It’s extremely had to get published as a student. However, the journey to publication is a valuable learning experience. Some research questions are drawn from an MUE or quality improvement project. Ask for these experiences if your rotations do not offer them.
  • Presentations: We look for presentations that are given beyond your rotation experiences (e.g. CE, professional meetings, grand rounds, etc.)
  • Projects: Highlight formulary reviews, MUEs, development of clinical services.
  • Work and Volunteer Experience: Include not just Pharmacy and research related work as we value diverse experiences.
  • Rotations: We have applicants from across the country so we don’t know how all Rotations are laid out. Ensure your experiences are highlighted in your CV. Preference is given to those candidates who take challenging patient care directed clinical rotations.
  • Letters of Recommendation: We look for letters where it is clear the writer knows the candidates. Verify they can comment on your strengths and opportunities beyond a numerical score. If you are passionate about a Specialty and have taken that rotation then preference would be to have that preceptor write a letter. Ensure your letter writer has enough time to complete and will submit your Letters of Recommendation on time. We only evaluate letters submitted via Phorcas. Do not have your letter writers email additional content.
  • Letter of Intent: Make these FUN! Don’t just transcribe your CV or information you’ve found on our website. Communicate your “Why” and how your experiences set you apart from other candidates. We want to get to know you! Keep letters to about a page.

Absolutely. The resident must communicate this intention to the respective residency program director (RPD) and submit a written letter of intent. Pursuant to the receipt of the application, the RPD will conduct an interview of the candidate and follow ASHP Residency Matching Program guidelines. Candidates not choosing to early commit or those who are not offered early commitment by the PGY2 program may still apply to the PGY2 program but are required to participate in the ASHP Match.
We accept applications from non-US citizens, but we are unable to sponsor visas or green cards for residents. In order to apply, a candidate must be able to secure an appropriate visa for employment, as well as ensure they will be qualified to take licensure examinations.
Yes, please ensure your transcripts include an explanation of grades so it can be compared to a 4.0 scale. We strongly suggest you have preceptors write robust letters of reference (in Phorcas) detailing your drug knowledge, clinical experience and accomplishments in addition to sending your undergraduate transcripts.
We ask for a letter from you supervisor/manager is order to assess your ability to follow a schedule, work with others and be a team player outside of school, manage conflict and work through problems not in a guideline or on a test. Some options for letter writers include: volunteer supervisor or research advisor.
PharmAcademic will be utilized for all formal residency related evaluations. A customized development plan is created based on the resident's initial interests, career goals, and prior experience as well as the resident’s strengths and opportunities for improvement during orientation. The development plan is evaluated quarterly and adjusted when needed to ensure resident growth and progression. Each preceptor will evaluate the resident based on the learning experience goals and objectives and the level of improvement from the last performance assessment. For each learning experience the residents will be responsible for assessment of their own performance, the preceptor, and learning experience. All assignments, including journal clubs and presentations will be evaluated by attendees.
Yes, the residents have a dedicated office space with a personal computer, phone and printer.
Unfortunately, due to the number of requests we are not able to offer onsite visits at this time. However, we want to ensure that all your questions are answered regarding our program so we are available at recruiting events as well as via email or phone. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
BUMC is a community teaching hospital affiliated with Texas A&M College of Medicine. The Pharmacy department is not associated with a particular College of Pharmacy, but we do have longitudinal P4 students from University of Texas, University of North Texas and Texas Tech rotating throughout the year. Despite its name, the hospital it is no longer affiliated with Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Our program is tailored to help residents achieve their career goals. Some of our residents have pursued specialized PGY2 programs, while others have become clinical specialists, managers, coordinators, and directors of pharmacy. While some of our residents have stayed with BSWH as clinical pharmacists, others have chosen to impact patient care across the country.

Contact Us

Department of Pharmacy
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

Allison Bass, PharmD, BCOP
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, Oncology Services
PGY2 Oncology Residency Director
Email: Allison.Bass@BSWHealth.org

Katherine Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS
PGY2 Oncology Residency Coordinator
Clinical Pharmacist – Oncology
Email: Katherine.Nguyen@BSWHealth.org

So Jung Uhm, PharmD
PGY2 Oncology Resident
Email: SoJung.Uhm@BSWHealth.org

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The stipend for our pharmacy residents is set at $47,476 paid in 24 installments over a 12-month period. In addition to a competitive stipend, we offer our residents a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

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