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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.

Our one-year specialty program is designed to provide specialized training for residents interested in oncology.  Residents will gain experience in the comprehensive management of 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 to provide advanced patient care in any oncology setting, perform practice-related research, and serve patients, providers, and institutions as an authoritative resource in oncology medicine.

The program was initiated in July 2020 and is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). 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 (2-4 weeks)
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Oncology I and II (4-6 weeks each)
  • Inpatient Hematology Oncology I and II (4 weeks each)
  • Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant I and II (4 weeks each)
  • Research/Investigational Drug Services (4 weeks)
  • Immunosuppressed Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Palliative Care (4 weeks)

Elective Rotations (up to 3 may be selected, 2-4 weeks each)

  • Bone Marrow Transplant III
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Gynecology Oncology
  • Immunology/Pathology/Stem Cell Processing Labs
  • Repeat of any required rotation per resident’s needs

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Fellows’ Medical Oncology Outpatient Clinic
  • Research and MUE/Quality Improvement Projects
  • Oncology Practice Management
  • Education and Teaching
  • Code Blue Response
  • Staffing

Learn More About the Residency Rotation Structure

Teaching requirements include:

  • ACPE-accredited CE for system pharmacists
  • Preceptor Development Session (completed with residency class)
  • Precept students and PGY1 residents

Residents will have the opportunity to present monthly journal clubs/case presentations, nursing in-services, and participate in/lead multidisciplinary staff education.

Our multifaceted multidisciplinary teaching is provided during formal rounds, didactic sessions, and weekly oncology related conferences with invited lecturers, where residents also have the opportunity to present.

Residents are required to design, develop, and complete an original research project. The goal is to submit an abstract to and present at an oncology or other applicable conference, such as:

  • HOPA Annual Conference
  • ASTCT Tandem Annual Meeting

Residents may also present the project as a poster at ASHP's Midyear Clinical Meeting and as a platform presentation at ALCALDE Southwest Leadership Conference.

A written manuscript of the research results is required to be submitted to the program director prior to completion of the program and is highly encouraged to be submitted for publication.

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.

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

On-Call Program: Residents also serve as Manager On-Call as part of leadership development. Each resident participates in this program approximately every 7 weeks with 7 residents.

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.

Salary and Benefits

Pharmacy residents are classified as full-time employees of Baylor Scott and White Health. Here is a selection of benefits we provide:

  • Salary is approximately $51,000 for PGY2 residents.
  • The benefits package includes, health, dental, life insurance, and staff discounts.
  • Residents accrue 15 days of paid time off (PTO), which includes vacation, holiday, sick leave, interview leave beyond allotted 5 days, and professional leave not sponsored by the program.
  • Residents will be allowed professional leave and travel expenses for attendance at professional seminars and meetings, such as the ASHP Clinical Midyear Meeting and the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists Annual Meeting
  • Free parking, discounted bus passes available and a DART rail station on campus
  • Access to Baylor Health Sciences Library and electronic references
  • Dedicated office space and computer

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

2022 Recruitment Information Sessions

Baylor University Medical Center Pharmacy Residencies Open House

We will be hosting a virtual open house for interested candidates. Check back for more information on dates and times.


ASHP Midyear PPS Interviews

We will be participating in virtual PPS and arranging interviews via email using WebEx to provide more flexibility for applicants. To schedule a WebEx interview during PPS, please contact RPD Candace Hooper (Candace.Hooper@BSWHealth.org) and RPC Ngoc Nguyen Sallfors (Ngoc.Nguyen@BSWHealth.org).


2022 Interviews

In the interest of safety, we will be conducting virtual interviews. We know it can be difficult to choose a program you have not visited, but we ensure you will get to know our residents, preceptors and program culture throughout the interview process. Check out our recruitment video for more!

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

Preceptor and Resident Bios

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

Candace Hooper, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
PGY2 Residency Program Director – Oncology
Email: Candace.Hooper@BSWHealth.org

Ngoc Nguyen Sallfors, PharmD
PGY2 Residency Program Coordinator – Oncology
Email: Ngoc.Nguyen@BSWHealth.org

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