PGY-2 Pharmacy Residents in Oncology

Clinical training

As a PGY-2 oncology resident, much of your time is devoted to comprehensive training as a member of the interdisciplinary team. A breadth of learning experiences has been designed to increase and refine your clinical competency, provide evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic care plans and develop your confidence as an independent practitioner.

Direct patient care services allow you to provide patient-specific pharmaceutical care services. Responsibilities include development of individualized care and monitoring plans for various patient populations. After coaching, instruction and modeling by a preceptor, you are assessed and constructively critiqued on how to further refine the delivery of evidence-based recommendations.

Drug information is provided to patients, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health professionals. Feedback is provided to enhance drug information-retrieval skills using a variety of resources and modalities.

Pharmacokinetic monitoring is provided to eligible patients. You serve as information resources by providing recommendations for appropriate assay procedures, evaluation of serum drug concentrations and appropriate documentation in the medical record.

Required learning experiences

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Oncology at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future clinician. Required learning experiences include:

Area Length
Orientation 4 weeks
Bone marrow transplantation: acute care 4 weeks
Bone marrow transplantation: ambulatory care 4 weeks
Hematology I (lymphoma and myeloma): acute care 4 weeks
Hematology II (leukemia): acute care 4 weeks
Medical oncology: acute care 4 weeks
Medical oncology: ambulatory care 4 weeks
Medical oncology consult: acute care 4 weeks
Teaching 4 weeks
Chemotherapy infusion clinic Longitudinal
Longitudinal Direct Patient Care Longitudinal
Medication use evaluation and quality improvement Longitudinal
Presentation Longitudinal
Research Longitudinal

Elective learning experiences

Elective learning experiences are available in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings that allow you to tailor the program to your needs. The list below includes popular elective learning experiences past PGY-2 oncology residents completed.

  • Hematology consult service
  • Immunocompromised intensive care unit
  • Infectious diseases in immunocompromised hosts
  • Nutrition support
  • Palliative care and hospice
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology

Additional elective learning experiences may be available upon request.

Teaching requirements

Preparation for board certification in oncology

Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester offers a structured education program to meet the requirements of an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited PGY-2 oncology residency and prepare you for successful achievement as a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP).

The curriculum is designed around your learning experience schedule to correlate presentation topics with the patient population served. Preceptors in hematology and oncology teach a one-hour lecture three days a week.

A typical week consists of disease-state discussion on Monday, review of a drug class utilized to manage patients with that disease state on Wednesday, and review of a journal article that contributed to the standard of care for that particular disease state on Friday.

PGY-2 oncology residents are required to teach six of the lectures for the BCOP program, including two disease-state discussions, two drug class reviews and two journal article reviews.


Pharmacy residents are required to provide up to three formal continuing education presentations throughout the academic year at Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Grand Rounds. Pharmacy Grand Rounds are accredited through the Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacy to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) credit types. This presentation venue affords you the opportunity to showcase pharmacology-related topics and expertise to interdisciplinary audience members, including pharmacists, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse specialists.

Pharmacy Grand Rounds are broadcast to multiple Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System sites across the United States and are available via live webcast at any Mayo Clinic facility. Regardless of location, you can actively participate in assessment questions using state-of-the-art polling software on mobile devices, such as phones. Formal evaluations on presentation skills are provided to you for continual development.

In addition to the required BCOP presentations outlined above, you may have additional presentation requests by the interdisciplinary team while on specific learning experiences.

Teaching certificate and precepting

A teaching certificate is offered for all residents who have not completed a previous certificate program. The goal of the workshop is to gain firsthand knowledge and development of teaching skills. The workshop highlights principles of pedagogy, matching teaching goals to classroom and testing activities, assessment of educational outcomes, and practice pearls for clinical teaching. Submission of a teaching philosophy and example learning experiences with evaluations are required for a certificate.

Under the direction of a preceptor, you complete a teaching learning experience that focuses on preceptor skill development. You are also afforded the opportunity to precept summer interns and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students. Evaluation and feedback on your precepting skills is provided by a mentor to ensure continual teaching development.

Practice committees

You have the opportunity to participate on departmental or institutional committees to optimize the residency training experience. Through this experience, you gain appreciation for consensus-building, provide valuable input into practice decisions and possibly lead some discussions. A preceptor or committee member will attend all meetings with you to provide guidance throughout the year.

Research certificate, project and resources

Pharmacy residents at Mayo Clinic make valuable contributions to evidence-based literature through completion of a required research project. Concurrent with development of a research project under the direction of subject matter experts and a mentor, each resident is enrolled in Mayo Clinic's pharmacy research curriculum to develop foundational research skills.

This curriculum includes a combination of live, application-based workshops taught by experienced pharmacist researchers and completion of a certificate program provided by Mayo Clinic's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS). The certificate program, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), is designed to address the development and implementation of national standards and best practices for translation, from basic discovery to clinical and community-engaged research. Pharmacy residents complete the CCaTS Research Applications for Practice Improvement Decisions (RAPID) Program to obtain a certificate. The RAPID Program comprises approximately 60 hours of online coursework, including the following modules:

  • Fundamentals of clinical and translational science
  • Introduction to clinical epidemiology
  • Statistics in clinical research

The live research workshops, offered at the beginning of the academic year, allow the pharmacy resident to learn directly from and with research experts on a variety of topics, including:

  • Authorship considerations and guidelines
  • Institutional review board introduction and submission considerations
  • Development of a research proposal and protocol
  • Research timeline development and management
  • Database development and basics of data management
  • Introductory course on statistical software
  • Abstract, poster and manuscript preparation and writing

You are afforded additional research support in the form of statistical expertise and discretionary funds. A partnership between the Department of Pharmacy and the Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics provides a dedicated biostatistician for pharmacy resident consultation. Upfront collaboration with these experts assists in the refinement of the study question, methodology, statistical sample size calculation and justification, and plans for data analysis. Each pharmacy resident is also afforded discretionary research funds to offset electronic data pulls, abstract and manuscript publication fees, equipment, and other research-associated costs.

During the academic year, you will have time devoted specifically to research projects. You are encouraged to publish your research results in a peer-reviewed journal.

Medication use evaluation and quality improvement training

All residents are required to complete a medication use evaluation (MUE) and accompanying quality improvement (QI) project during the residency year. The goal of the MUE-QI project is to develop a systematic process designed to determine, improve and maintain the appropriate and effective use of medications. Residents are afforded a mentor along with dedicated QI education and training resources through the Mayo Clinic Quality Academy.

Professional travel

During the residency, you have the opportunity to attend professional meetings for the purpose of networking, professional development and service to the profession. Funding for travel-related expenses, such as airfare, hotel and registration fees, is provided by the residency program.

PGY-2 residents are required to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting. Additional meetings are based on the discretion of the residency program and available funds. Typically, you are allotted a maximum of 10 professional travel days a year.

Staffing commitment

All PGY-2 residents provide approximately 16 hours of staffing a month. Staffing may include a combination of weekend and evening experiences to maintain operational and clinical pharmacy competency and knowledge. No formal on-call program exists.


Core standards for resident performance have been established by ASHP to provide clear expectations. The PharmAcademic evaluation system is used to ensure that you receive ongoing feedback that facilitates the development of your skills throughout the year. This feedback utilizes consistent assessment criteria and provides a mechanism for improving skills.

In addition to required learning experience evaluations, you have a one-on-one quarterly evaluation with your respective residency program director to document achievements, progress of graduation requirements, and tailoring of the program to meet your needs. Residents also are asked to evaluate each of their preceptors as well as each learning experience to help improve the experience for future residents.

Graduation certificate

Upon successful completion of the residency, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and the Department of Pharmacy, Mayo Clinic.

Curriculum enhancements

The Department of Pharmacy and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences are committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

July 07, 2017