Can you tell me about your program, including how many candidates will be accepted into next year’s residency class?

The OHSU PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program is a full-time, 12-month program that provides residents with extensive training opportunities in both adult and pediatric inpatient care, ambulatory care, practice management, project management, and academia.   One resident will be accepted to the next residency class that begins on July 1and ends on June 30.  Our residency program was initiated in 2011 and will be accredited by ASHP pending successful completion of our first residency year and review by the ASHP Accreditation Survey Team.

Does your program require a pharmacy practice residency to be eligible for your specialty? 

Our specialty residency in Oncology Pharmacy is designed as a post-graduate year 2 (PGY2) program. As such, eligible candidates must be in the process of completing or have completed a post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) experience.

What clinical and specialized services does your department offer?

Patient evaluation, including identifying potential and actual medication-related problems and preventing and resolving medication-related problems, is provided by OHSU decentralized clinical pharmacists and College of Pharmacy faculty to all OHSU inpatients. Clinical pharmacists practice in the following inpatient locations: general medicine, family medicine, generally surgery, solid organ transplantation, adult and pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplantation, general pediatrics/neonatology, adult and pediatric critical care, emergency room medicine, cardiology, infectious diseases, and nutritional support. Clinical pharmacists practice at the following ambulatory sites: geriatric assessment clinic, outpatient parenteral treatment unit, HIV ambulatory clinic, hepatitis C ambulatory clinic, rheumatology ambulatory clinic, internal medicine clinic, and adult and pediatric oncology clinics. The department also operates a mail order pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy, multiple community pharmacies, a drug information service, a research pharmacy service, and a drug policy program.

A centralized distribution model serves the medical/surgical population and medical/surgical specialties. Pharmacists in these areas provide medication profile review and front-line drug information services. Automated dispensing, an electronic health record with provider order entry technology, and bar code medication administration is used throughout the hospital.

The Department of Pharmacy Services moved into its current facility in June 2011. An ISO 7 class 10,000 clean room, an ISO 8 class 100,000 anteroom and the majority of inpatient pharmacy operations and offices are located in the OHSU Hospital building. A satellite pharmacy in the operating rooms provides service to peri-op patients. 

Outpatient prescriptions and patient care are provided from four on-site and three offsite pharmacies serving adult outpatients, pediatric outpatients/discharge patients, and ophthalmology patients. Automated dispensing technology is used in the main retail pharmacies. A Medications Assistance Program is available to help medically indigent patients obtain their medications.

OHSU pharmacists serve as preceptors to in-state and out-of-state pharmacy students, technicians in training programs, and pharmacy residents in the Portland Metro area.

How do I apply for the program?

Candidates for the PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program should have completed an ACPE accredited academic program in pharmacy, must be a licensed pharmacist,  and must be eligible for full licensure in Oregon within two months of starting the program (for licensure information, visit the Oregon Board of Pharmacy web site). Pharmacy Practice Residency training is also required. OHSU participates in the online application program PhORCAS.  Applicants will be required to submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a personal statement specifying information related to the applicant’s interest in OHSU’s program,  official transcripts from all professional pharmacy education, and letters of recommendation from three references. OHSU participates in the ASHP Residency Matching Program.  Applicants are required to register for the Matching Program before they will be invited for an interview.  In the event of a non-matched position, OHSU will open its application process to qualified candidates still seeking PGY2 Oncology Residency training.

When are applications due?

The application deadline is January 8. All required components of the application file must be uploaded in PhORCAS by this date. Please monitor the status of your application in PhORCAS and make every attempt to complete your application prior to the deadline. We understand that items such as transcripts and letters of recommendation may not be uploaded by the application deadline and that you are relying on other people to complete these tasks for you. You must contact us directly to request consideration of your application file if it is incomplete at the time PhORCAS closes.  We do not begin reviewing applicant’s files until they are complete.

Are the letters of recommendation you ask for truly intended to be letters? Other programs use the checkbox form.

We use the standard ASHP Resident Recommendation Form found in PhORCAS.  Please ask your letter writers to provide a high level of detail in the comments section of the PhORCAS recommendation form. Separate letters of recommendation are not required but may be uploaded to PhORCAS or e-mailed to the residency program director.

What happens after I submit my application?

After we receive completed files, we use a series of pre-determined criteria to evaluate each applicant before deciding who will be invited for an on-site interview. Multiple preceptors review the files to be sure each applicant receives a fair assessment. Our interviews are primarily scheduled in February. We do our best to accommodate applicant's requests for certain dates if they will already be in the Portland metro area.

Who can I talk to if the Program Director is out of the office?

The Program Director is a practicing clinical pharmacist in Oncology and works both during the week and on weekends.  If the Program Director is unavailable by phone or e-mail, please contact the Program Coordinator, Susie Jiing, PharmD (jiings@ohsu.edu).  She can usually answer your questions, will direct you to the current PGY2 Oncology Resident, or will locate the Program Director in an emergency.  


How is the program designed?

OHSU offers a structured training program in both Inpatient and Ambulatory Oncology Pharmacy.  The program allows opportunity for specialization through elective experiences. The resident’s knowledge base, past experience, and interests dictate the choice and length of experiences. The resident, program director, and primary preceptors develop the resident’s schedule jointly.

  • Inpatient Adult Surgical/Medical Oncology
  • Inpatient Adult Hematologic Malignancies
  • Inpatient  Adult Transplant
  • Inpatient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Transplant
  • Outpatient Hematology/Oncology Infusion Center
  • Inpatient Adult Transplant Infectious Disease
  • Research Pharmacy Services

Longitudinal requirements include the following:

  •  Ambulatory Adult Hematologic Malignancies/Transplant Clinic
  •  Ambulatory clinic of resident’s choice
  •  Weekly Oncology Discussion Series
  •  Project Management
  •  Service Commitment (staffing)
  •  Professional Meeting Attendance

What elective rotation opportunities are available?

The resident may choose 1-2 additional experiences such as Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT clinic, Palliative Care, Acute Pain Service, Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program, and formal precepting of students/residents. Residents will also be encouraged to become involved with the Knight Cancer Institute Clinical Research Committee and the Portland area Citywide Residency Conference. 

How are residents evaluated?

Residents receive a list of goals and objectives at the beginning of each rotation. During the rotation and at the end of the experience, the resident meets with the preceptor to review their performance. A written report assessing the resident is prepared based on the ASHP Residency Learning System (RLS) using the PharmAcademic evaluation system. On a quarterly basis, the residency program director meets with the resident, providing an evaluation of their progress based on the comments of the preceptors and resident self-evaluation. At this time, the resident and program director adjust the resident's schedule as necessary.

What teaching opportunities exist?

PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residents, in cooperation with the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy and Pacific University School of Pharmacy will participate in classroom discussions, lectures, and labs during each schools' Spring Oncology lecture series. Residents may also precept Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential students during their final year of rotations at OHSU. Additional opportunities are available to residents seeking additional teaching responsibilities through the Oregon Residency Teaching Certificate Program. The elective teaching certificate program is offered as a joint program by OSU College of Pharmacy and Pacific University School of Pharmacy.

Is research required?

Residents are required to design, conduct, and evaluate a major project that answers a clinical question and subsequently creates/revises policy and practice based on the results. The residents' major project may be a clinical, research, or practice management focused. The residency preceptor team will assist the resident in choosing a project from a provided list or from a resident-generated idea list. Additional experiences with Research Pharmacy Services or with the Institutional Review Board are available to residents interested in research experience.

Is staffing required? Must I be licensed in Oregon?

Consistent with the ASHP residency standards, the OHSU PGY2 Oncology Residency experience is primarily a practical, rather than didactic or classroom experience.  Practice skills are developed throughout the program in all aspects of pharmaceutical care. After completing a training program, the resident will staff in an area to be determined (approximately 4 shifts/month). All residents must be licensed in Oregon by September 1. Visit the Oregon Board of Pharmacy web site for additional details.


What is the salary?

PGY2 residents receive a stipend of $50,000/yr paid in equally divided amounts every two weeks. The budgetary cycle for the hospital does not coincide with the resident recruitment cycle. The offered stipend is based on the current residency year. It is customary for the program to review and request upward adjustments to the residents’ stipend to make it commensurate with the prevailing residency marketplace wage before the start of the next residency year. Residents also receive full medical, dental, and vision benefits for immediate family (employee chooses from a variety of offered plans, including co-pay and deductible plans), as well as life and disability insurance (you may elect to add additional coverage).

Do residents receive vacation time?

Residents receive 80 hours of personal leave, and all but one of the major holidays off. The holiday or peri-holiday time worked will be chosen by the department scheduler and will either be Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years. Additional educational leave is granted at the discretion of the Program Director. Coverage of educational expenses is available as the annual budget allows.

What are the other benefits of being a Pharmacy Resident at OHSU?

  • Secured, on site office space with personal files and cabinet.  
  • Dual screen computer with network, Internet, and email access. Network access includes: MS Windows Professional Package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), electronic medical record, pharmacy system, and drug information. Remote login possible. 
  • Alpha-numeric pager.
  • Long distance telephone access code for professional business.
  • Departmental, library, and campus photocopier access code.
  • On- and off-campus access to the electronic and print holdings of the state's largest medical library and drug information center that are both located on campus.
  • An open invitation to any educational event held on the hill. A complete listing is posted on the weekly calendar of events to which residents can subscribe. Opportunities include sessions such as Medical, Surgical, and Pediatric Grand Rounds; M and M Report; subspecialty grand rounds such as the Citywide Infectious Diseases Conference; and career development topics.
  • Weekly didactic learning sessions with the pharmacy preceptor team that focus pharmacy pearls.
  • Invitation to the Citywide Pharmacy Residency Conference that is held monthly at a different residency sites in the Portland Metro area. The monthly conference is a great way to identify professional mentors, network for job opportunities, and discuss innovative practice ideas.
  • Reduced rate Tri-met PASSPORT (bus and light rail public transportation annual pass, accepted throughout city for all zones, days, and times).
  • Low cost fitness center with gym, pool, and fitness classes located at OHSU’s South Waterfront campus (just a tram ride away).
  • Health promotion activities and information from the Employee Wellness Program including wellness screening, health coaching, stress busters, and group support.