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Clinical training

A breadth of learning experiences have been designed to increase and refine clinical competency and develop confidence as an independent practitioner. The PGY-2 oncology resident will work within interdisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive care to cancer patients. Responsibilities of the PGY-2 oncology resident include the development of evidence-based patient-specific pharmacotherapeutic care plans, provision of drug information to patients and members of the care team, and ensuring appropriate pharmacokinetic monitoring to eligible patients. The resident will become proficient at documenting all clinical activities within the electronic medical record.

Preceptors utilize the structured approach of instruction, modeling, coaching, and facilitation to further develop the PGY-2 resident's clinical, teaching, and professional skills throughout the course of the residency.

Required learning experiences

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Oncology at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Arizona is designed to provide a diverse, well-rounded experience to ensure that you will excel in your future chosen area of practice. The resident will complete learning experiences in both inpatient and ambulatory care practice settings. Inpatient learning experiences include hematology and stem cell transplant-based practices, while ambulatory learning experiences focus largely on solid tumor management.

Required learning experiences include:

Area Length
Orientation 4 weeks
Hematology 1 5 weeks
Hematology 2 / Allogenic stem cell transplant 8 weeks
Breast oncology 3 weeks
Genitourinary oncology 4 weeks
Thoracic oncology 4 weeks
Melanoma/Sarcoma 4 weeks
Gastrointestinal oncology 5 weeks
Gynecologic/Endocrine oncology 4 weeks
Investigational drug service 3 weeks
Infusion pharmacy 2 weeks
Longitudinal learning experiences
Administration and leadership 12 months
Medication use evaluation 12 months
Precepting 6 months
Research 12 months
Staffing 11 months
Teaching and learning 11 months

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. Current elective learning experiences include:

  • Neuro-oncology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Palliative care

Additional elective learning experiences may be available upon request.

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. You will be afforded a mentor and will be required to complete QI education and training through the Mayo Clinic Quality Academy.

Staffing commitment

All PGY-2 residents provide 24 hours of staffing every four weeks. Staffing may include a combination of weekends and weekdays in a variety of settings to maintain operational and clinical pharmacy competency and knowledge. No formal on-call program exists.

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.