The Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC) Department of Pharmacy Specialty Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency is a 12-month program developed to meet or exceed all practice standards established by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). This specialized, ASHP-accredited residency is designed to further develop the resident's clinical oncology skills. Specifically, the resident will be actively involved in managing the therapeutic decisions and clinical outcomes of cancer patients in an interdisciplinary environment.
Since Moffitt’s first pharmacy resident completed training almost three decades ago, many Moffitt residents have obtained prominent roles in industry, academia, research, clinical and leadership positions across the country. At present, our program has obtained approval and funding for four oncology residency positions.
Residents participate in all aspects of oncology pharmacy practice pertaining to clinical practice and outcomes, research, and education. MCC PGY-2 oncology residency program is divided predominantly into 2 or 4-week blocks that allow residents to focus on patient care in a variety of cancer subtypes. Several inpatient and ambulatory rotations are distributed over the year to allow for a comprehensive learning experience.
Our program also allows for tailoring the experience to residents’ interest and learning needs by making several elective blocks available. This allows residents to choose electives such as Academia, Head & Neck Clinic, Precision Medicine, Senior Adult Oncology clinic, Pain and Palliative Care, and Immune Cell Therapy (ICE-T).. Additional learning experiences maybe be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability. Clinical rotations are augmented with disease-specific Oncology Forums, Pharmacy Grand Rounds and Journal clubs.
Residents also gain experience in Infusion Center, Investigational Drug Services (IDS), Admin and Pharmacy Staffing.
Residents may apply for a Pharmacy Chief Resident role which is intended to provide an additional opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills during the pharmacy residency program.
Taken together, this variety in experiences will prepare the resident to become a successful clinical pharmacist, leader and educator in oncology.
It is essential for pharmacy graduates to obtain the specialized oncology knowledge base and clinical skills required to become competent in the pharmaceutical care of cancer patients.
Pharmacy residencies serve as one of the best modalities for pharmacy graduates to obtain specialized skills by providing the opportunity to apply and integrate pharmaceutical care principles in the care of cancer patients under the close supervision of a preceptor.
Our residency is designed to instill a philosophy of practice that embraces the concept of pharmacists being responsible and accountable for pursuing optimal drug therapy outcomes in the provision of oncology pharmaceutical care.