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Oncology Residency

The Loma Linda University PGY2 Oncology Practice Residency is fully accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  ThPGYOncologresidenwill develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to become an advanced pharmaceutical care practitioner in the area of oncology. The program is structured to suit the individual needs of the resident and provide an environment of quality training in pharmaceutical care. The PGY2 Oncology Residency Progra offer the opportunity to experience a variety of oncology practice settings.   Your unique residency can include rotations such as adult oncology, pediatric oncology, ambulatory infusion clinics, palliative care service, investigational drug service, or symptom management clinic. With a growing number of PGY2 programs, Loma Linda University is dedicated to the necessary training of competent clinical pharmacists in specialized areas. Loma Linda University Medical Center is home of the Loma Linda University Cancer Center and the James M. Slater Proton Treatment and Research Center, and is affiliated with the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy.

Loma Linda University Cancer Center

James M. Slater Proton Treatment and Research Center

Residency Goals

  • Become proficient in the pharmacologic management of the cancer patient by providing comprehensive supportive care and symptom management recommendations.
  • Function as a productive member of a multi-disciplinary oncology team.
  • Provide patient-centered pharmaceutical care.
  • Improve both written and verbal communication skills.
  • Acquire adequate knowledge and skills to prepare for and attain Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP) certification upon completion of the program.

Resident Responsibilities

  • Participate in oncology patient care rounds, monitor patients and assess the appropriateness of drug therapy.
  • Provide drug information to patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Participate in Cancer Committee, tumor boards and other oncology meetings.
  • Precept pharmacy students and/or PGY1 residents.
  • Develop oncology-related guidelines and provide education.
  • Successfully complete a research project to present at the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) Annual Conference or Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents.
  • Prepare manuscript suitable for publishing.
  • Participate in community service events with the student professional organizations

Required Experiences (PGY2 - Oncology)

  • Administration – Cancer Center/Oncology focus
  • Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT)
  • Ambulatory Infusion Clinic(s)
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Longitudinal Patient Care Clinic
  • Medical Oncology – Acute and Ambulatory
  • Palliative Care Service
  • Research

Potential Elective Rotations (PGY2- Oncology)

  • Academia
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nutritional Support
  • Palliative Care Clinic
  • Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT)
  • Pediatric Oncology - Acute or Ambulatory
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Symptom Management Clinic

Teaching Certificate Program

Residents enrolled into the PGY1 Program will participate in the Teaching Certificate Program.  The goal of the program is to provide participants the experience and guidance necessary to understand and apply current educational issues in pharmacy education.  In order to earn the certificate, each participant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Attend the teaching seminars 
  2. Give a minimum of one didactic lecture (1 hr minimum)
  3. Engage in a longitudinal teaching experience in the PY3 curriculum which includes developing and leading case discussions
  4. Give one hour of accredited continuing education to pharmacists
  5. Give one in-service
  6. Present one poster at a professional meeting
  7. Develop a teaching dossier

Contact Information

Michelle M. Spencer-Safier, Pharm.D., BCOP
Director, PGY2 Oncology Residency Program
Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Loma Linda University Medical Center
11234 Anderson Street, Room 9002A
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Phone: (909) 558-8641
Fax: (909) 558-0496
Email: mspencer@llu.edu