Oncology Pharmacy (PGY2)

The Post Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency at The University of Kansas Health System (UKHS) provides residents with the skills and knowledge to become a competent oncology/hematology pharmacy practitioner. The focus of the residency program is adult hematology and oncology, with experiences in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and ambulatory oncology practice settings.  

Residency Program Purpose Statement

The purpose of the UKHS PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program centers on the development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to become a well-rounded oncology practitioner that is able to successfully practice in many different settings.  It focuses upon development of special competence in applying pharmacotherapeutic intervention in cancer patients. This residency will provide educational and training experiences for pharmacists in the fundamentals of oncology pharmacy practice in an integrated health care system.  Through various clinical, practice management and pharmaceutical practice training segments, the residency instills a philosophy of practice that embraces the concept that pharmacists must be accountable for optimum drug therapy outcomes and act as leaders in advancing care of patients.

Length of Program: 12 months starting in early July
Number of Positions: 3
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Cancer Center since 2011
  • Clinical Research Center focusing on early pre-clinical and phase I trials opened in 2012
  • Over 300 hematopoietic stem cell transplants performed in 2014
  • Over 25 Cancer Care Clinical pharmacists
  • Cellular Therapeutics Program is FACT accredited
  • Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1934
  • KU Cancer Center is a QOPI® Certified Practice 

Practice Areas:

The specialty residency in hematology/oncology is tailored to the interests and the career goals of each resident. A variety of practice settings are available. Required rotations are listed below:
  • Orientation (Varies)
  • Inpatient Adult Hematology (1 month)
  • Inpatient Adult Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (1 month)
  • Inpatient Adult Oncology (1 month)
  • Outpatient Adult Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Clinic (1 month)
  • Outpatient Oncology/Hematology Clinic (1 month)
  • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology/Academia (2 months)
  • Cancer Center Pharmacy (1 month)
  • Inpatient Adult Hematology Advanced Independent Practice (1 month)
  • Clinical Research (1 month)
Elective rotations are designed to provide training in areas of interest. Listed below are examples of some of the options available:
  • Repeat of any required rotation
  • Oncology administration
  • Hematology (2 weeks inpatient (2 weeks outpatient hematology clinic)
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (2 weeks inpatient, 2 weeks outpatient clinic)

Current Benefits

PGY2 Oncology Residency Program Director:

Michelle Rockey, Pharm.D., BCOP
2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 201N, Mailstop 5028
Westwood, KS 66205
Phone: 913-588-4753
E-mail: mrockey@kumc.edu

Application Information



Application deadline:  December 28th

Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas prior to residency start date or July 15th at latest

Checklist for Application

National Matching Services (NMS) Code: 618660


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