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PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program

The oncology residency program provides experiences in a variety of areas in the field of oncology pharmacy practice to prepare the pharmacist to be proficient in providing education to and provide care for the oncology patient.

The residency program will prepare the pharmacist to pursue board certification (BCOP) with confidence after completion. Exposure areas will include:  medical oncology, hematology, gynecologic oncology, bone marrow transplantation, radiation oncology, ambulatory oncology clinic (oral chemotherapy program), genomic medicine (precision oncology clinic), research, and palliative care and hospice care.

  • ASHP Program Code: 67009
  • NMS Code: 705860

Rotations and Experiences

Required Rotations

  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Inpatient oncology
  • Hazardous drug compounding
  • Medical Oncology
  • Oral chemotherapy dispensing and monitoring (ambulatory oncology clinic)
  • Palliative care, Supportive care, and Hospice Pharmacy

Elective Rotations (2-6 weeks each)

  • Hematology
  • Genomic medicine
  • Infectious disease
  • Critical care
  • Pain management
  • Teaching certificate (if not previously obtained)
  • Psychiatry
  • Other specialty electives as available/requested

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Residency Project
  • Committee/Meeting Involvement
  • Participate actively with committees related to oncology program
    • BMT Operations Committee
    • BMT Transplant Care Conference
    • Oncology Investigational Review Board
  • Participate actively in pharmacy department committee meetings
    • Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee
    • Pharmacy Leadership Meetings
    • Avera Oncology Clinical Quality Review Team (AOCQRT)
  • Attend and participate with the Specialty Pharmacy Subcommittee of P&T

Program Goals

  • Develop knowledge of oncologic diseases and pharmacotherapy
  • Refine skills gained in PGY1 residency to provide optimal care for the oncology patient
  • Demonstrate effective teaching techniques in both the didactic and preceptor roles
  • Further develop clinical research skills
  • Evaluate and create clinical protocols for the oncology program

The program is customized for each resident based on his/her goals, career plans, interest areas and experiences. Completion of a PGY1 residency is required for program admission.

Application Process

Application Process for PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program

Qualifications and requirements for candidacy:

  • Doctor of pharmacy degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program
  • Licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the state of South Dakota

  • Participation in the ASHP Residency Matching Program (“The Match”)
  • A copy of transcripts: Undergraduate or non-pharmacy transcripts are not required. Only pharmacy school-related coursework must be submitted.

  • Three professional references using the Standardized Reference Template in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)

  • Copy of curriculum vitae

  • Letter of intent describing reasons for seeking residency

  • Completed application submitted in PhORCAS on or before deadline January 11, 2020


Bradley A. Beck, PharmD, BCOP
PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Pharmacy Intern Program

Pharmacy intern positions are available to students currently enrolled in pharmacy school. Approximately five P1s and five P2s are hired each November.

Each September, positions will be posted in our careers area.

PhORCAS Application Site

Visit the PhORCAS site (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service) to submit application information.

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