Skip to Content

PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is designed to prepare new practitioners for a career as an oncology pharmacist.

Residents will be exposed to various areas of oncology pharmacy during the one-year program that begins around July 1 each year. Residents will receive a $55,000 stipend with full employee benefits.

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 for PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program

Applications for the PGY2 residency are currently being accepted.

Qualifications for candidacy are:

  • Doctor of pharmacy degree
  • Completion of an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program or equivalent experience
  • Licensure or eligibility for licensure in South Dakota

Interested contacts should submit:

  • A letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A completed Avera McKennan application for employment (which can be completed online at

Applications will be accepted until the closing date of January 15, 2018. To apply or for additional information, please contact:

Bradley A. Beck, PharmD, BCOP
PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Avera Cancer Institute Pharmacy
1000 E. 23rd St., Suite 220
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Professional Experience

In addition to a primary focus on inpatient and ambulatory oncology pharmacy practice, other rotational opportunities include:

  • Pain management
  • Palliative care and hospice
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Nutrition for the oncology patient
  • Breast oncology
  • Oncology research
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Infectious disease
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Critical care
  • Psychiatry

Pharmacy Intern Program

Pharmacy intern positions are available to students currently enrolled in pharmacy school. Approximately four P1s are hired every fall and four P2s every spring. 

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

Additional Resources

Annual Report

View the Avera Pharmacy annual report.

view the annual report

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

© 2018 Avera, Sioux Falls, SD. All Rights Reserved.