We are currently recruiting two positions for this residency program. This residency program is very well established and one of the first of its kind, having trained future oncology pharmacists since 1984. The program is designed to provide a training opportunity for individuals interested in developing clinical competency in the areas of oncology and hematology pharmacotherapeutics. The program incorporates both inpatient and outpatient rotations devoted to the development of skills essential for the delivery of pharmaceutical care of cancer patients and their complex patient care management. This program prepares successful graduates for board certification in oncology pharmacy.
The PGY2 academic year focuses on the core learning experiences to include bone marrow transplant, acute hematology and medical oncology consults, chemotherapy infusion clinic, breast cancer clinic, hazardous drug compounding, longitudinal hem and solid tumor rotations. Additional training opportunities include the design and implementation of appropriate therapeutic regimens and application of pharmacokinetic principles to individualize cancer therapy. The curriculum also includes extensive training on achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes and providing disease and drug specific information to all members of the integrated cancer care team. Elective opportunities are numerous in both ambulatory and acute settings and include research, phase I clinical trials, gynecologic cancers, informatics, palliative care, pediatrics, infectious disease and pharmaco-economics. The required independent residency project is tailored to the resident’s professional interests and centers on the care of veterans with cancer.
The South Texas Veterans Health Care System is a comprehensive health care network that services the veterans of South Texas. It is composed of two divisions and an extensive network of clinics. The main hospital, Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, has over 200 beds, including three intensive care units, an inpatient spinal cord injury unit, an inpatient long-term rehabilitation unit, three inpatient psychiatry units, and a bone marrow transplant unit, in addition to numerous primary care and specialty outpatient clinics. Clinical Pharmacy is an integral part of the veteran’s care. We have over 70 clinical pharmacy specialists covering areas such as Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Geriatrics, Hematology and Oncology, Mental Health, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology, Critical Care, Antimicrobial Stewardship, HIV, Hepatology, Renal, Anticoagulation, Bone Marrow Transplant Neurology and Spinal Cord Injury. We have 8 pharmacy residency programs to include PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 programs in Ambulatory Care, Geriatrics, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pain & Palliative Care and Psychiatry. Residents are offered a competitive salary plus sick leave, annual leave and administrative leave with health insurance plans available.