Pharmacy PGY-2 Oncology Residencies: FAQs

1. When did the Memorial Sloan Kettering residency program begin?

The adult oncology residency program began in July 2007.

2. How many residents are accepted each year?

The program accepts four adult oncology residents.

3. Is the adult PGY-2 residency program accredited by ASHP?

In 2008, the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists granted our program full accreditation.

4. What rotations are required in the oncology residencies?

Core rotations for the adult residency include bone marrow transplant, leukemia, lymphoma, gastrointestinal, breast, genitourinary, gynecologic malignancies, lung cancer, and investigational drug service.

5. What elective rotations are available?

Many options are available, including several inpatient and outpatient services, pain and palliative care, and medication safety. Rotations will be tailored to meet the goals and interests of each resident.

6. What ambulatory care clinics are available?

Adult oncology residents have opportunities in lung/thoracic, gynecology, and radiation oncology that can be designed to meet residents’ interests.

7. What teaching opportunities do residents have?

Residents may have the opportunity to teach and mentor students, limited to one student per month. Alternatively, residents have many opportunities to teach through planned teaching experiences such as case presentations, journal clubs, and oncology didactic lectures.

8. What are the other components of the residency?

In addition to clinical rotations and outpatient clinics, oncology residents are required to discuss various oncology topics with their preceptors on a daily basis. Residents are also responsible for publication of the monthly departmental newsletter. Pharmacy operations are an integral part of the residency program as well, but are limited to one weekend per month. Every year, residents are required to present one continuing education presentation. Another major part of the residency involves the research project, in which residents are free to pursue a topic of their choice.

9. What are the benefits of a residency at Memorial Sloan Kettering?

Each resident is provided with office space, a telephone, a computer terminal, and full privileges at Memorial Library. Each resident also has the benefit of fully funded meeting attendance at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) midyear clinical meeting and the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) annual meeting.

Residents are compensated with an annual salary of $60,000, along with a comprehensive benefits package, medical/dental insurance, and 15 paid days off during the year.

MSK offers subsidized housing for all oncology residents. These apartments are available on Roosevelt Island.