PGY2 Investigational Drug and Research

PGY2 Investigational Drug and Research is designed to train clinical research pharmacists who provide exceptional pharmaceutical care to research patients, and are leaders who can manage ever-changing landscape of research pharmacy. Graduates will be equipped to provide clinical pharmacy services for research patients within diverse clinical settings and in collaboration with a diverse interdisciplinary healthcare team. Multiple electives allow the resident to tailor learning to their interests, with ~ 50% of learning experiences focused on oncology practice settings. 

The PGY2 Investigational Drugs and Research Pharmacy Residency consists of a series of learning experiences that span a 52-week period.  Specific learning experiences and goals will be accomplished in discrete blocks of time, while others will occur longitudinally throughout the duration of the residency.  Residency time will be generally structured as follows:

Residency Learning Experiences 46 weeks
Orientation / Training 2 weeks
1 week
Interviews/Holidays/Time Off 14 days
Project Days  2 weeks
Residency duration 52 weeks

Required Rotational Experiences

Research Pharmacy Operations    4 weeks
Research Patient Care (Phase 1 Oncology)   4 weeks
Research at Care Centers / Satellite Sites  4 weeks
Research Patient Care (Hematology)          4 weeks
Research Patient Care (Medical Oncology)  4 weeks
Clinical Trial Support   4 weeks
Clinical Trial Quality Assurance    4 weeks
Investigational Drug Service and Leadership   4 weeks
USP Compounding Standards and Safety   2 weeks
Staffing    2 weeks
Human Research Protection and IRB Member/Review  

Elective Rotational Experiences

Oncology Practice   4 weeks
FDA (subject to availability)   4 weeks
National Cancer Institute (subject to availability)  4 weeks
Pharmaceutical Industry (subject to availability)   4 weeks
Vestigo: Advancing Research Practice (subject to availability)

Longitudinal Experiences

Residency project(s):

  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Administrative Project

Education and opportunities to precept:

  • Co-precept PharmD students and PGY1 pharmacy residents
  • Weekly oncology discussion sessions 
  • Department publications
  • Nursing and physician in-services
  • Patient medication education groups
  • Clinical case conference presentations
  • Journal club presentations
  • Continuing education presentations
  • Teaching certificate program (optional)


  • Two shifts every fourth weekend and approximately 1-2 week-day shifts per month
  • IDS On Call Pager – every four weeks (pager coverage for 1 week)

*Any shift including night shift may be filled at discretion of residency director.

The learning experiences will include a series of learning activities designed to expose the resident to many facets of pharmacy practice with guidance from the preceptor.  An individual resident plan and calendar will be developed for each resident.

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