PGY2 Specialized Residency: Oncology

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited residency program


The UCSF PGY2 specialized residency program in oncology is designed to develop clinical pharmacy specialists equipped with the expertise and clinical aptitude for practice in acute and ambulatory oncology settings.


The UCSF PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Residency is 12-month appointment encompassing experiential training in hematologic and solid cancers, symptom management, oncology pharmacy administration, and investigational therapeutics. The resident will work in an interdisciplinary environment to optimize oncology pharmaceutical care and influence clinical outcomes for cancer patients. Required, longitudinal, and elective learning experiences in various oncology settings will enable the resident to cultivate problem-solving skills, work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, and function independently as an oncology pharmacy practitioner.

Teaching is an integral component of the program as UCSF Medical Center is closely affiliated with the UCSF School of Pharmacy (SOP). The resident will have the opportunity to teach Doctor of Pharmacy students in SOP courses, including the oncology elective and the oncology therapeutics courses, and to co-precept pharmacy students and residents on inpatient oncology rotations. The resident will also have the option to complete a teaching certificate program. Based on these experiences, the resident will hone the necessary skills for effective didactic and clinical instruction as oncology pharmacy specialists or as faculty members of a school of pharmacy.

Currently, our oncology pharmacy services operate out of three UCSF campuses within San Francisco:

  • UCSF Parnassus Heights: Inpatient and Ambulatory Hematology/Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • UCSF Mount Zion: Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (Ambulatory Breast, Melanoma, Thoracic Clinics)
  • UCSF Mission Bay: Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (Ambulatory Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, and Gynecologic Clinics)

Required rotational learning experiences


  • Inpatient Malignant Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation Service (two x 4 weeks)

  • Inpatient Pediatric Oncology at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital (4 weeks)

Ambulatory Care

  • Ambulatory Malignant Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation Clinic (4 weeks)

  • Ambulatory Breast, Melanoma, and Thoracic Oncology Clinics (6 weeks)

  • Ambulatory Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, and Gynecologic Oncology Clinics (6 weeks)

Investigational Drug Services

  • Hematologic malignancies (2 weeks)

  • Solid malignancies (2 weeks)

Elective learning experiences (2 elective rotations per year)

  • Immunocompromised Infectious Disease Service

  • Oral Chemotherapy Clinic

  • Palliative Care

  • Critical Care

  • Academia

  • Off-site Oncology practice

  • Any rotation offered as a required experience

Required longitudinal learning experiences

  • Early Phase Investigational Therapeutics (1/2-day clinic per week for 6 months)

  • Symptom Management Clinic (1/2-day clinic per week for 6 months)

  • Educational Experience

    • Teaching certificate

    • School of Pharmacy: course coordinator and lecturer for Oncology Elective Course for Pharm.D. students

    • School of Pharmacy: lecturer and conference facilitator for Clinical Pharmacy Therapeutics Course for Pharm.D. students

    • Medical Center: Oncology-related ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education seminar

    • Regional: Oncology-related ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education seminar

  • Research

    • School of Medicine: required 4-week course on Topics in Clinical Research (TICR) to refine longitudinal research project

    • Develop IRB-approved research project designed to optimize care for hematology/oncology patients

  • Oncology Administration

    • Committee member with team lead responsibility for P&T subcommittee

    • Project responsibilities from Interdisciplinary Chemotherapy Committee

    • Formulary review/Monograph development

    • Institutional Oncology Practice Guideline Review

    • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)

  • Weekly Oncology Topic Roundtable (drug classes, disease states, supportive care)

  • Oncology Operations (approximately 1 weekend per month, 1 major and 1 minor holiday per year)

    • Manage oncology medication verification, production, and distribution in both the infusion center and the inpatient oncology pharmacy settings


  • Orientation and training in IV and Hazardous Drug Preparation

  • Computerized Order Entry (EPIC)

  • Computerized Chemotherapy Ordering System (BEACON)

How to apply

Applications for the 2018-2019 year will be accepted beginning fall 2017 using PhORCAS. All applicants must register for The Match-ASHP Resident Matching Program AND submit an application through the PhORCAS website: The deadline for applications and all special requirements for acceptance is Sunday, December 31, 2017.


  • PharmD degree from ACPE accredited school of pharmacy or MS/BS with clinical experience
  • Completion of an ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency
  • Eligible for California state pharmacist licensure
  • Submit the standardized application materials through PhORCAS

Special requirements for acceptance

  • ​NOTE: Recommenders completing the online PhorCAS form should provide comments on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed applicant characteristics
  • Applicant must include a cover letter stating why he/she decided to pursue specializing in oncology pharmacy and how a PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency at UCSF will aid in achieving his/her career goals.

Appointment period

July 9, 2018 to July 8, 2019

Number of positions



Approximately $55,000 per year (paid monthly)


  • Vacation: 10 working days paid vacation leave
  • Professional Leave: 10 days paid professional leave
  • Travel Stipend: Amount is determined each year for professional leave and may not cover all travel expenses.
  • Insurance: Medical/Dental/Vision Plan and Professional Liability Insurance

Program director

Courtney Yuen, PharmD, BCOP
Director, Oncology Pharmacy Residency
University of California, San Francisco
533 Parnassus Avenue, U-585, Box 0622
San Francisco, CA 94143-0622
Phone: 415-353-1836
Email: [email protected]

Program coordinator

Richard Fong, PharmD, BCOP
Coordinator, Oncology Pharmacy Residency
University of California, San Francisco
533 Parnassus Avenue, U-585, Box 0622
San Francisco, CA 94143-0622
Phone: (415) 353-1850
Email: [email protected]

Oncology PGY2 rotation preceptor biography

PDF iconPGY2 Core Rotation Preceptors Biography 2017.pdf