Program Director Contact Information

David Hughes, PharmD, BCOP
David Hughes, PharmD, BCOP
Director - PGY2 Oncology
Clinical specialist - Hematology/Oncology
Jasmine Patel, PharmD, BCOP
Coordinator - PGY2 Oncology
Clinical specialist - Hematology/Oncology

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Program Description

The PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency program is an ASHP accredited program that offers a variety of experiences in oncology pharmacy to help fulfill the program purpose. Learning experiences in inpatient, outpatient, oncology pharmacy management, investigational drug services, palliative care and specialty pharmacy areas help to achieve goals and objectives that are required related to patient care. Longitudinal experiences in the program include oncology on-call program, quality improvement initiatives, and staffing are also required to meet the goals and objectives of the program. Residents who complete the Boston Medical Center PGY2 oncology residency program will develop the expertise needed to practice as independent adult oncology pharmacists or specialists.

The resident must successfully complete all required rotations as well as longitudinal rotations to graduate the program. The requirements for successful completion of the program and certificate are outlined in Boston Medical Center's feedback, graduation requirements and dismissal policy which will be provided to the resident prior to the start of the residency. 

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Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop expertise and skills needed to be an integral part of an interdisciplinary team that provides comprehensive medication management to oncology patients.
  2. Demonstrate ability to conduct a quality improvement or research project.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills for successful self-development in the provision of care for oncology patients.
  4. Provide effective medication and practice-related education to oncology patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public
  5. Appropriately manage oncology investigational drugs and oncology investigational drug services.

Core Rotations

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Inpatient Oncology 1 and 2 (5 weeks each)
  • Outpatient Oncology 1 and 2 (5 weeks each)
  • Specialty Pharmacy/Oral Oncology (5 weeks)
  • Investigational Pharmacy Services (4 weeks)
  • Stem Cell Transplant (4 weeks)
  • Oncology Pharmacy Management (4 weeks)

Elective Rotations (4 weeks)

  • Palliative Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Amyloidosis

Longitudinal Responsibilities

  • IHI quality improvement project supported by the scholarship committee
    • Receive an IHI Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety
    • Final manuscript submission
  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing and On-call)
  • Teaching (CE, case conference, in-services)
  • Medication use system collaborative learning experiences (MUE, Formulary Management)
  • Participation in a BMC residency committee
  • Chief Resident opportunity
  • Resiliency Training

Teaching Opportunities

  • 1 Resident case conference
  • 1 Multidisciplinary lecture (Grand Rounds)
  • 1 ACPE-Accredited Continuing Education (CE) lecture
  • In-services (Nursing, Physicians, and Pharmacy staff)
  • Co-precept pharmacy students while on rotation (Northeastern University or Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences)
  • Facilitate Therapeutics Seminars (Northeastern University)

Pharmacy Practice (Staffing) Responsibilities

  • Weekends
    • One weekend every three weeks
  • Holiday assignments
    • 1 major (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day)
    • 1 minor (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day)


  • Estimated Salary: $55,000
  • Vacation time: 12 days
  • Office space with computer
  • Travel/CE allowance (~$2,300/year): ASHP Midyear Meeting, opportunities for additional national specialty meetings
  • $750 cafeteria allowance per academic year
  • $1000 move/licensure bonus
  • Lease guarantee available to minimize security deposit requirements
  • Insurance Benefits: health (100% employer-paid option), dental, vision, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance