PGY-2 Oncology

The PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is designed for the individual interested in developing specialized clinical expertise in pharmaceutical care for oncology patients. UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in western Pennsylvania, one of the most renowned cancer centers in the United States. The oncology pharmacy resident will gain expertise in the management of a wide variety of patients, including oncologic, hematologic, and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients, in all phases of their care, both inpatient and outpatient settings. The resident will gain expertise in the pathophysiology of various hematologic and oncologic malignancies, management of these malignancies from both a pharmacologic as well as non-pharmacologic perspective, treatment of oncologic emergencies, adverse reaction monitoring and management secondary to chemotherapy, biotherapy, immunotherapy, therapeutic drug monitoring, and management of drug interactions.

The resident will be integrally involved in research opportunities and education of students and other healthcare professionals. Through the Resident Research Series, the resident will identify a practice-related research project and mentor, learn about study design and implementation as well as complete a residency project suitable for publication. The Teaching Mastery Series allows residents to learn about various teaching methods as well as develop their skills as pharmacy educators and clinical preceptors. Many opportunities to present formal seminars, patient cases, journal clubs, and in-service education for UPMC staff occur throughout the year. The resident will gain experience in both didactic and experiential teaching and precepting at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Flexibility is provided to meet the individual resident's goals and objectives.

Program objectives include:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency, confidence, and compassion in providing direct patient care to a wide variety of oncology/hematology/stem cell transplant patients

  2. Demonstrate professionalism and effective communication skills in all components of pharmacy practice

  3. Optimize pharmacotherapy and safe medication practices

  4. Provide effective education to healthcare professionals

  5. Apply clinical and outcomes research concepts to professional practice

Highly motivated individuals with a strong interest in oncology who are committed to providing optimal pharmaceutical care within a team-oriented setting are encouraged to apply.

All residents must be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applications for Pharmacist License and Intern Registration are available.

Application Process

Eligible candidates will have completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by December 31st. An on-site interview is required.

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information from any residency candidate.

To prepare pharmacists to assume any of the following roles:

  • Oncology clinical specialist

  • Pharmacy educator

Our residents will become confident, effective practitioners of pharmacotherapy. Residents will focus on ensuring application of safe, effective and evidence-based medicine practices to patients with a variety of oncologic and hematologic malignancies in the health system. These practitioners will demonstrate competency in educating their patients as well as present and future health care professionals.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 1
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $50,036
Benefits: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available, vacation and professional travel provided, travel stipend available
Training Site Type: Hospital
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, tertiary
Professional Staff: 100+
Total Beds: 590+

Required Learning Experiences

  • Inpatient Hematology (2 months)
  • Inpatient Oncology (2 months)
  • Inpatient Stem cell transplant (2 months)
  • Outpatient clinic (2 months)
  • Investigational Drug Service (1 month)
  • Research (1 month)

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Staffing (1 out of every 3 weekends)
  • Administration

Select Elective Learning Experiences

  • Pediatrics
  • Nutritional Support
  • OB/GYN at UPMC Magee Women's Hospital
  • Additional "required" rotations

Other elective rotations are available based on resident interest and faculty availability.


James J. Natale, PharmD BCOP (Director)

Timothy Brenner, PharmD, BCOP

Shrina Duggal, PharmD, BCOP

Amanda Agnew, PharmD, BCOP

Gerald Mascara, PharmD, BCOP

Jason Steele, PharmD, BCOP

Timothy George, PharmD, BCOP

Jeffrey Goff, RPh, MS

Brian Miller, PharmD


UPMC Presbyterian - Shadyside (Shadyside Campus, inpatient rotations)

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center - Shadyside (outpatient rotations)

Program Director

James Natale, PharmD, BCOP
Adjunct Instructor
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
UPMC Cancer Centers
UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Room 453
5150 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-235-1071
Fax: 4412-864-7841

UPMC Presbyterian