“Why did I choose to complete a residency” I chose to continue my post-graduate residency training through a PGY2 in oncology/hematology to help optimize patient outcomes and safety through minimizing chemotherapy toxicities, optimizing chemotherapy regimens and supportive care, and medication education to patients and interdisciplinary team members. Pharmacists play an important role as a resource to patients, caregivers, and providers through their expert knowledge regarding managing expected adverse drug events, ensuring each medication is timed and dosed appropriately, and identifying important drug interactions. Undergoing additional training through a PGY-2 in hematology/oncology to take part in this vital role the oncology pharmacy specialist plays on the healthcare team.
“Why Ohio State?” The James Cancer Center at The Ohio State University offers a wide array of learning opportunities and experiences including numerous inpatient and outpatient experiences, interdisciplinary collaboration, and teaching opportunities. I was drawn to OSU’s program because of the oncology practice model where there are disease-focused rotations with preceptors who primarily practice in these areas. Its focus on research as a member of the NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) is yet another reason that drew me to OSU.