Oncology Patient Care Traineeship

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Read blog posts by trainees Kristine Vaden TuttleCarolyn O'Donnell and Glenn Williams about participating in the Oncology Traineeship!

The ASHP Foundation’s Oncology Patient Care Traineeship is a 4-month, ACPE-accredited educational experience during which pharmacists will be trained to develop and maintain specialized services for the management of patients with cancer. Trainees will receive intensive distance and experiential training that prepares them to participate on interprofessional patient care teams as the health professional who is responsible and accountable for patients' medication-related outcomes.

Program Description
The Oncology Patient Care Traineeship Program is designed for pharmacists in acute, ambulatory, and home care settings who have not completed a specialized residency in oncology and are developing or expanding specialized oncology services and care to patients with cancer. The traineeship prepares health-system pharmacists to assume responsibility for the management of the complex medication regimens often required by patients with cancer. The ultimate goal of the program is to train pharmacists to practice in the oncology setting where they have the ability to positively impact and improve patient outcomes.

The program includes a distance education component, ten (10) contiguous days of experiential training, and completion of post-training activities.  The distance education component offers 27 contact hours via five modules. Completion of the distance education is a requirement for attending the experiential program with successful completion of each module (70 percent or more) for achievement of CPE credit. 

Program Timeline
• Applications available – October 2013
• Application deadline – January 15, 2014
• Participants announced - February 2014
• Self-study program begins – March 2014
• Experiential training – June - September 2014 (10 contiguous days of training, exact time to be scheduled with the faculty)
• Post-training requirements are due – Three (3) months following experiential training

To qualify for the traineeship, the applicant must be a graduate of an accredited college or school of pharmacy. The applicant must have completed an accredited residency or have 2 years of experience in clinical practice. Current pharmacy residents are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must have a command of basic knowledge areas as they relate to oncology patient care, including pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, clinical laboratory data interpretation, clinical pharmacokinetics and medical terminology. In addition, applicants should have experience with writing pharmaceutical care plans, conducting patient interviews and delivering educational programs to other members of the health care team. 

Tuition Information
The tuition for the Oncology Patient Care Traineeship program is $7,050. Applicants who are accepted into the program can elect to pay their tuition payment in full or participate in a payment plan.

Upon acceptance into the traineeship, trainees will be sent a declaration of payment form with the option of entering into a payment plan with the ASHP Foundation.  The ASHP Foundation will work with individuals on an individualized payment plan for applicants who apply prior to the January 15, 2014, deadline. The first payment is due upon program commencement and final payment is due before the experiential education.

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