Oncology Patient Care Traineeship

The 2014 application cycle for the Critical Care Traineeship is now closed. Please check back for information about the next program offering or sign up for the ASHP Foundation E-news for the latest information.

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The ASHP Foundation’s Oncology Patient Care Traineeship is a 5-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 – June 23, 2014
• Application deadline – September 19, 2014
• Participants announced – November 2014
• Distance Education – December 2014-March 2015
• Experiential training – April to May 2015 (10 contiguous days of training, exact time to be scheduled with the faculty)
• Post-training requirements are due – Fall 2015

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.

Upon acceptance into the program, the participant will be asked to provide evidence of HIPAA training and current vaccination status. The following vaccine-related information is required:
• Measles-documentation of administration of TWO measles vaccine doses in your lifetime or one dose if administered after 1980. If first measles vaccination was at 15 months of age or younger, it does not count toward the two lifetime doses.
• Rubella-proof of immunity to rubella, positive serology for rubella antibodies (copy of lab slip), or documentation of administration of rubella vaccine.
• Varicella-known past history of disease.  A stated history is acceptable, or if there is no known history of disease: serology documenting absence or presence of antibody to VZ is required (copy of lab slip).
• Tuberculosis-evidence of negative PPD skin test results within the last 12 months or a tuberculosis screening questionnaire completed within the last 12 months.  If the participant is PPD Positive, evidence of a chest x-ray within the last 12 months must be provided (symptom interview).
• Tetanus-documentation of administration of a tetanus vaccine within the last ten years.
• Hepatitis B-documentation of administration of the entire hepatitis B vaccine series and the booster dose if required.

In addition, some sites may require that participants complete a criminal background check before arrival at the site.

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 first payment is due upon program commencement and final payment is due before the experiential education.

Application Materials
The application cycle for the Critical Care Traineeship is now closed. Please refer to the application materials when available to submit your application for the Critical Care Traineeship. Please check back for information about the next program offering or sign up for the ASHP Foundation E-news for the latest information.

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