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Cone Health Pharmacy Residency Highlights

PGY2 Ambulatory Oncology Specialty Pharmacy Residency

Message from the Director:

Rebekah Matthews, PharmDThe Cone Health oncology pharmacy residency takes pride in the development of trained clinical oncology pharmacists. The philosophy we follow each year is to introduce and challenge the resident to oncology practices while building upon the resident’s strengths and interests. At the Cone Health Cancer Center, the pharmacist plays a critical role in the development of patient treatment options ensuring the patient receives evidence based and cost-effective cancer treatment. The collaboration among pharmacy and other disciplines within the cancer program allows pharmacy to help drive key initiatives providing optimal oncology pharmacotherapy.

Rebekah Matthews, PharmD

Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.

Thank you for your interest. We have decided to early commit for our 2021-2022 position.

Program Overview and Rotations

Program Overview

The PGY2 Oncology program at the Cone Health Cancer Center is a 12-month appointment providing advanced training in contemporary oncology practice by focusing on patient care, clinical research, administrative services and education. Residents, working with experienced preceptors, are involved in all phases of chemotherapy management including preparation, patient treatment, supportive care and reimbursement of services. Within a flexible framework, residents complete rotations and select electives both on and off-site. Resident training will encompass hematologic and solid malignancies, symptom management, pharmacy administration, and investigational drug management. Our pharmacy team provides integrated oncology care and is accountable for optimal drug therapy outcomes of cancer patients. The resident will also have involvement in precepting pharmacy students from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, High Point University School of Pharmacy, Campbell University School of Pharmacy and PGY1 pharmacy residents. The resident will have the opportunity to conduct a major research project, present lectures and in-services, and participate in journal club and the P&T Committee.

PGY-2 Oncology Rotation Experiences

Required Rotations (7):

Breast Cancer

Lung Cancer

Colon Cancer


Bone Marrow Transplant

Pediatric Oncology

GI/GU Malignancies


Palliative/Hospice care

Radiation oncology

Nutrition support


Head and Neck Cancer

Specialty Clinic (Oral Chemotherapy Management)

Longitudinal Experiences

Teaching and Precepting

Therapeutics Course Instructor



Pharmacy staffing (infusion pharmacy and oral chemotherapy specialty clinic)



  • Melissa Gujrati, PharmD
  • Lisa Halcomb, PharmD, BCOP
  • Jesse Mack, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
  • Brandy Persson, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
  • Kolleen Newsome, Pharm.D.
  • Ginna Tucker, PharmD, CPP
  • Carol Jones, PharmD
  • Rebekah Matthews, PharmD
  • Maggie Shuda, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
  • Alyson Leonard, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
  • Andre Harvin, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Current Residents

Current Residents

Rebecca Fanning, PharmD, BCPS


All Cone Health pharmacy residencies participate in the National Matching Service (NMS) match program. Applicants should register and apply through the central residency application ASHP's PhORCAS.

In addition to applying through PhORCAS, prospective Cone Health residents must apply to be a Cone Health employee. Information regarding the Cone Health employment application can be found here.

Please visit the Cone Health Cancer Center PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy ASHP residency listing to obtain the NMS match code needed to apply.

When applying through PhORCAS, prospective residents should complete the following:

    • Provide a current curriculum vitae and letter of intent stating why he/she has decided to pursue specialty training in oncology pharmacy and how a PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency at Cone Health Cancer Center will aid in achieving his/her career goals.
    • Request an official transcript of your grades to be forwarded directly to the PhORCAS Transcripts Department.
    • Ask three references that are familiar with your professional and academic background to complete reference documents in PhORCAS. We prefer that you ask clinical faculty members and/or an employer to provide your references.
      • We request that your references include comments in at least 10 of the 13 comment boxes on the form in place of writing a traditional letter of recommendation.
      • The program specific comment box is optional.

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