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I wanted to know more about what an oncology pharmacist does...yes I have searched on the internet, but I cannot find a job description for it. :idea:
Does an oncology pharmacist have patient interaction? Would it behoove someone to take a residency after pharmacy school?
Thank you for your advice, help, and answers.
 
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I wanted to know more about what an oncology pharmacist does...yes I have searched on the internet, but I cannot find a job description for it. :idea:
Does an oncology pharmacist have patient interaction? Would it behoove someone to take a residency after pharmacy school?
Thank you for your advice, help, and answers.



Their job is far less interesting than an Anesthesia Pharmacist. From my understanding, to specialize in a certain field of pharmacy, besides ambulatory care, it is highly recommended that you pursue a PGY2 residency.
 
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Their job is far less interesting than an Anesthesia Pharmacist. From my understanding, to specialize in a certain field of pharmacy, besides ambulatory care, it is highly recommended that you pursue a PGY2 residency.
Oncology and cancer care interests me while I can understand why it doesn't interest others...thanks for the opinion about the residency
 

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I wanted to know more about what an oncology pharmacist does...yes I have searched on the internet, but I cannot find a job description for it. :idea:
Does an oncology pharmacist have patient interaction? Would it behoove someone to take a residency after pharmacy school?
Thank you for your advice, help, and answers.
you really become a pharmacist who specializes in oncology. Oncology is a tough world to understand and to many its very intimidating. The reason being that you have very little exposure to these drugs in school and they are so therapeutically challenging on what drugs to use and how much to give.

what really makes it more challenging is keeping up on protocols and regimens for chemo drugs. This means keeping up to date on literature and watching what is used when since drug trials are what drives oncology treatment.

you can persue a few options i work in a cancer hospital btw,
first is to work in a clinical position as an oncology specialist. From what I am told from our clinical staff is that to tend to help the onco docs manage other conditions such as diabetes and asthma. They know their chemo very well but they help manage other stuff if they were to go to a general hospital as an oncology specialist i am sure they would have more action in designing regimens patient contact is the most out of any other.

you can staff at a cancer hospital. You deal with oncology all the time and there are a few staffers that are board certified onco specialists. This job is more clinical then one would think and it is not a bad option. Checking chemo orders is a painstaking process and labs and calculations must be in order.

lastly you can do research where your career can be shaped.
 

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Nah, I'm seriously trying to help someone, jeez, mr. asshat...

You know how much I hate pre-pharmacists and pharmacy students, stop trying to be such an effing humanitarian. If you are ever in my area, I will bring you to work and show you all of the sweet "bitch tasks" we complete every day.
 

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You know how much I hate pre-pharmacists and pharmacy students, stop trying to be such an effing humanitarian. If you are ever in my area, I will bring you to work and show you all of the sweet "bitch tasks" we complete every day.

Ok. Oncology and metab/endocrin are the only disease states that really interest me. Oncology because its like some crazy philosophical man against himself type **** and metab/endocrin because its the most complex biochemically...
 
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You know how much I hate pre-pharmacists and pharmacy students, stop trying to be such an effing humanitarian. If you are ever in my area, I will bring you to work and show you all of the sweet "bitch tasks" we complete every day.

Priapism321 I really am interested to read your studies. Seriously. Can I read some of them perhaps? Thanks :)
 

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Hooray. I managed to correctly guess from the grand total of one cancer hospital in Buffalo. That's the place I'd like to work at if I do an oncology residency after graduation and PGY-1.

cancer is not an easy thing to deal with everyday. It is a very sad place. They do a lot for those patients.
 

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cancer is not an easy thing to deal with everyday. It is a very sad place. They do a lot for those patients.

I know it's not an easy thing to deal with. My sister is a cancer survivor. My parents spent the better part of two years literally living at Roswell. My dad would only leave there to go to work and would go home once a month to check the mail and pay the utilities. He's actually in Roswell's Donor Hall Of Fame for all the platelets he's donated over the years.
 

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I know it's not an easy thing to deal with. My sister is a cancer survivor. My parents spent the better part of two years literally living at Roswell. My dad would only leave there to go to work and would go home once a month to check the mail and pay the utilities. He's actually in Roswell's Donor Hall Of Fame for all the platelets he's donated over the years.

thats good to hear that everything worked out for you. its also good to hear your father did that. I gotta love those people who try to make a difference. Its a rewarding place to work. Its one of those places you feel good that you helped a little. Everyone brings a positive attitutde. i love it there,
 

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You should look at the pfizer guide to careers in pharmacy. Goes through pretty much all the specialties.

http://pharmacy.samford.edu/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=412

My understanding is that you have to pursue your residency to specialize.

if you want a clinical position, yes. But then again there are "clinical duties" as a staff pharmacist so i guess it depends how clinical you want to be. I know for a fact how this works, i see it daily.
 
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