The Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) Investigational Drugs and Research Pharmacy Residency Program at the Miami Cancer Institute, located on the Baptist Hospital campus, is a 52-week pharmacy specialty-training program in candidate status seeking accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The purpose of the program is to develop well-rounded Investigational Drug Service pharmacists and effective clinical instructors who can provide high-level clinical care in in the research setting, effectively share their knowledge, and promote learning among students and other residents.

The residency program provides exposure to the regulatory and operational requirements that govern clinical research and to cultivate skills necessary to provide clinical care to research participants in the medical oncology and hematologic setting. The training is coordinated to allow residents to master the competencies established within the ASHP practice standards for the PGY2 residency in Investigational Drugs and Research. Residents will develop expertise in implementing and managing clinical trials, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to promote safe and effective patient care, and advancing pharmacy practice within the clinical research enterprise. In addition, residents will develop skills in leadership, research and teaching through projects, staff education and co-precepting PGY1 residents and pharmacy students.

The Miami Cancer Institute Pharmacy Team was awarded the 2022 Warren E. Weaver/Richard P. Penna Award by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) recognized for the organization's commitment to advancing health equity and patient care. The department has over 30 board-certified pharmacists, several of whom carry dual board certification, and residency preceptors within all specialized practice environments in oncology including breast, lung, head and neck, skin, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, gynecologic cancers, neuro oncology, hematology, bone marrow transplant, and cellular therapy, investigational drug therapies, and pediatric hematology and oncology. Furthermore, several research pharmacists completed the ASHP Investigational Drug Service certification program and are experienced practitioners in the research setting.

After successful completion of this program, the graduating resident will have the necessary knowledge and skills in order demonstrate clinical and leadership abilities to perform as an Investigational Drug Service clinical specialist.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) | ID: 33954

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Dina B. Dumercy McHenry, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, CSSGB, CPh

Program Director

Dina B. Dumercy McHenry, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, CSSGB, CPh
Vivian H. Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS

Program Coordinator

Vivian H. Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS
Miami Cancer Institute

Miami Cancer Institute

The Miami Cancer Institute, located on the campus of Baptist Hospital, is a destination cancer center known for its innovation and precision in cancer care, exceptional patient experience, advanced clinical research and state-of-the-art technology. The impressive roster of clinicians at Miami Cancer Institute includes renowned oncologists; world-recognized, highly sub-specialized cancer experts and surgeons; clinical researchers and genomic scientists. The Center’s advanced radiation oncology program includes the first proton therapy center from South Florida to South America. As Florida's only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a deep and functional collaboration that affords patients access to innovative treatments close to home and ensures that the standards of care developed by the multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK. Miami Cancer Institute received awards in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma as well as surgery in lung, prostate, and colon cancers in 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings.

Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital

The flagship facility of Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami has been one of the most respected medical centers in South Florida since its founding in 1960 and is today one of America’s most preferred medical centers. With more than 900 beds, it is the largest of Baptist Health’s 12 hospitals. Three Centers of Excellence are housed on the campus: Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region) and Miami Neuroscience Institute. Baptist Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. It is also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and received the Gold Seal of Approval for consistently meeting high national standards of stroke care. Baptist Hospital was ranked #1 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area for the 2023-2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Pre-requisites

  • Pharm.D. degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy
  • Completion of an ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency (certificate required)
  • Must obtain a Florida pharmacist’s license

Application Requirements

Prospective residents are required to submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all colleges of pharmacy attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references utilizing standard form required by PhORCAS™
  • Personal statement of intent
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline


Core Learning Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several core learning rotations typically lasting several weeks, giving trainees exposure to a wide variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Orientation and Oncology Pharmacy Operations
(8 weeks)
Research Pharmacy Operations
Clinical Informatics
Investigational Drug Service Leadership
Clinical Trial Development
Oncology Medication Safety and Quality
Research Patient Care – BMT / Hematology
Research Patient Care – Medical Oncology
Research Patient Care – Pediatric Oncology

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
Rotations – ALL 52 WEEKS IN LENGTH
Academia (Staff Professional Development and Preceptorship)
ASHP Research Skills Certificate
ASHP Investigational Drug Services Certificate
Continuing Education
Research Committees (including Investigational Review Board)
Oncology Pharmacy Operations (Staffing)
Research Pharmacy Operations (Staffing)
Research Projects
Teaching Certificate (optional)

Elective Learning Experiences

Our program offers multiple elective rotation experiences including:
BMT / Cellular Therapy
Hematology Oncology
Medical Oncology
Advanced Investigational Drug Service (Moffitt Cancer Center)
Pharmacovigilance (Food Drug Administration)

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