The Specialized Residency in Oncology at Baptist Hospital of Miami is a 12-month training program accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). The purpose of the program is to develop a well-rounded oncology practitioner and effective clinical instructor who can provide high-level clinical care in a variety of oncology settings and effectively share knowledge and promote learning to pharmacists, students, and other health-care disciplines.

The Oncology Pharmacy Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2) Residency at Baptist Hospital of Miami and the Miami Cancer Institute is a 12-month training program accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). The purpose of the program is to develop well-rounded oncology pharmacy practitioners and effective clinical instructors capable of providing a high-level patient care and clinical instruction to pharmacy and medical trainees.

The program provides residents with experience in adult medical oncology, malignant hematology, bone marrow transplant and cellular therapy, pediatric hematology and oncology, and investigational drug services in acute and ambulatory care settings. The training is coordinated to ensure the resident masters each of the disease states established within the ASHP Practice Standards for PGY-2 oncology programs. Residents will develop skills in designing and monitoring evidence-based therapeutic regimens for individuals with cancer to ensure optimal outcomes while minimizing adverse drug events. In addition, the resident will develop skills in leadership, research, and teaching through projects, drug information, education and precepting PGY-1 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.

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

Program Accreditation

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) | ID: 33047

Program Size


Jessica Unzaga, Pharm.D., Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP
Program Director Jessica Unzaga, Pharm.D., Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP Biography
  • 100%

    pass rate for the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialty (BPS) certification examination
  • 2013

    acquired ASHP Accreditation
  • 99%

    of graduates retained in positions throughout Baptist Health South Florida
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.

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.

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.

Program Eligibility

  • 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.

Application Timeline


Block Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several block rotations typically lasting several weeks, giving trainees exposure to a wide variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Ambulatory Hematology

Blood & Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
Inpatient Hematology
Investigational Drug Services
Oncology Administration
Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Longitudinal Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
Oncology Pharmacy Practice

Elective Experiences

Our program offers multiple elective rotation experiences including:
Advanced BMT
Infectious Diseases
Oncology Informatics
Pain & Palliative Care

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