Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Oncology

The PGY2 Oncology Residency at Nebraska Medicine offers a unique and stimulating learning environment which provides comprehensive clinical training in hematology and oncology pharmacy practice. The goal of the residency program is to develop clinical practitioners who specialize in the interdisciplinary care of oncology patients and have an interest in education and research. The resident will be integrally involved with health-care professionals throughout the continuum of patient care, including patient education, assessment, and therapeutic recommendations. Working with experienced pharmacy clinicians, the PGY2 pharmacy resident also will gain experience serving as a preceptor for pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents. Residents will provide compassionate, evidence-based, progressive medical care in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Nebraska Medicine is nationally respected in cancer care and one of the founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). It is also the state’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center. In June of 2017, Nebraska Medicine opened the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.  This cancer center boasts both a 10-story research tower and an 8-story treatment center. In addition to 108 inpatient beds, the treatment center features a multidisciplinary outpatient center, with clinics, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, lab, collaborative treatment/diagnostics, and a 24/7 infusion center.


• PGY2 residents will receive a stipend of $48,900
• Comprehensive medical, dental and vision care coverage
• Life insurance, short and long term disability coverage
• PGY2 residents will be given 12 days of paid time off (PTO) to use for vacation or ill time during the 12-month program


• Financial support will be provided to each resident to attend the Fall Resident Retreat, ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting, HOPA’s Annual Conference, and the Midwest Pharmacist Residents Conference.
• Funding for additional meetings will be provided at the discretion of the Executive Director of Pharmaceutical and Nutrition Care.


The program provides educational leave days, which are not deducted from the resident’s PTO allotment.

Program-required Educational/Professional Leave

• Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training and certification (if not already certified) (two days)
• Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training and certification (optional) (two days)
• Resident Fall Retreat (two days)
• ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (four weekdays)
• HOPA Annual Conference (four weekdays)
• Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference (two days)


PGY2 residents are required to fulfill the service commitment (staffing) designed to ensure that residents gain experience and can function as competent clinical oncology practitioners. Each resident will train with preceptors and basic training will take place during the first month of residency. At the conclusion of the basic training period, the designated preceptors and the resident will mutually determine if the resident is ready to function independently as a pharmacist.

As part of the service commitment for PGY2 residents, the following staffing requirements apply:

I.    PGY2 residents will staff 22 shifts throughout the year, approximately two shifts per month that may or may not include weekends and/or evenings.
II.    PGY2 residents must work one holiday.
III.    Staffing will occur primarily in the resident’s specialty area of training.



Throughout the year, each resident leads the discussion of selected articles focusing on leadership philosophies and principles from politics, military, history, coaching, to pharmacy and medicine. All residents are required to contribute their insight about each article. Residents are expected to contemplate and explain how they plan to incorporate leadership philosophies, practices and principles as a pharmacist in various future settings (e.g., as part of a multidisciplinary team taking care of patients at the bedside, as a future coordinator, residency program director, manager, director, or chief pharmacy officer). This strategy is used to assist residents in taking the first step in the enhancement of the development of their own leadership skills.

To broaden exposure and introduce residents to people from all walks of life, residents will read selected “Letters to a Young Pharmacist” and multi-media will be utilized to view various TED Talks and commencement addresses. They will discuss characteristics and aspects of peoples’ stories that resonated with them the most. Residents will be expected to read selected books that the program director has identified throughout the year (plus a book of their choosing). At the end of the residency year, each resident will compete book reports on the books they read and participate in a discussion (similar to a book club). At the end of the year (June) each resident will write and present their own insight and wisdom in the form of a “Letter to a Young Resident” that they will hand off to the incoming residency class (the next generation of leaders).

Residents will attend the Residency Fall Retreat, and complete a StrengthsFinder® assessment, in addition to a communication styles assessment and a conflict mode resolution assessment. Residents will also gain an understanding of the principles of a systematic approach to staff development and the process of establishing a residency program from a practitioner surveyor’s point of view and experience.


For over 20 years, the annual residency fall retreat continues to be one of the many highlights of the residency year. The two-day retreat occurs each September at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, NE and is nestled on picturesque grounds once owned by J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. The retreat focuses on the development of effective teambuilding skills by uniting residents, building trust, addressing areas of improvement and highlighting strengths in order to provide exceptional patient care. The retreat is a venue for residents to learn more about each other and gain information on topics not generally covered in a traditional residency curriculum. Experts from various fields are invited to speak on the following topics: pharmacy leadership, StrengthsFinder® assessment, the power of constructive criticism, ethical issues in pharmacy, staying current with medical literature, resident personal finance 101, generations in the work force, and crew resource management. Residents attending the retreat participate in a half-day ropes-based challenge course that enhances their trust in each other as they complete the physically demanding course. Through the challenge course, residents learn how to utilize their strengths (physically and mentally), facilitate communication skills, develop an increased self-awareness, and work together to evolve into a cohesive group. Residents are encouraged to understand more about their strengths and utilize them throughout the residency year in order to achieve program objectives and personal goals.


Residents are required to develop and complete a major research project.  Residents will select a research topic based on their clinical interests.  Faculty and clinical staff will present project ideas during orientation. An appropriate associated preceptor will guide and supervise the resident throughout the year.  Following approval of the research topic and preceptor by the Residency Advisory Research Committee (RAC Research), residents will develop a formal research proposal.  The resident will submit the protocol for IRB approval. A completed research project form, formal proposal, completed IRB, an oral presentation at the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference (MPRC), and final written manuscript are required for successful completion of this longitudinal experience.

Poster Presentation at HOPA Annual Conference

Each resident will present a poster on their research topic at the HOPA Annual Conference in the spring.

Attendance/Presentation at the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference (MPRC)

Each resident is required to attend and present research findings at the MPRC held each spring. Each resident will make a brief presentation on their project, which will be evaluated by a preceptor from within or outside of the program.


PGR presentations consist of Category One CME approved continuing education provided to faculty, staff, students, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and advance registered nurse practitioners. PGRs are scheduled between August and June (excluding portions of December through February). The goal of each PGR is to improve the resident's communication skills, literature evaluation techniques, and gain an understanding of the continuing education process.  The topic will be selected by the resident with guidance from at least one pharmacist or faculty member and be presented in the Fall.


The chief pharmacy resident is a specialty pharmacy resident (PGY2) who coordinates and keeps track of activities associated with all concurrent pharmacy residents. The chief resident also provides leadership, support and encouragement to all residents as a peer in clinical practice. The chief pharmacy resident serves as the secretary on the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) and works closely with all program directors.


Required Rotations

  • Orientation (July)
  • Research (December)
  • Adult Stem Cell Transplant
  • Medical Oncology
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Gynecology Oncology
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Oncology Pharmacy Management

Elective Rotations

  • Infectious Disease – General Service
  • Infectious Disease – Oncology Service
  • Pain Management/Palliative Care
  • Benign Hematology
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Transitions of Care


Longitudinal Rotations

Clinical Decision Support
Ambulatory Oncology Clinics
Pharmacy Grand Rounds
Leadership Development Series
Research Oncology Residency Conference



Nebraska Medicine is the clinical partner of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), which includes the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry and Allied Health. UNMC, with an enrollment of approximately 3,800 students, is the only public academic health science center in Nebraska and is internationally recognized as a leader in patient care, research and education. The not-for-profit hospital is known for excellence and innovation in medicine.

Nebraska Medicine is an 809 bed, Comprehensive Level trauma center with approximately 59,000 emergency room visits per year. As the primary teaching hospital for UNMC, Nebraska Medicine is a respected leader in solid organ transplantation, cardiology, blood and marrow transplantation, oncology and neurosciences.

Nebraska Medicine brings together the expertise of private practice medicine with the strengths of an academic health center. The many areas of specialization give each resident a variety of experiences, from the critically ill neonate to the cancer patient undergoing blood and marrow transplantation. By combining state-of-the-art research, education and exceptional patient care, we offer the best of both worlds.

The working relationship between Nebraska Medicine and the UNMC College of Pharmacy provides a solid foundation for a quality pharmacy residency program. The program provides an excellent mixture of clinical experiences, one-on-one interaction with faculty and preceptors, and the flexibility to modify the program to meet each resident’s needs. In addition, the residency provides many opportunities for educating and precepting students. The end product is pharmacy training that actively involves the resident in patient care, teaching and research.



The residency program is a minimum of twelve months in duration and a full-time practice commitment. Residents will be required to perform and participate in a number of activities throughout the year. These activities are designed to assure compliance as outlined in the ASHP Required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives for Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residencies and the ASHP Accreditation Standard for Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Programs. 

In addition to the expectations outlined in the accreditation standards, the residents are expected to be able to:

  • Display professionalism on a daily basis
  • Uphold and adhere to all standards of the pharmacy profession
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to educate, teach and lead other healthcare providers
  • Demonstrate the ability to educate patients

The following activities are designed to achieve these outcomes and are required for successful completion:

  • Residents shall complete residency orientation and training in July
  • Residents shall obtain and maintain active pharmacist licensure (without restriction) in Nebraska
  • Residents shall successfully complete BLS and ACLS certification (PALS is optional)
  • Residents shall complete all service commitment required duties (including staffing and on-call program)
  • Residents shall participate in all patient required documentation activities
  • Residents shall complete all required, elective and longitudinal rotations
  • Residents shall attend assigned department and Nebraska Medicine meetings
  • Residents shall participate in medication safety initiatives or projects
  • Residents shall participate and present in the residency Leadership Development Series
  • Residents shall participate and present in journal clubs
  • Residents shall present and attend Pharmacy Grand Rounds (PGR) seminars
  • Residents shall attend the annual Residency Fall Retreat
  • Residents shall attend ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting (at the discretion of the program director)
  • Residents shall participate in all residency recruitment activities (at the discretion of the program director)
  • Residents shall participate in the teaching of P4 pharmacy students on clinical rotations
  • Residents shall participate in teaching activities at the UNMC College of Pharmacy
  • Residents shall complete a research project designed to improve the services of the department and/or contribute knowledge to the pharmacy profession
  • Residents shall present their research project at the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference
  • Residents shall complete a research project manuscript



Qualifications for participation in Nebraska Medicine’s PGY1 Residency Program are in accordance with criteria set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

  • Resident applicants shall be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program
  • Residents applicants must be participating in, or have completed, an ASHP -- accredited PGY1 pharmacy residence or one in the ASHP accreditation process (i.e., one with candidate or preliminary accreditation status)
  • Resident applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the state of Nebraska
  • Licensure must be obtained by July 31
  • Resident applicants shall participate and adhere to all rules of the ASHP Resident Matching Program


Candidates are required to complete and submit an online electronic application through PhORCAS. No hardcopy applications will be accepted. Please review the application agreement below prior to proceeding to the PhORCAS website.

Application Deadline: Please refer to PhORCAS for Nebraska Medicine’s application deadline.

Required application materials include the following:


It is a requirement for applicants to submit a letter of intent addressing the following three questions: 

  1. Why are choosing to complete a PGY2 oncology residency and how do you feels this experience will influence your career?
  2. Why would you like to pursue a residency at Nebraska Medicine?
  3. Describe one situation in which you influenced a patient’s medication therapy.


Your curriculum vitae should include (if applicable) a minimum of:

  • Work experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Organizational involvement and positions held
  • Philanthropy/community service
  • Presentations
  • Honors/awards
  • Research experience/publications
  • Rotational experiences


  • Three standard references are required through PhORCAS. 
  • Two of the references must be from clinical preceptors who can attest to your abilities as a pharmacy professional, commenting on your character, personality, dependability, professionalism and clinical abilities.


  • Please submit your pharmacy school transcripts through PhORCAS.
  • After receipt of all application materials above, applications will be reviewed and a select number of candidates will be invited for a required onsite interview.

After receipt of all application materials above, applicants will be reviewed and a select number of candidates will be invited for a required onsite interview.


The applicant applying through the Pharmacy Online Residency Application Service (PhORCAS) acknowledges and agrees to the following:

I certify that the information contained in the PhORCAS application is true to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that any omission of facts or misrepresentation is cause for denial of employment and/or dismissal (if hired) regardless of when discovered.

I grant permission for the authorities of Nebraska Medicine to investigate my work references and release them and any former employer from any and all liability resulting from such investigation. Upon my termination, I authorize the release of reference information on my work.

I agree to submit to a post-offer physical, including drug and/or alcohol screening and recognize employment is contingent upon successfully meeting physical requirements.

I further agree that if I have been convicted of a crime, the authorities of Nebraska Medicine may obtain the details of my conviction to determine its relationship to the position I’m applying for as a condition of my employment.

In consideration of my employment, I agree to conform to the rules and regulations of Nebraska Medicine. My employment may be terminated, with or without cause, at any time, at the option of Nebraska Medicine or myself. I certify that the information submitted in this application is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I grant Nebraska Medicine permission, if necessary, to request additional information from previous schools and employers concerning my academic record and professional ability.

I understand that I will be required to obtain a Nebraska license to practice pharmacy by July 31 of my residency year.

Federal law requires evidence of identity and employment eligibility upon hire.

Nebraska Medicine is an EOE/AA Employer

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Jared Matya, PharmD, BCOP

Focused Population Pharmacist – Blood and Marrow Transplant
PGY2 Oncology Residency Program Director
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

UNMC College of Pharmacy
981090 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-1090
Phone: (402) 552-3929
Email Jared Matya