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About the Program

The oncology residency is a one-year ASHP-accredited specialty residency that includes training in general hematology and oncology, blood and marrow transplantation, pediatric hematology/oncology, and a wide array of hematology/oncology ambulatory clinics. The primary emphasis of the residency is placed on the development of clinical practice skills while delivering patient-focused care. Upon completion of the residency program are expected to demonstrate competency in the areas of contemporary pharmacy practice, written and oral communication, teaching, leadership, and clinical research.

Collaboration with other trainees is frequent, including shared seminars with the hematology/oncology fellows. Research opportunities include clinical trials, outcomes research, as well as basic science opportunities. Residents participate in a longitudinal project and are expected to present the results at a national meeting and submit for publication. Additionally, residents precept Doctor of Pharmacy students, present didactic lectures and facilitate discussions at the UK College of Pharmacy, and provide in-services for other healthcare providers. 

UK’s Markey Cancer Center is the first and only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Kentucky. Markey is routinely ranked among the top 50 cancer centers in the nation by US News & World Report. Follow us on Instagram for residency and Markey updates and additional information.

Program Director

Allison Butts, PharmD, BCOP Clinical Pharmacist Manager, Oncology

Location Detail
1000 S. Limestone, Room WH269 Lexington, KY 40536

Residency Recruitment

Assistant Program Director

C. Scott Ellis, PharmD, BCOP Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology

Location Detail
1000 S. Limestone, Room Combs 105

Quick Facts

Application Deadline: January 2nd  

Number of Positions: 3

Starting Date: July 1

Eligibility criteria: Doctor of Pharmacy degree, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency or equivalent, licensure in the state of Kentucky

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Application Requirements

  • Letter of Intent
  • CV
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Complete PhORCAS Application

Core Rotations

UK offers a variety of rotations and rotation structures to allow residents to customize their learning experience. These structures include longitudinal rotations, clinic block rotations, two-week rotations, and four-week rotations.

Core Ambulatory Rotations 

  • Breast Oncology Clinic
  • GI Oncology Clinic
  • GU Oncology Clinic
  • Hematology Clinic
  • Lung Oncology Clinic

Core Inpatient Rotations 

  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
  • Malignant Hematology

Additional Core Rotations 

  • Academia
  • Oncology Pharmacy Leadership
  • Orientation to Oncology Practice


Elective Rotations

  • Adult Pain Consult Service
  • Benign Hematology Consult Service
  • Gynecologic Oncology Clinic
  • Medical Oncology Consult Service
  • Palliative Care Consult Service
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Precision Medicine 
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases Consult Service

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Academia
  • P&T Committee
  • Research, Clinical Trials, and IDS
  • Staffing and On-Call

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.