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 focus of this residency program is adult medical oncology, hematology, blood and marrow transplant in an acute and ambulatory care setting. The training is coordinated to allow the resident to master each of the disease states established within the ASHP Practice Standards for the PGY-2 residency in oncology. 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, staff education and co-precepting PGY-1 residents and pharmacy students.

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

Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Hospital is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, a collaboration aimed at improving patient access to the latest and most effective cancer treatment advances in the community healthcare setting. Residents have direct patient care experience for adult and pediatric cancer types including solid malignancies, malignant, benign blood disorders and bone marrow transplant.

The program’s non-patient care experience include research and presentations at professional associations (i.e., ASHP, Florida Residency Conference, Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association, BHSF poster forum); community CE opportunities for professional associations (i.e., DCPA, FSFHP); formal CE application and presentations for Baptist Health pharmacists and technicians; student teaching; and PGY-1 resident mentoring.

The oncology pharmacy service consists of approximately 70 full-time employees. Unit dose, IV admixture, DoseEdge, MedBoard, Automated Dispensing Cabinets (Pyxis), Medication Administration Check (MAK), KitCheck™ and Cerner Millennium are currently utilized in this department.

The vision of this program is to provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings.

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 700 beds, it is the largest of Baptist Health’s 11 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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