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Alberta Health Services, Cancer Control Alberta
Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1Z2

Director: Tania Mysak
Email: Tania.Mysak@albertahealthservices.ca
Phone: (780) 407-1039

Coordinator (s): Melanie Danilak
Email: Melanie.Danilak2@albertahealthservices.ca
Phone: (780) 432-8219    
Fax: (780) 432-8407

Frances Cusano
Email:   frances.cusano@albertahealthservices.ca
Phone: (403) 521-3365            
Fax: (403) 521-3326


Type: General
Focus: Oncology
Established in: 2005
# Positions: 2
App. Deadline: November 1
Starting date: July 2, 2014
Est. stipend: approximately $50, 000 per annum

Benefits: Yes

Vacation/holiday leave: 10 paid days

Education/conference leave: Budget and time provided to support residents to attend conferences

Minimum required credentials: Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy & licensure in Alberta

Program highlights: General residency program involving rotations in drug information, medication use systems, practice management and clinical rotations such as internal medicine, hematology/oncology, blood and marrow transplant, pain and palliative care, neuro oncology, pediatric oncology, and breast cancer. As this is a regional program, rotations may be offered at either the Cross Cancer Institute, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre or other AHS hospital sites. Residents must also complete a research project during the year.

Required Rotations: (duration; site choices): Rotations offer the residents experience in the cancer centres and hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary: 
Drug Information: 4 weeks; Drug Information North UAH or Drug Information South PLC
Medication Use Systems: 3 weeks; CCI, TBCC
Practice Management: 1 week; CCI, TBCC
Acute Care Adult Oncology: 4-6 weeks; CCI, Unit 57 FMC
Pain and Palliative Care: 4-6 weeks; CCI, TBCC
Hematology/Oncology: 4-6 weeks; CCI, TBCC
Internal Medicine: 4-6 weeks; UAH, MCH, RAH, FMC, PLC
Blood and Marrow Transplant: 4-6 weeks; CCI, TBCC
Undergraduate Clinical Precepting:  4 weeks; CCI, TBCC
Residency Research Project: 8 weeks

Elective Rotations: Chosen based on interests of the resident and the availability of the rotations. There is enough time allotted to allow for one elective rotation of 4-6 weeks’ duration. The rotations listed below are a summary of available rotation sites at the present time. There is a possibility that additional rotation sites may open up with the addition of new practice areas.

  • Neuro oncology (TBCC)
  • Breast Cancer (CCI)
  • Pediatric Oncology:  UAH, ACH
  • Infectious Disease (UAH, RAH)


Type: Alberta Pharmacy Practice Residency Program-Cancer Control Alberta
Number of beds: 56 (Cross Cancer Institute) with most clinics operating in an ambulatory setting Sites: Cross Cancer Institute (CCI), Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC), as well as other hospitals within Alberta Health Services
Affiliation: University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy

Residents 2013-2014:
Alastair Ilich (CCI)
Sarah Lutes (TBCC)

Residents 2012-2013:
Janet Quon (CCI)
Julia Warr (TBCC)

Residents 2011-2012:
Kristin Anderson (TBCC)
Kristine Ferguson (CCI)

Residents 2010-2011:
Nadine Lam (CCI)
Nikki Ryan (TBCC)

Residents 2009-2010:
Naureen Sheikh (CCI)

Residents 2008-2009:
Melanie Danilak (CCI)
Stephanie Leong (TBCC)