BC Cancer Agency

600-750 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1H1

For program information, please visit the BCCA Pharmacy Practice Residency Program website at:

Director: Dr. Lynne Nakashima, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy and Residency Program Director
Phone: 604-877-6144
Fax: 250-519-5514

Interim Coordinator/Contact:
James Conklin, BSc(Pharm)
Phone: 604-877-6000 ext. 673028 
Fax: 604-708-2026


Type: General
Focus: Oncology
Established In: 2012
# Position(s): 2
Application Deadline: Visit http://pharmsci.ubc.ca/programs/pharmacy-practice-residency
Starting Date: Mid-June
Est. Stipend: Approximately $50,000/year plus benefits
Benefits: Medical, Dental
Vacation/Holiday leave: 2 weeks
Education/Conference Leave: 1 conference (travel stipend to be determined on an annual basis)
Minimum Required Credentials: BSc(Pharm), eligible for licensure in British Columbia
Affiliation: University of British Columbia

Program Highlights:

The BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is a 1-year experiential learning program. The program will help the resident develop core skills in direct patient care primarily in an oncology environment. At the completion of the program, the resident will have the ability to successfully manage an independent clinical practice in any practice setting, and demonstrate competence in leadership, interprofessional collaboration, teaching and project management.

Residency training will occur at various BCCA regional cancer centres. Although most of the time will be spent within the Lower Mainland, the resident will be required to travel to cancer centres outside the Lower Mainland to experience unique practices for some rotations. A travel stipend will be provided.

Core Rotations: *

  • Non-Direct Patient Care Rotations – Residency Orientation, Drug Distribution/IV Admixture, Practice Management, Drug Information, Evidence Based Medicine, Pharmacokinetics, Medication Safety
  • Direct Patient Care Rotations – Clinical Orientation, Internal Medicine, Acute Oncology Care, Ambulatory Oncology Care, Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care, Breast Cancer, Gastrointestinal Malignancies, Lymphoma
  • Research Project (longitudinal)

Elective Rotations: *

  • Gynecologic Malignancies, Pharmacoeconomics/Drug Funding Process

*Other rotations may be available. The list above is subject to change.


Type: BCCA is one of the largest cancer care organizations in Canada and provides a comprehensive cancer control program for residents of British Columbia. It is also a centre of excellence in oncology academia and research, and offers a number of advanced oncology training programs. Currently, there are 6 BCCA Regional Cancer Centres:

  • Vancouver – Vancouver Centre
  • Surrey – Fraser Valley Centre
  • Abbotsford – Abbotsford Centre
  • Victoria – Vancouver Island Centre
  • Kelowna – Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior
  • Prince George – Centre for the North

In addition, Provincial Pharmacy is a team of specialized pharmacists and support staff that provides expertise in areas including drug information, medication safety, workplace safety regarding hazardous drugs, drug budget management, and development of oncology drug monographs and chemotherapy protocols. The BCCA also partners with a collaborative network of hospitals in all BC health authorities to provide chemotherapy services to patients across the province.


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