[CAZENOVIA, NY – March 30, 2023]NCODA University, a division of NCODA that provides top-tier education for future and present oncology pharmacists, has launched a new 15-hour Oncology Basics Course. This first-of-its-kind course will reinforce knowledge of the etiology and pathophysiology of cancer, provide a deeper understanding of commonly used anti-cancer drug classes, and review the management of side effects and toxicities, as well as other clinical pearls.

The program was initially developed based on an identified need within college of pharmacy curriculums. “While working with our Professional Student Organizations over the past few years, we’ve repeatedly been asked for education related to oncology pharmacy for students who would like to learn more than what is provided through their pharmacy school,” said Julianne Darling, PharmD, BCOP, Manager of Education with NCODA. “When NCODA University launched last summer, we committed to prioritizing the educational needs of oncology trainees and immediately began working toward the development of the Oncology Basics Course. We hope this gives students and new oncology practitioners an additional opportunity to learn crucial pharmacotherapy concepts.”

Through intricate work, collaboration, and dedication between Task Force members, highly-skilled faculty presenters, and the NCODA University staff, the Oncology Basics Course was developed. The course includes 12 on-demand video class sessions with instruction by the following course development instructors:

Jim Koeller, M.S., Professor | University of Texas at Austin & UT Health
Course Overview & Introduction

Derek Gyori, PharmD, BCOP, Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist | Ann Arbor VA Health System
Supportive Care in Oncology

Amy Ly Indorf, PharmD, BCOP, Clinical Oncology Pharmacist | UW Medicine/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Elizabeth Osmon, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP, Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist | Memorial Hospital West
Hormonal Cancer Treatments

Alison Palumbo, PharmD, MPH, BCOP, Clinical Oncology Pharmacist | Oregon Health and Science University

Stephanie Pang, PharmD, Clinical Oncology Pharmacist | Fred Hutch Cancer Center
Targeted Therapies

Diana Martinez, PharmD, BCOP, Hematology/Blood & Marrow Transplant Specialist | Moffitt Malignant Hematology at Memorial Healthcare System
Stem Cell Transplant

Tara Higgins, PharmD, BCPPS, FPPA, FFSHP, Assistant Professor | Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy
Pediatric Oncology

AiThi Sprinkle, PharmD, BCOP, Associate Director and Medical Science Liaison | Vor Biopharma
Oncologic Emergencies Part 1

Loriel Solodokin, PharmD, BCOP, Assistant Professor | MCPHS School of Pharmacy
Oncologic Emergencies Part 2

The goal of the Oncology Basics Course is not only to prepare future leaders for high-quality patient care but also to provide a platform for pharmacists in practice to revisit and strengthen their knowledge of baseline oncology pharmacology concepts. The course is provided with minimal investment, is available to all, and can be completed at the learner’s pace through NCODA.org.




NCODA is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to empowering medically-integrated oncology practices to deliver positive, patient-centered outcomes by providing leadership, expertise, quality standards, and best practices. To learn more about NCODA visit www.ncoda.org or follow @NCODA on LinkedIn.

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