The Cardiology PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency program to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in the specialized areas of cardiology. This PGY2 residency provides the resident with opportunities to function independently as a practitioner by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete this accredited cardiology PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care (**inpatient and outpatient**), academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.
The program is a twelve-month, postgraduate training experience that usually begins on July 1. Greater than 75% of the residency will be spent providing a blend of inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular services. The resident will work closely with the interprofessional team and be accountable for pharmacotherapeutic outcomes. In the ICU, the resident will work directly with the critical care team comprised of medical interns, residents, fellows and attending physicians. On the other inpatient cardiovascular services (e.g. general cardiology consult service, advanced heart failure service, and cardiac transplant service), the resident will work with a smaller team (attending, fellow, clinical pharmacy specialist) to provide recommendations to the primary team. Outpatient cardiology clinics will either be staffed with a cardiology attending or completed independently under the supervision of a clinical pharmacy specialist. All clinical pharmacy interventions will be recorded in the medical record. The resident will be supervised by either a clinical pharmacy specialist preceptor and/or physician/nurse practitioner co-preceptor. Residents will also practice alongside pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents, providing opportunities for teaching and precepting.
A competitive stipend
10 federal holidays per year
Vacation days and sick leave are both accrued at a rate of 4 hours every two weeks totaling 13 days of paid vacation time and 13 days of paid sick leave
Residents attend one national clinical meeting, a spring residency conference, and are encouraged to attend other professional local or national meetings
Travel funds are available to offset some of the expenses for these educational meetings
Be a U.S. citizen.
Completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school of pharmacy.
Licensed in any of the United States (for any non-VA rotations, must be licensed in the state of TN).
Completed, or in the process of completing, a PGY1 ASHP accredited or pending accreditation residency program.
Participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Process.
Application Materials Required
Letter of intent
Official college of pharmacy transcript
Three (3) letters of recommendation using standard template in PhORCAS (no longer requiring formal letters of recommendation)
About VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Cardiology PGY2 Pharmacy Residency