Department of Pharmaceutical Services

Cardiology (PGY2)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a twelve-month PGY2 residency in cardiology pharmacy that offers comprehensive experience in a variety of cardiovascular practice areas. The purpose of the residency is to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice that meets the needs of cardiovascular patients. Graduates exit equipped to be fully integrated members of the interdisciplinary cardiovascular care team, and able to make complex pharmacotherapy recommendations in a fast-paced environment. In addition, graduates are experienced in short-term research in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, excel in their ability to teach other health professionals, and possess the experience necessary to exercise leadership for cardiology practice in the health system.

Core Rotations:
Cardiology Intensive Care
Cardiac Surgery & Mechanical Cardiac Support
Heart Failure
Heart transplant

Elective rotations will include two additional critical care rotations.  Any rotation available to a PGY1 pharmacy resident at Vanderbilt may be completed by the PGY2 cardiology resident.

All rotations are four weeks in duration. A four week block will be designated as a transitional period dedicated to project time and meeting attendance. The resident's schedule is flexible in order to allow the resident to meet his/her career goals and interests.

Hospital Pharmacy Practice:
The resident will work in a guided hospital practice scheduled every fourth weekend and on selected holidays. The primary responsibility of the PGY2 resident will be clinical pharmacy practice such as pharmacokinetic consults and clinical dashboard activities. The resident will also participate in the clinical on-call program as either the primary clinical pharmacist on-call or as the back-up clinical pharmacist on-call for PGY1 residents.

Research Project:
The resident will conduct a research project over the course of the residency year. This project will include idea development, literature review, study design, IRB submission, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, oral presentation and a written manuscript.  

Application Information:  
Number of Positions: One
Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy degree,
PGY1 pharmacy residency certificate, licensure in Tennessee 

Submit application in PhORCAS application portal by Jan 1 deadline.  
All applicants should complete Vanderbilt HR, click on External applicants, 
and search for 
Requisition # 1413304 prior to deadline.

Daniel C. Johnson  PharmD, BCPS, Program Director
Telephone: 615.322.2374
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Pharmaceutical Services
1211 Medical Center Drive    B131 VUH
Nashville, TN  37232-7610
Institutional Information
Private nonprofit hospital/clinic    .    Teaching/Tertiary Model
Professional Staff = 150    .     Non-professional staff = 220
Total Beds = 1065    .     Average Daily Census = 877

Estimated stipend - approx. $60,593*
1 position available
*info has not been verified

Residency starting date: July 1

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