CARDIOLOGY PHARMACY SPECIALTY RESIDENCY
The University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics, in conjunction with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, offers a one-year specialty residency in cardiology. The residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This postgraduate training program focuses on the development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide medication therapy management in the area of cardiovascular pharmacy practice. The resident will also have the opportunity to gain clinical, research, and teaching experience in cardiovascular diseases.
The residency provides eleven or twelve rotations which can be tailored to the interests, career goals, and experience of the resident. A variety of established practice settings are available throughout the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics, including the following: General Cardiology/Coronary Intensive Care Unit, Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant, Cardiac Surgery, Electrophysiology, Medical Intensive Care Unit, and various Heart and Vascular Clinics.
In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to complete a longitudinal outpatient rotation (one half-day per week) over a 9-10 month period in one (or a combination) of the following cardiology clinics: heart failure, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, cardiac transplant or general cardiology.
Elective rotations are designed to broaden the resident’s experience in patient populations with unique problems related to cardiovascular diseases. Elective rotations include, but are not limited to the coagulation consult service, a focused month in a variety of ambulatory clinics, or academia.
Opportunities for teaching student pharmacists and residents are
available in pharmaceutical care laboratories, pharmacy course
presentations, and as part of clinical rotations. The resident will
also gain experience in reviewing medical literature and conducting
Zack M. Deyo, PharmD, BCPS, CPP (Heart and Vascular Clinics)
Ian B. Hollis, PharmD, BCPS (Cardiac Surgery/Advanced Heart Failure)
Brent N. Reed, PharmD, BCPS (General Cardiology/Coronary Intensive Care Unit)
Jo E. Rodgers, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS (AQ Cardiology) (Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant)*
*Residency Program Director (see biosketch and contact information below)
Pharmacy Practice Responsibilities
Residents will receive training and orientation to the department’s services during the first several weeks of the program. Pharmacy practice responsibilities consist of three 1-week staffing blocks over the course of the residency year and every third weekend.
These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, participating in multidisciplinary rounds with a medical team, verifying medication orders, optimizing transitions ofc care with admission and discharge medication reconciliation, providing pharmacokinetic consults, answering in-depth drug information requests, attending all codes as the pharmacy member of the code blue team, providing patient education and solving pharmacotherapeutic situations as they may arise. Residents will also participate in the after-hours clinical pharmacist on-call program.
Residency Research Project
The resident is expected to participate in a project that fulfills the following learning objectives: developing a study hypothesis and study design, seeking collaborative support from the pharmacy and/or medical staff, submitting for Institutional Review Board approval, consenting patients (if applicable), collecting and summarizing data, analyzing results and summarizing and presenting findings. To fulfill this requirement, the resident must complete a cardiovascular pharmacotherapy project with subsequent preparation of a publishable manuscript. It is strongly encouraged that the resident present project findings at a national pharmacy or cardiology meeting, or another suitable alternative.
Each resident will earn an appointment as a Clinical Instructor with the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Residents are required to participate as a teaching assistant for the Pharmaceutical Care Lab for the fall semester. This course is directed toward second or third year student pharmacists. Residents will also serve as a teaching assistant for the Cardiology/Nephrology Pharmacotherapy module in the spring semester.
Teaching experiences are also integrated with patient-care experiences as part of precepting responsibilities on clinical rotations. Opportunities to lead recitation sessions and participate in didactic lectures are encouraged and include involvement in the Pharmacotherapy Cardiology Module and the Cardiology Elective at the pharmacy school as well as various teaching opportunities also exist within the School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing.
Seminars and Professional Meetings
Each resident will attend a weekly seminar and case conference where pharmacy trainees will present contemporary topics and cases to an audience of pharmacy faculty, clinical specialists, residents, and students. In conjunction with assigned faculty, residents will periodically serve as an evaluator for student seminar
Individual health insurance is provided. The University of North Carolina Hospitals provides comprehensive malpractice insurance for all residents at no charge; however, this does not preclude the resident from obtaining individual professional liability insurance.
Each resident will be given a predetermined number of days of paid time off (PTO) for the entire year. These days include all vacation, sick leave, interview days, and professional meeting attendance (beyond the two meetings that residents are expected to attend). Residents will work one five-day holiday staffing block.
Applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and must have completed an ASHP accredited residency in pharmacy practice. Applicants without these qualifications will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine the adequacy of their clinical experience. Each resident is required to become a licensed pharmacist in the state of North Carolina.
For additional information, please contact:
Jo E. Rodgers, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Director, Clinical Fellowship Programs
Director, PGY2 Residency in Cardiology
Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics
University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
CB #7569, Kerr 3201, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7569
Office: 919-962-2249, Fax: 919-962-0644