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PGY2 - Cardiology Specialty Residency


The University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina 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.




  • Pharmacy Orientation - 1 month (July)
  • General Cardiology (Intermediate and Floor areas) - 1 month
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit - 1 month
  • Advanced Heart Failure - 1 month
  • Cardiac Surgery/Heart Transplant/LVAD - 1 month
  • Cardiology Outpatient Clinics - 1 month
  • Hematology Consult Service - 2 weeks
  • Cardiology Outpatient Clinics – 6 months, ½ day per week longitudinal. Rotation will be completed in one of the following clinic areas: heart failure, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, electrophysiology, or general cardiology.


The resident may opt to repeat any of the above rotations during any calendar months that remain after selection of their desired elective months, to a maximum of 3 total months per required rotation. Also, the resident may be required to repeat any of the above rotations (in lieu of an elective month) if it is deemed that their performance during the first rotation month was not acceptable for completion of the residency.



Elective rotations are designed to broaden the resident’s experience in patient populations with unique problems related to cardiovascular diseases or to enhance the resident’s ability to perform in a faculty position after residency.

The following rotations are elective and are optional for successful completion of the residency. Elective rotations include, but are not limited to:

  • Medicine Intensive Care Unit (MICU) – 2-4 weeks
  • Electrophysiology – 2-4 weeks
  • Family Medicine – 2-4 weeks
  • Nephrology – 2-4 weeks
  • Academia – 2-4 weeks

Explanation of the Calendar Year

The residency year will be scheduled such that required rotations comprise the entirety of the first 6 months of the year. Elective rotations and repeated required rotations will be scheduled in the second 6 months of the residency year.



  • Kristen Tasca, PharmD, BCPS (General Cardiology/Cardiac Intensive Care Unit)
  • Jonathan D. Cicci, PharmD, BCPS (General Cardiology/Cardiac Intensive Care Unit)
  • Ian B. Hollis, PharmD, BCPS, AQ Cardiology (Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Surgery/ Heart Transplantation/LVAD)
  • Zach M. Deyo, PharmD, BCPS, CPP (Heart and Vascular Outpatient Clinics)
  • Philip Owen, PharmD, BCPS, (Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit)
  • Sheh-Li Chen, PharmD, BCOP (Hematology Consult Service)
  • Jo E. Rodgers, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, AQ Cardiology (Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplantation/LVAD)


Staffing Component

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 (Monday through Friday) staffing blocks over the course of the residency year and every third weekend (Saturday and Sunday). These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, verifying medication orders, medication reconciliation, providing pharmacokinetic consults, answering in-depth drug information requests, attending all Code Blues as the pharmacy member of the 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. Successful completion of each of the above Pharmacy Practice Responsibilities is required for completion of the residency.


Seminars/Professional Meetings

All residents will present a 45-minute ACPE-approved continuing education (CE) seminar once during the year. The ACPE-approved CE presentation is held once during the workday with an encore on evening and weekends and is open for the public to attend. In addition, residents will present 1-3 UNC Case Conferences in their specialty area to fellow residents and students throughout the year. Each resident is expected to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (December). Financial compensation will be provided for this experience. Financial compensation may also be provided for additional meetings, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting and/or other national cardiology meetings (e.g., American College of Cardiology). Participation in poster sessions is encouraged at these meetings. Successful completion of the above CE and Case Conference requirement is required for completion of the residency.


Additional Requirements

Residency Writing Project

The resident may elect to lead the completion of a manuscript comprising a comprehensive review of a relevant cardiovascular pharmacotherapeutic area. This experience will involve idea generation, outline creation, acquisition of collaborators, subsection compilation, manuscript submission, response to reviewer comments, and manuscript re-submission. The resident and RPD will decide during the first quarter of the residency year if the resident intends to participate in this learning experience.

Teaching Responsibilities

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 (TA) for Pharmaceutical Care Lab (PCL) for either the Fall or Spring Semesters. This class is directed toward second or third year student pharmacists. Based upon course scheduling and availability, residents may alternatively be given the option to serve as a TA for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Advanced Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy Elective and/or the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Cardiology Pharmacotherapy module in lieu of facilitating PCL in the Fall or Spring Semesters, respectively. Successful completion of 2 semesters of the above TA responsibilities is required for completion of the residency.

Teaching experiences are also integrated with patient care experiences as part of precepting responsibilities on clinical rotations. Opportunities to lead small-group recitation sessions and participate in didactic lectures at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy are encouraged. Various teaching opportunities also exist within the School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing.


RPD Contact Information

Ian B. Hollis, PharmD, BCPS, AQ Cardiology

Clinical Specialist, Cardiac Surgery & Advanced Heart Failure

University of North Carolina Medical Center

Residency Program Director, Cardiology Specialty Residency

Assistant Professor of Clinical Education

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514

Office: 919.843.9038



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