Cardiology Pharmacy


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Residency Program Director:
Sabrina Dunham, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP

The Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Michigan Health System will not be recruiting for a PGY2 Residency in Cardiology for the 2023-2024 residency year. It is anticipated that this will return for the 2024-2025 residency year and the website will be updated in fall 2023.

General Description

The PGY2 Cardiology Residency is an organized, directed postgraduate training program that focuses on the development of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to provide pharmaceutical care in cardiovascular pharmacy practice. The program is structured in accordance with the ASHP Accreditation Standard for Specialized Pharmacy Residency Training in Cardiology.

Program Purpose

The residency program in cardiology pharmacy practice is designed to develop practitioner expertise in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy in order to practice in the inpatient or outpatient setting as a clinical pharmacy specialist.

Program Structure

Required Rotations

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • General Cardiology (2 months)
  • Cardiology Critical Care Unit (2 months)
  • Heart Failure/Transplant (2 months)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit (1 month)
  • Ambulatory Care Experience (outpatient anticoagulation, VA ambulatory care clinic, or post-CICU discharge clinic) (1 month)

Elective Clinical Rotations

  • Pediatric Cardiology (Inpatient and Outpatient Adult Congenital Disease) (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Medical Ventricular Assist Device (1 month)

Additional Required Longitudinal Activities

  • Research project
  • Writing project (or additional research project if previously published a review article)
  • ACPE-Accredited 1-hour CE Presentation
  • Teaching at College of Pharmacy (3 hours per week for 1 semester)
  • Develop/modify content for online learning for the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner Pharmacology Course
  • Rotation based teaching (2 topic discussions per rotation; serve as primary preceptor for 1 or more P4 APPE rotations)
  • Professional committee involvement
  • Institutional committee involvement
  • ACLS code blue pager coverage (1-week commitment, approximately 6 times throughout the year)
  • Core cardiology topic discussions and journal club (6 topics and 6 journal clubs/late breaking clinical review)
  • Development of a guideline or protocol for cardiology or related areas
  • Completion of cardiology-related quality improvement project
  • Develop and deliver medication-related talk to LVAD/heart transplant patient support group (if scheduling allows)
  • Develop nursing and/or physician in-service
  • Participation in pharmacist code response training

Additional Required Activities

  • Poster presentation
  • Presentation at Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • Presentation at PGY2 cardiology specific conference (e.g. ACC, ACCP, AHA)
  • Community service in RAC-approved activity with residency class

Other Optional/Elective Activities

  • Completion of teaching certificate program
  • Complete online journal club through ACCP Cardiology PRN

Staffing Responsibility

Approximately every 3rd weekend for no more than 15 clinical weekends, 1 minor holiday, and 5-day major holiday block throughout the year

Research and Publications Opportunity

Through the research and writing requirements of the program, the resident has the potential to produce at least two manuscripts suitable for peer-reviewed publication by the end of the residency. The resident will participate in the development and implementation of a research study protocol of interest, relevant to Cardiology. Experience in protocol writing, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation and publication will be provided. Development of writing and presentation skills is available through writing of review articles and research papers, providing written communication to other healthcare professionals, as well as presentations to the Department of Pharmacy personnel and at local, regional and national meetings.

Teaching Opportunity

Residents will receive a faculty appointment as Adjunct Clinical Instructor with the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Experience in rotation-related precepting and teaching of Pharm.D. students and PGY1 residents is widely available. In addition, the Resident will gain experience in classroom teaching of Pharm.D. students at the College of Pharmacy.

Residency Director Information

Sabrina Dunham, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Cardiology
University of Michigan Health
Email: [email protected]


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