Cardiology (PGY2)

Program Overview

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.



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.

Core Rotations

  • Cardiology Intensive Care

  • Cardiac Surgery

  • Mechanical Cardiac Support

  • Heart Failure

  • Heart transplant

Elective Rotations

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.

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.

Program Details

Application Information

Number of Positions: One Residency starting date: July 3

Estimated stipend - approx. $60,593*

*info has not been verified

Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy degree,

PGY1 pharmacy residency certificate, licensure in Tennessee

Submit application in PhORCAS application portal by Jan 1 deadline.

Contact Information

Daniel C. Johnson, PharmD, BCPS, Program Director

Telephone: 615.322.2374

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Department of Pharmaceutical Services

1211 Medical Center Drive B 131 VUH

Nashville, TN  37232-7610

Institutional Information

Private non-profit hospital/clinic.  Teaching/Tertiary Model

Professional Staff = 150    Non-professional staff = 220

Total Beds = 1065   Average Daily Census = 87