PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency

The Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is a 12-month, postgraduate pharmacy training program. The primary objective of the program is to train pharmacists to be leaders in the field of cardiology and experts in the provision of evidence-based cardiovascular care. The program will prepare pharmacists to assume clinical, academic, or research positions in the specialty of cardiology and equip them for board certification.

The purpose of the PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training. It helps develop clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized cardiovascular practice. The program provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge to improve medication therapy and patient care.

Residents are actively involved in the training of PGY1 residents and pharmacy students. They also work on clinical research and department projects. Saint Luke’s Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center, accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center, accredited Comprehensive Cardiac Center, and active heart transplant center that has completed more than 900 transplants.

The residency offers exposure to a wide array of patient populations and the opportunity to work with several different multidisciplinary teams that include physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and dieticians. 

Number of Positions Available

1 PGY2 Cardiology Resident


Required Rotations 

  • Orientation ( 5 weeks)
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (6 weeks)
  • Cardiovascular ICU/Cardiothoracic Surgery (6 weeks)
  • Heart Failure/Transplant (6 weeks)
  • General Cardiology (4-5 weeks)
  • Evening Critical Care Cardiology (4-5 weeks)
  • Community Hospital Cardiology (4-5 weeks)

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  • Ambulatory Care Cardiology I & II (6 months each – 1 day every 2 weeks)
  • Research I & Research II (6 months each: Complete one research project and one MUE)
  • Committees (12 months)
    • Cardiovascular Evidence Based Practice Team
    • Medication Safety
    • Heparin Process Improvement
    • Comprehensive Cardiac Center Multidisciplinary Committee
  • Teaching/Presentations (12 months split into quarterly evaluations)

Elective Rotations (4 – 5 weeks)

  • Electrophysiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit II
  • Cardiovascular ICU/Cardiothoracic Surgery II
  • Heart Failure/Transplant II
  • General Cardiology II

Required Presentations

  • Platform Presentation (controversy/review/other) (2)
  • Patient Case (2)
  • Journal club (8)
  • Cardiology Resident Conference (8)
  • Research project poster presentation (1)
  • Research project platform presentation (1)
  • Cardiology Fellows Conference (4 minimum)
  • One ACCP Cardiology PRN activity: Journal Club (only if chosen through the lottery) or twitter posts, newsletters

Other Completion Requirements

  • Complete all ASHP required topics included in the appendix for PGY2 Cardiology Programs
  • Complete a residency project and the submission of a paper of publishable quality
  • Completion of one medication use evaluation project

Additional Required Responsibilities

  • Code Blue Response
  • Code STEMI Response

Staffing Requirements

  • Eight hour shifts
  • Every 3rd weekend covering Mid-America Heart Institute Patient Care & Monitoring (includes ICU, post-surgical and non-ICU units)
  • Central pharmacy drug distribution duties are also expected as needed
  • One major and one minor holiday


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (Required)
  • American College of Cardiology Spring Session (Required) 
  • Saint Luke's Conn Heart Conference (Required if not conflicting with ASHP)
  • Local/Regional Meeting to present research (Required)

Program Contact

Charles "Chip" Hayes, PharmD, BCCP, FACC 
Clinical Pharmacist III, Cardiac Critical Care 
PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program Director