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. This program is designated as “Candidate” status by ASHP and will pursue full accreditation which will act retrospectively once granted.

Number of Positions Available

1 PGY2 Cardiology Resident


Core Rotations (4-6 weeks each)

  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Heart Failure/Transplant
  • General Cardiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Evening Critical Care Cardiology (CVICU/CICU/ER)
  • Community Hospital Cardiology

Longitudinal Rotations/Experiences

  • Ambulatory Care Cardiology (longitudinal rotation; 1 day every other week for 6-12 months)
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Code Blue response
  • Code STEMI response
  • Weekly Cardiology Grand Rounds (if able to attend)
  • Heart Failure Didactics (monthly if able to attend)

Elective Rotations

  • Emergency Medicine

Committee Involvement

  • Cardiovascular Evidence-Based Practice Team
  • Outpatient Anticoagulation Committee
  • System Medication Safety Team
  • Heparin Process Improvement Committee


  • Cardiology Resident Conference (monthly starting in September)
  • Cardiology Journal Club (monthly)
  • Cardiology Clinical Controversy/Platform Presentation (two)
  • Patient Case Presentation (two)
  • Poster presentation of research project
  • Platform presentation of research project
  • Cardiology Fellows Conference (four)
  • Optional if available:
    • Cardiology or Medicine Grand Rounds
    • ACCP Cardiology PRN Resident Journal Club

Other Completion Requirements

  • Completion of a residency project (10 noncontiguous days provided throughout the year of research time)
  • Submission of a paper of publishable quality, which may include:
    • Case reports with a review of the literature
    • Original research
    • Medication use evaluation
    • Meta-analysis of a disease state or therapy
    • Review article
  • Completion of one medication use evaluation project as facilitator


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • ACC Spring Meeting
  • Saint Luke's Conn Heart Conference (if not conflicting with ASHP)
  • Regional Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacy/ Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy Annual Meeting

Program Contact

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