Cardiology

The purpose of the PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency program is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of cardiovascular disease-related pharmacy practice. The PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy will provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners, by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated cardiovascular disease-related experience and knowledge, and incorporating both in the provision of patient care. Pharmacy residents who successfully complete the accredited PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification. Overall, the goal of the PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy is to develop advanced cardiovascular practice skills in qualified pharmacists, with specific preparation for a career in specialized cardiovascular pharmacy practice. Residents will participate in direct patient care, with all rotation experiences conveniently located within the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OUHSC) campus. Preparation for a career in academics is also provided, with didactic experiences in classroom, as well as experiential teaching. This one year position provides the resident with the academic rank of Clinical Instructor with the University of Oklahoma, College of Pharmacy (OU CoP). 


  • Training Sites

    • OU Medical Center (OUMC)
      • Inpatient training
    • OU Physicians
      • Outpatient training
    • OU Family Medicine Clinic (FMC)
      • Outpatient training
    • OUCOP
      • Academia training

  • Research

    Residents complete a research curriculum which includes the OUHSC Institutional Review Board (IRB) certification for conducting human research, and specific research training sessions through Resident Rounds. Each resident designs and executes an original research project under the mentorship of their research committee, which consists of the residency program director, an expert(s) in the practice area in which research will be conducted, and an expert in study design, data analysis, and statistical methods. Residents will present preliminary research findings as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting or at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Scientific Session & Expo. Final results will be presented as a podium presentation at the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists Residency Research Conference. In accordance with ASHP standards, residents will prepare a high-quality manuscript based on their research findings, with the potential to publish their work. 

  • Teaching

    The resident delivers at least two lectures to healthcare professional students in a pharmacotherapeutics course. Residents will also assist with small group facilitation and practice lab experiences for Pharm.D. students. Throughout the year, the resident will have multiple opportunities to participate in experiential teaching, towards ultimately serving as primary preceptor for fourth year Pharm.D. students, who are completing the experiential portion of their curriculum. Teaching also occurs throughout the year as the resident presents interdisciplinary in-services to the medical, pharmacy, and nursing staff.

  • Professional Meetings

    • American Society of Health Systems Pharmacy (ASHP)
    • American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Scientific Session & Expo
    • Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists Residency Research Conference

    Additional Professional Meetings attended by past residents (non-required, dependent on individual program availability and goals)

    • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) (October)
    • Oklahoma Chapter of American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting (April)
    • Oklahoma Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy Annual Meeting (October)

  • Residency Learning Experiences

    Required Rotations:

    • Orientation – 1 month
    • Acute Cardiovascular rotations – 5-6 months
    • Outpatient rotations – 2-3 months
    • Research – 1 discrete month and longitudinal
    • Administration – 1 month

    Elective rotations – 1-2 months

    Example of Rotation Schedule:

    Rotation Month

    Rotation

    July 2018

    Orientation*

    August 2018

    Cardiac Intensive Care Ia*

    September 2018

    Outpatient Clinic Ib*

    October 2018

    Cardiac Intensive Care IIa*

    November 2018

    Outpatient Clinic IIb*

    December 2018

    Clinical Research*

    January 2019

    Elective I

    February 2019

    Administration*

    March 2019

    Cardiac Intensive Care IIIa*

    April 2019

    Cardiology Consulta*

    May 2019

    Clinical Precepting Cardiac Intensive Care IVa*

    June 2019

    Elective II

    * Core Rotation

    a Core Rotations at OUMC

    b Core Rotations at FMC or OU Physicians

    Elective Experiences (depending on availability)

    • Internal Medicine (OUMC)
    • Trauma Intensive Care (OUMC)
    • Medical Intensive Care (OUMC)
    • Pediatric Cardiology (OU Children’s)
    • Heart Failure Clinic (OU Physicians)
    • Internal Medicine Clinic (OU Physicians)
    • Inpatient Cardiology Consult Service (OUMC)
    • Repeat of core rotations

    Longitudinal Experiences

    • Cardiac Testing and Procedures (OUMC)
    • Device implantation (OUMC)
    • Academic Pharmacy (OU CoP)
    • Clinical Research (OU CoP/OUMC)
    • Administration (OU CoP)
    • Echocardiography (OUMC)
    • ECG conference(OUMC)
    • Journal club
    • Medical writing
    • Dissect a Recommendation (DAR)
    • Cardiology Grand Rounds
    • Silver Clinic Anticoagulation (FMC)

  • Residency Program Director

    Nicholas C. Schwier, Pharm.D., BCPS AQ-Cardiology
    Assistant Professor
    OU College of Pharmacy
    Clinical Specialist, Inpatient Cardiology - OUMC

  • Residency Program Preceptors

    Tarun W. Dasari, M.D., MPH
    Director of CICU – OUMC
    Heart Failure Specialist
    Assistant Professor 
    College of Medicine

    Vincent C. Dennis, Pharm.D., BCACP, CDE
    Associate Dean for Experiential Programs
    Associate Professor 
    College of Pharmacy
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care

    Peter N. Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, FPPAG, FCCM
    Associate Professor
    College of Pharmacy
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatrics – OU Children’s Hospital 

    Kiya K. Harrison, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Assistant Professor 
    College of Pharmacy
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Inpatient Internal Medicine – OUMC

    Melissa S. Medina, Ed.D.
    Associate Dean of Assessment & Evaluation 
    Presidential Professor
    College of Pharmacy
    Director of Preparing Future Faculty (OUHSC Graduate College)

    Christina Murray, M.D.
    Heart Failure Specialist
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    College of Medicine

    Katherine O'Neal, Pharm.D., MBA, BCACP, CDE, BC-AD, AE-C
    Associate Professor
    College of Pharmacy
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care – OU Physicians 

    Beth H. Resman-Targoff, Pharm.D., FCCP
    Professor 
    Program Director, Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency 
    OU College of Pharmacy
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Inpatient Internal Medicine - OUMC

    Nicholas C. Schwier, Pharm.D., BCPS AQ-Cardiology
    Assistant Professor 
    College of Pharmacy
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Inpatient Cardiology - OUMC 

    Grant H. Skrepnek, Ph.D., R.Ph.
    Associate Professor
    College of Pharmacy

  • Residency Program Alumni

    J. Jacob Cannedy, Pharm.D.
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology
    Integris Baptist Medical Center
    Oklahoma City, OK

    John Dechand, Pharm.D.
    Clinical Pharmacist - Cardiovascular Medicine
    University of Utah Health
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Michael Scalese, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
    Adjunct Assistant Professor University of South Alabama College of Medicine

    Yvonne L. Phan, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
    Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration
    Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

    Holly Herring, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Pharmacist
    Baptist Integris Hospital
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Katy Mathews Cox, Pharm.D., BCPS 
    AQ Cardiology, Critical Care Pharmacist 
    Cardiology, Baylor University Medical Center
    Department of Pharmacy
    Dallas, TX

  • Accreditation

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    This residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists