The goal of the PGY-2 pharmacy residency in cardiology 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 (OUCOP).

  • 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


    July 2018


    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


    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)
    • Silver Clinic Anticoagulation (FMC)
    • Cardiology Fellows Clinic (OUMC)
    • Heart Failure Clinic (OU Physicians)
    • Internal Medicine Clinic (OU Physicians)
    • Inpatient Cardiology Consult Service (OUMC)
    • Repeat of core rotations:
      • Cardiac Intensive Care III
      • Outpatient Cardiology III General Cardiology

    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, Assistant Professor, OU College of Pharmacy, Clinical Specialist, Inpatient Cardiology-OUMC

  • Residency Program Preceptors

    Tarun W. Dasari, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Director of CICU-OUMC, 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

    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)

    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, 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

    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, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist-Cardiology Specialist, Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, UT

  • Accreditation

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