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The Cardiology PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency program to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in the specialized areas of cardiology. This PGY2 residency provides the resident with opportunities to function independently as a practitioner by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete this accredited cardiology PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.


The program is a twelve-month, postgraduate training experience that usually begins during the second or third week in June (this can be adjusted based on PGY-1 completion date). Greater than 75% of the residency will be spent providing inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular services. The resident will work closely with the interprofessional team and be accountable for pharmacotherapeutic outcomes. In the ICU, the resident will work directly with the critical care team comprised of medical interns, residents, fellows and attending physicians. On the other inpatient cardiovascular services (e.g. general cardiology consult service, advanced heart failure service, and cardiac transplant service), the resident will work with a smaller team (attending, fellow, clinical pharmacy specialist) to provide recommendations to the primary team. Outpatient cardiology clinics will either be staffed with a cardiology attending or completed independently under the supervision of a clinical pharmacy specialist. All clinical pharmacy interventions will be recorded in the medical record. The resident will be supervised by either a clinical pharmacy specialist preceptor and/or physician/nurse practitioner co-preceptor. Residents will also practice alongside pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents, providing opportunities for teaching and precepting.


  • A competitive stipend of $44,500
  • 10 federal holidays per year
  • Vacation days and sick leave are both accrued at a rate of 4 hours every two weeks totaling 13 days of paid vacation time and 13 days of paid sick leave
  • Health insurance
  • Dental/Vision insurance
  • Residents attend one national clinical meeting, a spring residency conference, and are encouraged to attend other professional local or national meetings
  • Travel funds are available to offset some of the expenses for these educational meetings

Cardiology PGY2 Residency Rotations

Sample Schedule


Primary Rotation


Anticoagulation Clinic

Mid-End July

Research (core)/Orientation to CV services, acute medicine


SICU- vascular & cardiac surgery/transplant emphasis (core; pre-requisite to cardiac transplant)

(Monday PM anticoagulation cl)


Advanced Heart Failure


Heart Failure Transitions of Care




Heart Failure Services Cross Coverage


Advanced Heart Failure


Medical Critical Care / PCU




Heart Failure Transitions of Care


Cardiology Consult Service

Early June

General (or Cards) Elective (~2 wks)

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Scholarly activity
    • Heart Failure Interprofessional Journal Club
    • Layered Learning / student precepting
  • Practice Management/Leadership
    • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, 2nd Thursday of the month, 2pm
    • Anticoagulation Subcommittee
      • Inpatient anticoagulation workgroup
  • Research/Project
  • Cardiology Pharmacy Newsletter
  • Longitudinal Heart Failure Clinic
  • Face-to-face telephone clinic

 PRN Opportunities via Pharmacy Service or Medical Service, Cardiology Section:

  • Nonformulary/Restricted Drug Consult Development
  • Cardiovascular related MUE
  • Cardiovascular order sets/clinical pathways/protocols

Optional (Elective) Opportunities (not included in residency evaluation):

  • Lipscomb Teaching Certificate
  • Nashville Area Pharmacists Association (one hour CE)
  • Nashville HF Journal Club (lecture without CE)

Training Faculty:

The faculty are committed to training a PGY2 cardiology pharmacy resident and include the following personnel:

Faculty Supervisor Name


Clinical Position

Areas of Specialty


CORE Pharmacist Preceptors

Cassandra Benge

Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ Cardiology), AACC

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Advanced Heart Failure

Cardiac Transplant

Casey Ryals Owen


Pharm.D., BCACP


Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Outpatient Anticoagulation
MUET (CV Emphasis Activities)

Anticoagulation subcommittee

Abbie Burka


Clinical Pharmacy Specialist


(vascular, cardiothoracic, renal transplant)

Robin Cooke

Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

MICU (includes cardiology critical care)

Ann-Marie Sutherland


Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

MICU (includes cardiology critical care)

Jessica Wallace

Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Internal Medicine—CV Emphasis/Academia


 Emily Young

 Pharm.D., BCPS

 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

 Heart Failure – Transitions of Care

Non Pharmacist CORE Preceptors 

James A.S. Muldowney, III




Transitional care HF

Other scholarly activity

Henry Ooi


Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist

Advanced Heart Failure

Cardiac Transplant/Advanced Therapies

Jay Gainer


Clinical Pharmacology

Hypertension Clinic


Elective Rotation Pharmacist Preceptors

Note: Any VATVHS PGY1 rotation may be have expectations adjusted to the PGY2 level 

April Ungar

Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Outpatient Anticoagulation

Bishoy Ragheb

PharmD., BCACP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist


Outpatient Anticoagulation Anticoagulation Subcommittee (P&T)

Lauralee Maxwell

Pharm.D., BCACP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Emergency Room/Triage (chronic disease management for patients without a physician)

David Eplin

Pharm.D., BCOP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Transplant (emphasis BMT)

Ashley Yost

Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist



Delegated Pharmacist Preceptors

Andrea Brown

Pharm.D., BCPS

Compounded Sterile Products Pharmacy Supervisor



Non Pharmacist Delegated Preceptors

Amy Howard


Nurse Practitioner

Certified Heart Failure Nurse


Advanced Heart Failure

Linda Howerton



Nurse Practitioner

Certified Heart Failure Nurse


Advanced Heart Failure

How to Apply

Application Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school of pharmacy.
  • Licensed in any of the United States (for any non-VA rotations, must be licensed in the state of TN).
  • Completed, or in the process of completing, a PGY1 ASHP accredited or pending accreditation residency program.
  • Participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Process.

Application Materials Required

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation using standard template in PhORCAS (no longer requiring formal letters of recommendation)

Application Deadline

All application materials are due no later than January 1st. Qualified applicants will be notified of a formal interview date no later than February 15th.

Program Number: 699867

Application Process

Please use Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service, PhORCAS, to apply at .

Match Rules

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Appointment of Applicants:

Appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical exam, including a negative drug test. Applicants must meet requirements for federal employment. As this is a PGY2 program, residents are required to be licensed in any state prior to the Match.

For information, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Cassie Benge, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ Cardiology), AACC at

Associate PGY2 Residency: Emily Young, PharmD, BCPS

Current PGY2 Resident: Jakob.Fann, Pharm.D., at