Jefferson University Hospitals

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Cardiology

The PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency is designed to develop expert knowledge and skills in managing drug therapy for those patients with cardiovascular diseases. This will be achieved through participation in multidisciplinary activities in various inpatient and outpatient areas of cardiac practice. There are also several opportunities for teaching and research throughout the residency experience.

This will be achieved through participation in multidisciplinary and independent patient care activities combined with teaching and research opportunities within the realm of cardiology.

Apply online via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

Thank you for your interest in the PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency in at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. This residency is designed to develop clinicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a cardiology pharmacy specialist.

The focus of the residency program is clinical practice, involving experiences with multiple inpatient cardiology services, outpatient cardiology clinics and the heart transplant service. Residents will develop skills in managing drug therapy for patients with multiple disease states being affected by or affecting the cardiovascular system, and in educating healthcare professionals and healthcare professionals in training. The program is extremely flexible and elective experiences can be chosen to complement the individual resident's career goals.

Throughout the residency year you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide pharmaceutical care to patients utilizing cardiovascular pharmacotherapy.
  • Serve as secretary of the Cardiology and Thrombosis Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Conduct a medication use evaluation to determine the appropriateness of a cardiovascular therapy.
  • Provide an ACPE-accredited continuing education lecture to the Pharmacy Department.
  • Provide a Grand Rounds lecture to the Cardiology Department.
  • Precept an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience as well as a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident.
  • Design, conduct and present a research project.
  • Prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Attend professional conferences related to cardiovascular diseases.
  • Develop and enhance professional skills (time and stress management, written and verbal communication).

In addition to the clinical component of the program there is a required service component that extends the residency commitment beyond the 40-hour week. Much of the service experience is spent serving as pharmacist-in-charge, performing the administrative functions and overseeing the clinical services provided by the department.

The residency will begin around July 1st. As an accredited PGY2 program, this Residency is listed with the ASHP Residency Matching Program. Application is through PhORCAS. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews in late January and throughout February. Qualified candidates must have completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) or possess equivalent work experience.

Again, thank you for your interest in our program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or for further information.

Sincerely, 

Brandi Thoma, PharmD, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)
PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Advanced Practice Pharmacist, Surgical Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Brandi.Thoma@jefferson.edu
(215) 955-3830

Want to learn more about the Jefferson Cardiology Residency Program? Please contact:

Brandi Thoma, PharmD, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)
PGY2 Cardiology Residency Program Director
Advanced Practice Pharmacist, Surgical Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

215-955-3830
Brandi.Thoma@jefferson.edu

Via Mail:
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Gibbon Building, Suite 2260
111 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5098

Do I need to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

Attendance at the ASHP Midyear Meeting is not required. Current residents will be available to answer questions and provide additional information about the program. Whether or not you attend the Midyear do not hesitate to contact the program director for more information.

What are the requirements for application to the Specialized Residency in Cardiology?

  • Online application via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
    • Letter of interest
    • Official transcript(s) from the school of pharmacy
    • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a clinical preceptor)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • PharmD from an accredited school of pharmacy
  • Successful completion of an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Eligibility for Pharmacy licensure in the State of Pennsylvania

When are applications due?

Completed applications are due by December 29, 2017. After reviewing all completed applications, interviews will be scheduled with selected candidates throughout January.

How many residency positions are available?

There is one full time PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency in position available at Jefferson Hospital

When does the residency start?

The residency begins on or around July 1.

What kinds of experiences can I expect to have as a Cardiology Resident at Jefferson?

Throughout the residency year you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide pharmaceutical care to patients utilizing cardiovascular pharmacotherapy.
  • Serve as secretary of the Cardiology & Thrombosis Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Conduct a medication use evaluation to determine the appropriateness of cardiovascular therapy.
  • Provide an ACPE-accredited continuing education lecture to the Pharmacy Department.
  • Provide a Grand Rounds lecture to the Cardiology Department.
  • Precept an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience as well as a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident.
  • Design, conduct and present a research project.
  • Prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Attend professional conferences related to cardiovascular diseases.
  • Develop and enhance professional skills (time and stress management, written and verbal communication).

What experiences are required or available to the resident?

Required experiences include:

  • Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Failure & Anticoagulation Transitions of Care
  • Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplantation
  • Medical Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Surgical Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department

Longitudinal experiences include:

  • Secretary of the Cardiology and Thrombosis Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Teaching experiences (didactic and experiential)

Elective experiences include but are not limited to:

  • Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)
  • Secretary of the Cardiology and Thrombosis Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Teaching experiences (didactic and experiential)

Elective experiences include but are not limited to:

  • Electrophysiology Consults
  • Stroke Unit

How is the residency coordinated?

A Residency Advisory Committee, including staff members who are former residents, provides overall direction for the program. The Residency Program Director coordinates experiences in various clinical settings precepted by clinical specialists or experts in that area. The selection and sequencing of elective rotations is based on the individual resident’s needs and career goals. To obtain more information about the PGY2 in Cardiology, interested applicants are encouraged to contact the program director.

What is the size of the Pharmacy Department? How is it organized?

The Pharmacy Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital consists of approximately 100 full-time pharmacists and 89 full-time supportive personnel (pharmacy technicians and support staff). A sizable part-time staff increases the department's resources to nearly 200 employees.

The department consists of a large centralized pharmacy that is responsible for providing comprehensive pharmacy services to the approximately 660 beds at our flagship hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The department also consists of a well-established Investigational Drug Service that participates in numerous inpatient and outpatient protocols and a Drug Information Center that services practitioners throughout the Jefferson Health System. The department staffs outpatient pharmacies at three convenient on-campus locations.

Is workspace provided to the resident?

Yes, the resident is provided with his or her own desk equipped with a personal computer. On the PC, the resident is able to gain access to the hospital computer network including patient profiles and laboratory data, email, drug information references, and standard office applications (Microsoft Office®).

What is the staffing requirement of the residency?

Currently, the cardiology pharmacy resident staffing commitment consists of:

  • Approximately every 4th weekend
  • One evening every other week
  • One holiday per year
  • Code Blue coverage

What is the stipend and what benefits are offered?

The stipend for the upcoming year is expected to be approximately $57,000, paid bi-weekly over a period of 26 pay periods. The benefits package includes: health insurance, vacation and days off for holidays worked, sick days, paid holidays, meal allowance, discounts on parking and public transportation, lab coat and travel reimbursements.

What teaching opportunities exist?

The Pharmacy Department is committed to providing numerous educational programs for a variety of healthcare professionals. By participating in opportunities that exist at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP), the residents are able to develop a broad range of teaching skills. These opportunities include presenting formal didactic lectures or participating in small group teaching for pharmacy students and precepting PGY1 residents, as well as APPE students from Jefferson College of Pharmacy.

Residents are required to prepare and present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program and provide a Grand Rounds presentation to the Cardiology Department of the hospital.

Is licensure in Pennsylvania required?

Yes, residents are expected to become licensed in Pennsylvania at the earliest possible date, but no later than September 1, 2018. Licensure permits the resident to accept full responsibility and accountability for the care of patients; an essential outcome of residency training. Delays in becoming licensed in Pennsylvania jeopardize the resident's ability to meet the residency program outcomes.

Please note: The Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy requires completion of at least 1,500 intern hours of which a maximum of 1,000 intern hours may be earned through an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy's academic program. At least 500 intern hours must be earned outside of school and in a licensed pharmacy. The Board may accept the full-time practice of pharmacy for one year in another U.S. state or the completion of a one-year pharmacy residency program in lieu of required intern hours. We encourage you to review your own state's rules regarding the registration, reporting, and transfer of intern hours as well as Pennsylvania licensure requirements (www.dos.pa.gov/pharm). Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions you have regarding licensure with individual program directors.

Meet Our PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident

PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident

Our Cardiology Pharmacy Residency position is currently vacant as the program director was on sabbatical during the application and interview time period. Catherine Chun was our 2016-17 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident.  Catherine is from Queens, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Doctor of Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn New York. Cathy completed her PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency in June of 2017.  She has returned to her home state of New York where she has obtained a pharmacist position in the Surgical Cardio-Vascular ICU at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.