PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy

PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy

Program Summary

The PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency program prepares you to practice as a specialized clinician focusing on the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases. In a hospital internationally known for expertise in heart care, you will provide direct patient care and be a practice leader in hospital-based acute care cardiology services and associated ambulatory care cardiology clinics.

Program Purpose

This program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners 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 an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

As such, the PGY2 Cardiology Residency prepares PGY1 residency graduates to practice as specialized clinicians, focusing on the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Rotation Site

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
Wisconsin’s largest private hospital, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is a premier destination for world-class patient care, treating patients from all 50 states and worldwide. It’s internationally known for expertise in heart care and oncology. Aurora St. Luke’s also offers exceptional specialty care in areas such as critical care, abdominal/cardiothoracic transplant and neurosciences, and houses the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.

Aurora St. Luke’s serves as the primary training ground for cardiology pharmacy with two specialized ICUs in cardiology, high-volume cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs and advanced cardiac surgery services.

Program Highlights

The format of the residency is tailored to the interest, experience, aptitude and career goals of each resident. The resident gains experience and customizes their program by choosing elective learning experiences based on individual needs and interests.


  • Computer systems
  • Drug distribution
  • Personnel, policies, workflow and department structure

Required Learning Experiences

  • Cardiac ICU
  • Acute care cardiology
  • Advanced heart failure/transplant
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular ICU (surgical)
  • Ambulatory care: Heart failure clinic
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Based on resident interests.

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Year-long residency project
  • Cardiac coordination
  • Staffing
  • PGY2 Noon Conference

Professional Development

  • Learning experience projects
  • In-services
  • Staffing
  • Visits to other institutions
  • Professional organizations
  • Teaching and precepting
  • ACPE continuing education presentations
  • Interviewing/recruiting
  • Attendance at one professional cardiology meeting (e.g., ACC) and more

For a list of learning experiences, see Program Graduation Requirements.

Residency Projects

Each pharmacy resident also completes a residency project. Pharmacy residency projects are practice-based and align with the department’s strategic plan. Residents formally present their projects at a statewide conference and receive the opportunity to publish their work.

View the Year-Long Residency Projects

Program Requirements


You must complete general and program-specific requirements, including core and elective learning experiences, to graduate from your residency program.

Program Graduation Requirements

Resident Expectations & Requirements

On-Site Interview

All Pharmacy Residency candidates must complete an on-site interview. Interview dates cannot be rescheduled.

Preceptors & Residents

Our program’s most important assets are our people. Becoming a pharmacist requires two key ingredients: a motivated learner and a motivated teacher. Our preceptors, with diverse backgrounds in pharmacy, are excellent role models and teachers to our exceptional learners.

Meet the Preceptors

Meet the Residents

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