​PGY2 Cardiology Residency FAQs

Is the residency accredited? 

Yes, the PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency program is ASHP accredited and received a full 8 years of re-accreditation in 2021.

How many positions are there?


What are the required learning experiences?

There are three two-month long required learning experiences:  Clinical Cardiology, Heart Failure/LVAD, and Cardiovascular ICU.  There are also several required longitudinal experiences including Education and Practice Administration, Research, Pharmacy Services, Ambulatory​, and Medical Emergencies.  Residents are also required to complete a one-month orientation period in July.                 

How many elective learning experiences does each resident complete? 

The residency provides for four months of elective learning experiences which are typically scheduled in the second half of the residency year. Potential one-month-long electives include Electrophysiology, Anticoagulation, Cardiovascular Surgery, and Outpatient Cardiology.  The following learning experiences may be taken as either two-week or one-month long electives: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Emergency Department, Medical ICU, and Pain and ​Palliative Care. 

Do the residents attend professional conferences throughout the residency year?  

Yes, the pharmacy resident will attend the ASHP Midyear meeting and a regional resident conference.  Financial support will be provided for these meetings.  Financial support for a cardiology-related professional meeting will be given at the discretion of the Director of Pharmacy.                   

How are the residents evaluated?

The program utilizes a competency-based approach to preceptor evaluation of the resident's performance of the program's educational goals and objectives, resident self-assessment of their performance, and resident evaluations of preceptor performance and of the program.  The PharmAcademic system will be utilized for all residency-related evaluations.   Residents are evaluated by each preceptor considering 1) how the resident compares to an individual with the same level of training or experience and 2) the level of improvement in the skill since the last performance.   

What teaching opportunities are available? 

Residents have the option to complete the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program.  This program provides residents with a broad understanding of issues in pharmacy education and opportunities to enhance their teaching skills.  It has been constructed for residents to gain knowledge in educational theory, develop experience in teaching in various instructional settings, and document and reflect upon their teaching activities.  

For residents who have already participated in a teaching certificate program during their PGY1 year, there are additional opportunities for teaching at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. 

Residents also participate in the precepting of pharmacy students on rotation at The Christ Hospital.

Will I need an Ohio pharmacy license?  

Yes, you are required to be licensed within 90 days after the start of the residency.                 

Does this program participate in the match? 

Yes, we participate in the match.                 

When is the application deadline?

Please refer to PhORCAS for application deadline. 

How do I submit my application material?   

The Christ Hospital residency program utilizes the PhORCAS system to manage application materials.  All materials need to be uploaded and submitted through PhORCAS. 

Is an interview required?  

Yes, an onsite interview is required.                 

When will interviews take place?  

Interviews will take place during the last week of January through the last week of February.                 

When does the residency begin and end?  

The residency is a 12-month commitment and will begin in early July of each year. Residents must go through hospital orientation at the start of the residency.                 

What is the stipend?

The stipend for the 2020 - 2021 residency year is $50,000.  This may change in subsequent years.                 

Is staffing required?  

The resident is required to work 16 weekends during the residency year.  This is approximately every third weekend beginning in August. The resident will also work one major and one minor holiday.

How much vacation time is available?

The resident is provided 15 days of vacation/sick time during the year in addition to 4 interview days.

Will the residency program be showcased at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

Yes, the residency is showcased at the ASHP Midyear Meeting.                  

Does the PGY2 residency participate in the early commit process?

Yes, current TCH PGY1 residents who are interested in early commitment to the PGY2 Cardiology program will be required to express their interest in writing by November 1 of the residency year. 

What does it mean that The Christ Hospital is a drug and nicotine free workplace?

Upon hire, all hospital employees must pass a drug and nicotine screen in order to be employed by The Christ Hospital.             

What sort of guidance/mentorship will each resident receive?

Residents are paired with a mentor of their choosing, who serves as an additional go-to person for questions and support, outside of the residency program director. Residents also receiving mentoring from preceptors on the research project, presentations, and while on clinical rotations.