Preceptor: Kathryn Weber, PharmD, BCPS
The Cardiology learning experience involves being an active interdisciplinary team member on the CHF service. The team consists of the heart failure cardiologist, 2-3 nurse practitioners, and the cardiology pharmacy specialist. Other team members may include medical residents, case managers, nurse practitioner students, and pharmacy students. Patients covered by the CHF service include heart failure patients in the ICU and on the telemetry floors, post-cardiac surgery patients, left ventricular assist device patients, and pulmonary hypertension patients. There are daily patient rounds with the multidisciplinary team. The cardiology pharmacy specialist is responsible for identifying and resolving medication therapy issues for patients covered by the CHF service. The purpose of this learning experience is to provide the resident with an opportunity to expand his/her knowledge of cardiology in a variety of patient care settings and to perform efficiently as a cardiology pharmacist.
Common disease states with which the resident will be expected to gain proficiency through literature review, topic discussion, and direct patient care experience include, but are not limited to: systolic heart failure, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, hemodynamics, cardiogenic shock, left ventricular assist devices, acute coronary syndromes, stable angina, pulmonary hypertension, and atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. The resident is expected to understand the pharmacotherapy related to these disease states as well as other disease states encountered in this setting. Topic discussions and key articles will be used to help develop the resident’s patient care skills for common disease states or acquiring knowledge about diseases seen infrequently on the service.