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PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency


Kelci R. Dalton, PharmD, BCCP
Director, PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Department of Pharmacy
6720 Bertner Avenue  (MC 2-230)
Houston, TX   77030

Email: [email protected]
P: (832) 355-5631
F:  (832) 355-4794  

Residency Requirements

  • Start Residency around July 1st
  • Texas pharmacist licensure must be in good standing by the 4th week of residency
  • Staff every third weekend (CVICU & TSICU)
  • Staff at least one major and one minor holiday
  • One major and one minor project
  • Manuscripts on projects
  • Drug class review, monograph, treatment guideline, or protocol (1-2 required)
  • Seminar, Case and Journal Club Presentation (1 of each required)
  • Warfarin consult validation
  • Vancomycin consult validation
  • IRIS reports (5 per year)
  • ACCP Cardiology PRN participation
  • Review article (critique a journal article submitted to a major journal)


Learning Experiences and Rotations*

Required Rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Medical Cardiology (8 weeks)
  • Cardiac Transplant/LVAD
  • Cardiovascular Surgery – I (CABG/Valves)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery – II (Aortic Surgery)
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Cardiac Care Unit – I (BSLMC or Houston Methodist)
  • Hemostasis/Thrombosis Management


Elective Rotations

  • Cardiac Care Unit – II (at alternate site from CCU-I)
  • Academia (University of Houston)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit


*All rotations are 4-week rotations unless otherwise noted. All required rotations are available to be repeated as elective rotations. PGY-1 rotations can be considered for electives.


Longitudinal Requirements

  • Code blue coverage
  • Anticoagulation Subcommittee Secretary
  • CV Quality Safety Subcommittee Member
  • National Commonspirit Cardiology SCrPT Member  
  • Precepting PGY-1, LAPPEs and Pharmacy Students on rotation (as available)
  • Clinical Pharmacist On-Call Coverage
  • Cardiovascular Disease State Curriculum
  • Teaching certificate (optional)


Application process

You must apply online through the ASHP PhORCAS program ( (application documents are not to be mailed).

The following documents are required to be submitted as part of a complete application for the PGY2 Residency in Cardiology Pharmacy Practice.  The deadline for application is January 5th  at 11:59 PM.


  1. Letter of Intent -- please provide a letter of intent with your application materials which address:  a) your short and long-term career goals, b) your thoughts on how a cardiology residency will help you to achieve these goals, c) why you feel that a specialty residency is now the best career path for you, and d) any information about yourself and your candidacy which may not be apparent on other documents.
  2. A copy of your curriculum vitae (CV).
  3. Most recent College of Pharmacy and/or Graduate School transcript(s). This is waived if you are more than five years post-graduation.  The transcript can be an unofficial copy.
  4. Letters of Recommendation:  Three (3) letters of recommendation are requested.  If you are within three years post-graduation, at least one should be from a faculty member, specifically from a clinical rotation preceptor, and one from your PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program director. If you are more than three years post-graduation, at least one should be from an employer/supervisor, one from your PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program director.  A faculty person can still be used if an ongoing relationship has been maintained. No set format is required for the letters; they need to address your potential for success in the residency program.  The ASHP-developed recommendation form must be included with the letters.
  5. A passport-size photo is required to be submitted after the offer to interview has been accepted.


An on-site interview is considered very important and is required for a complete application. However, a virtual interview will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  All applications will be screened by our Residency Advisory Council, and all applicants chosen for interview will be contacted by the middle of January. The on-site interview is a full day and will include a fifteen-minute presentation on a disease state management topic of your choice to a group of pharmacists. You will interview with two groups of Clinical Coordinators and Pharmacy Executives as well as Residents.  The last date for interviews is normally one week before the ASHP match list submission date. Financial assistance for the on-site interview is not available, but we will work with you in any way we can to reduce expenses.

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