PGY2 Cardiology

Residency Purpose Statement

The purpose of our PGY2 pharmacy residency program is to build 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, if available. 

Additionally, the purpose of our PGY2 residency in cardiology pharmacy is to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice that meets the needs of acute care cardiovascular patients.

We are excited to announce that we have early committed Vanderbilt University Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Dr. Amanda Brayemeyer, PharmD for 2024 - 2025 year.

Amanda Brademeyer


Program Overview

Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a twelve-month PGY2 residency in cardiology pharmacy that offers comprehensive experience in a variety of cardiovascular practice areas. The purpose of the PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy residency is to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice that meets the needs of cardiovascular patients. Graduates exit equipped to be fully integrated members of the interdisciplinary cardiovascular care team, and able to make complex pharmacotherapy recommendations in a fast-paced environment. In addition, graduates are experienced in short-term research in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, excel in their ability to teach other health professionals, and possess the experience necessary to exercise leadership for cardiology practice in the health system.


Required Rotations

Longitudinal Experiences

Elective Rotations

  • Orientation
  • CVICU - Cardiology Care Unit #1
  • CVICU - Cardiac Surgery
  • Heart Failure #1
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Cardiac Transplant
  • General Cardiology
  • LVAD Clinic (4 months)
  • Pharmacy code response (12 months)
  • CVICU Committee Member (Leadership & Management) (12 months)
  • Precept PharmD Students on APPE Clinical Rotations (as available)
  • Heart Transplant Clinic (6 months)
  • Informatics
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Benign hematology
  • CVICU - Cardiology Care Unit #2
  • Heart Failure #2

* All are 4-week rotations unless otherwise noted. All core rotations are available to be repeated as elective rotations. Any PGY1 rotation is available as an elective.

Hospital Pharmacy Practice

The resident will work in a guided hospital practice scheduled every fourth weekend and on selected holidays. The primary responsibility of the PGY2 resident will be clinical pharmacy practice such as pharmacokinetic consults and clinical dashboard activities. The resident will also participate in the clinical on-call program as either the primary clinical pharmacist on-call or as the back-up clinical pharmacist on-call for PGY1 residents.

Required Projects, Presentations, and Training




  • Major research project
  • Major process improvement project
  • (usually involving MUE through protocol update)
  • Manuscript for publication submission
  • 1 hour ACPE-accredited CE
  • Pharmacy case conferences
  • Pharmacy school course lectures
  • ACCP Cardiology PRN Journal Club (based on availability)
  • Cardiology Fellows Conference
  • ACLS Certification
  • Teaching certificate (optional)
  • Cardiovascular core curriculum

Staffing and On-Call Services

  • Hospital pharmacy practice is scheduled every 4th weekend (clinical staffing)
  • Staffing or clinical coverage will be required 1 major (2-day combination) and 1 minor holiday

Selected Vanderbilt Benefits

  • Flex paid-time-off (PTO)
  • Relocation expenses directly related to the move to Nashville (up to $1500)
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Tennessee board of pharmacy license fee
  • Professional liability insurance coverage

Program Details

Current Resident

Residency Graduates


Residency Experience Overview

VUMC Human Resources

HR Benefits

Vanderbilt Heart Institute


Vanderbilt Community



Application Information

Number of Positions: One Residency starting date: July 1, 2024
Estimated stipend - approx. $60,593 *info has not been verified

Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy degree, (Minimum GPA >/= 3.0)
PGY1 pharmacy residency certificate, licensure in Tennessee
Submit application in PhORCAS application portal
by January 2, 2024 deadline.

Contact Information

Sarah Berardi, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP, Residency Program Director
Telephone: 615.343.3473
Vanderbilt University Medical Center  |  Department of Pharmaceutical Services
1211 Medical Center Drive  B 131 VUH  |  Nashville, TN  37232-7610

Institutional Information

Private non-profit hospital/clinic | Teaching/Tertiary Model | Total Beds 1622
Professional Staff 372 | Non-professional staff 450