UNC REX PGY2 Residency in Cardiology

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program in Cardiology Purpose Statement

NC Heart & Vascular Hospital procedure room

UNC REX PGY2 pharmacy residency program in Cardiology builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in a specialized area of practice. UNC REX PGY2 residency in Cardiology provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practioners 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 the UNC REX PGY2 pharmacy residency in Cardiology are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification in cardiology.

There is one PGY2 in Cardiology position available. The program start date is July 1.

PGY2 Program Description

UNC REX Healthcare is the largest community hospital in the UNC Healthcare System. We are an accredited primary stroke and chest pain center, and a Bariatric Center of Excellence as well as a comprehensive community Cancer Center. We are the only hospital in Wake County to earn an above average rating for heart attack survival and the only hospital in the Triangle region to earn a 5-star rating from the Centers of Medicare Services. UNC REX Healthcare is a premier hospital for acute cardiac care and the main regional referral center. We have a full-spectrum of emergency cardiac care programs, such as IABP, PVAD, CABG, adult ECMO, as well as structural heart disease procedures TAVR, Mitral clip, WATCHMAN, amd state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs, diagnostic, and screening technology.

The PGY2 resident in Cardiology at UNC REX Healthcare will provide cardiovascular pharmacy services within inpatient critical care, intermediate care, and procedural patient care areas. In the outpatient setting the PGY2 resident in Cardiology will work within the Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner model by providing daily service in the areas of cardiovascular medication management and monitoring.

PGY2 Program Design

NC Heart & Vascular Hospital procedure monitor

Required Rotations: (9 months)

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • General Cardiology (2 months)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU (1 month)
  • Cardiac Medicine ICU (2 months)
  • AMI/ HF Transition of Care (1 month)
  • Vascular Medicine/Cardiology Ambulatory care ( 2 months)

Elective Rotations: (choose 3)

  • Cardio-Oncology (1 month)
  • Structural Heart (1 month)
  • MSICU ( 1 month)
  • Neuroscience ICU (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Admin ( 1 month)

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Research Project
  • Inpatient Cardiology QA:
    • Fall- Anticoagulation monitoring service
    • Spring- Antiarrhythmic/EP monitoring service

Staffing Experience:

  • The resident will staff every 4th weekend in the clinical critical care and cardiology patient care areas, and will take on-call for Vascular Services on the weekend staffed in the spring.
  • The resident will perform inpatient cardiology QA activities one evening per week, with the exception of December and February.

Teaching Experience:

  • Serve as Primary Preceptor for two Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students on on cardiology rotations and critical care cardiology (general cardiology second month and CICU second month)
  • The PGY2 resident in Cardiology will co-precept PGY1 residents on Cardiology I (general cardiology second month) and Critical Care II (CICU second month) rotations if available. Precepting PGY1 will serve as the first phone call and topic discussion leader instead of the primary preceptor
  • Teaching opportunities at school(s) of pharmacy (Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences or UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy) will be available as small and large group teaching sessions for the pharmacy practice skills lab
  • An optional teaching certificate program is available through Campbell and UNC for those who have not yet completed one
  • The resident will present Continuing Education on Cardiology topics to interdisciplinary teams, including providers, nursing, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. Education of patients and family members on disease states and therapy plans is offered as a core experience on multiple rotations, including primary care.


The resident will select and lead initiatives for cardiovascular services at UNC REX Healthcare, be involved in quality assurance and education of pharmacy department, and participate and present at the cardiovascular service line meetings.


The pharmacy resident in PGY2 Cardiology will attend local pharmacy meetings (NCAP), health system meetings, as well as 2 national meetings, including ASHP Midyear and either ACC, ACCP, HFSA, or SCCM meeting.  The resident may participate in recruiting events for PGY1 and PGY2 residencies and attend residency showcases as needed.


Leave Availability

The resident earns Paid Time Off (PTO) at the same rate as a new co-worker. PTO is earned every two weeks, coinciding with pay periods. If time off from the residency is taken for any reason except funeral leave, (holiday, vacation, absence), PTO will be used.

The resident may be granted up to 10 days of education leave for the ASHP Midyear Meeting as well as another national meeting in Cardiology specialty.

Health Insurance

Residents are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts/Health Savings Account, 403(b), 529 Plan, Life Insurance, Tuition Assistance, Paid Time Off, EAP, as well as a travel stipend for meetings.


Onsite complimentary parking is available on the hospital campus.


Residents are given educational leave with pay and support travel to attend and present at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Cardiology specialty national meeting.

Other Benefits

  • Complimentary and required Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) training
  • Dedicated office space
  • Monogrammed lab coats
  • Vocera wireless badge phones
  • UNC-issued laptop
  • Complimentary access to the Wake AHEC Digital Library
  • Complimentary mobile access to Lexicomp and Pharmacists’ Letter
  • Opportunities to participate in select Learning and Organizational Effectiveness classes
  • Discounted access to our comprehensive Rex Wellness Centers
  • Discounted meals from our award winning chefs!
  • Merchandise discounts at select retailers


  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ACPE accredited school of pharmacy, AND
  • Completed ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency in pharmacy practice, AND
  • License to practice pharmacy in the state of North Caroline as of July 1, 2019
  • On-site interview

How to Apply

The application deadline is January 1. Complete applications include the following:

  • An application form submitted through the PhORACAS Application Portal
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three PhORCAS Standardized Recommendations
  • Pharmacy College transcripts

All applicants much be registered with the National Matching Service. Employment application will be required after match results are posted.


Oksana Kamneva, PharmD, BCCP, BCPS-AQ Cardiology
Critical Care and Cardiovascular Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Director of PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Cardiology
Department of Pharmacy
UNC REX Healthcare
4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 784-3274

About the Site

NC Heart & Vascular Hospital collage of building and patients

The new North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital opened in March 2017. This eight-story, 306,000 square foot building will bring together UNC REX Healthcare's Heart and Vascular services in one location.

Every aspect of the facility was designed with the comfort of patients and their families in mind. The design is based on research, best practices and input from UNC REX Healthcare patients, physicians, clinicians and caregivers.

In addition, the hospital has the latest technology for patient care and procedures, as well as a state of the art learning institute and demonstration kitchen. Dedicated education space will make it easier for UNC REX Healthcare physicians to continue providing education to other physicians throughout the world, add educational programs for patients and the community, and increase in-house training and education for staff.

  • 114 Private patient rooms
  • 72 Intermediate/telemetry beds
  • 2 0 Cardiovascular intensive care beds
  • 22 Acuity adaptable beds
  • 8 Cardiac catheterization (cath), vascular and interventional radiology labs
  • 2 Electrophysiology labs
  • 2 Hybrid procedure rooms
  • 10 Bed post-acute care unit (PACU)
  • 4 8 Bed prep and recovery unit
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • Kardia Café
  • Inpatient pharmacy
  • Cardiology, vascular medicine and surgery, and cardiac surgery clinics
  • Inpatient dialysis care
  • Cardiac rehabilitation facility

Contact Us

For more information about the REX Pharmacy Residency Program, please email Dr. Carson Padgett.