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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency; ASHP-accredited

Purpose and description

The PGY2 Cardiology Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern is both flexible and focused. The resident will develop skills to advance as both an independent practitioner as well as a member of interdisciplinary teams in providing patient care, with a focus on cardiac disease states.


Laura Borstad Richardson, PharmD, BCPS-CV
Pharmacy Coordinator, Cardiology and Critical Care
PGY2 Cardiology Residency Director
Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Pharmacy Department
800 East 28th Street, Mail Route 11321
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Phone: 612-863-1364
Fax: 612-863-7134

The pharmacy practice model at Abbott Northwestern Hospital combines a decentralized pharmacist practice with responsibility for a drug distribution system that leverages Pyxis MedStation drug distribution and a state-of–the-art sterile compounding facility.

The resident will work closely with the clinical cardiology pharmacist/program director, cardiology practitioners, and numerous pharmacist practitioners specialized in clinical pharmacy, informatics, logistics and leadership. The resident will gain valuable experience by preparing and presenting educational programs, participating in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, staffing, teaching students and completing a major research project.

This specialty residency has a strong heart failure component, working with a team composed of cardiac surgeons, heart failure cardiologists, nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacists, and clinical coordinators. The resident will develop a longitudinal working relationship with this team to foster growth as a cardiology practitioner.

Upon the completion of the program, the resident will be a competent educator, delivering clinical and didactic education to other health care professionals on cardiac related topics. They will have acquired and demonstrated an understanding of the principles of clinical research.

Additionally, they will have advanced understanding of cardiology guidelines, evidence based medicine and clinical cardiology practice. They will be proficient in the medication use process, formulary management, drug policy development and outcomes assessment. The resident will develop personal preceptor skills through presentation experiences and student teaching. All of these goals will have a centered focus on the specialty of cardiology.

Clinical experience

Core experiences

  • Cardiovascular inpatient service #1
  • Acute care advanced heart failure and transplantation #1
  • General Cardiology #1
  • Heart failure (non ICU)
  • Infectious disease - cardiology

Elective experiences

  • Cardiovascular inpatient service #2
  • Acute care advanced heart failure and transplantation #2
  • General cardiology #2
  • Emergency department
  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Infectious disease - general
  • Oncology
  • Internal medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Critical care – medical and surgical
  • Outpatient cardiology clinic (pulmonary hypertension, heart failure, ventricular assist device and heart transplantation patient population)

Longitudinal experiences

  • Major project
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Advanced Heart Failure Team Multidisciplinary Rounds
  • System Formulary class review/New Drug Monograph
  • Continuing education presentations
  • Pharmacist continuing education presentation
  • Heart failure and transplantation grand rounds or Journal Club presentation
  • Teaching/precepting at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
  • Code Simulation Lab
  • Cost savings initiative – as available/applicable
  • Attendance to cardiology related committees as applicable

Educational opportunities

  • Cardiovascular grand rounds – weekly
  • Heart failure/transplant grand rounds - monthly
  • Pharmacy grand rounds - weekly
  • Topic discussion for pharmacy students and/or PGY1 residents on cardiology rotation
  • In-services to health care professionals
  • Pharmacist, resident, and student educational presentations
  • Attendance at approved national, state and local meetings
  • Allina Cardiology courses and educational seminars
  • Observation of cardiovascular procedures, per residents interest and as available

Additional rotations are available based on the resident's interests and career goals

Core outcomes

  • Serve as an authoritative expert on the optimal use of medications used in the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases.
  • Optimize the outcomes of patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular disease in various settings through the expert provision of evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills.
  • Manage and improve the medication-use process for patients with or at risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Contribute to the body of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy knowledge.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training and educational activities for health care professionals, health care professionals in training, and the public.
  • Participation in the management of medical emergencies.


The resident will staff a decentral practice area on average every third weekend starting after introductory training is completed through the end of residency year (exception = weekend preceding ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting). Each resident will work two of six observed holidays.

Stipend and number of positions

  • Stipend of approximately $44,000
  • One PGY2 Cardiology Specialty Pharmacy Resident position.


  • Personal office space, PC, telephone and pager
  • Free parking
  • Single health, dental and life insurance
  • Approximately 22 days of paid time off
  • Financial support for approved national, state and local pharmacy meetings
  • Access to on-line resources through the University of Minnesota


  • Completion of an ASHP-Accredited PGY1 Residency
  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy
  • Licensure as pharmacist in Minnesota no later than July 1st (unless alternative date is arranged with the residency director)
  • Licensure information: Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and DEA

Application process

Submit all application materials through the ASHP PhORCAS system by January 15, 2013.

  • Enrollment in ASHP National Matching Service (match number 641867). For more information
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official college transcript
  • Letter of intent


  • On-site interviews to invited applicants in January and February.
  • Interview includes meetings with the program director, department leadership, preceptors, and cardiology practitioners and requires a 20-minute presentation.

Previous residents

Matthew Lillyblad, PharmD (2011-2012): Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN