Residency Program Director
  • Kerry Pickworth, PharmD, BCPS AQ-Cardiology, FCCP

    • Cardiology/Heart Failure Specialist
    • PGY2 Cardiology Program Director
    • PharmD- Purdue University

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Previous Year Residents
  • Heidi Brink

    Pharmacy Coordinator -Cardio/Pulmonary Transplant Nebraska Medical Center
  • Bola Lawuyi

    Cardiology Specialist Northwestern Medical Center
  • Libby Herman

    Mechanical Circulatory Support Clinical Pharmacist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Christopher Min

    Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

About the PGY2 Cardiology Residency Program


The purpose of the PGY2 Cardiology residency is to provide the essential skills needed to be proficient in providing pharmaceutical care to patients with various cardiac vascular diseases or procedures such as: acute coronary syndromes, electrophysiology, heart failure and cardiothoracic surgery. In addition to patient care, the resident will participate in research project management, academic/teaching endeavors, and quality improvement initiatives. Pharmacists completing the residency will be trained as clinical specialists able to excel in the cardiovascular environment and as adjunctive faculty members.

Residency Sites

As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and patient care. OSUWMC is a 1350 bed multi-hospital delivery system recognized in 2015 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for excellence in ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes, and reputation.

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The Ross Heart Hospital

The Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital at The OSUWMC is a 172-bed, comprehensive, cardiovascular center which specializes in the multidisciplinary care of patients in areas of  cardiovascular surgery, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, heart and lung transplant , acute coronary syndromes, mechanical circulatory support  and electrophysiology. Each floor is dedicated to a specific service and combines the latest technology with patient –focused care to create the best possible healing environment. Our staff manages patients across a diverse spectrum of care, extending from critical care to the ambulatory setting.  Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center is considered one of the nation’s best hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the only central Ohio hospital to earn a spot on the list. Our philosophy strongly supports working as a team to provide the right care to the right patient at the right time, in a safe and secure environment.



The PGY2 cardiology resident will develop the essential skills needed to be competent in the provision of pharmaceutical care to the cardiovascular patient. Residents will strengthen his/her clinical acumen and communication skills through completion of at least one rotation in the required areas of: Acute Coronary Syndromes, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Electrophysiology, General Cardiology, and Heart Failure/ Heart Transplant. Most of the services are teaching services and may be composed of an attending cardiologist or cardiovascular intensivist, cardiology/anesthesia/surgery fellow, and house staff including residents, interns, or nurse practitioners. Elective rotations are determined based on the resident’s individual goals and at the discretion of the Director.

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We take pride in developing the critical thinking skills necessary to excel as a clinician in the cardiovascular arena. Some unique areas of training experience may include mechanical support devices, heart and lung transplantation, and ambulatory anti-arrhythmic clinic. In addition to patient care, the resident will complete a research project to be presented at the Great Lakes Residency Conference and participate in several quality assurance committees during the year. Opportunities exist for teaching through didactic lectures and experiential rotations. The program is flexible and will be designed to meet the needs and goals of the individual.

Key Preceptors

Danielle Blais, PharmD, BCPS
Acute Coronary Syndrome

Mike Boyd, PharmD, BCPS
Electrophysiology/ Cardiology

Pam Burcham, PharmD, BCPS
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Kevin Kissling, PharmD, BCPS
Heart Failure

Kerry Pickworth, PharmD, FCCP
Cardiology/Heart Failure

Alan Rozycki, PharmD
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Selected Resident Research

Risk factors associated with subtherapeutic anticoagulation with Bivalirudin – Herman L

Switching From Ticagrelor to Clopidogrel: Outcomes after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention-Min C

Comparison of the safety of adenosine and regadenoson in outpatient cardiac stress testing. Pharmacother 2015;35(12):1117-1123.- Brink H, Dickerson J, Stephens J, Pickworth K

Desensitization as an approach to the clinical conundrum of cardiovascular patients with aspirin allergy-Lawuyi B, Blais D

Thirty day hospital readmission for thromboembolic complications in patients with potential heparin-induced thrombocytopenia- Kazmi H, Kissling K, Abel E

Efficacy of prophylactic oral amiodarone and intravenous magnesium in decreasing the incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation in cardiac surgery- Varnado S, Burcham P, Blais D, Abel E

Benefits and Additional Requirements

Application Deadline:  January 4, 2017

Start Date: July 1, 2017

Annual Salary – $47,500

Vacation Days – 10 days

Staffing Requirement – 20 weekends a year

Completion of a Major Research Project


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