Cardiology Residency Program

The Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program at UMass Memorial Medical Center focuses on postgraduate training that supports the resident’s clinical, academic and professional interests. The program is dedicated to providing you with the skills needed to become integral members of interdisciplinary patient care teams and serve as leaders within your organization and pharmacy.

Program Description

The Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program is a postgraduate training program that focuses on the development of clinical skills needed to provide safe and effective patient-centered medication therapy management. Residents participate in advanced experiential education and lectures at the MCPHS University, Worcester/Manchester campus and are trained to be proficient in hospital quality and performance improvement initiatives.

UMass Memorial Medical Center is a Level I, 847-bed tertiary care center. The organization is equipped with three cardiac catheterization suites that operate 24 hours a day with an annual caseload of more than 7,000 patients. In addition, the hospital has a 16-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for surgical and medical patients and manages more than 1,500 patients in the outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic.

Inpatient core rotations include the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (medical and surgical patients), a pharmacist-managed Inpatient Anticoagulation Consult Service, an internal medicine Cardiac Telemetry Unit, and Academia. Ambulatory practice rotations include the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic and Heart Failure Clinic.

Choose one elective rotation from several offered rotations, including Critical Care, Pediatrics, Management, Research, Emergency Department and Advanced Teaching. Collaborate with preceptors and cardiologists to complete and publish one cardiovascular pharmacy project. Participate in classroom instruction for an elective course for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The residents will have the opportunity to develop and refine their presentation skills through formal research presentations, case conferences and journal club presentations.  Residents will present their research at a minimum of one national conference and one regional conference during the residency year.  Residents will present monthly case conferences and will participate in the Regional Cardiology Journal Club Program.

Residents participate in an in-house, on-call program and are trained to provide drug information and clinical services, including participation in the management of medical emergencies (Code Blue, Stroke, Level I and Level II traumas) during these on-call shifts.

Residency Director: Maichi Tran, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-Cardiology

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Education: PharmD-Massachusetts College of Pharmacy - Boston 2002
Practice Area: Anticoagulation/Cardiology
Research Interests: anticoagulation therapy, medications safety, clinical informatics

Residency Coordinators:

Jennifer Donovan is Assistant Dean of Curriculum and New Programs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University.  She joined the University in 2002 after completing a post-graduate pharmacy practice residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Donovan serves as pharmacy residency coordinator for the cardiology specialty residency program at UMass Memorial Medical Center.  Dr. Donovan also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She is affiliated with the Meyers Primary Care Institute where she is involved in several research projects. 

Diana Houng is a clinical pharmacy specialist practicing in cardiovascular medicine and anticoagulation.  She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia in 2011.  She completed her post-graduate pharmacy practice residency and cardiology pharmacy residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist in heart failure prior to returning to UMass Memorial Medical Center in 2015 as the cardiac-ICU clinical pharmacy specialist.  Dr. Houng also plays an active role in the PGY-2 cardiology residency program.

Kathleen Sargent is a clinical pharmacist practicing in Critical Care medicine and anticoagulation. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2011 and her post-graduate pharmacy practice residency and cardiology pharmacy residency at Umass Memorial Medical Center. Currently Dr. Sargent manages a 14 bed medical intensive care unit at the Memorial campus, but she also works directly with the PGY2 cardiology residency program and serves consistently as a preceptor for the Anticoagulation Consult Service.

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