PGY-2 Advanced Practice Residency with an Emphasis in Underserved Care & Global Health


Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care. (Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson, MH, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet 2009; 373: 1993–95)

The PGY2 global health and underserved care advanced practice residency program is designed for the individual interested in developing specialized clinical skills and expertise working with underserved, under-resourced and vulnerable populations locally and globally. The aim of this program is for the resident to develop skills to design and deliver direct patient care in resource-limited settings in a collaborative practice environment; develop teaching and assessment skills; and develop research skills through the design, implementation, assessment, and publication of a research project.

The resident will develop strong clinical skills through service to patients at Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program (GLPP) partner sites, including free clinics, community health centers, and other settings providing care to vulnerable groups. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to select elective longitudinal experiences with faculty and clinicians in non-GLPP associated University or UPMC sites. The resident will be able to choose an area of focus within global health and shape their residency year to meet their needs. Block international experiences will allow the resident to develop skills in practice, teaching, and scholarship in a broad range of low-resource settings.

In addition to clinical practice, the resident will have the opportunity to participate in the University of Pittsburgh Mastery of Teaching Program. Residents will gain experience directly precepting Doctor of Pharmacy students during their experiential rotations, leading small group practicum sessions and/or large group lectures within the therapeutics modules.

The resident is also actively involved in designing and implementing a residency research project suitable for publication in two different settings – one in Pittsburgh, and the other at an international partner site; developing and implementing clinical pharmacy and patient safety initiatives in the US and abroad; and completing two seminar presentations.

The Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program, established under the auspices of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy has provided clinical pharmacy services for the homeless, working poor, uninsured, and underinsured for the past 20 years. The program partners with a diverse group of community safety net providers in the Pittsburgh area to provide a broad range of pharmacy services that enhance patient care. The program assists over 6,000 individual patients annually whose healthcare needs are beyond their financial means.

Application Requirements

All residents must be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applications for Pharmacist License and Intern Registration are available.

Pennsylvania requires 1500 registered intern hours in order to be eligible for licensure. Of the 1500 hours, only 1000 hours can be obtained through an academic program. That is, 500 intern hours must be obtained outside of school. These 1500 intern hours must be registered with a state board of pharmacy to count toward licensure in Pennsylvania. If you have not yet started registering hours with your state board of pharmacy, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible in order to be eligible for Pennsylvania licensure. We also encourage you to review your own state's rules regarding the registration, reporting and transfer of intern hours. Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions you have regarding licensure with individual program directors.

Application Process

Eligible candidates will have completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program and must submit an application to the program director by January 9th. Include a letter of intent, CV, and three letters of recommendation. An on-site interview is required.

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information from any residency candidate.

We train future pharmacists to be providers of primary care in low resource settings. We train leaders in reducing health disparities and experts in underserved care. We train providers who are empathic, creative, and culturally sensitive in solving problems for all patients, regardless of resources. We believe that every single person deserves quality healthcare and medicines delivered to them with dignity and respect, with our duty to make this care available whenever possible.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 1
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $ 46,000
Benefits: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available, Vacation and professional travel provided, Travel stipend available
Training Site Type: Health Center
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, Tertiary

Required Longitudinal Experiences

UPMC Matilda Theiss Health Center and Birmingham Free Clinic

Elective Longitudinal Experiences

(as available and based on resident interest): Salvation Army Harbor Light Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program, Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment, others as interested

Block Rotation Electives: (as available and based on resident interest) Shoulder to Shoulder Medical Brigade, San José, Honduras; Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi; Philippine General Hospital, Manila, Philippines; HIV/AIDS Clinic and Training Center, Beira, Mozambique, others

Pharmacy Practice

Weekend clinic or health center pharmacy coverage every third weekend. Evening clinic or health center pharmacy coverage twice each month.

Non-Practice Experiences

Residents will complete a minimum of 1 research project during the year that is expected to be of their own work and of a publishable nature. The resident will also provide two seminar and journal club presentations throughout the year. The resident is encouraged to seek out activities that will develop professional growth, such as continuing education, patient outreach and additional teaching activities. The program director will work with the resident to balance opportunities to ensure they meet a program goal and do not interfere with other program obligations.

Primary Preceptors

Sharon Connor, PharmD (Director)
Lauren Jonkman, PharmD, BCPS (Assistant Director)

The resident will also work with other preceptors in the various clinics

Sites

This residency program is a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Clinical experiences will primarily take place at Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program collaborating sites. The primary sites will include:

  • UPMC Matilda Theiss: A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh that is associated with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine.

  • The Birmingham Free Clinic: A free, volunteer-driven primary care clinic on the South Side of Pittsburgh which provides care to uninsured patients from around the region.

  • North Side Christian Health Center: A faith-based FQHC located on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

Additional sites/experiences will be chosen based on the resident needs and interests.

Kauffman Y, Jonkman L, Lupu A, Connor S. Exploring the value of clinical pharmacy services for patients with diabetes in safety net settings. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2013;9:770-6.

Lupu A, Connor S, Jonkman L. Pharmacy students’ actual and perceived knowledge of issues related to underserved populations across the professional curriculum. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2013;5:526-540.

APMS Gaps in Diabetes Care Residency Incentive Grant titled “Impact of Pharmacy-Driven Management of Diabetes Mellitus in an Underserved Patient Population” awarded to Amna Jamil.

Program Director

Sharon Connor, PharmD
Assistant Professor
Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program
645A Salk Hall
3501 Terrace St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-7192
Fax: 412-624-1850
sconnor@pitt.edu