The postgraduate year two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at UPMC St. Margaret is the second year of a two-year residency program in which the UPMC St. Margaret PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency continues to a PGY2 specialty residency in Ambulatory Care with special emphasis in Family Medicine. Continuity in learning environment and interdisciplinary relationships built in the first year allows for a rich and independent practice during the second year.
The UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program is affiliated with three outpatient family health centers (FHCs) that are located within 5-10 miles of the hospital. Residents in their PGY2 year establish a home-based independent practice at one of the three Outpatient FHCs. In addition to providing patient care at the three residency-affiliated Family Health Centers, PGY2 residents provide longitudinal patient care in a variety of different settings including hospital, skilled nursing facilities, and private practice physician offices. Training in managing the inpatient and outpatient care of our FHC patients allows the resident experience in managing the transitions of patient care. In the well-established collaborative care environment at UPMC St. Margaret, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and behavior therapists work together to educate eager learners and provide excellent patient care.
Practice-based research experiences are numerous and afford high-quality outcomes with the expectation for presentation at a national meeting for the primary research project as well as peer-reviewed publication of other scholarly activities. The Faculty Development Fellowship Program at UPMC St. Margaret is a longitudinal curriculum in which family medicine physicians and pharmacy residents collaboratively learn teaching strategies, leadership, mentorship, and research design. In addition to our core faculty at St. Margaret, fellowship sessions are led by local experts from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh in communication and teaching design along with national figures in areas such as health-system advocacy and leadership. Pharmacy residents at UPMC St. Margaret also have numerous opportunities to give formal and informal presentations to health care professionals, precept PGY1 pharmacy residents and pharmacy students, and teach at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy.
The postgraduate year two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at UPMC St. Margaret is the second year of a two-year residency program in which the UPMC St. Margaret PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency conditionally continues to PGY2 year through ASHP Resident Matching Program early commitment process.
All residents must be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applications for Pharmacist License and Intern Registration are available.
Eligible candidates will have completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by December 31st. An on-site interview is required.
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The purpose of the postgraduate year two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency with emphasis in family medicine at UPMC St. Margaret is to prepare the ambulatory care pharmacist specialist to be competitive in obtaining a position within an academic or private physician office, ambulatory clinic, or institutional-based practice focused on teaching or transitions of patient care, as well as adjunct or non-tenure clinical faculty position at a school of pharmacy or medicine. The resident will become proficient as direct patient care providers within interdisciplinary teams and with advanced teaching and practice-based research to prepare them for academic and scholarly work opportunities.
Duration/Type: 12 months
Number Positions: 2
Startiate: July 1
Training Site: Hospital and Outpatient Health Centers
Model (type): Teaching, Community
Total Beds: 249
Block Core Rotations
Brown A, Williams A, Lineman J. In patients with COPD, does spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) improve lung function compared to no spinal manipulative treatment? Family Physicians Inquiries Network. Accepted for Publication.
HM, Alexishin SA, Brandis JEP, Williams A et al. Snapshots of Iron Speciation: Tracking the Fate of Iron Nanoparticle Drugs via a Liquid Chromatography–Inductively Coupled Plasma–Mass Spectrometric Approach. Mol Pharm. 2019;16(3):1272-1281.
Cardinal R. Quality Improvement Projects. Pennsylvania Pharmacist. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. March/April 2020;101(2):36-37.
Cardinal RM, Ferdock A, Sakely H. Semaglutide (Ozempic®). Materia Medica. Allegheny County Medical Society. February 2020.
Wissman K, Hogan L. We Need to Be Smarter Than Our Smartphones. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2019;83(1):131
Wissman K, Wilson E, Sakely H. Bictegravir/Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Alafenamide (Biktarvy). Materia Medica. Allegheny County Medical Society.
Wissman K, Ferdock A, Skef S. Does Dexamethasone Improve Outcomes in Adults with Bacterial Meningitis? REF #EMS3409 Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Kirpekar, P, Turco N, Castelli, G. Help Desk Answer: In patients with hypertension,
does chlorthalidone lead to better outcomes than hydrochlorothiazide? Evidence
Based Practice. June 2018
Kirpekar P, Fargo E. Valbenazine. Bulletin of the Allegheny County Medical Society.
Hincapie A, Alamer A, Sears J, Warholak T, Goins S, Weinstein S. A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Electronic Prescribing Incidents Reported by Community Pharmacists Appl Clin Inform. 2019;10:387-394.
Cardinal R, Weinstein S, DiPlacido A. Help Desk Answer: In non-valvular atrial fibrillation, how do apixaban and rivaroxaban compare in regards to stroke prevention and bleeding risk? Evidence Based Practice. [Accepted for publication]
Raghavan A, Weinstein S. Estradiol vaginal inserts (Imvexxy®) for the Treatment of Dyspareunia in Post-Menopausal Women. Bulletin of the Allegheny County Medical Society. [Accepted for publication]
Weinstein SD, Copenhaver AM, Koenig ME. Do patients on extended courses of systemic corticosteroids benefit from oral bisphosphonate therapy to prevent steroid-induced osteoporosis? Evidence-Based Pract. [Accepted for publication]
Weinstein S, Copenhaver A. Naldemedine. Bulletin of the Allegheny County Medical Society. [Accepted for publication]
Copenhaver AM, Springer S, Haugh A, and Diplacido A. Is acupuncture better than prophylactic
pharmacotherapy at reducing the frequency and intensity of episodic chronic migraines? HDA. Evidence-Based Practice 2018;21(5):E21
Lamberton N and Copenhaver AM. Byvalson (Valsartan/Nebivolol) for Hypertension. Am Fam
Physician. 2018; 97 (2): 124 – 125
Bobrzynski E, Fargo E, Sauereisen S, Haugh A. Help Desk Answer: Are renin-angiotensin system inhibitors beneficial to kidney transplant recipients? Evidence Based Practice. [Submitted for publication]
Fargo E, Pickering A, Campbell R, D’Amico F, Fowler K, Baumgartner M. Impact of electronic physician order-set on antibiotic ordering time in septic patients in the emergency department. Applied Clinical Informatics. [Submitted for publication]
Fargo E, Bondar A, Koenig M, Haugh A. Help Desk Answer: Which non-bisphosphonate therapies are effective for decreasing fracture risk in post-menopausal women with osteoporosis? Evidence Based Practice. [Accepted for publication]
Chatellier K, Williams A, Koenig M. Xenleta® (Lefamulin). Allegheny Cty Med Soc. 2020: 110(5):156-157
Williams A, Bobryznski E., Koenig M. Bupropion and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors Equal in the Reduction of Anxiety in Adults with Depression. Family Physicians Inquiries Network.2019; 30(13)
Ikeji C, Williams A, Hennawi G, Brandt N. Patient and Provider Perspectives on Deprescribibg Proton Pump Inhibitors. Geropharmacology. 2019;45(10):9-17
Williams A. Moving Beyond Grade Pint Averages and the PCOA. J Am Coll Clin Pharm. 2019;2(320).
Han J, Hill L, Koenig KM, Das N. Naloxone counseling for harm reduction and patient engagement. Fam Med. 2017;49(9):730-3.
Jarrett JM, Tomoko S, Klatt PM, Wilson SW. An innovative, residency-based, interprofessional faculty development program. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy March 2017, 74 (6) 402-408
Farrah R. Non-insulin Diabetes Treatment: updates (CME Video Lecture). In Middleton, D. (Course Director), Comprehensive Review of Family Medicine.
Farrah R, Jarrett JB. Fluticasone plus salmeterol in persistent stable asthma likely safe. Diving for PURLS. Evidence-Based Practice 2017;20(4):E12
Bondar A, Campbell AM. Genvoya (elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, tenofovir). Bulletin of the Allegheny County Medical Society [Materia Medica]. 2016;106(5):200-201.
Bondar A. A New Practitioner’s Perspective on Combining Interprofessional and Cultural Competence Instruction in Pharmacy School Curriculum. [Letter to editor]. Am J Pharm Educ 2015;79(10).
Giruzzi NR, Payette N. Praxbidn (idarucizumab). Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin [Materia Medica]. Nov 2016;106(11):418-9.
Lamberton N, Payette N. Suvorexant (Belsomra) for insomnia. Bulletin of the Allegheny County Medical Society [Materia Medica]. 2016;106(12):462.
Joseph MP, Higbea A, Thorpe C, Coley K, McGivney MS, Klatt PM, Schleiden L, Zaharoff J, Cox-Vance L, Corbo J, Balestrino V, Sakely H. Surveys of Older Adult’s Medication-related Self-Efficacy and Adherence: Pharmacist-led Interventions on Transitions of Seniors (PIVOTS). J Am Geriatr Soc 64(suppl 1):S257, 2016.
Campbell A, Coley K, Corbo J, DeLellis T, Thorpe C, McGivney M, Klatt PM, Cox-Vance L, Zaharoff J, Sakely H. Outcomes of coordinated, pharmacist-led, anticoagulation management of older adults across the levels of care: A mixed methods analysis of the PIVOTS model. J Am Geriatr Soc. 64(suppl 1):S257, 2016.
Payette N, Breslin TM, D’Amico F, Durigan RC, Klatt PM, Coley K, McGivney MS, Corbo J, Cox-Vance L, Driessen J, Thorpe C, Bacci J, Zaharoff J, Balestrino V, Sakely H. Time and Motion Analysis of the Geriatric Clinical Pharmacist in Three Geriatric Care Settings: Pharmacists-led InterVentions On Transitions of Seniors (PIVOTS). J Am Geriatr Soc. 64(suppl 1):S256, 2016.
Klatt PM. Anticoagulation (CME Video Lecture). In Middleton, D. (Course Director), Comprehensive Review of Family Medicine. Birmingham, AL: Oakstone Publishing, 2015.
Sakely H, Corbo J, Coley K, McGivney MS, Thorpe C, Klatt PM, Schleiden L, Zaharoff J, Cox-Vance L, Balestrino V. Pharmacist-led Collaborative Practice for Older Adults across the Continuum of Care. Am J Health-Sys Pharm 2015;72(8):606-9. PMID: 25825181
Bondar A, Durigan RC, Haugh A, Wilson SA. Is Suboxone or methadone more effective for treatment of opioid addiction? HDA Evidenced-Based Practice. (accepted)
Annual Grant Awardee to facilitate Yoga classes for UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health Center patients. $2,500. (Anna Bondar, 2016-17 Resident)
ACCP Resident Member-at-Large. Appointed position by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. July 2016. (Anna Bondar, 2016-17 Resident)
Resident Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Graduation Award, June 2016. (Nathan Lamberton, 2016-17 Resident)
Best Poster award at the 22nd Annual Fellows Conference. Teaching and Learning in Family Medicine. UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program. Pittsburgh, PA. May 2016. (Nathan Lamberton, 2016-17 Resident)
Best Poster award at the 21st Annual Teaching and Learning in Academic Medicine Fellows Conference. UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program. Pittsburgh, PA. May 2015 (Sarah Rindfuss, 2014-15 Resident)
American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care PRN Resident Travel Award. 2014 (Lucas Hill, 2014-15 Resident)
American College of Clinical Pharmacy, General Resident Travel Award. 2014 (Lucas Hill, 2015-15 Resident)
Farrah RM, Sauereisen SC, Folan M. Regional Site Investigators. For: Carter BL, Ardery G, James PA et al. “A collaborative model to improve BP control and minimize racial disparities. The CAPTION Trial”. Funding accepted from NHLBI 2009.
Bobbie Farrah, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Faculty, UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine and Pharmacy Residency Program
Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Outpatient Family Medicine