PGY-1 WPIC Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy


This pharmacy resident training program builds upon UPMC's strong tradition of training pharmacists to be competent practitioners upon completion. Residents will gain clinical experience through diverse practice settings in both longitudinal and block-style rotations. The resident will serve on multidisciplinary hospital committees and will develop and implement evidence-based drug-use initiatives. The resident will also provide appropriate responses to drug information requests, design patient-specific therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans, participate in journal clubs and present seminars. Residents are mentored through the Resident Research Series to identify a practice-related research question, learn about study design and execute and complete a residency project suitable for publication. For residents with an academic interest, the Teaching Mastery Series provides opportunities to learn various teaching methods and develop their skills as pharmacy educators and clinical preceptors. Flexibility is provided to meet the individual resident's goals and objectives.

Program objectives include:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency, confidence, and compassion in providing direct patient care to patients with a diverse array of medical and psychiatric illnesses
  2. Demonstrate professionalism and effective communication skills in all components of pharmacy practice
  3. Optimize pharmacotherapy and safe medication practices
  4. Provide effective education to healthcare professionals
  5. Apply clinical and outcomes research concepts to professional practice

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.

Eligible candidates will be graduating or have graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by December 31st. Standard requirements for an application include: demographics, academic history, transcript, curriculum vitae, letter of intent, extracurricular activities, and three standardized reference forms. Supplemental intern hours verification form required. Select candidates will be invited for an on-site interview. 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.

Our residents will become confident, effective practitioners of pharmacotherapy. Residents will focus on ensuring application of safe, effective and evidence-based medicine practices to individual patients and in populations across the health system. These practitioners will demonstrate competency in educating their patients as well as current and future health care professionals.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 2
Starting Date: July 1 (flexible)
Salary: $ 47,150
Benefits: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available, vacation and professional days provided, travel stipend available
Training Site Type: Hospital
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, tertiary
Total Beds: 300

Required Block Rotations

  • Inpatient Operations
  • Outpatient Operations
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Acute Psychosis
  • Mood Disorders

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  • Clinical Consultation
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Inpatient Operations
  • Outpatient Operations
  • Research
  • Administration/Academia
  • Medication Safety

Elective Rotations

  • Academia
  • Family Medicine
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Underserved Care
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Other based on interest/availability

Additional Training Sites

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • Allegheny Health Network
  • Other UPMC hospitals and hospital-based clinics based on resident interest and preceptor availability


Chelsea N. Carr, PharmD, BCPP

Tanya J. Fabian, PharmD, PhD, BCPP

Marissa Cullen, PharmD, BCPP

Jessica Harms, PharmD

Edie Whipple, PharmD

Matthew Joseph, PharmD, BCPS

Rebecca Watson, PharmD, BCPS

Ana Lupu, PharmD

Karen Fielding, PharmD

Marc Gutowski, PharmD

Christine Clark, PharmD


Western Psychiatric Institute of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside View on map

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is the premier health system in western Pennsylvania and one of the most renowned academic medical centers in the United States. The health system consists of tertiary, specialty and community hospitals, physician offices, and rehabilitation facilities. By integrating the resources of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and UPMC, this residency program offers a challenging yet flexible environment where pharmacy residents learn to provide safe and effective, evidenced-based pharmacotherapy to individual patients.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside is a 300-bed acute psychiatric hospital. WPIC provides mental health care for more than 15,000 patients each year. This includes about 4,000 inpatients seen in our hospital as well as over 11,000 outpatients and consults within the UPMC Health System. As part of UPMC, WPIC provides a comprehensive range of behavioral health services for individuals, including children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, who are at every stage in their recovery.

Considered one of the nation's foremost academic-based psychiatric care facilities, WPIC is consistently ranked as one of the best psychiatric hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report. WPIC houses the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is dedicated to providing behavioral health professionals with state-of-the-art training and assistance.

Program Director

Matthew Joseph, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist, Geriatrics
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: (412) 586-9082

Fax: (412) 246-6110


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