PGY-1 UPMC Shadyside

The UPMC Shadyside PGY1 Pharmacy Residency trains pharmacists for a wide array of practice and educational settings. UPMC Shadyside offers the breadth of a large academic tertiary care teaching hospital combined with the primary care provider base of a community hospital.

Our unique longitudinal learning experiences for research and teaching provide additional structure and customized attention from experienced mentors:

  • The longitudinal research rotation at Shadyside provides residents experience in drug use evaluation plus a core project in either the research or quality improvement track. Research projects are IRB-approved, with the target of a generalizable contribution to the literature. QI-track projects are approved by the quality board and are highly applied for practice improvement at our institution.
  • All Shadyside residents participate in a longitudinal teaching rotation focusing on clinical, provider, and experiential teaching in small and large group settings. Residents may also elect to participate in the Mastery of Teaching program at the University of Pittsburgh. This program provides additional mentorship and opportunities for a broad range of school-based teaching including lectures, case facilitation, simulation lab experiences and standardized patient exams.

Shadyside residents will develop clinical skills in a variety of settings, with a high degree of rotation flexibility for personalization. Unique learning opportunities at UPMC Shadyside include 6-month longitudinal elective experiences in antimicrobial stewardship or ambulatory care family medicine, on-site block electives in emergency medicine, oncology, transitions of care, geriatrics and nutrition, an international primary care rotation in rural Honduras, as well as access to learning experiences throughout the larger UPMC system.

Application Requirements

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

Application Process

Eligible candidates will be graduating or have graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by January 1, 2021. An on-site interview is required.

  • Letter of Intent

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Official transcripts

  • Three recommendations using the PhORCAS template, including one from a clinical rotation

For more information about the UPMC Shadyside PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency, please contact: Michele F. Hebda, PharmD, BCPS –Program Director (412) 623-4165 or
Stephanie L. Ballard, PharmD, BCPS–Associate Program Director (412) 623-7954 or

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

To prepare pharmacists to assume any of the following overlapping roles:

  • Patient Care Provider

  • Fellow or PGY-2 resident in a focused area of practice

  • Clinical faculty member

  • Clinical preceptor

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist

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 present and future health care professionals. Additional areas of concentration will include enhancing communication skills, professionalism and applying project management skills to practice-based scholarly activities.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 2
Starting Date: July 1st; End: July 30th
Salary: $47860
Benefits: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available, Vacation and professional travel provided, Travel stipend available
Training Site Type: Hospital, Outpatient Family Health Center
Model (type): Hospital - Teaching, Tertiary, Community; Health Center – Medical Home, Primary Care, Underserved Care
Total Beds: 520

Required Block Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Inpatient Rounding Service
  • Outpatient Primary Care
  • Decentralized Clinical Services (Unit-Based)
  • Practice Management
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Student Precepting

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Hospital Pharmacy Operations (Inpatient Staffing and Professional Development)
  • Shadyside Teaching
  • Shadyside Research

On-Site Elective Learning Experiences*

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (Longitudinal)
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Health Center ambulatory care (Longitudinal)
  • Geriatrics
  • International Primary Care / Global Health
  • Nutrition
  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care

Learning Experiences in association with the University of Pittsburgh*:

  • Mastery of Teaching Program
  • Grand Rounds presentation
  • Pharmacy student large classroom lectures
  • Lab and practicum facilitation
  • Resident Research Day

*Many other experiences available based on resident interest and faculty availability.


Stephanie Ballard, PharmD, BCPS

Sheava Blackman, PharmD

Michele Hebda, PharmD, CTTS, BCPS

Ronald Heisel, PharmD, BCCCP

Lauren Jonkman, PharmD, MPH

Didi Kim, PharmD

Shayna Kostka, PharmD

Sarah McKeegan, PharmD, BCPS

Trisha Miller, PharmD, BCACP

James Natale, PharmD, BCOP

Louise-Marie Oleksiuk, PharmD, BCPS

Michael Perry, PharmD, BCPS

Casey O’Brien, PharmD, BCPS

Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, CPE

Christine Ruby, PharmD, BCPS

Lauren Shreckengosh, PharmD, BCPS

Frances Youschak, PharmD, BCPS

Linda Zandier, RPh

Brian R. Tuttle, PharmD, MBA


UPMC Shadyside

The UPMC Shadyside PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency is based out of UPMC Shadyside Hospital, one campus of a multi-hospital system known as UMPC Presbyterian Shadyside. UPMC Shadyside is a 520-bed tertiary care community teaching hospital that offers a diverse patient population, areas of clinical excellence in cardiology and oncology, and houses large Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residencies as well as multiple specialist training programs. UPMC Shadyside has earned Magnet Recognition Status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing and has been ranked on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals for 12 years.

Required ambulatory primary care components of the residency are completed at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center (Family Medicine) and Shea Medical Center (General Internal Medicine.) Both are recognized as Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The Family Health Center is a full-spectrum family medicine practice including pediatric, gynecologic and prenatal care as well as specialty clinic services in hepatitis C, psychiatry, sports medicine, and pharmacotherapy. Shea is an internal medicine training program clinic with integrated pharmacist services under collaborative practice agreements for interprofessional care in resistant hypertension and smoking cessation.

Resident Year First Post –Residency Position Current Position
Roshni Patel, PharmD, BCACP 2011-2012 PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident - Ambulatory Care, University of Maryland Assistant Professor, Jefferson University School of Pharmacy
Amanda Simpson, PharmD, BCPS 2012-2013 Unit Based Pharmacist - (General Medicine), UPMC Presbyterian Unit Based Pharmacist, Emergency Department, UPMC Presbyterian
Holly Filip, PharmD, BCCCP 2013-2014 Pharmacist, UPMC Shadyside Pharmacist, UPMC Shadyside
Michele Hebda, PharmD, TTS 2013-2014 Fellow, Preferred Primary Care and Duquesne University, Mylan School of Pharmacy Clinical Pharmacist-Transitions of Care, UPMC Shadyside
Tina Tran, PharmD 2014-2015 PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident - Global Health ,Purdue/AMPATH, Kenya Fellow, Global Health, Purdue/AMPATH, Kenya
Vivian Tang, PharmD 2014-2015 PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident, Ambulatory Care, University of Pittsburgh/UPMC Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Ambulatory Care) -Providence Medical Group, OR
Ronald Heisel, PharmD 2015-2016 Pharmacist - UPMC Shadyside Pharmacist, UPMC Shadyside
Katrina Mayr, PharmD 2015-2016 Clinical Pharmacist – Transitions of Care, Billings Clinic, MT Clinical Pharmacist – Transitions of Care, Billings Clinic, MT
Alana Grabigel, PharmD 2016-2017 Pharmacist, West Penn Hospital Pharmacist, West Penn Hospital
Sheava Blackman, PharmD 2016-2017 Pharmacist - UPMC Shadyside Pharmacist, UPMC Shadyside

Program Director

Michele F. Hebda, PharmD, CTTS, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist-Transitions of Care Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside (Shadyside Campus) Office: 412-623-4914 Spectra-link: 412-864-7699

UPMC Shadyside