PGY1: Pharmacy - UPMC Mercy

The PGY1 pharmacy residency at UPMC Mercy provides training in health-system pharmacy, with the major emphasis on clinical pharmacy practice and the education and training of future pharmacists.  Residents gain experience providing a wide range of pharmacotherapy and educational services to patients and health care practitioners.  Residents participate in drug formulary evaluations, medication safety strategies, hospital pharmacy practice, and are members of hospital and system wide multidisciplinary initiatives. 


UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, PA

Program Purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.


The Department of Pharmacy at UPMC Mercy strives to achieve the organization’s mission and core values through the provision of the highest quality, patient-focused pharmacy services.  Through residency training, it is our mission to train clinical pharmacists who are leaders in patient care through:

  • clinical decision-making and application of evidence-based medicine.
  • education of patients and other health care professionals.
  • contribution to knowledge of medication usage and innovative practice models.
  • perseverance in patient advocacy.
  • commitment to patient safety.

What makes us unique?

Our people! At UPMC Mercy, we care for complex, high acuity patients in a tertiary care academic medical center, yet if you ask anyone who has worked here, they will talk about how the hospital has a community feel to it. That unique combination is possible through our incredible team members who have fostered meaningful connections with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare team members.

Program Overview

Required Core Learning Experiences
  • Critical Care Medicine (2 rotations)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacy Management
Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences
  • Pharmacy consult services (warfarin, pharmacokinetics)
  • Critical Illness Recovery Center (CIRC) ambulatory clinic
Elective Learning Experiences
  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Nephrology
  • Nutrition Support
  • Oncology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Transitions of Care
  • Trauma/Burn
  • Mastery of Teaching (certificate program)
Requirements for Program Completion
  1. Obtain Pennsylvania pharmacist licensure by September 30 of the residency year and practice two-thirds of the year as a licensed pharmacist.

  2. Complete all orientation materials including university and health-system training modules.

  3. Attain a rating of “Achieved for Residency” for 80% of the objectives established by the residency program.

  4. Complete the requirements of the individualized plans as developed by the program director.

  5. Complete all required learning experiences of the residency schedule.

  6. Complete all required weekend inpatient pharmacy staffing and clinical coverage assignments.

  7. Complete a major project and present the results at the University of Pittsburgh Resident Research Day.

  8. Prepare a manuscript based on the major residency project.

  9. Meet the residency presentation requirements: 2 formal presentations, 2 journal club presentations, and at least 1 interdisciplinary meeting presentation.

  10. Complete a drug class review/drug monograph/treatment guideline/treatment protocol and a medication use evaluation.

Manual/Policy and Procedures

Residency program manual and accompanying policies will be distributed upon invitation to interview.

Employment Information

Start Date: July 1

Term of Appointment: 52 weeks, concluding June 30

Stipend and Benefit Information

            Yearly Stipend:  $51,259
Paid Time Off: 20 days
Benefits: 2023 Benefit Highlights (
Travel: Travel stipend to ASHP Midyear covering registration, hotel, flight, meals

Application/Interview Information

Submit completed application via PhORCAS by January 2. Interview is required (in-person or virtual).

Meet Our Team

Residency Program Director

Taylor Miller, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

UPMC Mercy


  • Emily Ankney PharmD, BCPS
  • Josef Berletic, PharmD BCPS
  • Steven Ganchuk, PharmD
  • Pamela Gradisek, PharmD, BCPS
  • Victoria Gray, PharmD, BCPS
  • Meaghan Hansen, PharmD, BCPS
  • Pamela McCormick, PharmD, BCPS
  • Taylor Miller, PharmD
  • Brandon Nemecek, PharmD, BCPS
  • Sandra Nickman, PharmD
  • Bridget Ott, PharmD, BCPS
  • Marci Pursglove, PharmD
  • Abigail Steele, PharmD, BCPS
  • Megan Wein, PharmD
  • David Zimmerman, PharmD, BCPS

Current Residents

  • Abigail Cochran, PharmD
  • Maura Fleming, PharmD
  • Samantha Hohmann, PharmD
  • Mario Martinez, PharmD
  • Maya Tsvetkova, PharmD

Past Residents and First Positions


  • Sierra D’Ettorre, PharmD
  • Danielle DiGiorgio, PharmD
  • Sydney Dyne, PharmD
  • Arienne Serniak, PharmD
  • Brett Snyder, PharmD


  • Lalah Ali-Syed, PharmD
  • Abigail Bornstein, PharmD
  • Stephen Lomax, PharmD
  • Veronica Taylor, PharmD
  • Allison Tempo, PharmD