PGY1: Pharmacy - 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.


UPMC Shadyside, 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.

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.


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. 

What makes us unique?

A variety of learning experiences

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, a wide variety of on-site block electives including Emergency Medicine and Oncology, as well as access to learning experiences throughout the larger UPMC system.

Additionally, our unique longitudinal learning experience for research and hospital operations provides additional structure and customized attention from experienced mentors. In addition to these required longitudinal rotations residents may elect to participate in the Mastery of Teaching program at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Program Overview

Learning Experiences

Required Blocks

• Orientation
• Inpatient Rounding Service – Family Medicine
• Outpatient Primary Care – Family/Internal Medicine
• Decentralized Clinical Services (Unit-Based)
• Practice Management
• Infectious Diseases
• Critical Care (Medical or Cardiothoracic Unit)

Required Longitudinal

• Hospital Pharmacy Operations (Inpatient staffing and professional development)
• Shadyside Research

On-Site Electives

• Antimicrobial Stewardship (Longitudinal)
• Emergency Medicine
• Family Health Center (Longitudinal)
• Geriatrics
• International Primary Care
• Nutrition
• Oncology
• Student Precepting

In Association with the University of Pittsburgh

• Mastery of Teaching program
• Pharmacotherapy Updates: Lecture Series & Continuing Education (PULSE) presentation
• Pharmacy student lectures
• Lab and practicum facilitation
• Resident Research Day

Requirements for Program Completion

See Program-Specific Appendix

Manual/Policy and Procedures

See Manual and Policies

Meet Our Team

Residency Program Director

Michele F. Hebda, PharmD, BCPS, CTTS
Clinical Pharmacist-Family Medicine
Director-PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Faculty-Family Medicine Residency
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside (Shadyside campus)


  • Veronica Bader, PharmD
  • Stephanie Ballard, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
  • Madalyn Bates, RPh
  • Timothy Brenner, PharmD, BCOP
  • Holly Filip, PharmD, BCCCP
  • Tom Glowa, PharmD, BCPS
  • Michele F. Hebda, PharmD, BCPS
  • Ronald Heisel, PharmD, BCCCP
  • Allison R. Lauver, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
  • Sarah McKeegan, PharmD, BCPS
  • Trisha Miller, PharmD, BCACP
  • Casey O’Brien, PharmD, BCPS
  • Louise-Marie Oleksiuk, PharmD, BCPS
  • Michael Perry, PharmD, BCPS
  • Christine Ruby, PharmD, BCPS
  • Brent Scott, PharmD, BCCCP
  • Erin Suhrie, PharmD, BCPS, CGP
  • Michael Trisler, PharmD, BCIDP
  • Brian R. Tuttle, PharmD, MBA
  • Linda Zandier, RPh

Current Residents

  • Marissa Parisi, PharmD, BSPF
  • Tara Rogers, PharmD

Past Residents and First Positions

  • Hannah Madara, PharmD, Pharmacist UPMC Shadyside
  • Julena Maurer, PharmD, PGY2 Ambulatory Care-Global Health
  • Shawn Meehl, PharmD, Pediatric Oncology Pharmacist
  • Lindsay Courtney, PharmD, MS, BCACP, Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Dodi Zenilman, PharmD, BCACP, CDTM Ambulatory Care Pharmacist at NYC Health + Hospitals/NCB
  • Andrew Garcia, PharmD

Employment Information

Start Date: July 1st
Term of Appointment: 52 week appointment ending week of June 30th
Stipend and Benefit Information
      Yearly Stipend : $51,259 (2023-2024)
      Paid Time Off: 20 days
      Benefits: UPMC Graduate Medical Education Benefits
      Travel: Meeting travel not required as travel funding determined yearly and not guaranteed

Application/Interview Information

To apply please submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by January 2nd .

Standard requirements for an application include: letter of intent, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and three recommendations using the PHORCAS template.

PhORCAS: #1322 Match Code: #132213

Applicants must be eligible for pharmacy licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Letter of references must include at least 2 from clinical preceptors. Writers must comment on at least 3 of the qualities assessed.

A select number of candidates will be invited to a virtual interview with the option of attending an onsite tour and meet-and-greet. Most interviews will be conducted in the month of February.