PGY1: Pharmacy - UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital


UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, 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.


To provide personalized training that will prepare graduates of the program to practice across all care settings, including acute inpatient, ambulatory, as well as academia. Training will focus on providing patient-centered care as part of an interdisciplinary team to ensure safe, effective, and evidence-based pharmacotherapy for individuals with medical and psychiatric disorders.  Upon successful completion of the residency program, graduates will be prepared to continue post-graduate training or to pursue a rewarding career in clinical pharmacy. 

What makes us unique?

Our people.

Pharmacy department - Each member of our pharmacy team is dedicated to our residents – not only as pharmacists and professionals but more importantly, as individuals.  We strive to create a supportive culture for our learners.  Our team works to provide excellent patient care, evidence-based education, and continuous quality improvement through research. 

Interprofessional team - Our colleagues in other professions care deeply about helping each patient that we serve at Western Behavioral Health.  Pharmacists are valued and viewed as integral members of the interprofessional team. 

Patients - Our patients inspire us each day.  They truly connect us to our purpose, and we are fortunate to play a role in advancing their mental and physical well-being across all care settings and phases of recovery.

Our opportunity.

For more than 60 years, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been a national leader in providing best practice, research-based care and a broad array of innovative psychiatric and addiction services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors at every stage of their recovery.  With over 400 inpatient psychiatric beds and more than 80 ambulatory programs within the behavioral health division of UPMC, Western Psychiatric is one of the largest behavioral health care providers affiliated with an academic medical center in the country.  Considered one of the nation’s foremost academic-based psychiatric care facilities, Western Psychiatric houses the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dedicated to providing professionals with state-of-the-art training and assistance, it is consistently ranked as one of the best in America by U.S. News & World Report.

Program Overview

Patient Care and Pharmacy Experiences

Orientation and Pharmacy Operations (required)
Ambulatory Care (required)
Internal Medicine (required)
Geriatric Medicine (required)
Inpatient Psychiatry (required)
Critical Care (required)
Inpatient Family Medicine (required)
Medication Safety (required)
Clinical Consultation (required - longitudinal)
Inpatient Operations (required - longitudinal)
Medication Safety (required – longitudinal)
Academia and Professional Development (required – longitudinal)
Pharmacogenomics (elective)
Cardiology (elective)
Underserved Care (elective)
Emergency Medicine (elective)
Substance Use Disorder (elective)
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (elective)
Autism and Developmental Disorders (elective)

Teaching Experiences 

University of Pittsburgh Mastery of Teaching (elective)
One Pharmacotherapy Update (required)
Two case presentations (required)
Two journal clubs (required)
Monthly department topic discussions (required)
Preceptor Development session (required)
APPE Precepting (based off preceptor schedule - elective)

Requirements for Program Completion
  • Obtain the rating of “achieved for residency” for ≥90% of the residency objectives associated with the five educational outcomes set for this residency program

  • For Competency Area R1: Patient Care, the resident must have a rating of “achieved for residency” for 100% of objectives

  • Any objectives that do not receive a rating of “Achieved” must receive a rating of “Satisfactory Progress”; no remaining objectives  may have a rating of “Needs Improvement” at the end of the residency program

  • Satisfactory completion of all learning experiences as determined by the individual preceptors in conjunction with the RPD. If a learning experience is not completed in a satisfactory manner, additional remedial work and/or learning experience extension will be granted as determined by the preceptor and RPD

  • Completion of major pharmacy resident research.

  • Presentation of research at University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Resident Research Day

  • Successful completion of one Pharmacotherapy Updates presentations (PULSE), two journal clubs, and two formal case presentations

  • Completion of Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee responsibilities (i.e. ADR/labeling changes, newsletter, and meeting minutes)

  • Involvement in one medication use evaluation (MUE) project

  • Submission of a manuscript draft of the major pharmacy project with review by the residency program director.

  • Completion of all assignments and projects as defined by the preceptors and the RPD

  • Compliance with all institutional and departmental policies

Manual/Policy and Procedures
Information will be provided by the program
Recruiting Events

Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP) 2023 Virtual Residency and Fellowship Showcase

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Open House ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Residency Showcase
  • Date: December 4, 2023
  • Time: 1:00-4:00 PM PST
  • Location: Anaheim, CA
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Open House

Employment Information

Start Date July 1, 2024
Term of Appointment  1 year

Stipend and Benefit Information

  • Yearly Stipend: $51,259

  • Paid Time Off: 20 days for vacation, sickness, personal time, conferences, and interviews

  • Benefits: Please see UPMC GME website for complete benefit information:  2023 Benefit Highlights (

  • Travel: Reimbursement based on availability of funding

Application/Interview Information

 PhORCAS application due on January 2, 2024

  • Letters of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted through PhORCAS

Select applicants will be invited to interview virtually.  Dates to-be-determined but will be offered in January and February.

Meet Our Team

Residency Program Director
Matthew Joseph, PharmD, BCPS

Residency Program Coordinator
Ana Lupu, PharmD


  • Christine Clark, PharmD, BCPP
  • James Coons, PharmD, BCCP , FCCP, FACC
  • Sharon Conner, PharmD
  • Marissa Cullen, PharmD, BCPP
  • Joseph Durkin, PharmD BCCCP
  • Tanya J. Fabian, PharmD, PhD, BCPP
  • Karen Fielding, PharmD
  • Hannah Goulding, PharmD, BCPP
  • Marc Gutowski, PharmD
  • Matthew Joseph, PharmD, BCPS
  • Cory McGinnis, PharmD, BCCCP
  • Casey O’Brien, PharmD, BCPS
  • Megha Patel, PharmD, BCPS
  • Alexandria Feist, PharmD, BCPS
  • Andreea Temelie, PharmD, BCPP
  • Rebecca Watson, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS
  • Melanie Yabs, PharmD, MS, BCPP

Current Residents

  • Michael Harrison, PharmD
  • Hannah Holloway, PharmD

Past Residents and First Positions

  • Paige Dorve-Lewis – PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy UPMC Western Psychiatric
  • Christine Sun, PharmD – PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy UPMC Western Psychiatric
  • Emily Thacker, PharmD – Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
  • Harrison Ferro, PharmD – Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist, VA Medical Center Wilkes-Barre
  • Dante Delerme, PharmD – Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist, Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
  • Tuyen Nguyen, PharmD – Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Andreea Temelie, PharmD, BCPP – Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
  • Rena Sackett, PharmD – Director of Member Relations, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Select Publications/Awards

Hannah Goulding, PharmD, BCPP (PGY1 Class of 2019)

UPMC Western Behavioral Health Patient Quality Award for “Increasing Utilization of Intranasal Midazolam for Seizures.”

Andreea Temelie, PharmD, BCPP (PGY1 Class of 2020)

Hospital/Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Excellence in Care Award for “Process and Outcomes for Deprescribing Benzodiazepines in the Outpatient Setting for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.”

Emily Thacker, PharmD (PGY1 Class of 2022)

Winstanley, E. L., Thacker, E. P., Choo, L. Y., Lander, L. R., Berry, J. H., & Tofighi, B. (2022). Patient-reported problems filling buprenorphine prescriptions and motivations for illicit use. Drug and alcohol dependence reports5, 100091.

Thacker E. P. (2021). Building bridges to recovery in Appalachia. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association : JAPhA61(3), 226–227.