The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Global Health Program provides predominantly longitudinal primary care with few specialty clinics associated with UPMC Presbyterian/Montefiore and the University of Pittsburgh. The 2 primary clinical practice sites include the Birmingham Free Clinic and UPMC Matilda Theiss which each provide longitudinal learning experiences 2 days/week throughout the year.
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside: Multiple sites across Pittsburgh and internationally
The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Global Health Program provides predominantly longitudinal primary care with a few specialty clinics associated with UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside and the University of Pittsburgh. The 2 primary clinical practice sites include the Birmingham Free Clinic and UPMC Matilda Theiss which each provide longitudinal learning experiences several days per week throughout the year. Residents have the opportunity to practice internationally in global health settings.
The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Global Health program trains pharmacist-practitioners to provide clinical pharmacy services in resource limited settings with a clear focus on health equity and social justice. The aim of this program is for the resident to develop skills to design and deliver direct patient care and pharmacy services in resource poor settings in a collaborative practice environment; develop teaching and assessment skills; and develop research skills through the design, implementation, assessment, and publication of a research project.
The program trains leaders in reducing health disparities and achieving health equity and experts in care for people from historically and systemically marginalized and underserved communities and populations. We train practitioners who are empathic, creative, and culturally sensitive in solving problems for all patients, regardless of resources.
What makes us unique?
The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Global Health Residency is aligned with the Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program. The Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program, established under the auspices of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy has provided clinical pharmacy services for the homeless, working poor, uninsured, and underinsured for the past 20 years. The program partners with a diverse group of community safety net providers in the Pittsburgh area to provide a broad range of pharmacy services that enhance patient care. The program assists over 6,000 individual patients annually whose healthcare needs are beyond their financial means.
We believe that every single person deserves quality healthcare and medicines delivered to them with dignity and respect, with our duty to make this care available to all.
- We train future pharmacist-practitioners to provide primary care pharmacy services in low resource settings.
- We train leaders in reducing health disparities and achieving health equity and experts in care for people from marginalized and underserved communities and populations.
- We train practitioners who are empathic, creative, and culturally sensitive in solving problems for all people, regardless of resources.
Patient Care and Pharmacy Experiences
- Birmingham Free Clinic
- UPMC Matilda Theiss
Elective rotation may be block or longitudinal based on the resident’s interest and site capacity.
- Academia: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
- Community experience: UPMC 2nd Ave Commons
- Infectious Diseases: PACT HIV Clinic
- International experiences: Honduras, Namibia
- Population Health: Allegheny Health Department
- Psychiatry: Western Psychiatric Mental Health Clinic or Hospital
- Triage experience: Evaluation and Referral Center (ERC)
Staffing requirements (split between 2 residents)
- Birmingham Free Clinic: 1st Saturday (10am-1pm) and then 2nd and 4th Monday (6-9pm) and 1st Thursday (6-9pm)
- Precepting Panther Clinic (the student-run free clinic session at Birmingham): 3rd Saturday 10-1pm
- EPITOME II Program (times vary-4hr shift/week)
- Teaching Experiences
Teaching experiences are integrated throughout our program, including precepting, lectures, and practica within PittPharmacy. Required minimum experiences include:
- Serve as primary preceptor for one APPE student
- Simulation Evaluation - 2 sessions
- Small Group Facilitation - 2 sessions
- Large Group Instruction (excludes PULSE)
- 1-30 min session to pharmacy students
- 1-30 min session to pharmacists/pharmacy staff
- 2-30 min session to non-pharmacy health care providers/learner
Provide one Pharmacotherapy Updates: Lecture Series & Continuing Education (PULSE) session
Residents may also elect to participate in the PittPharmacy Mastery of Teaching Certificate Program (didactic instruction, mentor groups and teaching portfolio).
- Research/Quality Improvement Experiences
PittPharmacy Research Series: Research seminars, project development including protocol, project execution including data analysis, manuscript and presentation at Resident Research Day.
- Profession Development/Leadership Experiences
Professional Development Series
Residents meet monthly with preceptors to discuss personal and practice based development for residents professional growth.
- Requirements for Program Completion
Pharmacist licensure obtained in the state of Pennsylvania by October 31th of the residency year and successful completion of all learning experiences.
- Receiving at least 80% of program objectives are “Achieved for Residency” with R1 Patient Care being 100%
- No objectives in any domain that “need improvement”
UPMC/PittPharmacy competencies and other required learning modules as specified by the Department of Pharmacy Completion and documentation of all required teaching and research experiences. Completed Residency portfolio (i.e., documentation of completed projects, presentations, evaluations, etc.) in PharmAcademic® Updated resident Academic and Professional Record form and CV at program completion.
- Manual/Policy and Procedures
Will be provided by program
Start Date and Term of Appointment:
July 1 start date, 52-week appointment concluding June 30th
Stipend and Benefit Information
Number of positions: 2
Yearly Stipend: $53,589
Paid Time Off: 20 days
Benefits: UPMC Graduate Medical Education Benefits (2023 Benefit Highlights (upmc.com)
Travel: Meeting travel not required as travel funding determined yearly
Eligible candidates will have:
- Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school of pharmacy
- Current enrollment in or completion of a PGY1 residency in pharmacy practice or community pharmacy practice
- Licensure or eligibility for licensure within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- References (3)
- Registered for the ASHP Residency Matching Program
- Submitted a completed application via PhORCAS by January 5th to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center PGY2 Ambulatory Care (Code: 643165)
The residency site agrees that no person at the site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information from any residency candidate.
Meet Our Team
Residency Program Director
- Karen S. Pater,
PharmD, CDCES, BCACP
Residency Program Coordinator
- Sharon Connor, PharmD
- Martha Ndung’u, PharmD
- Sharon Connor, PharmD- Birmingham Clinic
- Martha Ndungu, PharmD- Birmingham Clinic and Second Avenue Commons
- Karen Pater, PharmD, CDES, BCACP- UPMC Matilda Theiss
- Catherine Rebitch, PharmD- UPMC Matilda Theiss
- Lauren Jonkman, PharmD, MPH – International Namibia experience
- And others based on elective experiences
- Julena Maurer, PharmD
- Brianne Slaven, PharmD
Past Residents and First Positions
Andrew Garcia, PharmD – PGY2 Ambulatory Care, Global Health Track
Ambulatory Pharmacist Clinician, Infectious Disease, The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, Vermont (current)
Jasmine Delk, PharmD – PGY2 Ambulatory Care, Global Health Track
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Family Medicine, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (current)
Santon Shagavah, PharmD – PGY2 Ambulatory Care, Global Health Track
Clinical Pharmacist, Multnomah County Health Department, Mid-County Health Center, Portland, Oregon (current)
Jennifer Ko, PharmD, MPH – PGY2 Ambulatory Care, Global Health Track
Assistant Professor, Marshall B Ketchum College of Pharmacy, Fullerton California (initial)
Assistant Professor, Chapman University, Irvine, California (current)
Theo Pham, PharmD – PGY2 Ambulatory Care, Global Health Track
Clinical Pharmacy, Central City Concern, Portland Oregon
Hannah Welch, PharmD – PGY2 Ambulatory Care, Global Health Track
Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Monroe/Medical University of New Orleans
Amna Jamil, PharmD – PGY2 Global Health
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Medication Access Program at Mount Sinai Health Partners
Medical Science Liaison - Diabetes at Eli Lilly and Company (current)
Rebecca Cope, PharmD – PGY2 Global Health
Assistant Professor, Touro College of Pharmacy (New York)
Assistant Professor, Long Island University College of Pharmacy
Ferealem Assefa, PharmD – PGY2 Global Health
Clinical Pharmacist, Carilion-Roanoke Memorial Hospital
Marisa Sochacki, PharmD – PGY2 Global Health
Aid Worker, Doctors Without Borders
Jennifer Bhuiyan, PharmD – PGY2 Global Health
Assistant Professor, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacist, Johnstown Free Medical Clinic
Assistant Professor, St. John’s University School of Pharmacy
Ana Lupu – PGY2 Underserved Care
Clinical Pharmacist, UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Yardlee Kauffman, PharmD, MPH – PGY2 Global Health
Outcomes Research Fellow, Kaiser Permanente (Colorado)
Assistant Professor, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Aid Worker; Doctors Without Borders
- Lupu AM, Connor SE, Jonkman LJ. Pharmacy students’ actual and perceived knowledge of issues related to underserved populations across the professional curriculum. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2013; 5: 526-540.
- Kauffman YS, Jonkman LJ, Lupu AM, Connor SE. Exploring the value of clinical pharmacy services for patients with diabetes in safety net setting. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2013; 9: 770-6.
- APMS Gaps in Diabetes Care Residency Incentive Grant titled “Impact of Pharmacy-Driven Management of Diabetes Mellitus in an Underserved Patient Population” (Amna Jamil, et al)
- Bhuiyan J, Jonkman L, Connor S, Giannetti V. Qualitative evaluation of perceptions of smoking cessation among clients at an alcohol and other drug treatment program. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2017; 13: 1082-89.
- Cope R, Jonkman L, Quach K, Ahlborg J, Connor S. Transitions of care: Medication-related barriers identified by low socioeconomic patients of a federally qualified health center following discharge. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2018; 14: 26-30.
- Ko J, Connor SE, Jonkman LJ, Abraham O. Service-learning experiences in free clinics: perspectives of student pharmacists. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2019; 83:7379.
- Best resident/fellow/post-doc poster at AACP 2020: Graduates’ Perspectives of a Global Health Area of Concentration Within PharmD Curriculum. (Jennifer Ko, et al)
- Runner-up best poster by the Academic Pharmacy Section at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) 2020. Global Health Area of Concentration in the PharmD Curriculum: Student Perspectives. (Jennifer Ko, et al)
- Rotundo HW, Connor SE, Jonkman LJ, Muzzio KB, Taylor AM, Meyer MM. Exploring the impact of an international medical service trip on attitudes toward interprofessional collaboration. Am J Pharm Edu 2022;86 (7) 8748