PGY2: Ambulatory Care Presbyterian Shadyside


UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh PA

Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.


The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside develops independent ambulatory care pharmacists who are leaders in collaborative practice models across interprofessional teams and pharmacy management.

What makes us unique?

Variety of experiences. Our program integrates residents into primary care and specialty practices. This allows the resident to experience the many ways ambulatory care pharmacist collaborate with providers and health care teams to impact patient outcomes. This includes but is not limited to pharmacist patient visits, team-based care, management under collaborative care agreements, and population health.

Integration of administration and leadership experiences. Our program fosters residents’ professional development through integration within administrative and operational functions. This allows the resident to expand their management and leadership skills with growing clinical programs, organizing workflow, assessing programs, and managing personnel.

Program Overview

Patient Care and Pharmacy Experiences

Required Experiences

  • Shea Internal Medical Center
  • General Internal Medicine Oakland
  • Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Benedum/Senior Care Geriatrics
  • Pain and Palliative Care
  • EPITOME II Discharge Counseling
  • Ambulatory Pharmacy Leadership and Administration

Electives Experiences

  • Academia at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • Center for Care of Infectious Diseases - PACT/HIV Clinic
  • Center for Liver Diseases - Hepatitis C Consult
  • Center for Precision Medicine (Genomics)
  • Health Care to the Underserved
  • Research with UPMC Center for Value Based Medicine
  • Shadyside Family Medicine Health Center
  • Starzl Transplant Institute (Solid Organ)
  • UPMC Health Plan Managed Care
Teaching Experiences

Required Teaching Experiences

  • Mastery of Teaching Certificate Program
    • APPE student preceptor (1)
    • Small group facilitation (4)
    • Large group instruction (1)
  • PULSE Continuing Education Seminar (1)
  • Inservice to clinic staff (2)
Research/Quality Improvement Experiences

Research seminars, project development including protocol, project execution including data analysis, manuscript and presentation at Resident Research Day. View Resident Research Series »

Professional Development/Leadership Experiences

Professional Development Series: Ambulatory Care residents from the Presbyterian Shadyside based programs meet monthly with preceptors to discuss personal and practice-based development for residents professional growth.

Leadership Experiences: Residents will develop skills to lead individuals and work groups through their role as project leader for their research project, clinical based administrative projects and the Ambulatory Pharmacy Leadership and Administration longitudinal experience.

Requirements for Program Completion

Pharmacist licensure obtained in the state of Pennsylvania by October 31th of the residency year  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 the following deliverables: 
  • PULSE presentation (Pharmacotherapy Updates: Lecture Series &  Continuing Education)
  • Research project protocol, presentation at Resident Research Day and final draft of project manuscript 
  • Completion of Mastery of Teaching Program (precept 1 APPE student, 4 small group facilitation, 1 large group instruction)
  • Completion of 2 in-service for clinic based staff


Manual/Policy and Procedures

Ambulatory Care Program Manual


Employment information

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 
  • Travel: Meeting travel is not required as travel funding is determined yearly and not guaranteed


Recruitment Events

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

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023
Time: 5:00-7:00 PM EST
Zoom link will be provided to PSHP Showcase attendees.

See Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists ( to register

UPMC PGY2 Ambulatory Care Presbyterian Shadyside Residency
Virtual Open House

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM EST
Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 928 9938 9110

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Residency Anaheim, CA

Personal Placement Service: By appointment through the PPS system under UPMC and University of Pittsburgh

Residency Showcase: Monday, December 4, 2023 1:00-4:00 PM PST
UPMC Pharmacy Residency Programs, Pittsburgh, PA

UPMC PGY2 Ambulatory Care Presbyterian Shadyside Residency Open House
Virtual Open House

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM EST
Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 984 9680 9711

View additional details on our practice sites, program structure and learning experiences.

Application/Interview Information 

Submit completed application via PhORCAS by January 2nd to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center PGY2 Ambulatory Care Presbyterian Shadyside (23810) -Verify program number as there are multiple ambulatory care programs at UPMC. 

Current Residents:

Leah Korte, PharmD
Iryna Kurochka, PharmD

Past Residents and First Positions

Jack Janosick – Primary Care Clinic Pharmacist, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
Jason Walker – Primary Care Clinic Pharmacist, University Hospitals, Cleveland Ohio

Christopher LaFratte – Clinical Pharmacist, Family Medicine, Geisinger Health System, Pocono Pennsylvania
Madison Mcconnell – Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist, Banner Health Arizona, Mesa Arizona

Katie Halza – Clinical Specialist Ambulatory Care Infectious Diseases Clinic, Kingman Regional Medical Center in Kingman, Arizona
Alison Manjerovic – Ambulatory Care Parkview Health, Portland Oregon

Precious Dadzie – Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Kayla Davis – Clinical Pharmacist, State of Franklin Health Care Associates, Fullerton, Tennessee

John Aurora  –  Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist – Endocrinology at Tufts Medical Center, Boston,  Massachusetts
Hannah Nystrom  – Ambulatory Care Clinic Pharmacist at St. Elizabeth’s Physicians,  Erlanger, Kentucky

Mahalia Harrell – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Kaiser Permanente, Washington, DC
Karin Yamazaki – Clinical Pharmacist, James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, New York

Select Publications/Awards

Pitt Pharmacy Resident of Distinction – Marie Davies, 2013

American College of Clinical Pharmacy Best Poster Finalist 2013 – Megan Fleishman . “Impact of a Medicaid prescription limitation policy on health care utilization.”

LaFratte C, Peasah SK, Huang Y, Hall DL, Patel U, Good CB. Association of PCSK9 inhibitor initiation on statin adherence and discontinuation. J Am Heart Assoc. 2023;12:e029707. DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.123.029707

Fleishman M, Ridenour T, Yahnkee A, Fischer G, Hall D. Impact of a Medicaid prescription limitation policy on health care utilization. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Best Poster Finalist. Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 2013.

Davies M, Schonder KS, Meyer S, Hall DL. Changes in Students' Performance and Confidence with a Standardized Patient and Standardized Colleague Interprofessional Activity. Am J Pharm Ed. 2015; 79 (5) Article 69.

Sales I, Jonkman L, Connor S, Hall D. A comparison of educational interventions to enhance cultural competence in pharmacy students. Am J Pharm Ed. 2013; 77 (4) Article 76.

Elrod SS, Coley K, Saul M, Donehoo J, Fischer G, Kapoor W. A description of medication discrepancies found after hospital discharge. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas, October 2010.

Snyder CM, Helms BE, Hall DL. Correlation of Frequency of INR Monitoring and Achieving Therapeutic Goal Range. J Pharm Technol 2008;(24):255-60.

Veltry LG, Hall DL, Schonder KS. Enoxaparin dosing and incidence of bleeding in patients with renal dysfunction. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. St. Louis, MO, October, 2006.