PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy: UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside


The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialize in chronic disease state education and management and preventive care in a variety of outpatient settings.

Our purpose is to train ambulatory care pharmacists that are exceptional in the ongoing care of patients with chronic disease states, preventive health care and able to address financial barriers to medication use. The graduate will be equipped to participate in collaborative practice models with physicians in a variety of settings, assume responsibility for all medication-related aspects of care, educate student and practicing health care professionals and performing practice/education based research. Program graduates will be competitive in obtaining a position within a community-based physician’s office, ambulatory clinic, institutional-based physician practice or community-based pharmacy, as well as a non-tenure clinical faculty position at the level of assistant professor at school of pharmacy or medicine.

The Global Health Track provides residents a focus in developing expertise working with underserved, under-resourced and vulnerable populations. The aim of this track is for the resident to develop skills to design and deliver direct patient care in resource-limited settings. This additional skill set will allow program graduates to also be competitive in obtaining a position within a community health center, free clinic, or non-governmental organization. See PGY2 Ambulatory Care Global Health Track for more information.

Application Requirements

All residents must be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applications for Pharmacist License and Intern Registration are available.

Pennsylvania requires 1500 registered intern hours in order to be eligible for licensure. Of the 1500 hours, only 1000 hours can be obtained through an academic program. That is, 500 intern hours must be obtained outside of school. These 1500 intern hours must be registered with a state board of pharmacy to count toward licensure in Pennsylvania. If you have not yet started registering hours with your state board of pharmacy, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible in order to be eligible for Pennsylvania licensure. We also encourage you to review your own state's rules regarding the registration, reporting and transfer of intern hours. Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions you have regarding licensure with individual program directors.

Application Process

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 PennsylvaniaReferences
  • Registered for the ASHP Residency Matching Program
  • Submitted a completed application via PhORCAS by December 31st to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center PGY2 Ambulatory Care (23810)

Reference guidance


We request a minimum of 3 references, and ask that at least two of the three references come from preceptors with whom the applicant has worked in a direct patient care setting. The preceptor should be able to comment on the applicant’s responsibilities, patient workload, clinical problem solving abilities, and time management skills. All reference writers must use the standard PhORCAS reference template and provide comments on a minimum of 7 of the 15 characteristics in the spaces provided.

The residency site agrees that no person at the site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related informing from any residency candidate.

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialize in chronic disease state education and management and preventive care in a variety of outpatient settings.

Our purpose is to train ambulatory care pharmacists that are exceptional in the ongoing care of patients with chronic disease states, preventive health care and able to address financial barriers to medication use. The graduate will be equipped to participate in collaborative practice models with physicians in a variety of settings, assume responsibility for all medication-related aspects of care, educate student and practicing health care professionals and performing practice/education based research. Program graduates will be competitive in obtaining a position within a community-based physician’s office, ambulatory clinic, institutional-based physician practice or community-based pharmacy, as well as a non-tenure clinical faculty position at the level of assistant professor at school of pharmacy or medicine.

Appointment Period: July 1 – June 30
Number Positions: 2
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $ 47,150
Vacation: 10 days paid time off
Insurance: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available.
Travel stipend : Amount is determined yearly and may not cover all travel expenses

Direct Patient Care

Each resident has the opportunity to customize their experience with the program director based on individual career goals, while meeting program requirements. Clinical experiences are scheduled in 6-8 week blocks with two 6-month longitudinal experiences ½-1 day per week through the year.

Core patient care sites include:

Family Medicine Shadyside Family Medicine
8 week block

Matilda Theiss Family Health Center
1 days per week/ 6 months
Primary Care
Shea Medical Center
8 week block

Birmingham Free Clinic
1 evening/month
Cardiology
Heart and Vascular Institute
6 week block

HVI Heart Failure Discharge Clinic
½ day per month/6 months
Geriatrics
Senior Care Shadyside/ Benedum Geriatrics  
6 week block
Infectious Diseases/HIV
PACT Clinic
4-6 week block
Outpatient Pharmacy Immunization Program  
Falk Pharmacy
4 week block

Elective Experiences

Include, but not limited to: Healthcare to the Underserved Clinics, University Diabetes Care Associates, Transitions of Care (Emergency Department), Transplantation (Heart or Solid Organ), Poison Center, Psychiatry, Oncology, Concentrated Teaching or Concentrated Research.

Pharmacy Practice

Ambulatory operations requirement once every 3 weekends within our retail pharmacy and one evening per month within our outpatient pharmacy and/or emergency department supporting transition of care and discharge processes.

Research

Residents will complete a research project during the year that is expected to be of their own work, of a publishable nature and eligible for submission to a national medical organization for poster or presentation.

Teaching

Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the Mastery of Teaching Certificate Program. Residents will precept doctor of pharmacy students and PGY 1 residents. Many teaching opportunities are available in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in a wide variety of teaching modalities.

Professional Presentations

Residents will present one Pharmacy Grand Rounds lecture and two presentations to non-pharmacy learners to develop professional presentation skills.

UPMC Presbyterian

Josh Dabbs, PharmD – UPMC Presbyterian Prescription Shop
Thomas Glowa, PharmD, BCPS - Medical Infectious Disease (HIV) Clinic
Deanne Hall, PharmD, CDE, BCACP - UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Kelly Junker, PharmD -UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Kristine Schonder, PharmD - UPMC Starzl Transplant Institute
Janet St. Denis, RPh – UPMC Falk Pharmacy
Erin Surhie, PharmD, BCPS - Benedum Geriatrics Clinic

UPMC Shadyside

Stephanie Ballard, PharmD, BCPS - UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine
Trisha Milller, PharmD, BCACP - Shea Internal Medicine
Christine Ruby, PharmD, BCPS - Senior Care Shadyside

Healthcare to the Underserved

Sharon Connor, PharmD – Birmingham Free Clinic
Lauern Jonkman, PharmD – Birmingham Free Clinic
Karen Pater, PharmD, BCPS, CDE - Matilda Theiss FQHC

Community-Based Practice

Scott Drab, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM - University Diabetes Associates

Program Graduates and First Positions obtained

Jessica Anderson – 2016-2017
Clinical Pharmacist
Valor Health Care Beaver County Community Base Clinic, Rochester, PA

Khushbu Thaker -2016-2017
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist
Summit Health Medical Group, New Providence, NJ

James Montgomery – 2015-2016
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Primary Care
Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Vivian Tang – 2015-2016
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Providence Medical Group, Oregon Region, Portland, Oregon

Emily Chan - 2014-2015
Assistant Professor Clinical Sciences
Touro University California College of Pharmacy. San Francisco, CA

Marie Davies - 2013-2014
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy
Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine Clinic, Los Angeles, CA

Megan Fleishman - 2012-2013
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Family Medicine
University of Illinois-Chicago, Rockford Campus

Ibrahim Sales - 2011-2012
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Shara Elrod, 2009-2010
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale, FL

Davies M, Schonder KS, Meyer S, Hall DL. Changes in Students' Performance and Confidence with a Standardized Patient and Standardized Colleague Interprofessional Activity. Accepted for Publication APJE October 2014.

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.

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.

Program Director

Deanne Hall, PharmD, CDE, BCACP
Associate Professor
Clinical Specialist, Ambulatory Care
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-578-9260
FAX: 412-264-8324
halldl@upmc.edu

UPMC Presbyterian