PGY2 Ambulatory Care: UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside Global Health Track


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 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.

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 Mission of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Global Health Track is to train future pharmacists to be providers of primary care in resource-limited settings. We train leaders in reducing health disparities and experts in underserved care. We train providers who are empathic, creative, and culturally sensitive in solving problems for all patients, regardless of resources. 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 whenever possible.

Appointment Period: July 1 – June 30
Number Positions: 1
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

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Global Health Track is designed for the individual interested in developing specialized clinical skills and expertise working with underserved and vulnerable populations locally and globally.

The resident will develop strong clinical skills through service to patients at Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program (GLPP) partner sites, including free clinics, community health centers, and other settings providing care to vulnerable groups. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to select elective longitudinal experiences with faculty and clinicians in non-GLPP associated University or UPMC sites. The resident will be able to choose an area of focus within global health and shape their residency year to meet their needs. Block international experiences will allow the resident to develop skills in practice, teaching, and scholarship in a broad range of low-resource settings.

Direct Patient Care

Clinical experiences are scheduled longitudinally through the 12 months.

Family Medicine Matilda Theiss Family Health Center
2 ½ days per week
Primary Care
Birmingham Free Clinic
1 day per week
Infectious Diseases/HIV
PACT Clinic
½ day per week for 6 or 12 months
Cardiology
Birmingham Free Clinic ½ day month
Global Health International Elective Experiences
Honduras (Shoulder to Shoulder)
Malawi (Mission Hospital)
Namibia (University Hospital)
Philippines (Philippines General Hospital)
Other Elective Experiences available
Forbes Pharmacy (Psychiatry)

Pharmacy Practice

Ambulatory operations requirement once every other weekend within the Birmingham Free Clinic Dispensary.

Research:

Residents will participate in the Resident Research Series and 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.

Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care. (Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson, MH, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet 2009; 373: 1993–95)

The PGY2 global health and underserved care advanced practice residency program is designed for the individual interested in developing specialized clinical skills and expertise working with underserved, under-resourced and vulnerable populations locally and globally. The aim of this program is for the resident to develop skills to design and deliver direct patient care in resource-limited 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 resident will develop strong clinical skills through service to patients at Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program (GLPP) partner sites, including free clinics, community health centers, and other settings providing care to vulnerable groups. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to select elective longitudinal experiences with faculty and clinicians in non-GLPP associated University or UPMC sites. The resident will be able to choose an area of focus within global health and shape their residency year to meet their needs. Block international experiences will allow the resident to develop skills in practice, teaching, and scholarship in a broad range of low-resource settings.

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.

PITT SCHOOL OF PHARMACY at the BIRMINGHAM CLINIC VIDEO

Primary Preceptors

Sharon Connor, PharmD (Director)

Lauren Jonkman, PharmD, BCPS (Assistant Director)

Karen Pater, PharmD

The resident will also work with other preceptors in the various clinics

Sites

This residency program is a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Clinical experiences will primarily take place at Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program collaborating sites. The primary sites will include:

  • UPMC Matilda Theiss: A Health Center in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh that is associated with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine.

  • The Birmingham Free Clinic: A free, volunteer-driven primary care clinic on the South Side of Pittsburgh which provides care to uninsured patients from around the region.

  • North Side Christian Health Center: A faith-based FQHC located on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

Additional sites/experiences will be chosen based on the resident needs and interests.

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 hospital discharge. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2017 Jan 6. pii: S1551-7411(16). [Epub ahead of print]

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.

Res Social Adm Pharm. 2016 Nov 3. pii: S1551-7411(16) [Epub ahead of print]

Kauffman Y, Jonkman L, Lupu A, Connor S. Exploring the value of clinical pharmacy services for patients with diabetes in safety net settings. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2013;9:770-6.

Lupu A, Connor S, Jonkman L. 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.

APMS Gaps in Diabetes Care Residency Incentive Grant titled “Impact of Pharmacy-Driven Management of Diabetes Mellitus in an Underserved Patient Population” awarded to Amna Jamil.

Program Director

Sharon Connor, PharmD
Associate Professor
Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program
645A Salk Hall
3501 Terrace St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-7192
Fax: 412-624-1850
sconnor@pitt.edu