PGY1 UPMC McKeesport

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UPMC McKeesport resides in a community teaching hospital with an emphasis on the underserved, including exposure to addiction medicine and behavioral health. The program provides the pharmacy resident with direct patient care activities in a variety of settings throughout the year, as well as the opportunity to integrate and enhance accumulated experiences and knowledge to improve drug therapy. UPMC McKeesport houses family medicine and internal medicine residency programs, which enables close collaboration for resident education. In addition to clinical activities, pharmacy residents gain teaching experience through informal and formal presentations to health care professionals, precepting pharmacy students, and teaching opportunities through the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Pharmacy residents also develop research skills through practice and instruction as they complete a research project and participate in a research series with peers. Involvement in teaching opportunities and research allow for interaction with pharmacy residents in other UPMC training programs. Upon completion of the program, our residents are well-prepared to assume any of the following roles: patient care provider, clinical faculty member, or PGY2 resident in a focused area of practice.


All residents must be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applications for  Pharmacist License and Intern Registration are available at the PA State Board of Pharmacy Website.

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • School of Pharmacy Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a clinical rotation
  • Eligibility for PA Pharmacy licensure

Application Process

Eligible candidates will be graduating or have graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by December 31st. An interview is required.

For more information about the UPMC McKeesport PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact Nicole Likar, PharmD, BCPS: (412) 664-2288 or

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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency programs build on PharmD education and outcomes to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist 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.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 1
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $50,038

Benefits: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available, Vacation and professional travel provided
Other Benefits:

  • Malpractice insurance
  • Supplemental retirement annuities
  • ACLS/BCLS provider courses
  • Free meals when on campus
  • On-site parking

Training Site Type: Hospital, Outpatient Centers
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, Community, Health Center, Primary Care, Underserved Care
Total Beds: 213

Required Learning Experiences

    (4 Weeks)
  • Clinical Stewardship
  • Oncology Distribution
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Critical Care (off-site at UPMC East)
  • (5 weeks)
  • Orientation
  • (6 weeks)
  • Addiction Medicine/Behavioral Health
  • Family Medicine Hybrid (in/outpatient)
  • Acute Care

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Inpatient Staffing
  • Presentations
  • Residency Research
  • The 9th Street Clinic (a free clinic for the uninsured)

Selected Elective Learning Experiences

  • Mastery of Teaching Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Many elective rotations are available within the UPMC Health System based on resident interest and faculty availability.


Gina Karafa, RPN

Nicole Likar, PharmD, BCPS

Ultan McGlone, PharmD

Rebecca Morcheid, PharmD, BCPS

Tara Posey, BS, PharmD, BCPS

Matt Schonder, RPh, MBA

Ashley Smith, PharmD


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Program Director

Nicole Likar, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
1500 Fifth Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15132

Phone: (412) 664-2288
Fax: (412) 664-2229

UPMC McKeesport