PGY-2 Ambulatory Care/Family Medicine Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care/Family Medicine


The postgraduate year two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at UPMC St. Margaret is the second year of a two-year residency program in which the UPMC St. Margaret PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency continues to a PGY2 specialty residency in Ambulatory Care with special emphasis in family medicine. Continuity in learning environment and interdisciplinary relationships built in the first year allows for a rich and independent practice during the second year.


The UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program is affiliated with three outpatient family health centers (FHCs) that are located within 5-10 miles of the hospital. All three FHCs are NCQA-certified patient centered medical homes (PCMHs). Residents in their PGY2 year establish a home-based independent practice at one of the three Outpatient FHCs. In addition to providing patient care at the three residency-affiliated FHCs, PGY2 residents provide longitudinal patient care in a variety of different settings including Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and private practice physician (PPI)offices. As inpatient pharmacotherapy is an integral piece of family medicine training, PGY2 pharmacy residents are encouraged to round on the Inpatient Family Health Center Teaching Service at UPMC St. Margaret. Training in managing the inpatient and outpatient care of our FHC patients allows the resident experience in managing the transitions of patient care. In the well-established collaborative care environment at UPMC St. Margaret, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and behavior therapists work together to educate eager learners and provide excellent patient care.


Practice-based research experiences are numerous and afford high-quality outcomes with the expectation for presentation at a national meeting for the primary research project as well as peer-reviewed publication of other scholarly activities. The Faculty Development Fellowship (FDF) Program at UPMC St. Margaret is a longitudinal curriculum in which family medicine physicians and pharmacy residents collaboratively learn teaching strategies, leadership, mentorship, and research design. In addition to our core faculty at St. Margaret, fellowship sessions are led by local experts from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh in communication and teaching design along with national figures in areas such as health-system advocacy and leadership. Pharmacy residents at UPMC St. Margaret also have numerous opportunities to give formal and informal presentations to health care professionals, precept PGY1 pharmacy residents and pharmacy students, and teach at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy.

Application Requirements

The postgraduate year two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at UPMC St. Margaret is the second year of a two-year residency program in which the UPMC St. Margaret PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency conditionally continues to PGY2 year through ASHP Resident Matching Program early commitment process.

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

Application Process

Eligible candidates will have completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by January 7th. An on-site interview is required.

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information from any residency candidate.

The purpose of the postgraduate year two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency with emphasis in family medicine at UPMC St. Margaret is to prepare the ambulatory care pharmacist specialist to be competitive in obtaining a position within an academic or private physician office, ambulatory clinic, or institutional-based practice focused on teaching or transitions of patient care, as well as adjunct or non-tenure clinical faculty position at a school of pharmacy or medicine. The resident will become proficient as direct patient care providers within interdisciplinary teams and with advanced teaching and practice-based research to prepare them for academic and scholarly work opportunities.

Duration/Type: 12 months
Number Positions: 3
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $ 48,093
Benefits: Health, life, vision, disability and dental insurance are consistent with the standard UPMC benefit package.
Benefits include:

  • 20 paid-time-off (PTO) days including vacation, sick, and personal days
  • Continuing education stipend: $1,500
  • Professional conference – presenter stipend: $1,500
  • Board certification: $1,000
  • Point-of-care device: $700
  • Relocation allowance (if applicable): up to $2,500
  • Health insurance (hospitalization, dental, vision, and prescription coverage)
  • Disability benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Supplemental retirement annuities
  • Tax-sheltered annuity plan
  • Credit union
  • ACLS/BCLS provider courses
  • ATLS/PALS/NALS/ALSO courses
  • Free meals during daily conferences
  • Free on-site parking

Training Site: Hospital and Outpatient Health Centers
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, Community
Total Beds: 249

Required Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Outpatient Family Health Center (FHC) – Longitudinal
  • Private Practice Initiative (PPI)  -  16  week (one ½ day per week)  Block Rotation
  • SCRIPT  (Successful Collaborative Relationships to Improve PatienT care) Practice – 12 week (one ½ day per week) Block Rotation
  • Geriatric Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Team Care - Longitudinal
  • Research - Longitudinal
  • Teaching:  Presentations and Scholarly Work– Longitudinal
    • Core Content Series (CCS) – family medicine residents and faculty
    • Geriatric Medicine Core Curriculum (GMCC) Postgraduate Journal Club (PGJC) – geriatric resident and fellows, faculty, interdisciplinary team
    • University of Pittsburgh Residency Program  Pharmacy Grand Rounds (PGR)– ACPE-accredited CE for UPMC-system pharmacists
    • Materia Medica publication for Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin
    • Family Practice Inquiries Network(FPIN) Health Desk Answer  (HDA) publication
    • Research Project Presentations (University of Pittsburgh, CCS, FDF, STFM, others)
    • Optional: University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Intersession Course,  GME conference
  • Teaching: Pharmacy Education – Longitudinal
    • Primary Preceptor Pitt 4th year APPE Family Medicine Rotation Block
    • School of Pharmacy Teaching – at least one didactic lecture and practicum
    • Hospital Pharmacy Department Lunchtime Learning Series
  • Faculty Development Fellowship (FDF) – Longitudinal
    • FDF Curriculum for Family Medicine Residency Program
    • Medial Decision Making (MDM) Curriculum
    • SMH Family Medicine Faculty -  Faculty Development Curriculum Presentation
    • STFM Meeting Submission
  • Service – Longitudinal

Electives

  • Global Health, Pediatric Diabetes

Support

  • Pharmacy Resident Wellness Initiative
  • Research advisor and faculty
  • Faculty coach

Selected Publications

Han J, Hill L, Koenig KM, Das N. Naloxone counseling for harm reduction and patient engagement. Fam Med. 2017;49(9):730-3.

Jarrett JM, Tomoko S, Klatt PM, Wilson SW. An innovative, residency-based, interprofessional faculty development program. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy March 2017, 74 (6) 402-408

Farrah R. Non-insulin Diabetes Treatment: updates (CME Video Lecture). In Middleton, D. (Course Director), Comprehensive Review of Family Medicine.

Farrah R, Jarrett JB. Fluticasone plus salmeterol in persistent stable asthma likely safe. Diving for PURLS. Evidence-Based Practice 2017;20(4):E12

Bondar A, Campbell AM. Genvoya (elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, tenofovir). Bulletin of the Allegheny County Medical Society [Materia Medica]. 2016;106(5):200-201.

Bondar A. A New Practitioner’s Perspective on Combining Interprofessional and Cultural Competence Instruction in Pharmacy School Curriculum. [Letter to editor]. Am J Pharm Educ 2015;79(10).

Giruzzi NR, Payette N. Praxbidn (idarucizumab). Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin [Materia Medica]. Nov 2016;106(11):418-9.

Lamberton N, Payette N. Suvorexant (Belsomra) for insomnia. Bulletin of the Allegheny County Medical Society [Materia Medica]. 2016;106(12):462.

Joseph MP, Higbea A, Thorpe C, Coley K, McGivney MS, Klatt PM, Schleiden L, Zaharoff J, Cox-Vance L, Corbo J, Balestrino V, Sakely H. Surveys of Older Adult’s Medication-related Self-Efficacy and Adherence: Pharmacist-led Interventions on Transitions of Seniors (PIVOTS). J Am Geriatr Soc 64(suppl 1):S257, 2016.

Campbell A, Coley K, Corbo J, DeLellis T, Thorpe C, McGivney M, Klatt PM, Cox-Vance L, Zaharoff J, Sakely H. Outcomes of coordinated, pharmacist-led, anticoagulation management of older adults across the levels of care: A mixed methods analysis of the PIVOTS model. J Am Geriatr Soc. 64(suppl 1):S257, 2016.

Payette N, Breslin TM, D’Amico F, Durigan RC, Klatt PM, Coley K, McGivney MS, Corbo J, Cox-Vance L, Driessen J, Thorpe C, Bacci J, Zaharoff J, Balestrino V, Sakely H. Time and Motion Analysis of the Geriatric Clinical Pharmacist in Three Geriatric Care Settings: Pharmacists-led InterVentions On Transitions of Seniors (PIVOTS). J Am Geriatr Soc. 64(suppl 1):S256, 2016.

Klatt PM. Anticoagulation (CME Video Lecture). In Middleton, D. (Course Director), Comprehensive Review of Family Medicine. Birmingham, AL: Oakstone Publishing, 2015.

Sakely H, Corbo J, Coley K, McGivney MS, Thorpe C, Klatt PM, Schleiden L, Zaharoff J, Cox-Vance L, Balestrino V. Pharmacist-led Collaborative Practice for Older Adults across the Continuum of Care. Am J Health-Sys Pharm 2015;72(8):606-9. PMID: 25825181

Bondar A, Durigan RC, Haugh A, Wilson SA. Is Suboxone or methadone more effective for treatment of opioid addiction? HDA Evidenced-Based Practice. (accepted)

Annual Grant Awardee to facilitate Yoga classes for UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health Center patients. $2,500. (Anna Bondar, 2016-17 Resident)

ACCP Resident Member-at-Large. Appointed position by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. July 2016. (Anna Bondar, 2016-17 Resident)

Resident Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Graduation Award, June 2016. (Nathan Lamberton, 2016-17 Resident)

Best Poster award at the 22nd Annual Fellows Conference. Teaching and Learning in Family Medicine. UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program. Pittsburgh, PA. May 2016. (Nathan Lamberton, 2016-17 Resident)

Best Poster award at the 21st Annual Teaching and Learning in Academic Medicine Fellows Conference. UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program. Pittsburgh, PA. May 2015 (Sarah Rindfuss, 2014-15 Resident)

American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care PRN Resident Travel Award. 2014 (Lucas Hill, 2014-15 Resident)

American College of Clinical Pharmacy, General Resident Travel Award. 2014 (Lucas Hill, 2015-15 Resident)

Farrah RM, Sauereisen SC, Folan M. Regional Site Investigators. For: Carter BL, Ardery G, James PA et al. “A collaborative model to improve BP control and minimize racial disparities. The CAPTION Trial”. Funding accepted from NHLBI 2009.

2019-2020

  • Rachael Cardinal PharmD
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2019)
    • *PharmD: University of Buffalo (2018)
  • Anne Williams PharmD
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2019)
    • *PharmD: University of Maryland (2018)
  • Kevin Wissman PharmD
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2019)
    • *PharmD: University of Kansas (2018)

2018-2019

  • Ariel Ferdock PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2018)
    • *PharmD: Nova Southeastern University (2017)
    • Residency Project: REFRAME –TOC: Pharmacists Enhancing Follow up, Reducing and Assisting with Medication Errors through Transitions of Care
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
      Mayo Clinic Health System
      Rochester, MN
      Sparta, WI
  • Pooja Kirpekar PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2018)
    • *PharmD: Virginia Commonwealth University (2017)
    • Residency Project: Improving Interprofessional Collaboration: Diabetes and Behavioral Health Referrals in a Family Health Center
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - Ambulatory Care
      Penn Medicine
      University of Pennsylvania
      Health System
      Philadelphia, PA
  • Sara Weinstein PharmD, BCPSS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2018)
    • *PharmD: University of Arizona (2017)
    • Residency Project: Statin Therapy Assessment and Team-based Integrative partNership (STATIN)
    • Position out of residency: Ambulatory Care Assistant
      Professor
      Rutgers College of Pharmacy

2017-2018

  • Ardis Copenhaver, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2017)
    • *PharmD: Medical University of South Carolina (2016)
    • Residency Project: Evaluation of the use of outpatient spirometry in the diagnosis and treatment of COPD in family medicine practice
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
      Allegheny Health Network
      Pittsburgh, PA
  • Emily L. Fargo, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2017)
    • *PharmD: University of Pittsburgh (2016)
    • Residency Project: DOAC and forget-it? Necessity of direct oral anticoagulant monitoring services in family medicine health centers
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Primary Care
      Cleveland Clinic - Medina
      Cleveland, OH
  • Neil Turco, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2017)
    • *PharmD: University of Pittsburgh (2016)
    • Residency Project: An educational intervention to improve rates of hepatitis C treatment in the primary care setting
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Primary Care
      Cleveland Clinic - Avon
      Cleveland, OH

2016-2017

  • Anna Bondar, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2016)
    • *PharmD: University of Pittsburgh (2015)
    • Residency Project: Evaluating the Impact of Team-Based Home Visits Following Hospital Discharge at UPMC St. Margaret New Kensington Family Health Center
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Primary Care
      Cleveland Clinic
      Cleveland, OH
  • Nicholas Giruzzi, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2016)
    • *PharmD: Albany College of Pharmacy (2015)
    • Residency Project: Measuring Team Development in Outpatient Primary Care Clinics
    • Position out of residency: Assistant Professor
      Washington State University,
      College of Pharmacy
      Yacama, WA
  • Nathan Lamberton, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2016)
    • *PharmD: Albany College of Pharmacy (2015)
    • Residency Project: Designing Pharmacist-Led Chronic Care Management Services Within a Residency-Based Family Health Center
    • Position out of residency: Assistant Professor
      Medical College of Wisconsin,
      School of Pharmacy
      Milwaukee, WI

2015-2016

  • R. Christopher Durigan, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2015)
    • *PharmD: University of Rhode Island (2014)
    • Residency Project: The Effect of Multimodal Education on Medical Residents’ Perceptions of Prescribing Naloxone
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - Ambulatory Care
      Thundermist Health Center
      Woonsocket, RI
  • Gregory Trietley, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2015)
    • *PharmD: University of Pittsburgh (2014)
    • Residency Project: Rounding Together: Collaborative Leaning between Medical and Pharmacy Residents
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - Endocrinology/Primary Care
      Allegheny Health Network
      Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nicole Payette, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2015)
    • *PharmD: University of Sciences Philadelphia (2014)
    • Residency Project: Have You Heard about Our Sensational HPV Trial? A Family Medicine Team Vaccination Effort
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - Ambulatory Care/Family Med
      Christiana Health Care
      Delaware

2014-2015

  • Ashley Higbea, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2014)
    • *PharmD: University of Virginia (2013)
    • Residency Project: Improving care of older adults within a novel practice: patient perceptions and self-efficacy analysis of Pharmacist-led InterVentions On Transitions of Seniors (PIVOTS) by patient surveys
    • Position out of residency: Assistant Professor
      Texas Tech University at Dallas
      VA North Texas Health System
      Dallas, TX
  • Sarah Rindfuss, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2014)
    • *PharmD: University of Pittsburgh (2013)
    • Residency Project: Scholarly contributions by pharmacist educators in family medicine: A five-year review
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Ambulatory Care
      Allegheny Health Network
      Pittsburgh, PA
  • Lucas Hill, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2014)
    • *PharmD: University of Missouri Kansas City (2013)
    • Residency Project: Naloxone Counseling for Harm Reduction and Patient Engagement
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Assistant Professor
      University of Texas at Austin
      CommUnity Care Health Centers
      Austin, TX

2013-2014

  • Gregory Castelli, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2013)
    • *PharmD: Wilkes University (2012)
    • Residency Project: “Successful Collaborative Relationships toImprove Patient Care: Evaluation of pharmacists’ interventions in non-academic family medicine practices”
    • Position out of residency: Assistant Professor
      WVU School of Pharmacy and Medicine
      Morgantown, WV
  • Sarah Krahe Dombrowski, BCACP, PharmD
    • *PGY1: UPMC/Rite Aid Pharmacy (2013)
    • *PharmD: University of Pittsburgh (2012)
    • Residency Project: “Financial models for pharmacist integration into primary care and patient-centered medical homes”
    • Position out of residency: Assistant Professor, LECOM
      Erie, PA
  • Amanda Wojtusik, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2013)
    • *PharmD: University of Rhode Island (2012)
    • Residency Project: “Pharmacist Initiated Transitions of Care Program: Effect on Hospital Readmission Rates and Adherence to Follow-Up PCP Appointments”
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Ambulatory Care
      Providence Medical Group
      Portland, OR

2012-2013

  • Scott Bragg, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2012)
    • *PharmD: West Virginia University (2011)
    • Residency Project: “Improving diabetes care with integrative medicine, diabetes group visits: a patient center medical home quality improvement pilot”
    • Position out of residency: *Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Inpatient Family Medicine
      *Assistant Professor
      University of South Carolina
      Charleston, SC
  • Sarah Winter, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2012)
    • *PharmD: Duquesne University (2011)
    • Residency Project: “Evaluation of outcomes after a quality improvement study on dosing and monitoring of vancomycin”
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Care
      Allegheny General Hospital
      Pittsburgh, PA

2011-2012

  • Nicole D-Antonio, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2011)
    • *PharmD: Duquesne University (2010)
    • Residency Project: Evaluation of an Electronic Health Record Warfarin Documentation System within a Family Medicine Residency Program
    • Position out of residency: *Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Family Medicine/Internal Med
      *Faculty –UPMC McKeesport Family Medicine /Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Giavanna Russo-Alvarez, PharmD
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2011)
    • *PharmD: Duquesne University (2011)
    • Residency Project: Teaching and education achieving collaboration among health professionals: The TEACH Study”
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Care
      Cleveland Clinic
      Cleveland, OH

2010-2011

  • Nicholas Owens, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2010)
    • *PharmD: University of Pittsburgh (2009)
    • Residency Project: “Teaching through Collaboration:Measuring Medical Resident Education on a Medication Management Rotation Experience”
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Family Medicine
      Faculty – UPMC Shadyside
      Family Medicine Residency Program

2009-2010

  • Rachelle (Busby) Simon, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2009)
    • *PharmD: University of Pittsburgh (2008)
    • Residency Project: "An evaluation of pharmacist-run medication management visits with poly pharmacy patients in a collaborative setting".
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Internal Medicine
      Franciscan St. Margaret Health
      Hammond, IN

2008-2009

  • Katherine (Sullivan) Loomer, PharmD, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2008)
    • *PharmD: University of Rhode Island (2007)
    • Residency Project: "Multidisciplinary Medication Management Consultations: Team Care to Improve Medication Safety"
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Care
      Atrius Health
      Boston, MA

2007-2008

  • Lauren (Fields) Jonkman, PharmD, MPH, BCPS
    • *PGY1: UPMC St. Margaret (2007)
    • *PharmD: University of Pittsburgh (2006)
    • Residency Project: Assessment of Outpatient Anticoagulation Management at UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program”
    • Position out of residency: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Care
      Faculty – University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy
      Pittsburgh, PA

Program Director

Bobbie Farrah, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Faculty, UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine and Pharmacy Residency Program
Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Outpatient Family Medicine
Phone: 412-784-7673
E-mail: farrahrm@upmc.edu

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