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
  • 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


  • Global Health, Pediatric Diabetes


  • 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.

2017- 2018

  • Neil Turco, PharmD, BCPS
  • Ardis Copenhaver, PharmD, BCPS
  • Emily Linville Fargo, PharmD, BCPS


  • Anna Bondar PharmD, BCPS
  • Nicholas Giruzzi PharmD, BCPS
  • Nathan Lamberton PharmD, BCPS


  • Christopher Durigan PharmD, BCPS
  • Nicole Payette Lombardo PharmD, BCPS
  • Gregory Trietley PharmD, BCPS


  • Lucas Hill PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
  • Ashley Higbea PharmD, BCPS
  • Sarah Rindfuss Venditti PharmD, BCPS


  • Greg Castelli PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM
  • Sarah Dombrowski PharmD, BCACP
  • Amanda Wojtusik PharmD, BCPS


  • Scott Bragg PharmD, BCPS
  • Sarah Winter Bruno PharmD, BCPS


  • Nicole D’Antonio PharmD, BCPS
  • Giovanna Russo-Alvarez PharmD, BCACP


  • Nicolas Owens PharmD, BCPS


  • Rachelle Busby Simon PharmD, BCPS


  • Katherin Sullivan Loomer PharmD, BCPS


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

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