PGY-1 Community Pharmacy


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Program Director

Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA
Associate Dean of Community Partnerships
Phone: 412-624-8142
FAX: 412-624-8175
mmcgivney@pitt.edu

We have a dynamic, leading-edge residency program led by the University of Pittsburgh in partnership with Rite Aid Corporation, Giant Eagle Inc, and Asti's Pharmacy. We provide a highly integrated, team-based program to engage residents in experiences in community pharmacies, family medicine, underserved practices, and within the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network. Our residency is focused on developing the residents' skills as practitioners and leaders in our profession.

Residents focus on one primary pharmacy team with longitude experiences in family medicine and underserved practices. Residents are members of the University of Pittsburgh Community Leadership & Innovation in Practice Center with faculty research support and a teaching certificate offering.

To train a highly motivated pharmacist to provide comprehensive medication management through interprofessional, team-based care and to be a leader of innovation in community pharmacy practice.

What makes our program unique?

  • Engage in strong mentor relationships

  • Work alongside state and nationally recognized preceptors

  • Develop continuing education programs for pharmacist preceptors and alumni

  • Establish lifelong networking relationships

  • Attend several professional meetings with innovative student pharmacists

  • Experience ongoing involvement with professional organizations including the American Pharmacists Association, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Program Highlights

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process

  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered care and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to optimize patient care

  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills

  • Provide medication and practice-related information, education, and training

  • Conduct pharmacy practice research and hone project management skills

  • Understand the relationship of the pharmacy benefit management company, health plan, and the delivery system functions of managed care

  • Develop skills required to function in an academic setting

Program Director

Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA, Associate Dean of Community Partnerships

Program Coordinator

Luke Berenbrok, PharmD, Assistant Professor

Rite Aid Team

  • Stephanie McGrath, PharmD, Primary Preceptor
  • Tony Ferri, RPh, Pharmacy Manager
  • Kristine Ossman, PharmD, Clinical Preceptor
  • Luke Gilmore, PharmD, Regional Director of Clinical Services
  • April Hopper, PharmD, Manager, Drug Information Center
  • Katherine Moldovan, PharmD, District Manager
  • Donna Hazel, RPh, College Relations

Giant Eagle Team

  • Renee’ Richardson, PharmD, Primary Preceptor
  • John DeJames, RPh, Manager of Clinical Services
  • Christine Jordan, PharmD, Clinical Preceptor
  • Jeff Puntureri, RPh, Pharmacy Manager

Asti’s Pharmacy Team

  • Ashley Firm, PharmD, Primary Preceptor
  • Shannon Antypas, PharmD, Clinical Preceptor
  • Chris Antypas, PharmD, Co-owner

Longitudinal Preceptors

Current Residents

Rite Aid Pharmacy (NMS Code 153915)

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,800 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy partners with Rite Aid to provide a unique resident opportunity at Rite Aid #1944 in the Shaler area of Pittsburgh, PA. The Rite Aid Corporation-Rite CareSM Center of Excellence in Pittsburgh serve as a primary teaching laboratory for our residents. Our residents work closely with clinical pharmacists and staff to provide care, educate student pharmacists and medical residents while helping to advance and grow the patient care practice. Residents are able to work with the Rite Aid Corporate Clinical Management Team to learn how clinical programs are designed and managed in a large corporation.

Giant Eagle Pharmacy  (NMS Code 153921)

Giant Eagle is a regional supermarket chain with stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Ohio. At Giant Eagle Pharmacy, our residents will gain patient care and management skills through active participation in dispensing procedures as well as the provision of medication therapy management services to patients. In addition to comprehensive medication therapy management, the resident will be actively involved with diabetes education, community outreach programs, and immunizations. The resident will also have the ability to work side-by-side with members of the Giant Eagle Team as they grow patient care services.

Asti’s Pharmacy (NMS Code 153923)

Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy is an innovative, independent pharmacy located in the Mount Lebanon neighborhood, five miles from downtown Pittsburgh. Asti’s is home to a high-volume community pharmacy, a non-sterile compounding lab, and a licensed long-term care pharmacy all at within one location. Our services include: medication therapy management, immunization evaluation and administration, medication synchronization, adherence packaging, insurance navigation, Medicare coverage reviews, and many other complementary patient friendly services. Com-pounded medications include bio-identical hormone replacement, pain management, pediatric, and veterinary products. Our pharmacy resident will have the opportunity to care for patients within all of our service areas. Residents will also assist in precepting introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences with student pharmacists and have the opportunity to participate in pharmacy innovation and development of new clinical services.

UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine

The focus of this rotation will concentrate on the provision patient care services in the outpatient arena. Your training will revolve around three main experiences: participating direct patient care (Medication Management Service/Diabetes education classes), precepting of medical residents, medical students, and pharmacy students, and initiating quality improvement projects. As with all services, your ability to facilitate and answer drug-information questions will be highly valued by the physicians and staff at the health centers.

Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program for the Underserved

The Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program for the Underserved, established under the auspices of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, provides clinical pharmacy services for the homeless, working poor, uninsured, and underinsured. This program partners with a diverse group of community safety net providers (Health Care for the Homeless, North Side Christian Health Center and the Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations) 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.

The Mastery of Teaching program is offered collectively by the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. The resident will apply and enter into the program and be assigned a faculty mentor who is generally outside of the community residency program. The faculty mentor will work closely with the resident throughout the entire residency year to ensure adequate teaching experience and feedback.

At the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy we involve our residents in teaching student pharmacists through large group lectures, standardized patient activities, and precepting opportunities. Our residents also serve as facilitators for problem-based learning and patient care activities through-out the School’s curriculum.

There are a variety of different types of research that aid in improving the care of a patient. Over the course of your residency, you will be exposed to a variety of different areas of research from randomized, controlled clinical trials to practice-based quality improvement and teaching-based research. Our goal for you is to expose you to these areas, and help you to establish a research question, design a project, carry out the project, and analyze the report of the results.

The first step in the process is deter-mining your question and matching it with something you want to learn more about. From there, we will meet with individuals who have experience in your chosen research area and de-sign a project that is achievable in a one year time frame. We encourage collaboration with both researchers and residents from the University of Pittsburgh as well as other community residents from programs across the state of Pennsylvania.

TOP TIER: Training Outpatient Pharmacists Techniques In Evidence-Based Research

Embedded within our residency curriculum, TOP TIER, a community pharmacy research course, further develops your problem-solving skills through working group discussions, conference calls, and participation in a faculty-led lecture series with residents and preceptors from across the state of Pennsylvania. You will enhance your written and verbal communication skills by presenting both formal and informal presentations while refining your scientific writing by drafting a written research manuscript. Throughout the entire research design process, you will be working alongside a faculty member who shares similar research interests as you! TOP TIER is just another way that our program strives to cater to your interests while providing opportunities for leadership development and mentorship.

Margie E. Snyder, PharmD 2006-2007
Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; Assistant Professor, Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Indianapolis, IN

Gladys Garcia, PharmD, BCACP 2007-2008
Assistant Professor, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy/University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie Harriman McGrath, PharmD 2008-2009
Clinical Pharmacist Rite Aid Pharmacy; Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA

Maria Osborne, PharmD, BCACP 2008-2009
Clinical Pharmacist, UPMC St. Margaret Family Practices Offices, Pittsburgh, PA

Shara Elrod, PharmD, BCACP 2009-2010
Ambulatory Care Residency, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Melinda E. Kozminski, PharmD, BCACP 2009-2010
Clinical Pharmacist, Gateway Health Plan, Pittsburgh, PA

Shannon E. McLaughlin, PharmD 2009-2010
Clinical Pharmacist, Asti’s Pharmacy, Mt. Lebanon, PA

Brooke Lowry, PharmD, BCACP 2009-2010
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, St. John Fischer, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Pittsford, NY

Yardlee Kauffman, PharmD, BCACP 2010-2011
PGY-2 Global Health/Underserved Residency, University of Pittsburgh; Outcomes Fellowship, Kaiser Permanente, Denver, CO Assistant Professor, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy/University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Tony DiCrisico, PharmD 2010-2011
Staff/Clinical Pharmacist, Rite Aid, Virginia Beach, VA

Ted Turner, PharmD 2010-2011
PGY-2 Psychiatry Pharmacy Residency, VA Health System, Salt Lake City, UT, Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Health System Las Vegas, NV

Jennifer Bacci, PharmD 2011-2012
Clinical/Staff Pharmacist, Rite Aid, Pittsburgh, PA; Fellowship University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Michelle Maguire, PharmD 2011-2012
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care, The Ohio State University; Clinical Pharmacist, Primary Care, Columbus, OH

Sarah Dombrowski, PharmD 2012-2013
PGY-2 Family Medicine Resident, UPMC St. Margaret, Pittsburgh, PA; Assistant Professor, LECOM School of Pharmacy, Erie, PA

Elizabeth McCartney, PharmD 2013-2014
Assistant Professor, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy/University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Kristine Ossman, PharmD 2013-2014
Clinical/Staff Pharmacist, Rite Aid, Pittsburgh, PA

Brandon Antinopoulos, PharmD 2014-2015
Clinical Manager, Hometown Apothecary; Executive Manager, Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network, New Brighton, PA

Gale Garmong, PharmD, PharmD 2014-2015
Clinical Pharmacist, Klingensmith’s Drug Store, West Kittanning, PA

Christine Jordan, PharmD 2014-2015
Clinical Coordinator, Giant Eagle Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA

Kyle McCormick, PharmD 2014-2015
Clinical Pharmacist, Gatti Pharmacy and RxHealthConnect, Indiana, PA

Kristin Hart, PharmD 2015-16
PGY-2 Geriatric Residency, UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA
Clinical Pharmacist, Legacy Health, Portland, OR

Nicole Nierste, PharmD 2015-16
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Resident, St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis, IN
Clinical Pharmacist, St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis, IN

Karen Hoang, PharmD 2016-17
Clinical Pharmacist, UPMC Health Plan Medication Management Services, Pittsburgh, PA

Jonathan Kovac, PharmD 2016-17
Clinical Pharmacist, Giant Eagle Clinical Services, Pittsburgh, PA

Bacci JL*, McGrath SH, Pringle J, Maguire MA, McGivney MS. Implementation of brief medication adher-ence interventions within a community chain pharmacy practice: a qualitative analysis. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2014; 54:584-593.

Kauffman Y*, Barkowitz E, Cerussi N, Pringle J, McGivney MS. Identifying medication-related needs of HIV patients: foundation for community pharmacist-based services. Innovations. 2014;5(1).

Elrod S*, Snyder ME, Hall DL, Somma McGivney M, Smith RB. Practice Change in Community Pharmacy: A Case Study of Multiple Stakeholders’ Perspectives. Innovations 2012:3(82).

Osborne MA*, Snyder ME, Hall DL, Coley KC, Somma McGivney M. Evaluating Pennsylvania Pharmacists’ Provision of Community-based Patient Care Services to Develop a Statewide Practice Network. Innovations 2011:2(4).

Kozminski M*, Busby R*, McGivney MS, Klatt PM, Hackett S, Merenstein JM. Pharmacist integration into the medical home: qualitative analysis. J Am Pharm Assoc 2011;51:173-183.

Snyder ME^, Rice KR, Primack BA, Somma McGivney M, Pringle JL, Smith RB. "Exploring Successful Com-munity Pharmacist-Physician Collaborative Working Relationships Using Mixed Methods" J Soc Admin Pharm 2010;6(4):307-323.

Snyder ME^, Meyer SM, Somma McGivney M, Smith RB. A Pilot Study: The Design and Preliminary Evaluation of Web-based Materials to Teach Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration During Community-based Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. International J Pharm Ed & Prac (Internet) 2010:6(1).

Harriman McGrath S*, Snyder M*, Garcia G*, Pringle JL, Smith RB, Somma McGivney M. Physician Percep-tions of Pharmacist-Provided Medication Therapy Management (MTM): A Qualitative Analysis. J Am Pharm Assoc 2010;50:67-71.

Garcia G*, Snyder M^, Harriman S*, Smith RB, Somma McGivney M. Generating Demand for Pharmacist-Provided Medication Therapy Management: Identifying Patient Preferred Marketing Strategies. J Am Pharm Assoc 2009;49:611-616.

McCartney EM*, Bacci JL, Ossman KL, Richardson RM, DelPizzo DM, DeJames JR, McGivney MS. Mobile application features sought after by patients of a grocery store chain pharmacy. Accepted JAPhA 2015.

Bacci JL^, Akinwale TP, Adams AJ, McGivney MS. Exploring community pharmacy shared faculty contributions to practice, teaching and scholarship. Am J Pharm Ed 2016; 80(7) Article 115.

Haver A*, Sakely H, McGivney MS, Thorpe C, Zaharoff J, Corbo J, Cox-Vance L, Klatt P, Schleiden L, Balestrino V, Coley KC. A qualitative study exploring geriatric care team perceptions of pharmacists caring for older adults across health care settings. Ann Long Term Care. 2017. Accepted.

Bacci JL^, Coley KC, McGrath K. Abraham O, Adams AJ, McGivney MS. Strategies to facilitate the implementation of collaborative practice agreements in chain community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc 2016: 257-265.

Brandon Antinopoulos, PharmD
Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s Ten Under Ten Award 2017

Jennifer Bacci, PharmD, MPH, BCACP
Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s Ten Under Ten Award 2014

Lucas Berenbrok, PharmD
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy APhA-ASP Faculty Member of the year 2014

Stephanie Smith Cooney, PharmD
Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Pauline Montgomery Leadership Award 2015

John DeJames, RPh
Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Industry Award 2016, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Preceptor of the Year 2015

Sarah Dombrowski, PharmD, BCACP
Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s Ten Under Ten Award 2017, APhA-APPM Merit Award 2015

Tony Ferri, BPharm
University of Pittsburgh Residency Preceptor of the Year 2015

Gladys Garcia, PharmD, BCACP
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year Award 2012

Melinda Kozminski, PharmD, BCACP
Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s Ten Under Ten Award 2017, American Pharmacists Association’s Wiederholt Prize 2012

Kyle McCormick, PharmD
Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s Ten Under Ten Award 2017

Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP
Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Excellence in Innovation Award 2017, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award 2015, American Pharmacists Association Community Residency Preceptor Award 2012, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year Award 2011, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Community Faculty of the Year Award 2011, American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Professional Merit Award 2007, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year Award 2006, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award 2006

Stephanie McGrath, PharmD
Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s Ten Under Ten Award 2017, University of Pittsburgh Alumni Rising Star Award 2015, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy APhA-ASP Faculty Member of the year 2013, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award 2013, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Residency Preceptor of the year 2011-2012, American Pharmacists Association’s 2011 One-to-One Counseling Award, Honorable Mention

Maria Osborne, PharmD, BCACP
Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award 2010

Renee Richardson, PharmD
Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s Ten Under Ten Award 2017

1. Epple P, McGivney MS, Bacci JL^, Antinopoulos B*, Kaufmann Y, Peterson A. “The Philly Difference: Connections for better chronic care.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). $48,498. January, 2015.

2. Garmong GE*, Bacci JL^, Berenbrok LA, McGrath SH, Ossman KL, Odukoya OK. “The impact of a pharmacist coaching program on targeted medication review completion rates in a traditional chain community pharmacy.” Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Foundation. $1000. December, 2014.

3. McCormick K*, Kunkel A, Bacci JL^, Cooney SS, Smith R. “Patient activation as a measure of medication list ac-curacy.” Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Foundation. $600. December, 2014.

4. McCartney E*, Bacci JL^, Richardson R, Ossman K, DelPizzo D, DeJames J. “Mobile application features desired by patients of a grocery store chain pharmacy.” Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Foundation. $1000. January, 2014.

5. Dombrowski SK*, McGrath SH, Bacci JL, Coley KC, McGivney MA. “Identifying key factors associated with successful integration of patient care services into dispensing workflow: a traditional community chain pharmacy evaluation.” APhA Foundation. $1000. December, 2012.

6. Dombrowski SK*, McGrath SH, Bacci JL, Coley KC. “Identifying key factors associated with successful integration of patient care services into dispensing workflow: a traditional community chain pharmacy evaluation.” Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation. $1000. December, 2012.

7. Maguire M*, Somma McGivney MA, Scharf D, Pringle JL, Smith RB, Montgomery J, Bacci JL*, Fabian TJ. Pharmacist-provided patient care services in an outpatient mental health setting: a multi-stakeholder qualitative analysis. APhA Foundation. $1000. December, 2011.

8. Kauffman Y*, Cerussi N, Pringle JL, Somma McGivney MA. “Identifying medication-related needs of HIV patients: foundation for community-pharmacist based services.” Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Foundation. $1000. February, 2011.

9. Kauffman Y*, Cerussi N, Pringle JL, Somma McGivney MA. “Identifying medication-related
needs of HIV patients: foundation for community-pharmacist based services.” APhA Foundation. $1000. December, 2010.

10. Kozminski ME*, Busby R, Merenstein J, Klatt PM, Somma McGivney MA. “Pharmacist Integration into the Medical Home: A Qualitative Analysis. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Foundation. $1000. February, 2010.

11. McLaughlin SM*, Blackburn T, Somma McGivney MA. “Identification of Patient Medication related Needs in a Com-munity: Qualitative Analysis” Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Foundation. $1000. February, 2010.

12. Osborne M*, Snyder M^, Hall DL, Somma McGivney MA. “Recruiting Pharmacists in Pennsylvania to provide com-munity-based patient care services as part of a statewide network (The Network Project)”. Community Pharmacy Foundation. $22,100. April, 2009.

13. Osborne M*, Snyder M^, Hall DL, Somma McGivney MA. “Recruiting Pharmacists in Pennsylvania to provide com-munity-based patient care services as part of a statewide network (The Network Project)”. PPA Foundation. $1000. January, 2009.

14. Harriman S*, Pringle J, Smith RB, Garcia G*, Somma McGivney MA. “Identification of Physician-Patient Care Needs able to be provided by Community Pharmacy-based Medication Therapy Management Services”. National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation. $20,000. December, 2007.

15. Harriman S*, Pringle J, Smith RB, Garcia G*, Somma McGivney MA. “Identification of Physician-Patient Care Needs able to be provided by Community Pharmacy-based Medication Therapy Management Services”. APhA Foundation Residency Grant. $1000. December, 2007.

16. Garcia G*, Snyder M^, Harriman S*, Smith RB, Somma McGivney MA. “Identification of Patient Needs and Perceptions of Pharmacist Provided Medication Therapy Management. APhA Foundation Residency Grant. $1000. December, 2007.

17. Snyder M*, Zillich A, Somma MA, Smith RB. “Great Partners Project”: Community Pharmacist and Physician Collab-oration. Com-munity Pharmacy Foundation Grant. $40,000. July, 2007.

18. Snyder M*, Zillich A, Somma MA, Smith RB. “Great Partners Project”: Community Pharmacist and Physician Collab-oration. APhA Foundation Residency Grant. $1000.

19. Garmong GE, Bacci JL, Berenbrok LA, McGrath SH, Ossman KL, Odukoya OK. Impact of a pharmacist coaching pro-gram on targeted medication review completion rates in a traditional chain community pharmacy. PPA Educational Foundation. $1,000. December 2014.

20. McCormick K, Kunkel A, Bacci JL, Cooney SS, Smith R. activation as a measure of medication list accuracy. PPA Educational Foundation. $600. December 2014.

KEY: *PHARMACY RESIDENT, ^PHARMACY FELLOW
$105,798 residency & $88,498 fellowship

General Information

  • 12-month, full-time PGY1 Community Residency Program

  • Estimated stipend: $47,500

  • Start Date: July 2, 2018

  • Fringe benefits: Health, life, dental and disability insurance through the University of Pittsburgh; 2 weeks vacation; minimum of one-week professional travel; some travel support available.

Application Requirements

  • All residents must be eligible* for pharmacist licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Potential residents must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by January 4th

  • Letter of intent, CV, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation are all required to be submitted through PhORCAS.

  • Supplemental Application to be emailed directly to the Program Director (mmcgivney@pitt.edu) by January 4, 2018.

  • On-site interview is required.

Supplemental Application

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.

Contact Information

Program Director:
Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA
Associate Dean for Community Partnerships
Suite 633 Salk Hall
3601 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
mmcgivney@pitt.edu
Office Phone: 412-624-8142
Fax: 412-624-8175