PGY-2 Transplant Care Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

PGY-2 Transplant Care

The transplantation/solid organ pharmacy residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is designed for the individual interested in developing specialized clinical expertise in pharmaceutical care for transplant patients. UPMC is the premier health system in western Pennsylvania, one of the most renowned academic medical centers in the United States, and a world leader in the field of transplantation. The transplantation pharmacy resident will gain expertise in the management of transplant patients in all phases of their care, from the intensive care unit to the ambulatory clinic. The resident will gain expertise in pathophysiology of disease leading to the need for organ transplantation, the management of immunosuppressive therapy, acute and chronic post-transplant complications, therapeutic drug monitoring, and management of drug interactions.

The resident will be integrally involved in research opportunities and education of students and other healthcare professionals. Through the Resident Research Series, the resident will identify a practice-related research project and mentor, learn about study design and implementation as well as complete a residency project suitable for publication. The Teaching Mastery Series allows residents to learn about various teaching methods as well as develop their skills as pharmacy educators and clinical preceptors. Many opportunities to present formal seminars, patient cases, journal clubs, and in-service education for UPMC staff occur throughout the year. The resident will gain experience in both didactic and experiential teaching and precepting at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Flexibility is provided to meet the individual resident's goals and objectives.

Program objectives include:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency, confidence, and compassion in providing direct patient care to transplant patients
  2. Demonstrate professionalism and effective communication skills in all components of pharmacy practice
  3. Optimize pharmacotherapy and safe medication practices
  4. Provide effective education to healthcare professionals
  5. Apply clinical and outcomes research concepts to professional practice

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 completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by December 31st. 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.

To prepare pharmacists to assume any of the following roles:

  • Transplant clinical specialist

  • Pharmacy educator

Our residents will become confident, effective practitioners of pharmacotherapy. Residents will focus on ensuring application of safe, effective and evidence-based medicine practices to transplant recipients in the health system. These practitioners will demonstrate competency in educating their patients as well as present and future health care professionals.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 1
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $48,093
Benefits: Health, dental, and eye care are provided free of charge. Life and disability are available. Vacation and professional travel provided.
Training Site Type: Hospital
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, tertiary
Professional Staff: 48
Total Beds: 1093

Required Learning Experiences

  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Clinical Precepting

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Hospital Pharmacy Operations
  • Drug Information - Formulary review
  • Presentation Skill Development
  • Resident Research Series

Select Elective Learning Experiences

  • Transplant ICU
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases
  • Research
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Pediatric transplantation
  • Hepatology

Other elective rotations are available based on resident interest and faculty availability.


Heather Johnson, PharmD, BCPS

Kristine Schonder, PharmD (Director)

Kristin Shimko, PharmD

Catherine Kin, PharmD

Joan Maple, PharmD


UPMC Presbyterian

Program Director

Kristine Schonder PharmD
Assistant Professor,
200 Lothrop Street
PFG 01-01-01
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-3778
Fax: 412-864-3824

UPMC Presbyterian