PGY-1 WPH Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

PGY1 UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

This pharmacy resident training program builds upon UPMC's strong tradition of training pharmacists to be competent practitioners upon completion. Residents will gain clinical experience through diverse practice settings in both longitudinal and block-style rotations. The resident will serve on multidisciplinary hospital committees and will develop and implement evidence-based drug-use initiatives. The resident will also provide appropriate responses to drug information requests, design patient-specific therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans, participate in journal clubs and present seminars. Residents are mentored through the Resident Research Series to identify a practice-related research question, learn about study design and execute, and complete a residency project suitable for publication. For residents with an academic interest, the Teaching Mastery Series provides opportunities to learn various teaching methods and develop their skills as pharmacy educators and clinical preceptors. 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 patients with a diverse array of medical and psychiatric illnesses
  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.

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. Standard requirements for an application include: demographics, academic history, transcript, curriculum vitae, letter of intent, extracurricular activities, and three standardized reference forms.  An on-site interview is necessary to be ranked in the match.   Select applicants will be invited for an interview.

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

The mission of the PGY1 pharmacy practice residency is to prepare pharmacists to become experts in providing patient-centered pharmacy care across an array of practice settings.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 2
Starting Date: July 1 (flexible)
Salary: $46,922
Benefits: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available, vacation and professional days provided, travel stipend available
Training Site Type: Hospital
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, tertiary
Total Beds: 300

Block Rotations

  • Orientation and Pharmacy Operations
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic
  • Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Inpatient Psychiatry

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Clinical Consultation
  • Medication Safety
  • Academia and Professional Development
  • Inpatient Operations

Elective Rotations

  • Elective rotations available depending upon interest of the resident and availability of the preceptor

Additional Training Sites

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • Other local hospitals and hospital-based clinics


Christine Clark, PharmD, BCPP

Tanya J. Fabian, PharmD, PhD, BCPP

Marissa Cullen, PharmD, BCPP

Karen Fielding, PharmD

Marc Gutowski, PharmD

Matthew Joseph, PharmD, BCPS

Ana Lupu, PharmD

Rebecca Watson, PharmD, BCPS


Western Psychiatric Institute of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside View on map

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is the premier health system in western Pennsylvania and one of the most renowned academic medical centers in the United States. The health system consists of tertiary, specialty and community hospitals, physician offices, and rehabilitation facilities. By integrating the resources of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and UPMC, this residency program offers a challenging yet flexible environment where pharmacy residents learn to provide safe and effective, evidenced-based pharmacotherapy to individual patients.

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is a 300-bed acute psychiatric hospital. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital provides mental health care for more than 15,000 patients each year. This includes about 4,000 inpatients seen in our hospital as well as over 11,000 outpatients and consults within the UPMC Health System. As part of UPMC, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital provides a comprehensive range of behavioral health services for individuals, including children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, who are at every stage in their recovery.

Considered one of the nation's foremost academic-based psychiatric care facilities, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the best psychiatric hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital houses the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is dedicated to providing behavioral health professionals with state-of-the-art training and assistance.

Program Director

Matthew Joseph, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist, Geriatrics
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA 1521

Phone: (412) 586-9082

Fax: (412) 246-6110


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