PGY-1 UPMC Hamot Pharmacy Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

PGY-1 UPMC Hamot

UPMC Hamot is a 412 bed hospital located in Erie Pennsylvania, which has received numerous performance awards including: 6 time Thompson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals, 2011 Thomson Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, 2002-2011 National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award, 2010 America's Best Hospitals in Pulmonary Medicine, 2006 America's Best Hospital in Heart and Heart Surgery, 2006 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, 2006 Cardiac Care, Critical Care, GI care, Pulmonary Care, Stroke Care and Vascular Care Excellence Awards. UPMC has obtained Magnet status in nursing. In addition to the pharmacy residency, UPMC Hamot has physician residencies in emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, and neurology. The Pharmacy Department provides 24/7 services which include full unit dose and IV admixture services utilizing the computerized robotic systems including the Automated Pharmaceutical Station and AcuDose dispensing cabinets. Multiple systems for safety are also utilized including bar code technology for all administered medications. There are Clinical Specialists in critical care, cardiology, antimicrobial stewardship, internal medicine and neonatal intensive care.

Pharmacy Practice residency is designed to provide an accelerated level of experience to achieve professional goals. The residency will provide experiences in providing pharmaceutical care to patients, providing direct consultative services to patients, and education and drug information to patients and health care providers. The residency also provides experiences to enhance management and leadership skills including work ethic, responsibility, integrity, team building, persuasive communication and self-confidence.



Application Requirements

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 be graduating or have graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy 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.

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy resident training.

The purpose of the UPMC Hamot Pharmacy Residency is to provide a flexible, but organized learning environment that promotes the development of critical thinking, leadership, confidence, independence, and the clinical skills needed to be a knowledgeable and proficient practitioner. By the end of the program, residents will have the aptitude necessary for procurement of a position in a PGY2 residency program, clinical pharmacy, or academia.

Duration: 12 months
Number of Positions: 3
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $46,922
Benefits: Health and Dental Insurance at group rates, Travel expenses to ASHP midyear meeting and Eastern States Residency Conference, Free meals at UPMC Hamot
Training Site: Hospital
Owner/Affiliate: UPMC
Model (type): Teaching, Tertiary
Professional Staff: 32
Total Beds: 412

Required Blocked Rotations

  • ICU (5 weeks)

  • Internal Medicine (5 weeks)

  • Neonatal Intensive Care (5 weeks)

  • Orientation/Kinetics/Nutrition/Distribution (8 weeks)

  • Medical Critical Care (5 weeks)

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (5 weeks)

  • Teaching (4 weeks)

  • Administration (5 weeks)

Longitudinal Experiences

In addition to the set periods of time as described above, Dispensing, and Kinetics/Nutrition, and administration are longitudinal experiences.

Elective Rotations

6-7 weeks of elective experience is provided as part of the program to allow the resident the opportunity to repeat required rotations or explore other areas of interest.


Brad E. Cooper, PharmD, FCCM,
Residency Program Director, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care

Rachael Ours, PharmD,
Clinical Specialist: AMS

Sarah Hordusky, PharmD
Lead Pharmacist, Bayside Pharmacy

Michael Kuneman, PharmD, MS
Medication Safety Regulatory Pharmacist

Sarah Moffett, PharmD, BCPS,
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine, Assistant Residency Program Director

Maryann Scholl, PharmD, MS, BCPS ,
Clinical Pharmacist

Elizabeth Zacharatos, RPh,
Clinical Pharmacist

Jennifer Belavic, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASCP,
Director of Pharmacy


UPMC Hamot

Program Director

Brad E. Cooper, PharmD, FCCM
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
UPMC Hamot
201 State St
Erie, PA 16550
Office: 814-877-2257
Mobile: 814-392-8850

UPMC Hamot