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

PGY-1 UPMC McKeesport

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UPMC McKeesport, accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), trains pharmacists for a wide variety of practice and educational settings. UPMC McKeesport is a 251-bed community teaching hospital that offers a diverse patient population, with an emphasis in the underserved and elderly. In addition, UPMC McKeesport houses family medicine and internal medicine residency programs, which enables close collaboration for resident education and teaching.

The purpose of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to train highly-motivated, team-oriented pharmacy residents on advanced patient care skills, teaching techniques, and practice-based research methods, preparing them to become effective, independent clinicians. The program provides the resident with direct patient care experiences in a variety of settings throughout the year, with a degree of rotation flexibility according to resident interest. Teaching experience is obtained through informal and formal presentations to health care professionals, precepting pharmacy students, and teaching opportunities through the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Participation in resident seminars, teaching opportunities, and research allow for interaction with pharmacy residents in other UPMC training programs.

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.

Additionally, effective January 1, 2015, all persons applying for issuance of an initial license will be required to complete 3 hours of DHS-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure. Approved Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting continuing education providers are available.

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • School of Pharmacy Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a clinical rotation
  • Eligibility for PA Pharmacy licensure

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 FThursday January 10, 2019. An on-site interview is required.

For more information about the UPMC McKeesport PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact Nicole D’Antonio, PharmD, BCPS: (412) 664-2288 or

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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.

Residents will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be highly proficient practitioners of pharmacotherapy. Upon completion of the program, our residents are well-prepared to assume any of the following roles: patient care provider, clinical faculty member, or PGY2 resident in a focused area of practice.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 1
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $46,002

Benefits: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available, Vacation and professional travel provided, Travel stipend available
Other Benefits:

  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance (hospitalization, dental, vision, and prescription coverage)
  • Disability benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Supplemental retirement annuities
  • ACLS/BCLS provider courses
  • Free meals when on campus
  • Free on-site parking

Training Site Type: Hospital, Outpatient Centers
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, Community,Health Center – Medical Home, Primary Care, Underserved Care
Total Beds: 224

Required Learning Experiences

(6 Weeks unless otherwise noted)
  • Acute Care
  • Ambulatory Care (Family Medicine)
  • Detox/Behavioral Health (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases (5 weeks)
  • Medication Safety

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Ambulatory- The 9th Street Clinic (a clinic for the uninsured)
  • Research Project
  • Distributive Services (Inpatient Staffing)
  • Practice Management

Elective Learning Experiences

(2 Experiences around ~4-5 weeks each)
  • Academia
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Global Health (Honduras)
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • HIV
  • Mastery of Teaching program, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Underserved Care

Many elective rotations are available within the UPMC Health System based on resident interest and faculty availability.


Christina Andrzejewski, PharmD, BCPS

Monica Beirne-Rocco, BS, PharmD, BCPS

Nicole D'Antonio, PharmD, BCPS

Rebecca Morcheid, PharmD

Robert Reynolds, PharmD

Matt Schonder, RPh, MBA


UPMC McKeesport

D’Antonio N, Broders J. Medication Management Rotation for Family Medicine Physician Residents and Pharmacy Residents. ACCP Ambulatory Care Pharmacist’s Survival Guide. 3rd Edition. 2013. 301-305.

D'Antonio N, Russo-Alvarez G. Axona: A New Approach to Managing Alzheimer's Disease. Allegheny County Medical Society 2011;101(2):76-79.


2016 Richard L Simmons, MD Speak Up for Safety Award “Reducing Medication Errors, One Duplicate at a Time”. Awarded to Monica Beirne-Rocco, BS, PharmD, BCPS, and colleagues


Grant total: $5,000
Primary investigator: Nicole D’Antonio, PharmD, BCPS
Co-investigators: Shari Holland, MA, LPC; Kam Cheng, MD
McKeesport Hospital Foundation Grant: Naloxone Outreach Harm Reduction and Risk Management (N.O.H.A.R.R.M.) to provide education regarding naloxone and overdose prevention to physicians, Latterman Family Health Center (LFHC) staff, and the community, as well as distribute kits to patients at Latterman Family Health Center

Program Director

Nicole D’Antonio, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
1500 Fifth Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15132

Phone: (412) 664-2288Fax: (412) 664-2229

UPMC McKeesport