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 community hospital within the UPMC network that has 85 beds for acute care, 27 beds for addiction medicine, 37 beds for behavioral health, and 27 beds for skilled nursing care or rehabilitation services. It is a community teaching hospital that offers a diverse patient populationwithan emphasis on the underserved population. Other areas of exposure areaddiction medicine and geriatrics. In addition, UPMC McKeesport houses family medicine and internal medicine residency programswhich 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 methodspreparing them to become effective, independent clinicians. The program provides the resident with direct patient care experiences in a variety of settings throughout the yearwith 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 allowfor 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 at the PA State Board of Pharmacy Website.

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 trainings are availableonline.

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 December 31st, 2019. An on-site interview is required.

For more information about the UPMC McKeesport PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact Nicole Likar, 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, as well as provide eligibility for board certification and/or 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, staff pharmacist, clinical faculty member, or PGY2 resident in a focused area of practice.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 1
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $46,922

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

  • 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, Primary Care, Underserved Care
Total Beds: 272

Required Learning Experiences

(6 Weeks unless otherwise noted)
  • Acute Care(Internal Medicine and Family Medicine)
  • Ambulatory Care (Family Medicine)
  • Addiction Medicine/ Behavioral Health (5 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases or Critical Care (~4-5 weeks off-site)
  • Medication Safety
  • Oncology Pharmacy (5 weeks)

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.


Monica Beirne-Rocco, BS, PharmD, BCPS

Nicole Likar, PharmD, BCPS

Ultan McGlone, PharmD

Ashley Mittereder, PharmD

Rebecca Morcheid, PharmD, BCPS

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 Likar, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
1500 Fifth Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15132

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

UPMC McKeesport