PGY-1 UPMC Mercy

The PGY1 pharmacy residency at UPMC Mercy provides training in health-system pharmacy, with the major emphasis on clinical pharmacy practice and the application of drug informatics. Residents gain experience providing a wide range of pharmacotherapy and educational services to patients and health care providers. Residents participate in drug formulary evaluations, medication safety initiatives, and hospital pharmacy practice.

A research project is required and there are opportunities to develop teaching skills at the university level.

Application Requirements

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 be graduating or have graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by January 15. An on-site interview is required.

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 program is designed to empower residents with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be highly competent practitioners. Upon completion of the program, our residents are prepared to aggressively compete for clinical practice as well as entry level faculty positions.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 5
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $ 44,000
Benefits: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available, Vacation and professional travel provided, Travel stipend available
Training Site Type: Hospital
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, Tertiary
Professional Staff: 32
Total Beds: 535

Required Learning Experiences

  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Nutrition Support

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Drug Information/Informatics
  • Research Project
  • Presentation Skill Development
  • Drug Formulary Review/MUE
  • Warfarin and Pharmacokinetic Dosing Service

Selected Elective Learning Experiences

  • Academic Teaching
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Endocrinology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Trauma/Burn
  • Behavior Health

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


Christina Andrzejewski, PharmD, BCPS

Lauren Beam, PharmD

Josef Berletic, PharmD BCPS

Pamela Gradisek, PharmD, BCPS

Steven Ganchuk, PharmD

Kelli Lombardi, PharmD, BCPS

Brandon Nemecek PharmD, BCPS

Sandra Nickman, PharmD

Marci Pursglove, PharmD

Andrea Sargent, PharmD

Robert Simonelli, PharmD

Abigail Steele, PharmD, BCPS

John R. Tomko, PharmD, BCPP

Meaghan Voycik, PharmD, BCPS

Laura Wilson, PharmD, BCPS

David Zimmerman, PharmD, BCPS


UPMC Mercy

Program Director

Robert Simonelli, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist
UPMC Mercy
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-232-8377
Fax: 412-232-7410

UPMC Mercy