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

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 education and training of future pharmacists.  Residents gain experience providing a wide range of pharmacotherapy and educational services to patients and health care practitioners.  Residents participate in drug formulary evaluations, medication safety strategies, hospital pharmacy practice, and are members of hospital and system wide multidisciplinary initiatives. 
A research project is required and there are opportunities to develop teaching skills at the university level through the Mastery of Teaching certificate program. 
At UPMC Mercy, preceptors strive to provide a challenging, yet collegial, environment designed to meet the training and career goals of each resident.

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 January 7. 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: $46,922
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: 411

Required Learning Experiences

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

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

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

Selected Elective Learning Experiences

  • Academic Teaching
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Physical Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Trauma/Burn

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

Taylor Miller, PharmD

Brandon Nemecek PharmD, BCPS

Sandra Nickman, PharmD

Marci Pursglove, PharmD

Andrea Sargent, PharmD

Robert Simonelli, PharmD

Abigail Steele, PharmD, BCPS

Meaghan Voycik, 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