PGY-1/PGY-2 UPMC Health-System Pharmacy Administration


The UPMC Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program is comprised of practical, real-world experiences in management and leadership to develop skills and behaviors to prepare pharmacists to assume leadership positions in pharmacy practice. The program is designed to provide a strong clinical and operational foundation of hospital pharmacy care through the PGY-1 year. This year mimics the experiences and learning objectives of a traditional pharmacy practice resident with a focus on integrated management principles and experiences. This allows the resident to build the knowledge-base of a high performing pharmacist in a variety of practice environments while learning the fundamentals of management and leadership. This first year also provides the resident the opportunity to find their passions within pharmacy through exposure to multiple practice settings, interacting with diverse patient populations and medical teams, and refining research and teaching skills.

The PGY2 year focuses on the administrative aspects and skills of clinical, operational, and financial domains of pharmacy. This includes inventory management, automation and central pharmacy operations, operating room operations management, sterile products management, regulatory affairs management, controlled substance management, compliance, and team collaboration with multidisciplinary groups. The resident will be provided the opportunity to manage and lead projects in a hands-on environment. The resident will have the opportunity to navigate the changing nature of the healthcare landscape through strong partnerships with administrative leaders where they can develop skills that allow them to respond effectively to these changes in a live environment. Specific requirements will differ slightly depending on the area of concentration of the particular administrative pathway chosen; the automation concentration or the administrative concentration.

Applicants must have completed a Doctor of Pharmacy program from an accredited school of pharmacy and be eligible for Pennsylvania licensure. Resident is required to obtain Pennsylvania licensure no later than September 30th of the residency year.

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.

An on-site interview is required. Candidates are required to submit application materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) • PhORCAS by December 31st.

  • Must be registered for the ASHP Residency Matching Program

References: We request a minimum of 4 references, and ask that at least one of the four references come from preceptors with whom the applicant has worked in a direct patient care setting. The preceptor should be able to comment on the applicant’s responsibilities, patient workload, clinical problem solving abilities, and time management skills. We require that one of the four references come from a preceptor, manager or administrator with whom the applicant has worked with in a leadership type of role or responsibilities. This person should be able to comment on the applicant's ability to engage with others, work as part of a team, lead or manage a project, and general leadership attributes of the applicant.

All reference writers must use the standard PhORCAS reference template and provide comments on a minimum of 7 of the 15 characteristics in the spaces provided. A letter of intent along with a curriculum vitae and transcripts must be submitted as part of the application process. An interview is required and may be in the form of an on-site visit or other location at the discretion of the program director with or without a phone screening in advance.

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The purpose of PGY1/PGY2 UPMC Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program is to prepare pharmacists to assume leadership positions in pharmacy practice through cultivations of administrative aspects and skills of clinical, operational, and financial domains of pharmacy. This includes inventory management, automation and central pharmacy operations, operating room operations management, sterile products management, regulatory affairs management, controlled substance management, compliance, and team collaboration with multidisciplinary groups.

Appointment Period: July 1 – June 30
Number Positions: 2
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: PGY1 $44,000, PGY2 $46,000
Vacation: 10 days paid time off
Insurance: Health, dental, eye care, life and disability available
Travel Stipend: Amount is determined yearly and may not cover all travel expenses

Direct Patient Care and Pharmacy Practice: The resident will have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of clinical care rotation blocks in order to develop and refine pharmacy practice skills with multidisciplinary teams.

Team Management: The resident will be expected to lead operational and/or clinical work groups in order to create solutions for real issues facing the pharmacy department. This included managing a regularly scheduled meeting and work group attendees, providing a framework for discussing and idea exchange, assigning responsibilities to stake holders, and ensuring accountability and results.

Human Resource Management: The resident will be expected to take part in all aspects of human resource management including, hiring, corrective action, counseling, and terminations.

Operations/Automation Management: The resident will develop a strong understanding and working knowledge of all aspects of the pharmacy clinical and technical systems within UPMC Presbyterian inpatient pharmacy. They will be exposed to multiple automation devices that include but are not limited to RobotRx, MedCarousel, Acudose, and Narc Vault.

Inventory/Procurement/Shortage/Controlled Substance Management: The resident will be exposed to all aspects of medication inventory management including ordering, ensuring appropriate storage, implementing shortage mitigation strategy, and ensuring appropriate regulatory compliance.Sterile Products Management: The resident will learn the workflow and operations of the sterile products area including medication admixture, chemotherapy admixture, appropriate beyond-use-dating, appropriate sterile technique, and assuring regulatory compliance.

Research: Residents will complete a research project during the year that is expected to be of their own work, of a publishable nature and eligible for submission to a national medical organization for poster or presentation.

Teaching: Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the Mastery of Teaching Certificate Program. Residents will precept doctor of pharmacy students. Many teaching opportunities are available in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in a wide variety of teaching modalities.

Professional Presentations: Residents are assigned to present twice during UPMC Pharmacy Grand Rounds (PGR). PGR is a weekly, ACPE-accredited, departmental continuing education series for pharmacists. Sessions are provided in a lecture format, with Q&A session at the end. Active learning strategies are encouraged, including, interactive questions, periodic assessments with the audience, or case-based teaching. The required presentations are (1) a 45-50 minute clinical controversy topic that includes analysis and critique of published literature, and (2) a 10-15 minute clinical pearl or clinical program pearl that includes brief review of the literature or practice guidelines, clinical program, and/or patient case(s). The purpose of PGR is to provide the residents with an opportunity to give a formal presentation for faculty, peers and students that could be used during an employment interview or platform presentation at a professional meeting. Residents receive immediate verbal and written feedback.

Preceptors

Alfred L’Altrelli, PharmD - UPMC Presbyterian

Heather Johnson, PharmD - UPMC Presbyterian

John Cadwalader, PharmD - UPMC Presbyterian

Lynn Bates, PharmD - UPMC Presbyterian

Sharon Miller, PharmD - UPMC Retail Pharmacies

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UPMC has developed regionally, nationally, and internationally renowned programs, earning its hospitals repeated recognition among “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. We are a $12.8 billion integrated global nonprofit health enterprise that has 60,000 employees, over 20 hospitals with more than 5,000 licensed beds, 500 clinical locations including outpatient sites and doctors’ offices, a 3 million-member health insurance division, as well as commercial and international ventures. UPMC is closely affiliated with its academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh. It is considered a leading American health care provider, as its flagship facilities have ranked in US News & World Report "Honor Roll" of the approximately 15 to 20 best hospitals in America for well over a decade. As of 2016, UPMC is ranked 12th nationally among the best hospitals (and second in Pennsylvania) by US News & World Report and ranked in 15 of 16 specialty areas when including Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. This does not include Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC which ranked in the top 10 of pediatric centers in a separate US News ranking.

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Presbyterian Campus is an academic learning center and serves as the flagship hospital for UPMC. Located in the heart of Oakland, UPMC Presbyterian is an adult medical-surgical referral hospital and a site of ongoing research and graduate programs in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh. Our hospital is a renowned center for organ transplantation and a recognized leader in cardiology with specialties in Cardiothoracic surgery, Critical care medicine, Trauma services, and Neurosurgery. We are designated as a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center, (there are now 113 centers) as a nationally certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers and as a Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center.

Founded in 1893, UPMC Presbyterian continues to provide state-of-the-art medical care to patients within a five state area and throughout the world. Our campus consists of two buildings - UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore that are linked by a pedestrian bridge. Our campus also includes UPMC Eye & Ear Institute and Western Psychiatric Institute Clinic. UPMC Presbyterian provides a full range of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care, as well as highly specialized diagnostic and treatment procedures. The combination of high-tech medicine and compassionate care touches every one of the thousands of patients who enter our hospital each year.

John Cadwalader – 2013-2015

Pharmacy Operations Manager, Inpatient Operations

UPMC Presbyterian

Amanda Johnson – 2013-2015

Managing Director, Pittsburgh Poison Center

UPMC Presbyterian

Program Director

Alfred L’Altrelli, PharmD
Administrative Director of Pharmacy

200 Lothrop Street

UPMC Presbyterian, F186

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-802-6756

laltrelliaa@upmc.edu

UPMC Presbyterian