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

PGY-1 UPMC Presbyterian

The UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds 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 residency training.

Graduates of our program are poised for success as:

  • Patient care providers

  • PGY2 residents

  • Pharmacy educators

Our educational outcomes include:

  • Provide safe and effective patient care

  • Advance Pharmacy Practice and Improve Patient

  • Demonstrate leadership in pharmacy practice

  • Care Manage and improve the medication-use process

  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training

  • Contribute to formulary decisions

The goal of the residency program is that highly motivated pharmacists will have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes necessary to independently and competently optimize pharmacotherapy outcomes through their direct involvement in patient care as well as pharmacy practice management

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. Candidates must register for the Match – ASHP Residency Matching Program and submit application requirements via PhORCAS by December 31st. Select candidates will be invited for an on-site interview, which are typically conducted during the month of February. An on-site interview is required. Applicants not selected for an on-site interview will be notified by February 1.


We request that at least one (preferably two) of the three references come from a preceptor with whom you have worked in a clinical setting. The preceptor should be able to comment on your responsibilities, patient load, clinical problem solving as well as time management. All reference writers must use the standard PHORCAS template and provide comments on a minimum of 7 of the 13 characteristics in the spaces provided.

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information from any residency candidate.

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.

To prepare pharmacists to assume any of the following roles:

  • Patient care provider;

  • PGY2 training in their specialty area of choice;

  • Pharmacy educator.

Our residents will become confident, effective practitioners of pharmacotherapy. Residents will focus on ensuring application of safe, effective and evidence-based medicine practices to individual patients and in populations across the health system. These practitioners will demonstrate competency in educating their patients as well as present and future health care professionals.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 4
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $46,922


Vacation: 10 days paid leave
Travel Stipend: The amount is determined yearly and may not cover all travel expenses.

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

Training Site Type: UPMC Presbyterian

Required Learning Experiences

  • Direct Patient Care I, II, III

The direct patient care series provides at least one 5-week experience in internal medicine and critical care. The third 5-week experience is precepting in one of these areas.

  • Ambulatory care – 4-5 weeks
  • Nutrition Support – 2 weeks
  • Pharmacy Management – 4 weeks

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Hospital Pharmacy Operations
  • Multidisciplinary Committee
  • Resident Research Series
  • Underserved clinics

Other Required Components

  • Clinical Management (MUE)
  • ACPE Approved Continuing Education Program
  • Pharmacy Clinical Pearl
  • Teaching

Select Elective Learning Experiences

  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care (Medical, Trauma/Surgical, Cardiac Care, Transplant)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Family Medicine
  • Health System Formulary Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Oncology
  • Academic Pharmacy
  • Outcomes Research

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


Brian Baum, PharmD BCPS

Neal J. Benedict, PharmD

Colleen Culley, PharmD BCPS

James Coons, PharmD, FCCP, BCCP

Amy Donihi, PharmD BCPS

Bonnie Falcione, PharmD BCPS, AQ(ID)

Lara Groetzinger, PharmD, BCCCP

Deanne L. Hall, PharmD, CDE

Ashleigh Malinowski, PharmD BCCCP

Heather J. Johnson, PharmD BCPS (Director)

Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MSc, FCCM, FCCP

Catherine Kim, PharmD BCPS, BCCCP

Alfred L’Altrelli, PharmD

Susan M. Meyer, PhD

Van Nguyen, PharmD BCPS

Karen L. Pater, PharmD BCPS, CDE

Brian A. Potoski, PharmD BCPS (AQ-ID)

Jennifer A. Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, CPE

Ryan Rivosecchi, PharmD BCCP

Eric Schafer, PharmD

Kristine S. Schonder, PharmD

Kristen Shimko, PharmD

Pamela L. Smithburger, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCP, FCCM

Janine Then, PharmD

Cory McGinnis, PharmD BCCCP


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Schonder KS. Corman SL. Hung WY. Early risk factors for persistent anemia after kidney transplantation. Pharmacotherapy 30(12):1214-20, 2010 Dec.

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Our residents our poised to achieve their professional goals. The following list includes former residents and their first post-PGY1 position.

Tiffany-Jade Kreys, PGY2 Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina
Van-Anh Le, PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
Jay Martello, PGY2 Internal Medicine, West Virginia University Hospitals
Sarah Yost, PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant, Tampa General Hospital

Michael Armahizer, PGY2 Critical Care, UPMC Presbyterian
John Foley, Clinical Specialist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Christina Hedrick, Pharmacist, Waynesburg Hospital
David Johnson, PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant, UPMC Presbyterian

Matthew Felbinger, PGY2 Critical Care, Duke University Medical Center
Meredith Jernigan, PGY2 Infectious Diseases, UPMC Presbyterian
Gretchen Kipp, PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant, UPMC Presbyterian
Ibrahim Sales, PGY2 Ambulatory Care, UPMC Presbyterian

Maho Hibino, PGY2 Oncology, University of Washington Medical Center
Megan Kloet, PGY2 Critical Care, UPMC Presbyterian
Ian McGrane, PGY2 Psychiatry US Dept of Veterans Affairs, North Chicago
Stephanie Seaton, PGY2 Geriatrics, UPMC Presbyterian
Michael Smith, PGY2 Internal Medicine, UPMC Presbyterian

Kristin Bohnenberger, Fellowship Toxicology/Emergency Medicine, USVI-Florida Poison Information Center
Amanda Johnson, PGY2 Critical Care, PGY2 Pharmacy Management, UPMC Presbyterian
Vanessa Millisor, PGY2 Oncology, ST. Judes Children’s Research Hospital
Nicholas Schwier, PGY2 Cardiology, UPMC Presbyterian
Daniel Yarabinec, Clinical Specialist, Baylor Scott & While Health

Derek Bremmer, PGY2 Infectious Diseases, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Genevieve Hale, PGY2 Cardiology, VA Ann Arbor
Chelsea Harrison, PGY2 Ambulatory Care, Cleveland Clinic
Ashley Hedges, Patient Safety Fellowship, VA Pittsburgh
Alicia Lichvar, PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant, UPMC Presbyterian
Adam MacLasco, PGY2 Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
Erin Mathis, PGY2 Psychiatry, Middleton Memorial VA
Ryan Rivosecchi, PGY2 Critical Care, UPMC Presbyterian
Gwendolyn Lucy Wilkening, PGY2 Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric
Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Ayesha Ather, PGY2 Cardiology, University of Maryland
Maxwell Brown, PGY2 Oncology, UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside
Emily Graham, PGY2 Oncology, Allegheny General Hospital
Cody Moore, Transplant Outcomes Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Anh Vu, PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant, UPMC Presbyterian
Cory Weaver, , PGY2 Critical Care, UPMC Presbyterian

Sherry Chen, PGY2 Cardiology, UPMC Presbyterian
Nicole Durie, PGY2 Cardiology, UPMC Presbyterian
Arlene Gao, PGY2 Oncology, UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside
Carlo Iasella, Outcomes Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Kristen Knoph, PGY2 Pharmacotherapy, Mayo Clinic
Kyle Strnad, PGY2 Critical Care, UPMC Presbyterian

Moses Demehin, PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant, UPMC Presbyterian
Natalie Giron, PGY2 Oncology, University of Florida Cancer Center Orlando Health
Cassius Hudson, Jr., Pharmacist, James Cancer Center, OSU
Adrienne Szymkowiak, PGY2 Cardiology, UPMC Presbyterian
Hannah Welch, PGY2 Ambulatory Care – Global Health Track, UPMC Presbyterian
Ting Ting Wu

Program Director

Heather J. Johnson, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor
200 Lothrop Street
PFG 01-01-01
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-3777
Fax: 412-864-3824

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