Allegheny Health Network
Find a
Doctor
Request An Appointment Login to
MyChart
Patient
Center
News Classes &
Events
Contact
Us
Call 412.Doctors

About Our Programs

About Our Programs

The Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) Department of Pharmacy offers the following postgraduate year one (PGY1 ) and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs that provide residents with the skills and knowledge required to become competent pharmacy practitioners. Each program is composed of a variety of required and elective rotations tailored for each resident:


PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program - Acute Care Focus

Program director: David Pavlik, PharmD
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 5

History and Purpose

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) was first accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1980 and most recently reaccredited in 2014. The program provides comprehensive training in all aspects of institutional practice with an emphasis on the delivery of pharmaceutical care and clinical services. The goal of the program is to develop the knowledge, skills, and philosophy required to pursue rational pharmacotherapy in a collaborative environment. Graduates of the program would be prepared for PGY2 specialty training or pharmacy positions that require PGY1 level training.

Rotations

This residency program provides residents with the skills and knowledge required to become competent pharmacy practitioners. The 12-month postgraduate training experience is composed of a variety of required and elective rotations, as follows:

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Cardiology (1 month)
  • Critical Care (Choice of Trauma ICU, Cardiothoracic/Transplant ICU, Medical ICU) (1 month)
  • Hematology/Oncology (1 month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 month)
  • Internal Medicine (1 month)
  • Practice Management (1 month)
  • Emergency Department (1 month)
  • Ambulatory Anticoagulation Management (6 weeks)
  • Pharmacokinetics (Longitudinal)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Electives (2 months)

The specific program for each resident varies based upon the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experience. However, all residents are required to complete the above core rotations. Various elective rotations are available to provide flexibility in pursuing individual goals. The resident may choose to complete an elective rotation in one or more of the core rotation practice areas or choose another practice area. Examples of other elective rotations include ambulatory medicine clinic, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) clinic, neurosurgery/neurology ICU, heart failure, and practice management.

[Top]


PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program - Ambulatory Focus

Program director: Paula Horn, PharmD, BCACP
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 2

History and Purpose

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program – Ambulatory Focus was started in 2012 and accredited by the ASHP in 2014. It provides an environment for comprehensive education and training in drug therapy and disease state management for patients in an ambulatory setting. The purpose of the program is to graduate residents with the knowledge, skills and philosophy required to pursue rational pharmacotherapy in a collaborative outpatient environment. In addition, the program will prepare pharmacist clinicians to pursue: patient care positions within a community pharmacy or ambulatory clinic, care-transition positions within a hospital, adjunct clinical faculty positions or specialized PGY2 training.

Rotations

Required rotations for this program are as follows:

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Advanced Heart Failure Clinic (1 month)
  • Ambulatory Oncology Clinic (5 weeks)
  • Anticoagulation Clinic (Longitudinal)
  • Care Transitions (1 month)
  • Drug Information and Clinical Skills Development (1 month)
  • Emergency Department (5 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine Clinic (5 weeks)
  • Practice Management Outpatient Pharmacy Services (1 month)
  • Preventative and Wellness Programs (Blood Pressure Screenings, Health Fairs, Immunizations) (Longitudinal)
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)

Elective rotations for this program are as follows:

  • Asthma and Allergy Clinic
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • General Cardiology Clinic (with academic focus)

The specific program for each resident varies based upon the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experience. However, all residents are required to complete the above core rotations. Residents may elect to repeat a required rotation as an elective experience in lieu of selecting from other elective rotation opportunities. A total of 8-9 weeks are available for elective rotations to provide flexibility in pursuing individual goals.

[Top]


PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program

Program director: Edward Horn, PharmD, BCPS
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History and Purpose

This program was established in 1996 and was most recently reaccredited by ASHP in 2014. The program emphasizes the integrated approach to the application of advanced clinical skills. The goal of the program is to refine the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to pursue rational pharmacotherapy in a collaborative environment for a critically ill patient population. Additionally, we strive to provide the educational background for a PGY2 resident to eventually become board certified.

Rotations

Rotations for the PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program are as follows:

  • Medical ICU (1-2 months)
  • Trauma ICU (1 month)
  • Cardiac ICU (1 month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 month)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical ICU (1 month)
  • Neurosurgery/Neurology ICU (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Electives (3-4 months)
  • Pharmacokinetics (Longitudinal)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Code Response (Longitudinal)

The specific program for each resident varies based upon the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experience. However, all residents are required to complete the above core rotations. Various elective rotations are available to provide flexibility in pursuing individual goals. The resident may choose to complete an elective rotation in one or more of the core rotation practice areas or choose another practice area. Examples of other elective rotations include further concentrated learning experiences in the core rotations or in burn unit, transplantation, nutrition support, or heart failure.

[Top]
 


PGY2 Pharmacy Oncology Residency Program

Program director: Rick Miller, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History and Purpose

This program was established in 2007 and was most recently re-accredited by ASHP in 2014. The program provides an environment to enhance pharmacotherapy skills in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings through a health system with a clinical focus on hematological and oncological disorders. The primary objective of the program is to build problem-solving skills to enable the pharmacist to practice in a multitude of clinical environments. Another goal is to provide the educational background for a PGY2 resident to eventually become BCOP certified.

Rotations

Rotations for the PGY2 Hematology-Oncology Residency Program are as follows:

  • Medical Oncology-Inpatient (2 months)
  • Medical Oncology-Outpatient (2 months)
  • Hematology (1 month)
  • Blood and Marrow Transplant (1 month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 month)
  • Nutrition/Pain Management (1 month)
  • Research (1 month)
  • Electives (2-3 months)
  • Pharmacokinetics (Longitudinal)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Oncology Administration (Longitudinal)

The specific program for each resident varies based upon the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experience. All residents are required to complete the above core rotations, unless clinical competence can be demonstrated in the specific learning experience. Elective rotations can include another month in each of the listed rotation learning experiences or in palliative care, hospice, pediatric oncology, benign hematology, or investigational drug services.

[Top]


PGY2 Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Residency Program

Program director: Michael Korczynski, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History and Purpose

The goal of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program at AGH is for the resident to develop the knowledge, skills, and philosophy required to pursue a clinical pharmacy specialist position in the adult ambulatory setting. The residency has a comprehensive program to improve the resident’s knowledge base to prepare for BCACP and CDE certification. The resident will be able to practice as a clinical pharmacy specialist or clinical pharmacist in the area of adult ambulatory pharmacy.

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program focuses on the outpatient experience and exposure to diverse populations (clinical, social, and economic). The resident will gain experience in management of chronic disease states (for example, diabetes, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, HIV, anticoagulation). The goal of the program is to expand the resident’s ability to practice in the ambulatory setting both independently and in collaboration with many different healthcare providers. The program was established in 2010 and and was most recently re-accredited by ASHP in 2014.

Rotations

Core rotations for the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program include the following:

  • Adult Internal Medicine (3 months)
    • Diabetes Education and Management
    • Medication Therapy Management
    • Patient Assistance
    • Smoking Cessation
  • Anticoagulation (Longitudinal)
  • Advanced Heart Failure (1 month)
  • Infectious Diseases/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic (1 month)
  • Asthma/Allergy (1 month)
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Practice Management Outpatient Pharmacy Services (1 month)
     

The elective rotations include:

  • Hematology/Oncology (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Human Resources/Benefits (1 month)

[Top]


PGY2 Infectious Disease Residency Program

Program director: Derek N. Bremmer, PharmD, BCPS
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History and Purpose

The ASHP Accredited PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) was started in 2012. The program provides an environment to enhance pharmacotherapy skills in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Comprehensive training includes core rotation experiences with infectious diseases consultation services, antimicrobial stewardship program, multidisciplinary HIV clinic, pharmacokinetics service, and microbiology. The purpose of the AGH PGY2 Infectious Diseases residency program is to graduate residents with the knowledge, problem solving skills, and philosophy required to pursue rational pharmacotherapy in a collaborative environment. The residency program will prepare pharmacist clinicians to pursue an infectious diseases pharmacy practice position within a hospital setting, including adjunct clinical faculty positions.

Rotations

Rotations for the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program include the following:

  • Infectious Diseases Consult (3 months)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (2 month)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic (3 months)
  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Research (1 month)
  • Microbiology (½ month)
  • Electives (2 months)
  • On-Call/Pharmacokinetics/Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Practice Management & Practice Leadership (Longitudinal)

The specific program for each resident varies based upon the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experience. However, all residents are required to complete the above core rotations. Various elective rotations are available to provide flexibility in pursuing individual goals. The resident may choose to complete an elective rotation in one or more of the core ID rotation practice areas or choose another practice area. Elective rotations may include bone marrow transplant/hematology service, surgical critical care, and solid organ transplantation.

[Top]


PGY1 and PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program

Program director: Laura Mark, MS, PharmD, FASHP
Program contact: Matthew Eberts, PharmD, MBA, FASHP
Program length: 2 years
Residents per year: 2

History and Purpose

AGH’s two-year Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency is combined with a master of public health (MPH) degree from the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health. It was created by an experienced leadership team to provide opportunities for the resident to develop leadership and expert pharmacy management skills in a variety of settings. Skills to be developed during clinical and administrative rotations include information technology, asset management, drug use management, and medication safety.

Residents in this program are integrally involved in daily leadership activities, gaining hands-on experience in preparation to assume leadership roles upon graduation, either in traditional clinical or operational leadership paths or in less traditional career paths in a variety of leadership and corporate roles. The program allows for flexibility and customization to match the evolving career aspirations of the residents. Upon graduation, each resident will receive a PGY1 and PGY2 certificate, as well as the MPH degree.

Rotations

Rotations for the PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency include the following:

Clinical Rotations

  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Critical Care (1 month)
  • Hematology/Oncology (1 month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 month)
  • Unit-Based Point of Care (1 month)
  • Anticoagulation (1 month)
  • Pharmacokinetics (Longitudinal)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)

Administrative Rotations

  • Pharmacy Operations Management (1 month)
  • Safety and Compliance (1 month)
  • Ambulatory Pharmacy Management (1 month)
  • Clinical Pharmacy Management (1 month)
  • Finance/Budgeting/Inventory Management (1 month)
  • Practice Management (1 month)
  • Pharmacy Informatics & Automation (1 month)
  • GPO, Purchasing and Distribution (1 month)
  • Advanced Pharmacy Operations Management (1 month)
  • Advanced Pharmacy Management (1 month)
  • Corporate Leadership (1 month)
  • Pharmacy Supervisor :(Longitudinal)
  • Pharmacy Administration On-Call (Longitudinal)

Elective Rotations (4 months)

  • Community Hospital Pharmacy (1 month)
  • Advanced Finance (1 month)
  • Human Resources (1 month)
  • Safety and Quality (1 month)

[Top]