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Residency Programs

PGY1 - Acute Care Focus | PGY1 - Ambulatory | PGY2 - Ambulatory | PGY2 - Critical Care | PGY2 - Infectious Diseases | PGY2 - Oncology |  PGY1 and PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration 

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program – Acute Care Focus

Program director: David Pavlik, PharmD
Email: David.Pavlik@ahn.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 5

History and Purpose
The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program – Acute Care Focus 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 PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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.

Rotations
The 12-month postgraduate training experience is composed of a variety of required and elective rotations, as follows:

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Cardiac ICU (1month)
  • Critical Care 1 (1month)
  • Critical Care 2 (Choice of Unit CT Surgical ICU, Medical ICU) OR Hematology/Oncology (1month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1month)
  • Pharmaceutical Care Services and Administration (1month)
  • Point of Care/Transition of Care (1month)
  • Internal Medicine (1month)
  • Pharmacokinetics and On-Call (Longitudinal)
  • Practice Management (Longitudinal)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing (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. The  required rotations above can be repeated and tailored to resident interests as an elective, or the resident may select from elective rotations below.

Elective Rotation Options - 2 months

Practice Management          |  Transplant - Inpatient         | Heart Failure Inpatient         | Antiocoagulation Clinic
Internal Medicine Clinic        |  Transplant Clinic                 | Heart Failure Clinic               | Oncology Clinic 


PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency Program – Ambulatory Focus

Program director: Paula Horn, PharmD, BCACP
Email: Paula.Horn@ahn.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 2

History and Purpose
The Program was established in 2012 and accredited by ASHP in 2014. The program provides an environment for comprehensive education and training in drug therapy and disease state management for patients in a collaborative ambulatory setting. The PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 post-graduate year two  (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Rotations

Required rotations for this program are:

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Drug Information and Clinical Skills Development (1 month)
  • Anticoagulation Clinic and On-Call (Longitudinal)
  • Focused Care Transitions (1 month)
  • Advanced Heart Failure Clinic (1 month)
  • Ambulatory Oncology Clinic (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine – Urgent Care (1 month)
  • Internal Medicine Clinic (1 month)
  • Pharmaceutical Care Services and Administration (1 month)
  • Practice Management (Longitudinal)
  • Preventative and Wellness Programs
    (Blood Pressure Screenings, Health Fairs, Immunizations) (Longitudinal)
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)

Elective rotations for this program are:

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic
  • Solid Organ Transplant Clinic
  • Diabetes Care Center
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Practice Management

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. The required rotations can be repeated and tailored to resident interests as an elective, or the resident may select from elective rotations experiences.


PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program

Program director: Michael Korczynski, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
Email: Michael.Korczynski@ahn.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 2

History and Purpose
The program was established in 2010 and was most recently re-accredited by ASHP in 2014. The program focuses on chronic disease state management and exposure to diverse patient populations (clinical, social, and economic). The PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experiences and knowledge and incorporating both in the into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy.

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 Clinic and On-Call (Longitudinal)
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Management (1 month)
  • Infectious Diseases/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic (1 month)
  • Asthma and Allergy Clinic (1 month)
  • Focused Care Transitions (1 month)
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Practice Management Outpatient Pharmacy Services (1month)

The elective rotations include:

  • Hematology/Oncology/Pain Management (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine – Urgent Care (1 month)
  • Diabetes Care Center (1 month)
  • Human Resources/Benefits (1 month)

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. The required rotations can be repeated and tailored to resident interests as an elective, or the resident may select from elective rotations experiences.


PGY2  Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program 

Program director: Lauren Finoli, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Email: Lauren.Finoli@ahn.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 2

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 PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experiences and knowledge, and incorporating both in the into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency  should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in critical care pharmacy.

Rotations
Rotations for the PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program are: 

  • 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/Emergency Department Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Code Response (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 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.


PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program

Program director: Derek Bremmer, PharmD, BCPS- AQ ID
Email: Derek.Bremmer@ahn.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History and PurposeThe PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) was established in 2012 and accredited by ASHP in 2014.. 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.


PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program

Program director: Danielle Roman, PharmD, BCOP
Email: Danielle Roman@ahn.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 2

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 PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experiences and knowledge and incorporating both in the into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in oncology pharmacy.

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

  • Medical Oncology-Inpatient (2 months)
  • Medical Oncology-Outpatient (2 months)
  • Hematology (1month)
  • Blood and Marrow Transplant (1month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1month)
  • 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. 


PGY1 and PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program

Program director: Laura K. Mark, MS, PharmD, FASHP Program coordinator: Arpit Mehta, PharmD, MPH
Email: Laura.Mark@ahn.org
Email: Arpit.Mehta@ahn.org
Program length: 2 years
Residents per year: 2

History and Purpose
The Program was established in 2012 by an experienced leadership team and was accredited by ASHP in 2015. The Program is combined with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and provides opportunities for the resident to develop leadership and expert pharmacy management skills in a variety of settings. The two-year pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency in health system pharmacy administration should possess competencies that qualify them for administrative pharmacist roles and or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in pharmacotherapy.

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:

PGY1 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 Clinic (1 month)
  • Pharmaceutical Care Services (1 month)
  • Transitions of Care (1 month)
  • Pharmacokinetics (6 months-Longitudinal)
  • Administrative On-Call (6 months-Longitudinal)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing (12 months-Longitudinal)

PGY2 Administrative Elective Rotations
(Extended or Project-Based Rotations)

  • Community Hospital Management
  • Oncology Pharmacy Management
  • Retail Pharmacy Management
  • Ambulatory Clinical Management
  • Pharmacy Regulatory & Safety
  • Project Management
  • ASHP (by application)

PGY2 Administrative Required Rotations

  • Advanced Pharmacy Operations (6 months)
    • Hospital Pharmacy Leadership
    • Network Pharmacy Leadership
    • Hospital Pharmacy Finance
    • Advanced Pharmacy Operations
    • Concentrated Oncology Pharmacy Operations
    • Concentrated Retail Pharmacy Operations
    • Concentrated Automation and Informatics
  • Clinical Pharmacy Management (3 months)
    • Formulary Management
    • Medication Use Management
  • Concentrated Experiences
    • Human Resources
    • Regulatory and Safety
    • Group Purchasing Organization
  •  Longitudinal Experiences (12 months)
    • Pharmacy Area Co-Supervisor
    • Pharmacy Staffing & Coordination
    • Pharmacy Policy & Med Safet

PGY1 Administrative Rotations

  • Practice Management (1 month)
  • Pharmacy Operations (1 month)