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PGY1 Pharmacy residency program – Acute care focus

Program director: David Pavlik, PharmD
Email: David.Pavlik@ahn.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 6

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 Care (CCU or SICU or Cardiac Transplant) (1 month)
  • Surgical Critical Care (Trauma or Neuro-ICU) (1 month)
  • Medical ICU (1month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 month)
  • Heart Failure Transitions of Care (1month)
  • Internal Medicine/Point of Care (2 months)
  • Pharmacokinetics and On-Call (Longitudinal)
  • Practice Management (1 month and 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

  • Transplant Services
  • Heart Failure Inpatient
  • Heart Failure Clinic
  • Antiocoagulation Clinic
  • Internal Medicine Clinic
  • Transplant Clinic
  • Oncology Clinic
  • Oncology Inpatient
  • Emergency Medicine

Accreditation status

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA is accredited by ASHP.

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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)
  • Heart Failure Transitions of Care (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 (Health Fairs, Immunizations) (Longitudinal)
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)

Elective rotation options - 3 months

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic
  • Solid Organ Transplant Clinic (Heart or Abdominal)
  • Chronic Care Specialty 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.

Accreditation status

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA is accredited by ASHP.

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PGY2 Ambulatory care pharmacy residency program

Program director: Sarah Winter, PharmD, BCACP
Email: Sarah.Winter@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: 

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Adult Internal Medicine (3 months)
  • Anticoagulation Clinic and On-Call (Longitudinal)
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Management (1 month)
  • Chronic Care Specialty Center (1 month)
  • General Cardiology Clinic (1 month)
  • Practice Management Outpatient Pharmacy Services (1 month)
  • Heart Failure Transitions of Care (1 month)
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing  - Meds to Beds Program (Longitudinal)

The elective rotations include:

  • Ambulatory Oncology Clinic (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine – Urgent Care (1 month)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic (1 month)
  • Solid Organ Transplant (Heart or Abdominal) (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.

Accreditation status

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency conducted by Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA is accredited by ASHP.

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PGY2 Cardiology pharmacy residency program

Program director: Nathan Verlinden, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP
Email: Nathan.Verlinden@ahn.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History and purpose

The PGY2 cardiology residency program was established in 2020. The program is in Candidate status for ASHP accreditation. 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 cardiology pharmacy.

Rotations

Core rotations for the PGY2 Cardiology residency program are:

  • Cardiac ICU (2 months)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical ICU (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • General Cardiology Consults (1 month)
  • Inpatient Advanced Heart Failure (1 month)
  • Advanced Heart Failure Clinic (1 month)
  • Cardiology Transitions of Care (1 month)
  • Pharmacokinetics/On-call/Staffing/Code Response  (Longitudinal)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy/Emergency Department Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Practice Management & Practice Leadership (Longitudinal) 

Elective rotations for the PGY2 Cardiology Residency Program are:

  • Repeat of any core rotation
  • Heart Transplantation
  • General Cardiology Clinic
  • General Cardiology Inpatient Consults
  • Medical ICU
  • Inpatient Advanced Heart Failure Service
  • Anticoagulation Clinic

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. The elective rotations are available to provide flexibility in pursuing individual goals. 

Accreditation status

The PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency conducted by Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA has applied for accreditation by ASHP and is in Candidate Status.

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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: 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 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.

Accreditation status

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency conducted by Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA is accredited by ASHP.

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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 purpose

The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program at Allegheny General Hospital 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 experiences with infectious diseases consultation services, multidisciplinary HIV clinic, antimicrobial stewardship program, pharmacokinetics service, and microbiology. 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 areasof 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 pharmacotherapy with advanced qualifications in infectious disease.

Rotations

Rotations for the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program include:

  • Infectious Diseases (3 months)
  • Antimicrobial  Stewardship  (2 month)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic (3  months)
  • Microbiology (½ month)
  • Research (1 month)
  • Electives (1½ months)
  • Research and MUE  (Longitudinal)
  • Practice Management & Practice Leadership (Longitudinal)
  • Presentations & Basic Teaching (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 corerotation practice areas or choose another practice area. Elective rotations may include bone marrow transplant or surgical critical care, which encompasses cardiothoracic surgical ICU, and transplantation.

Accreditation status

The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency conducted by Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA is accredited by ASHP.

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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 integratingaccumulated 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:

  • Inpatient Medical  Oncology (1 month)
  • Outpatient Medical  Oncology (3 months)
  • Inpatient Malignant Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) (1month)
  • Outpatient Malignant Hematology (1 month)
  • Palliative Care/Pain  Management (2 weeks)
  • Research (1 month)
  • Investigational Drug Services (2 weeks)
  • Electives (2-3 months)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Oncology Administration (2 weeks)

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 a variety of elective learning experiences including ambulatory medical oncology clinics, inpatient medical oncology, inpatient malignant hematology, and ambulatory BMT.

Accreditation status

The PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency conducted by Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA is accredited by ASHP.

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PGY1 and PGY2 Health system pharmacy administration & leadership residency/MPH program

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

Program coordinator:  Arpit Mehta, PharmD, MPH, MHA 
Email: Arpit.Mehta@ahn.org

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)
  • Cardiology Acute Care (1 month)
  • Surgical Acute Care (1 month)
  • Hematology/Oncology  (1 month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 month)
  • Unit-Based Point of Care (1 month)
  • Internal Medicine (1 month)
  • Heart Failure Transitions of Care (1 month)
  • Administrative On-Call (9 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
    • Executive Hospital Operations
  • Longitudinal Experiences (12 months)
    • Pharmacy  Area Co-Supervisor
    • Pharmacy Staffing &  Coordination
    • Pharmacy Policy & Med Safety

PGY1 Administrative Rotations

  • Practice Operations & Leadership (1 month) 

 Accreditation status

The PGY1/PGY2 Combined Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency/MPH Program conducted by Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA is accredited by ASHP.

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