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Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency at UPMC Mercy

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

UPMC Mercy strives to carry on the Catholic tradition of its founders by providing compassionate and quality care to the poor and underserved in the community. UPMC Mercy is recognized as a 340B hospital, providing care to a disproportionate share of low-income patients.

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine residency will develop pharmacists into highly competent practitioners in emergency medicine and prepare them for board certification and for emergency medicine clinical pharmacist positions. UPMC Mercy is a level 1 trauma center, comprehensive burn center, comprehensive stroke center, and level 2 ACEP accredited geriatric emergency department.

The Emergency Department is the busiest in the City of Pittsburgh, caring for approximately 60,000 patients each year. Residents will gain experience treating a variety of disease states and emergency situations including traumas, burns, cardiac arrests, sepsis, and overdoses.

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Our Mission

The Department of Pharmacy at UPMC Mercy strives to achieve the organization’s mission and core values through the provision of the highest quality, patient-focused pharmacy services. Through residency training, it is our mission to train clinical pharmacists who are leaders in patient care through:

  • clinical decision-making and application of evidence-based medicine.
  • education of patients and other health care professionals.
  • contribution to knowledge of medication usage and innovative practice models.
  • perseverance in patient advocacy.
  • commitment to patient safety.

What Makes Us Unique?

Direct patient care. The pharmacists at UPMC Mercy are highly valued members of the emergency department. They care for critically ill patients at the bedside by recommending and preparing medications for intubation, sedation, cardiac arrest, stroke, and trauma. Pharmacists make recommendations to providers regarding antibiotic dosing and selection, titration of infusions, and drug information questions. Pharmacists assist nurses with calculations, setting up IVs, and answering drug-related questions.

Contact Us

Pamela McCormick, PharmD, BCPS, BCEMP
Residency Program Director
Clinical Pharmacist: Emergency Medicine