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About the Pharmacy Residency Program at UPMC Mercy

Employment Information

Start Date: July 1

Term of Appointment: 52 weeks, concluding June 30

Stipend and Benefit Information

Yearly Stipend
Paid Time Off: 20 days
Benefits: Benefit Highlights (PDF) 
Travel: Travel stipend to ASHP Midyear covering registration, hotel, flight, meals

Program Overview

Required Core Learning Experiences

  • ICU3 (Medical-Surgical ICU)
  • ICU8 (Medical ICU)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Management
  • Orientation
  • Project Block

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

(all 45-week experiences)

  • Direct Patient Care (Pharmacy Consult Services & Ambulatory Care)
  • Professional Development
  • Staffing
  • Residency Projects

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Nutrition Support
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Substance Use Disorders – Withdrawal Management Unit
  • Transitions of Care – Internal Medicine
  • Trauma/Burn

Residents may also electively enroll in the Mastery of Teaching program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh

Requirements for Program Completion

  1. Obtain Pennsylvania pharmacist licensure within 120 days of the residency start and practice 35 weeks (i.e., two-thirds of the year) as a licensed pharmacist.
  2. Complete all orientation and health-system operational training requirements.
  3. Attain a rating of “Achieved for Residency” for 80% of the objectives established by the residency program as outlined in the ASHP Accreditation Standards for a Postgraduate Residency Programs.
  4. Complete the requirements of the individualized training plan as developed with the RPD.
  5. Complete all required learning experiences of the residency schedule.
  6. Complete all required staffing assignments (36 weekend shifts, 32 weekday evening shifts, 3 holiday shifts)
  7. Complete a major project and present the results at the University of Pittsburgh Pharmacy Resident Research Day.
  8. Prepare manuscript based on major project that is suitable for publication, and identify a target journal with intent to submit manuscript for review.
  9. Meet the residency presentation requirements: 2 formal presentations, 2 journal club presentations, and 1 interdisciplinary meeting presentation.
  10. Complete a drug class review/drug monograph/treatment guideline/treatment protocol and a medication use evaluation.

Manual/Policy and Procedures

Residency program manual and accompanying policies will be distributed upon invitation to interview.

How to Apply

Submit completed application via PhORCAS by January 2. Interview is required (in-person or virtual).

Contact Us

Taylor Miller, PharmD
Program Director
Phone: 412-232-4213
Fax: 412-232-7410