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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

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

History
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 2008. 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.

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:
• Cardiology (1 month)
• Critical Care (1 month)
• Hematology/Oncology (1 month)
• Infectious Diseases (1 month)
• Internal Medicine (1 month)
• PracticeManagement (1 month)
• Electives (3 months)
• Ambulatory Anticoagulation Management (6 weeks)
• Pharmacokinetics (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. 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 care, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) clinic, nephrology, nutrition support, pain management, cardiothoracic surgical ICU, neurosurgery/neurology ICU, medical ICU, trauma ICU, heart failure, practice management, and emergency medicine.


PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program

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

History
Our Community Pharmacy Residency Program is a newly emerging residency that provides an environment for comprehensive training and education in drug therapy and disease management for patients in an ambulatory practice setting, with an emphasis on the delivery of pharmaceutical care and clinical services. The goal of this residency program is to develop the knowledge, skills, and philosophy required to pursue rational  pharmacotherapy in a collaborative environment. Pharmacists with specialized training provide expertise in advanced principles of ambulatory pharmaceutical care in areas such as allergy and asthma, cardiology, drug information, infectious diseases, internal medicine, hematology-oncology, solid-organ transplantation, emergency medicine, sports medicine, and practice management. The program's inaugural class started in July 2012 and is in candidate status for accreditation review by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA).

Rotations
This program provides residents with the skills and knowledge required to become competent pharmacy practitioners. The 12-month postgraduate training experience is composed of required and elective rotations, as follows:
• Advanced Heart Failure Clinic (5-6 weeks)
• Ambulatory Oncology Clinic (5-6 weeks)
• Anticoagulation Clinic (Longitudinal)
• Asthma and Allergy Clinic (5-6 weeks)
• Drug Information and Clinical Skills Development (6 weeks)
• Emergency Department (5-6 weeks)
• Internal Medicine Clinic (6 weeks)
• Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic (5-6 weeks)
• Practice Management Outpatient Pharmacy Services (4 weeks)
• Preventative and Wellness Programs (Blood Pressure Screenings, Health Fairs, Immunizations) (Longitudinal)
• Solid-Organ Transplantation (5-6 weeks)
• Sports Medicine (in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Pirates) (2 weeks)
• Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)


PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program

Program director: Edward Horn, PharmD, BCPS
Email: ehorn@wpahs.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History
This program was established in 1996 and was most recently reaccredited by ASHP in 2008. 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.  Another goal is to provide the educational background for a PGY2 resident to eventually become board-certified.

Rotations
Rotations for the PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program include the following:
• Medical ICU (1-2 months)
• Trauma ICU (1 month)
• Cardiac ICU (1 month)
• Infectious Diseases (1 month)
• Neurosurgery/Neurology ICU (1 month)
• Emergency Medicine (1 month)
• Electives (3-4 months)
• Pharmacokinetics (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. 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 nephrology, nutrition support, pain management, heart failure, or practice  management.


PGY2 Hematology-Oncology Residency Program

Program director: Rick Miller, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
Email: rmiller2@wpahs.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History
This program was established in 2007 and was accredited by ASHP in 2009. 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)
• Oncology Administration (1 month)
• Electives (1-2 months)
• Pharmacokinetics (Longitudinal)
• Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing (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.


PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program

Program director: Michael Korczynski, PharmD, CDE
Email: mkorczyn@wpahs.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History
The goal of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care 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 BCPS 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 received ASHP accreditation in 2012.

Rotations
Core rotations for the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program include the following:
• Adult Internal Medicine (3 months)
     o Diabetes Education and Management
     o Medication Therapy Management
     o Patient Assistance
     o Smoking Cessation
• Anticoagulation (Longitudinal)
• Pulmonary Hypertension/Heart Failure/Transplant/Ventricular Assisted Device (1 month)
• Infectious Diseases/ Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic (1 month)
• Asthma/Allergy (1 month)
• Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)
• Practice Management Outpatient Pharmacy Services (Longitudinal)

The elective rotations include:
• Hematology/Oncology/Pain Management (1 month)
• Emergency Medicine (1 month)
• Human Resources/Benefits (1 month)


PGY2 Infectious Disease Residency Program

Program director: Noreen H. Chan Tompkins, PharmD
Email: ntompkin@wpahs.org
Program length: 1 year
Residents per year: 1

History
This program is a new residency that 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 primary objective of the program is to build problem-solving skills to enable infectious diseases pharmacy practice in a multitude of clinical environments. The program's inaugural class started in July 2012 and is in the precandidate status for accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Rotations
Rotations for the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program include the following:
• Infectious Diseases (4 months)
• Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinic (4 months)
• Bone Marrow Transplant (1 month)
• Microbiology (½ month)
• Electives (2½ months, including Surgical Critical Care)
• Antimicrobial Stewardship (Longitudinal)
• Pharmacokinetics (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. 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. Elective rotations may include surgical critical care, which encompasses cardiothoracic surgical ICU, and transplantation.

 


PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency / MPH Program 

Program director: Laura K. Mark, MS, PharmD, FASHP
Program contact: Matthew Eberts, PharmD,MBA
Email: meberts@wpahs.org
Program length: 2 years
Residents per year: 2

History
AGH's 2-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 health system 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
• Cardiology (1 month)
• Critical Care (1 month)
• Hematology/Oncology (1 month)
• Infectious Diseases (1 month)
• Internal Medicine (1 month)
• Unit-based Point of Care (1 month)
• Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal)
• Pharmacokinetics (Longitudinal)
• Anticoagulation Clinic (Longitudinal)

Administrative Rotations
• Pharmacy Operations Management (1 month)
• Safety and Compliance (1 month)
• Ambulatory Pharmacy Management (1 month)
• Community Pharmacy Management (1 month)
• Clinical Pharmacy Management (1 month)
• Finance/Budgeting/Inventory Management (1 month)
• Clinical Services Management (1 month)
• Pharmacy Informatics&Automation (1 month)
• GPO, Purchasing and Distribution (1 month)
• Advanced Pharmacy Operations Management (1 month)
• Corporate Pharmacy Leadership (1 month)
• Corporate Leadership (1 month)
• Electives (5 months)

 

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