Residency Programs at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy first formed as one-year academic and research fellowships to prepare pharmacists in practice for careers in academia and eventually expanded into PGY1 programs in community and pharmacy practice setting with all programs now being accredited through the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacist Association.

Residency Programs at Duquesne's School of Pharmacy seek to address changes in the pharmacy profession, further educate student pharmacists and better facilitate the transition to licensed pharmacist, and offer unique clinical experiences with experienced practitioners and faculty.

Through a variety of PGY1 and PGY2 experiences in community, ambulatory, and acute care, preceptors and program directors prepare program residents to advance the profession of pharmacy by:

  • Serving as role models in advanced areas of practice to which they aspire
  • Training and challenging them to improve patient care through exposure to inter-professional advanced practice
  • Mentoring through teaching experiences to educate pharmacy students in the future
  • Directing research projects that will enable them to contribute to the professional literature
  • Incentivizing them to further their own education and training to pursue PGY2 experiences, and/or to secure future academic or clinical practice positions

 

Residency Program Questions

Branden Nemecek, Pharm.D., BCPS

Director Of Residency Programs

PGY1 Residency Programs

PGY1 Community Pharmacy Practice Residency
Match Code:
23048

The goal of the AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy and Duquesne University School of Pharmacy PGY1 Community Pharmacy Practice Residency with a focus in specialty pharmacy is to provide pharmacy residents with opportunities to develop the fundamental skills necessary to excel in the specialty pharmacy environment.

The residency program is based at AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy located in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. This premier specialty pharmacy location offers a variety of patient care services to support patents who are managing chronic life-threatening or rare conditions, including cancer, Crohn's disease, growth hormone disorders, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis, among others. The clinical pharmacists at this site work closely with health care professionals, patient care coordinators, insurance advocates and patients to meet the needs of the patient's medication therapy. In addition, residents will gain insights on the pharmacy practice management issues that can affect the delivery of care for patients taking specialty medications.

The residency is offered in partnership with Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. This partnership allows the resident the opportunity to also gain experiences in health and wellness services and develop the academic skills necessary to serve as an educator and preceptor. As part of this residency program, the resident will actively participate in educating Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy staff and some instructing of University students.

Application Deadline:
January 8th

Residency Program Director:
Pamela Koerner, B.S. Pharmacy, Pharm.D.
koerner@duq.edu
(412) 396-6372

PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency
Match Code: 23036

The purpose of the PGY1 Community‐Based Pharmacy Residency Program is to build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community‐based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications. This will be accomplished by advanced clinical practice in the management of medication therapy for various ambulatory disease states in a variety of health care settings. The resident will be proficient in achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as part of interdisciplinary health care teams, demonstrate competence in communication and in educating other health care professionals, patients, students and the community on drug related topics. Residents will participate as preceptors with student pharmacists in advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) from the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. The resident will demonstrate professional maturity by developing a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring and evaluating their own performance and exhibiting commitment to the profession. The resident will adhere to the Duquesne University Mission and Vision while supporting the School of Pharmacy in their strategic plan.

A Duquesne University School of Pharmacy adjunct faculty member and clinical pharmacist serves as the residency program director, and is actively engaged in the provision of clinical services and scholarship related to community pharmacy practice. The resident should be creative, highly motivated, and dedicated to advancing the profession of pharmacy in the provision of pharmaceutical care services in community pharmacies/pharmacy practice.

The School of Pharmacy is located in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the resident will be involved in teaching efforts in didactic, ability based laboratory experiences, and advanced pharmacy practice experience teaching of Doctor of Pharmacy candidates. Residents will also gain experience in teaching and research methodologies. A research project of publishable and presentable quality is required.

Application Deadline:
January 8th

Residency Program Director:
Elizabeth Bunk, Pharm.D.
bunke@duq.edu
(412) 396-2155

PGY1 Community Practice Residency
Match Code: 23035

PGY1 Community‐Based Pharmacy Residency Program Purpose: To build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy(PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community‐based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications. Pharmacist residency education and training in community‐based practice aims to develop pharmacy leaders who are capable of improving the health of patients within the communities they serve. The primary purpose of this Standard is to foster the development of community‐based pharmacist practitioners who are community‐focused practice leaders, serving as an access point for care and having the skillset necessary to provide quality generalist patient care services wherever health and medication needs arise.

Application Deadline:
January 8

Residency Program Director:
Chiara Gessler, Pharm.D.
chiara.gessler@gianteagle.com

PGY1 Long-Term Care Pharmacy Residency
Match Code: 23044

This residency features a team-based approach to long-term care, blended with opportunities in more traditional consultant pharmacy. The resident will develop expertise in various disease states common to the long term care and assisted living setting including but not limited to geriatric pharmacotherapy, post-acute care rehabilitation, dementia, pain management and facilitating the transition of care from the acute care setting to discharge. The resident/fellow shall refine overall clinical skills, actively participate in selection of drug therapy, evaluate and monitor this therapy, provide resident & family education, participate in interdisciplinary care rounds, provide professional communications, and exhibit decision making and problem solving skills.

Application Deadline:
January 8th

Residency Program Director:

Christine O'Neil, Pharm.D.
oneilc@duq.edu
(412) 396-6417

PGY2 Residency Programs

UPMC Mercy PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency
Match Code: 777456

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 advanced or specialized 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 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 the specialized practice area. This will be accomplished through multiple advanced clinical practice experiences on internal medicine, infectious diseases, medical ICU and transitions of care with a variety of elective opportunities ranging from academia to emergency medicine. The resident will aspend a rotation in the medical intensive care unit if a rotation has not been completed in this setting as a PGY1.

The resident will participate as a preceptor with student pharmacists in advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) from the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. The resident will demonstrate professional maturity by developing a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring and evaluating their own performance and exhibiting commitment to the profession. The resident will adhere to the Duquesne University Mission and Vision while supporting the School of Pharmacy in their strategic plan.

A Duquesne University School of Pharmacy faculty member and internal medicine clinical pharmacy specialist serves as the residency program director, and is actively engaged in the provision of clinical services and scholarship related to internal medicine pharmacy practice. The resident should be highly motivated and dedicated to gaining the skills to serve as a leader in the profession after completion of the program.

The School of Pharmacy is located in downtown Pittsburgh, just a 10 minute walk from UPMC Mercy Hospital. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the resident will have opportunities to teach at the University through lectures and labs and will serve as a preceptor for advanced pharmacy practice experiences teaching of Doctor of Pharmacy candidates. Residents will also gain experience in teaching and research methodologies. A research project of publishable and presentable quality is required by completion of the program.

Application Deadline:
January 8th

Residency Program Director:
Branden Nemecek, Pharm.D., BCPS
nemecekb@duq.edu
(412) 396-6370

Current Residents

Abigail Harvey, Pharm.D.

Abigail Harvey, Pharm.D.

Duquesne University Center for Pharmacy Care PGY1

Brenda Shih, Pharm.D.

Brenda Shih, Pharm.D.

Giant Eagle Pharmacy PGY1

Jayne White, Pharm.D.

Jayne White, Pharm.D.

St. Barnabas PGY1