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Residency Programs

PGY1 Community Pharmacy Practice Residency

This one year, post-Pharm.D. residency prepares the resident with the clinical and professional skills necessary for a position as adjunct faculty, direct patient care opportunities in both ambulatory care and community practice, and advanced PGY2 programs. 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.

  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree
  • Pharmacist licensure in the state of Pennsylvania and licensure for Authorization to Administer Injectables in the state of Pennsylvania by September 1.

  • Joyce Kossol, R.Ph. – Manager Duquesne University Pharmacy
  • Elizabeth Bunk, Pharm.D. – Clinical Pharmacist, Center for Pharmacy Care
  • Robert Laux, Pharm.D., BCPS – Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Monica Skomo, Pharm.D., BCACP – Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Lorin Yolch, Pharm.D. – Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmaceutical Information Center

The residency program focuses on delivering medication therapy and disease state management services with an emphasis on ambulatory care and preventative care services. The resident rotates through each site on a longitudinal basis. The Center for Pharmacy Care (CPC) is the primary practice site. CPC is a pharmacist-coordinated provider of disease prevention and disease management services for the Duquesne University campus and Pittsburgh community. Established in October 2002, CPC provides wellness, disease prevention and medication therapy management programs, focusing on hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes and asthma. The Center offers campus and community health screenings, lifestyle counseling, educational seminars, drug therapy review and management, disease state management and outcome reporting for certain health conditions. The Center specializes in point of care testing and adult immunization services as well as operating as a travel health center.

The Duquesne University Pharmacy is a first of its kind, outpatient community pharmacy owned and operated by the university located 2 miles from campus. This unique site offers state-of-the-art, comprehensive clinical pharmacy services, operates as a 340B contract pharmacy, and serves as a CLIA waived laboratory facility. The pharmacy is dedicated to serving an uninsured and underinsured population in order to increase access to medications and proper utilization for safe and effectiveness medication use.

In addition to the clinical sites, the resident also rotates through the Pharmaceutical Information Center and a telephonic medication therapy management platform to gain patient care exposure throughout the residency year.


This certificate is an optional component for completion of the residency. For residents interested in receiving the teaching certificate, the following requirements must be met: Successful completion of Teaching Methods Seminar Series, a working teaching philosophy and teaching portfolio, and small group teaching in the School of Pharmacy.

The Program coordinators for this certificate are Dr. Branden Nemecek and Dr. Jordan Covvey. The resident must declare "Intent to Pursue Teaching Certificate" by emailing the residency program director prior to August 1. A teaching certificate will be issued to those residents completing all requirements at the Residency Appreciation Dinner at the conclusion of the residency year.


The resident's salary is competitive (approximately $40,000 per year). Benefits include: healthcare coverage, paid holidays, and travel stipend.


Interested applicants should provide a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and three letters of reference. Applications should be submitted through the PhorCAS System: https://portal.phorcas.org/

For information on the residency program, contact the residency program director:

Suzanne Higginbotham, Pharm.D., BCACP
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
Center for Pharmacy Care
1000 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412-396-2053
Fax: 412-396-2161