Residency Programs

PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency

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.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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.
PRECEPTORS:

  • Elizabeth Bunk, Pharm.D. - Clinical Pharmacist, Center for Pharmacy Care
  • Robert Laux, Pharm.D., BCPS - Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Jordan Covvey, Pharm.D., BCPS - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
CURRICULUM

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.UPMC Community Pharmacy is a community pharmacy 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 the Pittsburgh community. 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 will be involved with various community outreach events throughout the year as well as lead group management classes in tobacco cessation and pre-diabetes through formalized curricula.

TEACHING CERTIFICATE

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.

BENEFITS

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15.

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:

Elizabeth Bunk, Pharm.D.
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
Center for Pharmacy Care
600 Forbes Avenue
Student Union 215A
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
bunke@duq.edu