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Center For Pharmacy Care

Ambulatory Care Residency PGY2

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 in this residency 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.

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 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. 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.


  • PGY1 program completion from an ASHP accredited program
  • Pharmacist licensure in the state of Pennsylvania and licensure for Authorization to Administer Injectables in the state of Pennsylvania by September 30.


  • Suzanne Higginbotham – Director of Duquesne University Pharmacy and Center for Pharmacy Care
  • Karen Fancher, Pharm.D., BCPS – Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Robert Laux, Pharm.D., BCPS – Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Monica Skomo, Pharm.D., BCACP – Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Elizabeth Bunk, Pharm.D. – Clinical Pharmacist, Center for Pharmacy Care
  • 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 three clinical sites 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.

Duquesne University Pharmacy provides dispensing and clinical services to Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Duquesne University Pharmacy is a 340B contract pharmacy to four covered entities as well as provides formulary management services for a Volunteer in Medicine Clinic as well as several FQHCs in the area. The pharmacy integrates clinical pharmacy services into every patient encounter. Pharmacists and student pharmacists provide Medication Reconciliation and Drug Therapy Reviews, Immunization Needs Assessments, Prescription Assistance, and Patient Education. Collaboration between prescribers and pharmacists occurs at the time of prescribing, providing an opportunity for pharmacy participation in the drug selection process.

UPMC Passavant is a community hospital located in Pittsburgh. This unique site offers comprehensive ambulatory oncology clinical pharmacy services. The resident will work one day per week with a Duquesne University faculty member and preceptor to round with the medical team, council on oncology supportive care, and precept student pharmacists.

In addition to the three clinical sites, the resident rotates through the Pharmaceutical Information Center.


This certificate is an optional component for completion of the residency and offered to those residents who may not have completed a teaching certificate during their PGY1. A teaching certificate will be issued to those residents completing all requirements at the Residency Appreciation Dinner at the conclusion of the program.


The resident's salary is competitive (approximately $47,000 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