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Preferred Primary Care Physicians

Ambulatory Care Residency Program 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 faculty member and clinical pharmacist at Preferred Primary Care Physicians serves as the residency program director, and is actively engaged in the provision of clinical services and scholarship related to ambulatory pharmacy practice. This resident should be creative, highly motivated, and dedicated to advancing the profession of pharmacy in the provision of pharmaceutical care services.

The School of Pharmacy is located in downtown Pittsburgh. Preferred Primary Care Physicians has several office locations throughout the city; however, the resident's primary location will be in Greentree, approximately a 15 minute commute from campus. 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.
  • Jamie McConaha – Residency Program Director; Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacist at PPCP
  • Louis Civitarese, DO, MMI – Physician; Preferred Primary Care Physicians
  • Beth DeSanzo – Clinical Pharmacist; Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System
  • Patricia Lukach – Quality Director; Preferred Primary Care Physicians
  • Sarah Nelson – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist; St. Clair Hospital
  • Amy Plumley – Clinical Pharmacist; Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System
  • Jean Watkinson – Physician Assistant; Preferred Primary Care Physicians
  • Lorin Yolch, Pharm.D. – Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmaceutical Information Center

The residency program focuses on integrating pharmacist-provided medication therapy and disease state management services to patients in a variety of ambulatory settings. The primary practice location is Preferred Primary Care Physicians. Founded in 1995, Preferred Primary Care Physicians (PPCP) is an independently-owned physician group consisting of approximately 37 board-certified physicians across 21 office locations throughout Pittsburgh and Fayette County. In addition to family medicine services, PPCP also offers outpatient centers for cardiac testing, sleep disorders, and physical therapy. The resident will maintain an active practice at two PPCP office locations where they will meet with patients face-to-face for medication and disease management services. The resident will also provide remote pharmacy services (EMR and telephonic) to all members of the PPCP healthcare team, including medication information, interventions, recommendations, education and referral.

Required rotations of this residency program are all longitudinal in nature and include the following:

  • Primary Care (Preceptor – Jean Watkinson; St. Clair Hospital)
    The resident will meet with patients face-to-face for medication and disease state management services
  • Family Medicine Pharmacy Service Referral Clinic (Preceptor – Louis Civitarese; Greentree Office/Remote)
    This longitudinal, required residency learning experience is designed to allow the resident to practice collaborative, interdisciplinary pharmaceutical care in the primary medical setting. The resident will apply their didactic knowledge in disease pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology and drug therapy to practical patient care. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and basic clinical skills such as patient counseling, medication histories, pharmacy care plans, drug information retrieval, drug therapy monitoring and documentation.
  • Public Health (Preceptor – Jamie McConaha)
    The pharmacist has the responsibility of organizing, marketing, recruiting, and leading public health group classes and individual appointments for patients of Preferred Primary Care Physicians, St. Clair Hospital, and the surrounding communities. This includes working closely with Tobacco Free Allegheny (TFA), both attending meetings and helping with the public health fairs, and also leading smoking cessation classes for PPCP patients.
  • Primary Care Administration (Preceptor – Patricia Lukach; PPCP Central)
    The resident will work alongside the Quality Director on patient-centered medical home (PCMH) accreditation criteria, including working closely with the care management team at specific office locations to identify areas for quality improvement and make the changes essential to the continued successes of the physician group as a whole.
  • Primary-Ambulatory Care Experience (Preceptors – Amy Plumley & Beth DeSanzo; VA)
    The resident will participate in a pharmacist-driven clinic under the direct supervision of the preceptor. The resident will participate in patient care by performing and recording patient medication histories, initiating and updating medication profiles and performing triage functions in discussing drug-related issues. The resident will counsel and teach patients regarding the appropriate use of prescription, OTC and medication supplies, assess drug therapy, identify problems and develop a care plan. Recommendations will be communicated and patient care will be documented along with drug information activities. The resident will also follow up on all drug therapy recommendations. Unique areas of focus include diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.
  • Care Transitions (Preceptor – Sarah Nelson; St. Clair Hospital)
    The resident will gain experience in transitioning the patient from the inpatient to outpatient setting. The resident will assist in the effort to minimize readmission rates for patients for a core set of diseases states/patient populations including but not limited to heart failure, COPD, and acute MI. The resident will be expected to build relationships and work proactively with the nurses, case managers, social workers, care coordinator, and physicians to help the patient successfully transition from the hospital to home. The resident will perform medication therapy reconciliation interviews for high risk inpatients upon patient admission and face-to-face medication/disease state education throughout the admission and prior to discharge.
  • Pharmaceutical Information Center (Preceptor – Lorin Yolch; Remote)
    During this learning experience, the resident maintains 90% of his/her time actively answering questions fielded to the Center with 10% used for documentation and follow up. The resident will also be involved in preparing and disseminating well-referenced medication safety information to the PPCP healthcare team through a quarterly newsletter.
  • Academics/Pedagogy Rotation (Preceptor – Jamie McConaha)
    This rotation aims to develop the resident as an excellent teacher through opportunities to precept student pharmacists on rotation, teach patients through instructional classes, and educate other healthcare professionals.
Teaching Certificate

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.
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 more information on the residency program, contact the residency program director:

Jamie McConaha, PharmD, CTTS, BCACP, CDE
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
316 Bayer Learning Center, 600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-2219