UPMC Mercy & Duquesne University

PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency

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.


  • PGY1 program completion from an ASHP accredited program
  • Pharmacist licensure in the state of Pennsylvania by September 30.



The residency program focuses on providing a well-rounded and challenging experience to help prepare the resident to become an internal medicine specialist. This includes working directly with the interprofessional teams at UPMC Mercy to provide optimal care to our patients. UPMC Mercy is a tertiary care teaching hospital, in addition to being a Level 1 trauma center. The resident will spend a minimum of 4 months on internal medicine or transitions of care services, 1 rotation with our infectious diseases team, and 1 rotation in the medical ICU if not already completed as a PGY1. Elective opportunities include nutrition support, emergency medicine, nephrology, ambulatory care, research/academia and rehabilitation. Additional specialties may be available at the discretion of the RPD.

Duquesne University will provide opportunities in academia for the resident with the degree of involvement being up to the interest of the resident. The resident will precept APPE students and provide a Grand Rounds CE presentation at Duquesne with additional opportunities at UPMC Mercy. Research skills will be developed through the completion of a project with a publishable document provided by the end of the rotation. Additional opportunities for research and publication will be discussed and encouraged over the course of the PGY2 year.

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 $45,000 per year). Benefits include: healthcare coverage, paid holidays, and travel stipend.

Application Deadline

January 8

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:

Branden Nemecek, Pharm.D., BCPS
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282