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Residency Programs

Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice Residency

The Duquesne University ambulatory pharmacy practice residency program emphasizes practice through a variety of clinical experiences while incorporating components of research and teaching. The residency also incorporates several longitudinal experiences—including our mobile health unit—to emphasize a broad patient care experience and expose the resident to public health service serving
the needs of uninsured and underinsured individuals in the Pittsburgh area.

What to Expect

Pharmacy residents completing the Duquesne University Center for Pharmacy Care Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Residency will be proficient in medication therapy (MTM) for various disease states in a variety of ambulatory health care settings. They will be responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as part of interdisciplinary health care teams. Residents will demonstrate competency
in communicating and educating other health care professionals, patients, students and the community on drug-related topics. Residents will participate in advanced pharmacy practice experiences from the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy.

Residents will develop a professional portfolio, including a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring and evaluating their own performance and exhibiting commitment to the profession. They will be trained in research and teaching methods to further advance both practice and academic skills. Graduates of this program will be able to develop clinical services business plans and possess marketable job skills, and the clinical and professional skills obtained will prepare the resident for adjunct faculty positions, direct patient care opportunities, and advanced PGY2 programs.

Program Outcomes

  • Providing medication therapy management services to improve health, economic, and quality of life outcomes.
  • Developing clinical service models
  • Drug information systems, medication use evaluation, and formulary management
  • Effectively communicating with other health care professionals, patients, students, and the community on drug-related topics
  • Understanding and utilizing research methodologies appropriately in order to contribute to the advancement of the profession and health care
  • Developing and applying problem-solving skills

Gain Broad Experience and Develop Your Portfolio

Clinical Experiences
Training includes patient care experiences in:

• Diabetes
• Hyperlipidemia
• GI and rheumatology disorders
• Chronic pain management
• Psychiatry
• Family medicine

Residents participate in continuous management of diverse populations through multi-disciplinary patient care teams at Smithfield Family Practice and Catholic Charities Free Health Care Clinic. These practice sites provide residents with experience in the medication management of homeless and medically underserved populations, as well as provide training opportunities in fields such as pharmacy administration and drug information.

Supplemental Patient Care Experiences
Residents are able to choose from 10 diverse sites for an additional elective experience.
Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Throughout the program, the resident will participate in a teaching methodology program. The resident will also have opportunities to be involved with student pharmacist instruction.
Developing a Scholarship Portfolio
Throughout the year, the resident will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of a preceptor. The findings of this project will be presented to the Duquesne University faculty as well as at a professional pharmacy meeting.

Program Summary

• Two new residents are accepted each year
• The current annual stipend is approximately $32,000 plus benefits
• The program begins July 1 (licensure is expected on July 1)
• Apply by January 3


Suzanne Higginbotham, Pharm.D., BCACP