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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

A Message from William Darko, B.Pharm, PharmD, BCCCP, PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Greg Cwikla, PharmD, BCCCP, PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator

Educational Program Overview

The dynamic PGY-1 pharmacy residency curriculum provides experience in a variety of clinical settings under the guidance of 22 clinical pharmacy faculty members, some of whom were former residents of our program. The faculty also has appointments in Medicine, Emergency Medicine and other affiliated colleges. Residents experience additional patient interaction during their toxicology rotation, which brings them to other area hospitals.

The training experience is built on four week block rotations within a 12-month training period. Orientation is followed by required rotations: Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Critical Care, Ambulatory Care and Emergency Medicine alternating with Internal Medicine rotations. Residents have a choice of one elective rotation which includes:

  • Ambulatory Care II
  • Surgical/Critical Care
  • Oncology, Pediatrics II
  • Toxicology II
  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Emergency Medicine II
  • Geriatrics

Research, Drug Information, Teaching, Toxicology and Pharmacy Administration rotations are longitudinal experiences. This design of the program prepares the PGY-1 pharmacy resident to assume independent clinical practice by the second half of the residency training year. The residents present daily cases at clinical pharmacology rounds which are attended by faculty, pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, medical students, medical residents and pharmacists.

PGY-1 pharmacy residents perform consultative services in clinical pharmacology, clinical pharmacokinetics, and clinical toxicology. During consultations, residents document their assessments and recommendations with the assistance of experienced faculty. Many of our graduates go on to pursue a second-year postgraduate pharmacy residency training, postgraduate fellowship training or clinical and academic teaching positions.

Complementing the clinical experience, the residents have two to three journal club presentations, medication utilization evaluations, formulary drug review and opportunity for publication. Research intensity is driven by residents’ desire. Residents also have the opportunity to contribute to the educationing, co-precepting and training of our APPE students. Residents' weekend responsibilities include clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacy operational services.

Residency Program Highlights

  • Consultative Clinical Pharmacology
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacotherapy, Anticoagulation and HIV clinics
  • Critical Care Pharmacotherapy and Services
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Pediatric Pharmacotherapy and Services
  • Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Services
  • Research and Publications
  • Teaching Experience with Teaching Certification
  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Geriatrics

Residency Site: Upstate University Hospital

Upstate University Hospital, the area's only Level-1 trauma center, has a centralized pharmacy distribution paired with numerous satellite offices. The decentralized pharmacy services cover every patient care area, including the Emergency Department. Upstate University Hospital’s downtown campus also houses the Central New York Poison Control Center, which serves 34 counties.

The Poison Control Center is run by PharmD clinical toxicologists and serves as one of our training sites.

Salary and Benefits

Residents at SUNY Upstate University Hospital receive a competitive stipend for one-year, July 1 to June 30, plus fringe benefits which include health and dental insurance and paid travel for relevant meetings.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. William Darko (darkow@upstate.edu) for more information.