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PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program

Welcome From the Program Director

Meet Our Community Residents, Paula and Stephanie, and Go on a Tour!

Welcome! We have an amazing program to share with you.  We have a diverse set of rotations and a large pool of highly trained clinical pharmacist specialists in the ambulatory setting. I was the 2nd resident of this program and have seen this program grow in leaps and bounds over the years.  

Our graduates have completed PGY2 program, worked in academia, VAs, specialty pharmacy, inpatient pharmacy, and leadership.

Our Program By the Numbers


Residents Per Year


Residency Preceptors


Board-Certified Pharmacists

18 k

Avg. Inpatient Doses Dispensed Per Day

At a Glance

Program Curriculum

Our full-time curriculum provides the essential elements needed to mold a well-rounded clinical pharmacist.

Resident Well-Being

Burnout is real. Our longitudinal programming on building resilience, finding work-life balance, and managing stress is one of the reasons residents recommend URMC.

Life of a Resident

Our emphasis on work/life balance is an important reason fellows choose URMC. A focus on trainees' well-being enables you to learn and thrive in Rochester.

Program Details

Meet the Program Director for the PGY1 Community & PGY2 Specialty Residency Programs

The PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency at UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital is a 12-month, full-time curriculum that provides the essential elements needed to mold a well-rounded clinical pharmacist. Outlined below are some additional opportunities offered to residents (some of which are required) including key program components:

  • NYS Compounding Board Exam Waiver
  • National/regional meetings: Vizient/ASHP – Midyear (Minor Research) and Eastern States Conference (Major Research)
  • Local: University of Buffalo Resident Project Presentation Day and New York State – ACCP
  • Immunization opportunities
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate Program offered by Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Practice (staffing requirement): a Saturday and a weekday approximately every 3 weeks
  • Present CE-accredited presentations
  • Develop business improvement plan

Rotation Schedules

The schedule for the residency year is outlined below and is tailored to meet the needs and interests of the individual resident. Core rotations are typically 6 weeks each.

Time Learning Experience Site
3 weeks Orientation UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital
3 weeks Internal Medicine 1 Strong Internal Medicine
5 weeks Specialty Pharmacy (clinic area selected by resident) UR Specialty Pharmacy
2 weeks Internal Medicine 1 Strong Internal Medicine
6 weeks Abdominal Solid Organ Transplant UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital
2 weeks Internal Medicine 1 Strong Internal Medicine
2 weeks Research UR Medicine
1 week ASHP Midyear Off-Site
3 weeks Elective Variable
3 weeks Internal Medicine 2 Panorama Internal Medicine
6 weeks Community Care Clinic Anthony Jordan Health Center
2 weeks Internal Medicine 2 Panorama Internal Medicine
6 weeks Elective Variable
2 weeks Internal Medicine 2 Panorama Internal Medicine
6 weeks Elective Variable

Resident Well-Being

We place tremendous value on resident well-being and offer a longitudinal series which helps our residents achieve a better work-life balance. We strive to provide our residents with the skills they need to manage their stress and build resilience, not only for residency training, but for their professional careers.

Sessions incorporate guest speakers, various icebreaker activities, events such as preceptor-resident get-togethers, and lots of fun!

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Wellness, Resilience, and Burnout
  • Developing Self-Care Strategies as a Resident
  • Understand Factors That Can Contribute to Burnout
  • Handling Conflict and Difficult Conversations
  • Creating a Culture of Resident Well-Being

Life of a Resident

This schedule is modeled based on our primary care longitudinal rotation:

  • 8:00 a.m. Arrive at clinic.
  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Discuss patients for the day with preceptor.
  • 9:30 - 4:00 p.m. Depending on rotation site: Communicate recommendations to attending providers or residents. Meet with patients directly or via telehealth and adjust medications accordingly. 
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Finish up on documentation within electronic medical record.
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Determine which patients on clinic schedule for the next day would most benefit from clinical pharmacist involvement and wrap up with preceptor on patients that were seen in clinic.
  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Work up patients for the next day. Work on miscellaneous activities which include topic discussions, journal clubs, research and other non-rotation related projects.

*Schedule will vary depending on the rotation the resident is on during the year.

ASHP Accredited


Purpose Statement

Pharmacists completing the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency at UR Medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital will gain the skills necessary to be competent and confident practitioner of pharmaceutical care and an essential member of the health care team. Our Program will prepare pharmacists for a patient care position in a community or ambulatory setting, an adjunct faculty position or to pursue PGY-2 training.

What Our Graduates Are Saying...

"The UR Community Pharmacy Residency Program is part of a large academic medical center with opportunities to provide residents with exposures to complex patient cases in an environment that fosters continuous learning and improvement."

Stephanie Pilat, PharmD

PGY1 Community-Based Resident
Class of 2020-2021

Contact Us

Allison Trawinski​Allison Trawinski, PharmD, MBA
Director | PGY1 Community Pharmacy& PGY2 Specialty Residency Programs
Assistant Director - Specialty Pharmacy

University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 617
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone: (585) 273-4767
Fax: (585) 276-1089

The information contained herein is subject to change. Please feel free to contact the residency program directly for the most up-to-date information and/or other residency related questions.

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