Pharmacy Residency Programs

A message from our Director of Pharmacy, Luke A. Probst, PharmD, BCPS


“I am proud of our residency program’s legacy. Not only is the integrated role of our pharmacist a recognized, valuable resource across the institution but the value of our residency program is also acknowledged. Over the years we have expanded our program to include PGY-2 pharmacy residencies in key clinical areas (Pediatrics, Ambulatory Care and Infectious Diseases) and have increased our PGY-1 program capacity while maintaining a rewarding training experience involving close mentorship from astute faculty preceptors. Our residents’ balanced involvement in medication management and advanced clinical pharmacy services makes them well prepared for success in PGY-2 residencies or establishing themselves as practitioners.

It is my pleasure as director of pharmacy at Upstate to support and advance our efforts to develop the pharmacy leaders of tomorrow through residency training.”

Upstate’s Pharmacy Residency Programs

Post Graduate Years I and 2 SUNY Upstate Medical University, one of 140 academic medical centers in the United States, attracts outstanding Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from across the nation. Each pharmacy residency program draws upon the resources of our academic medical center – including a teaching hospital, four health related colleges (the College of Medicine, the College of Graduate Studies, the College of Health Professions and the College of Nursing), our research enterprise and hundreds of specialty services. Each program, accredited by (or in pre-candidate status with) the American Society of Health Systems (ASHP), offers pharmacy residents the opportunity to interact with many other disciplines.

Residents are given training options within the scope of excellent pharmacy practice to pursue their interests and refine their knowledge and skills. Each resident will have the opportunity to customize a training plan based on his/her area of interest.

The strength of our programs lies with the commitment of the faculty to patient care. Our faculty continually works with community partners to improve patient medication reconciliation and management.

Upstate University Health System

The Upstate University Health System includes Upstate University Hospital; Downtown and Community Campus; Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, the Upstate Cancer Center and numerous satellite sites. As with many teaching hospitals and health systems, University Hospital and its associated outpatient clinics serve a diverse population that includes adult, pediatric and medically compromised patients.

The Pharmacy: A Modern Facility

Located in Upstate University Hospital, the pharmacy is design-driven by a high degree of computerization for medication ordering, distribution and inventory management. Vertical carousels provide state-of-the-art technology for inventory and allow bar coding for individual medications and inventory tracking for just-in-time delivery.

The facility also houses pharmacy offices, a conference room and three certified clean rooms. Laptop computers facilitate order review and clinical documentation within a fully integrated CPOE system, which increases pharmacist participation in multi-disciplinary rounds.