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PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program

Welcome to the D'Youville University School of Pharmacy/Vital Services, LLC DBA Vital Pharmacy an ASHP accredited PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program, in Buffalo, New York.

Program Overview

Our PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program, a collaborative effort between D'Youville University School of Pharmacy and Vital Pharmacy. The purpose of the program is to build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community‐based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

Two young men and a woman working inside a pharmacy. One fills a pill bottle, another works on a computer, and the third is walking in the room.

The PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program at Vital Pharmacy emphasizes training in aspects of community and ambulatory care pharmacy to provide robust experiences in clinical and operational practice. The program is intended to be a broad-based learning and practice experience that focuses on generalist patient care and community practice advancement.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Provide high-quality, evidence-based medication therapy and disease state management through collaborative care with patients, their providers, and their caregivers.
  2. Exhibit proficiency in providing professional education and teaching to a variety of audiences including patients, students, and interprofessional audiences.
  3. Demonstrate competence in leadership in practice management in an outpatient pharmacy discipline.
  4. Implement effective community-based pharmacy services to improve patient care in an outpatient setting.

Location and Facilities

Vital Pharmacy resides within D’Youville’s Health Professions Hub on the D’Youville University campus—a nexus where various health professions collaborate, learn, and care for the community together. The hub encompasses Vital Pharmacy, Sisters Health Center D’Youville, D’Lish dietetics demonstration kitchen, and Thrive physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, and chiropractic clinic, among others.

Exterior photo of the Health Professions Hub from Connecticut Street.

Specialized Services

Vital Pharmacy specializes in adherence packaging, home delivery, immunizations, medication compounding, and medication synchronization. Clinical services include medication therapy management and diabetes self-management and education, among others. These services extend beyond the Health Professions Hub through clinical community partnerships.

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Residency Activities


A concentrated 4-week learning experience designed to familiarize residents with pharmacy technology, processes, and procedures. Clinical patient care services are introduced during this period.

Patient Care

Clinical Community Programs and Direct Patient Care: Residents engage in longitudinal learning experiences, providing direct patient care services, transitions of care, medication therapy management, and disease state management.

Patient-Centered Dispensing: A longitudinal learning experience focusing on a formal and organized approach to preparing and dispensing medications.

Leadership and Management

Residents develop skills in continuing professional development, time management, and organizational leadership. This includes developing, implementing, and evaluating a business plan for a new or existing service.

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Advancement of Community-based Practice and Improving Patient Care

Research Project: A longitudinal learning experience where residents design, implement, and present a research project to advance community pharmacy practice or improve patient care.

Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge

Teaching and Learning: Residents engage in teaching within and outside of pharmacy academia. This includes co-precepting students, providing continuing education presentations, and educating patients and the community.

While not routinely offered, residents deemed "on-track" may petition for an elective opportunity aligned with competency areas, goals, and objectives.

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Residency Program Benefits

  • Competitive salary with health, dental, vision, and basic life insurance
  • Eligibility for paid time off (PTO)
  • Reimbursement stipend for conference travel
  • Company-sponsored laptop

Current and Past Residents

Meet our residents who have successfully completed or are currently participating in our PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program:

Hailey Russell, PharmD

Hailey is the current pharmacy resident for the 2023-2024 academic year. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from D’Youville University School of Pharmacy in 2023. She holds strong interests in the management and business aspects of pharmacy, as well as behavioral health and ambulatory care with a focus in diabetes. Her research project for the year is titled Social Determinants of Health That Impact Access to Mental Health Medications.

Hailey Russell, PharmD

Past Residents:

  • Elizabeth Czajka 2022-2023
  • Leena Su 2022-2023

Candidate Requirements

  • Graduates or candidates for graduation of an ACPE-accredited program
  • Ability to be fully licensed as a pharmacist, with immunization privilege, in New York within 90 days of the residency start
  • Application submission via PhORCAS™ by program deadline, including at least 3 Letters of Recommendation, official transcripts, personal statement/letter of intent, and updated CV
  • Registration for the ASHP "Match" program

Current Preceptors

Meet the dedicated preceptors who contribute to the success of our residency program:

Joseph Bellavia, PharmD
Supervising Pharmacist

Michael MacEvoy, PharmD, MBA
Director of Pharmacy Services

Dania Abdelhussein, PharmD


Contact Information

Alyssa Wozniak, PharmD, BCPS

Residency Program Director & Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services

Vital Pharmacy Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Interprofessional Education

School of Pharmacy

Alyssa received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from D’Youville University School of Pharmacy in 2018. After competing a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with Mercy Hospital of Buffalo in 2018, she returned to D’Youville as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, practicing in ambulatory care. Upon opening of the D’Youville Health Professions Hub, she transitioned her practice there where accreditation of this residency program and a diabetes self-management education and support program have been cornerstones. Her areas of clinical interest are diabetes management and expansion of clinical services in community pharmacy.

Alyssa Wozniak, PharmD, BCPS

Vital Pharmacy

301 Connecticut StreetBuffalo, NY 14213716-923-4603

We're eagerly awaiting applications from motivated candidates passionate about elevating community pharmacy and academia. Join us on a journey of professional growth and excellence, where your commitment to pushing boundaries aligns perfectly with our vision. Exciting opportunities await those ready to make a meaningful impact in pharmacy.