Family Medicine Residency Program

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

UPMC St. Margaret offers both one-year and two-year Pharmacy Residency programs. The purpose of the residency is to train highly motivated, team-oriented pharmacy residents on advanced patient care skills, teaching techniques, and practice-based research methods, preparing them to be leaders of change in the medical/academic community.

The postgraduate year one (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency, accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, provides the resident with direct patient care experiences in a variety of settings throughout the year, allowing for mastery of the applications of pharmaceutical care principles to practice. The residency is nested within the physician residency and fellowship programs, resulting in extensive collaboration between physicians and pharmacy residents both as co-learners and team care providers. In addition, a variety of practice-based research experiences exist, and the resident is expected to present his or her findings at a national pharmacy meeting. The program curriculum is flexible to enable the resident to develop his or her own career interests in addition to participating in the longitudinal experiences of the residency.

UPMC St. Margaret also offers two options for a two-year residency program in which the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conditionally continues to a postgraduate year two (PGY2) specialty residency in either family medicine or geriatrics. After building a strong foundation the first year, the resident will establish an independent practice during the second year. UPMC St. Margaret's two-year experience offers learning environment continuity for an enriched patient care experience.

As part of the University of Pittsburgh Pharmacy Residency Program, residents at UPMC St. Margaret participate in resident group seminars with pharmacy residents in other training programs. They have numerous opportunities to give formal and informal presentations to health care professionals, precept pharmacy students, and teach at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

The Faculty Development Fellowship Program is a longitudinal curriculum in which family medicine physicians and pharmacy residents collaboratively learn teaching strategies, leadership, mentorship, and research design. In addition to the core faculty at UPMC St. Margaret, fellowship sessions are led by local experts in communication and teaching design from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, along with national figures in health system advocacy and leadership.

Learning Experiences:

Block core rotations:

  • Inpatient family medicine
  • Outpatient family medicine
  • Inpatient geriatrics
  • General surgery
  • Critical care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Research
  • Practice management
  • Unit based pharmacist

Longitudinal core experiences:

  • Advanced pharmacy practice (staffing
  • Faculty Development Fellowship
  • Inpatient Pharmacokinetics Service

Teaching experiences:

  • Presentations at noon conferences for medical students and residents, as well as nursing inservices, throughout the training program
  • Participate in family medicine
  • Faculty Development Fellowship activities
  • Participate in the precepting of pharmacy and medical students

Elective rotations:

  • Medication safety
  • Outpatient geriatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Psychiatry
  • Emergency medicine
  • HIV
  • Palliative care
  • Global health
  • Complimentary alternative medicine (CAM)
  • Academia