Family Medicine Residency Program

PGY-2 Geriatrics Specialty Residency

The postgraduate year two (PGY2) Geriatric Pharmacy Residency at UPMC St. Margaret offers a two-year residency program in which the UPMC St. Margaret PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency continues to a PGY2 specialty residency in geriatrics. Continuity in learning environment and interdisciplinary relationships built in the first year allows for a rich and independent practice during the second year.

Residents will provide direct patient care in the various levels of the health systems in which older adults are cared for and live in, including: inpatient, outpatient, personal and skilled nursing care, rehabilitation and home visits. UPMC St. Margaret is a 250-bed community teaching hospital with a diverse patient population, including a large geriatric contingent. The resident will be based out of one of the two outpatient UPMC St. Margaret Geriatric Care Centers where they will provide longitudinal care alongside the interprofessional  team including the pharmacist, physician, geriatric psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, licensed clinical social worker, as well as geriatric trained nurses and support staff. The PGY2 resident will also provide longitudinal care at the Presbyterian SeniorCare Campus, which includes The Willows (skilled nursing facility), Westminster Place (personal care), and Woodside Place (personal care – dementia). As our older adults transition through various levels of care (home to hospital, hospital to skilled nursing facility, hospital to home), our PGY2 resident is part of the well-established collaborative team at UPMC St. Margaret, with a truly impactful direct patient care role. Our team is eager to work together to educate eager learners and provide excellent patient care.

Practice-based research experiences are numerous and afford high-quality outcomes with the expectation for presentation at a national meeting for the primary research project as well as peer-reviewed publication of other scholarly activities. The Faculty Development Fellowship Program at UPMC St. Margaret is a longitudinal curriculum in which family medicine physicians and pharmacy residents collaboratively learn teaching strategies, leadership, mentorship, and research design. In addition to our core faculty at St. Margaret, fellowship sessions are led by local experts from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh in communication and teaching design along with national figures in areas such as health-system advocacy and leadership. Pharmacy residents at UPMC St. Margaret also have numerous opportunities to give formal and informal presentations to health care professionals, precept PGY1 pharmacy residents and pharmacy students, and teach at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy.


Learning Experiences

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Geriatric Care Center Outpatient

  • Skilled Nursing Facility Clinical Rounds

  • Faculty Development Fellowship

  • Research and Scholarship

  • Palliative Care

Block Core Rotations

  • Inpatient Geriatrics
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Medication Safety

Electives

  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Global health
  • Medication Safety
  • Academia
  • Cardiology

Additional time in required sites depending on the resident’s career goals.

Teaching Experiences

  • Presentations at the Geriatric Medicine Core Curriculum and Dementia Support Group, and nursing in-services throughout the training program
  • Participate in Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship
  • Participate in the precepting of pharmacy and medical students
  • Teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; didactic, practical, and Silver Scripts lecture and precepting

 

 

Contact

Paula Preisach
UPMC St. Margaret Department of Medical Education
815 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone: 412-784-7672
preisachp@upmc.edu