Family Medicine Residency Program

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

​The postgraduate year one (PGY1) program at UPMC St. Margaret is the first of a two-year Pharmacy Residency experience. The purpose of the PGY1 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 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.

After completing this first year, residents continue at UPMC St. Margaret to complete a PGY2 in either Ambulatory Care or Geriatrics. After building a strong foundation the first year, the resident will establish an independent practice during the second year. This 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 medice

  • Outpatient family medicine

  • Inpatient geriatrics

  • Outpatient geriatrics

  • Critical care

  • Emergency medicine

  • Infectious diseases

  • Research

  • Practice management

  • Unit based pharmacy services

Longitudinal core experiences:

  • Faculty Development Fellowship

  • Advanced pharmacy practice (staffing)

  • Inpatient Pharmacokinetics Service

Teaching experiences:

  • Presentations at noon conferences for medical students and residents, as well as nursing in-services, throughout the training program

  • Participate in family medicine Core Content Series

  • 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

  • Academia


Click here to see a listing of pharmacy faculty.