Family Medicine Residency Program

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency


The purpose of the postgraduate year two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency with emphasis in family medicine at UPMC St. Margaret is to prepare the ambulatory care pharmacist specialist to be competitive in obtaining a position within an academic or private physician office, ambulatory clinic, or institutional-based practice focused on teaching or transitions of patient care, as well as adjunct or non-tenure clinical faculty position at a school of pharmacy or medicine. The resident will become proficient as direct patient care providers within interdisciplinary teams and with advanced teaching and practice-based research to prepare them for academic and scholarly work opportunities.


The postgraduate year two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at UPMC St. Margaret is the second year of a two-year residency program in which the UPMC St. Margaret PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency continues to a PGY2 specialty residency in ambulatory care with special emphasis in family medicine. Continuity in learning environment and interdisciplinary relationships built in the first year allows for a rich and independent practice during the second year.

The UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program is affiliated with three outpatient family health centers (FHCs) that are located within 5-10 miles of the hospital. All three FHCs are NCQA-certified patient centered medical homes (PCMHs). Residents in their PGY2 year establish a home based independent practice at one of the three outpatient FHCs. In addition to providing patient care at the three residency-affiliated FHCs, PGY2 residents provide longitudinal patient care in a variety of different settings including skilled nursing facilities and private practice physician offices. As inpatient pharmacotherapy is an integral piece of family medicine training, PGY2 pharmacy residents are encouraged to round on the Inpatient Family Health Center teaching service at UPMC St. Margaret. Training in managing the inpatient and outpatient care of our FHC patients allows the resident experience in managing the transitions of patient care. In the well-established collaborative care environment at UPMC St. Margaret, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and behavior therapists 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

Required Experiences

  • Orientation - Concentrated
  • Outpatient Family Health Center (FHC) – Longitudinal
  • Private Practice Initiative (PPI)  -  16  week (one ½ day per week)  Block Rotation
  • SCRIPT  (Successful Collaborative Relationships to Improve PatienT care) Practice – 12 week (one ½ day per week) Block Rotation
  • Geriatric Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Team Care - Longitudinal
  • Research - Longitudinal
  • Teaching:  Presentations and Scholarly Work– Longitudinal
    • Core Content Series – family medicine residents and faculty
    • Geriatric Core Curriculum Journal Club – geriatric resident and fellows, faculty, interdisciplinary team
    • University of Pittsburgh Pharmacy Residency Grand Rounds – ACPE-accredited CE for local pharmacists
    • Materia Medica article for Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin
    • Research Project Presentations (University of Pittsburgh, CCS, FDF, STFM,others)
    • Optional: University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine- MS2 Intersession Course, PPA presentation, GME conference
  • Teaching: Pharmacy Education – Longitudinal
    • Primary Preceptor Pitt 4th year APPE Family Medicine Rotation Block
    • School of Pharmacy Teaching – at least one didactic lecture and practicum
    • Wednesday Lunchtime Learning
  • Faculty Development Fellowship – Longitudinal
    • FDF Curriculum for Family Medicine Residency Program
    • MDM Curriculum
    • SMH Family Medicine Faculty -  Faculty Development Presentation
    • STFM Meeting Submission
    • Family Practice Inquiries Network(FPIN) Health Desk Answer  (HDA)
  • Service – Longitudinal


  • Global Health
  • Pediatric Diabetes


  • Pharmacy support group
  • Research advisor and faculty
  • Faculty coach


More Information

To view the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency handout, click here.
For a full pharmacy faculty listing, click here.