PGY-2 UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Geriatric Pharmacy

The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Health System have a strong commitment to the development of future pharmacy professionals. One area of need that has been nationally recognized is for additional well-trained health care professionals, including pharmacists, to optimize care for older adults.   In response to this call for action and need, our PGY2 program was developed.  This residency includes sites located on the Oakland and Shadyside campuses.

The PGY2-Geriatric Pharmacy Residency at UPMC Presby-Shadyside collaborates with experienced geriatric practitioners in inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care settings.  The resident gains skills providing direct patient care in diversified geriatric care environments.  The resident also designs and conducts a research project which will be presented at regional and national conferences.  Moreover, the resident has the opportunity to hone teaching skills with pharmacy learners as well as interprofessional educational opportunities.

Application Requirements

All residents must be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applications for Pharmacist License and Intern Registration are available.

Application Process

Eligible candidates will have completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by December 31st. An on-site interview is required.

All interested applicants should send a letter of intent indicating why the candidate desires to complete a PGY2 Residency in Geriatrics, curriculum vitae, and three recommendations.  Materials submission via the PHORCAS system is preferred. Letters of recommendation may be emailed directly from the recommender; however, a hard copy of the letter with signature must be also received.

Christine M. Ruby, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP
Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Division of Geriatric Medicine;
University of Pittsburgh Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine;
Director, Geriatric Pharmacy Residency Program, and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Geriatrics, Shadyside Senior Care

Mailing Address:
Metanthi (Vicky) Tzanakos
Pharmacy Administration Bldg
3507 Victoria Street
Mailcode: PFG 01-01-01
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Telephone: 412-383-0465

This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information from any residency candidate.

The mission of the Geriatric Pharmacy residency is to foster the development of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to pursue an advanced practice for direct patient care of older adults, educate current and future practitioners, and become leaders in the development of geriatric pharmacy practice.  Improving care transitions for older adults in an interprofessional environment is a focus of this residency program and the resident will have learning experiences in the hospital, outpatient clinics, and long term care settings to achieve these goals.

Duration: 12 months
Number Positions: 1
Starting Date: July 1
Salary: $51,037
Benefits: Health, dental, eye care, life, and disability available; Vacation; some travel support available.
Training Site Type: Hospital
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, Tertiary
Professional Staff: 48
Total Beds: 1093

Required Experiences

  • Shadyside Senior Care
  • Benedum Geriatric Center
  • Inpatient Geriatrics
  • Palliative Care
  • Long-term Care

Required Longitudinal Experiences

  • Outpatient Geriatrics
  • Teaching
  • Research and Scholarship

Elective Experiences


Christine M. Ruby, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP (Director)
Erin Suhrie, PharmD, BCPS, CGP
Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, CPE
Scott Stephens, RPh
Louise-Marie Oleksiuk, PharmD, BCPS
Frances Youschak, PharmD, BCPS
Marc Gutowski, PharmD


Sites include: UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospital; MUH and SHY campuses; Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC); RX Partners and UPMC-affiliated Nursing Home sites

Rotation sites include the following

  • Senior Care Institute- UPMC-SHY
  • Benedum Geriatric Center- UPMC-MUH
  • Inpatient Geriatric Service- UPMC-SHY
  • Long term Care- RX Partners (block or longitudinal experience)
  • Long term Care- Asbury Heights, Heritage-Shadyside (or other UPMC-affiliated Nursing Home sites)

Patel RS*, Marcum ZA, Peron EP, Ruby CM.  Prevalence of and Factors Associated with Therapeutic Failure-Related Hospitalizations in the Elderly.  Consult Pharm  2014;29:376-386.

Gavini M*, Gennari AS, Ruby CM. Perceptions of care among high-risk geriatric patients, families or caregivers in a patient-centered medical home.  Consult Pharm 2015;29:153-62.

Dr. Ruby
Faculty Preceptor of the Year, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy (2009)
Faculty Honoree, 34th Annual Honors Convocation, University of Pittsburgh (2010)
Faculty Mentor, Wal-Mart Scholars, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (2012)
Leadership in Education Award, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (2012)

Program Director

Christine Ruby-Scelsi PharmD, BCPS, FASCP
Associate Professor,

UPMC Presbyterian