PGY-1 UPMC St Margaret

UPMC St. Margaret offers both two-year Pharmacy Residency programs specializing in ambulatory care or geriatrics. The PGY1 year for both specialty programs is the same as a general pharmacy practice experiential year. 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 the benefit of continuity of learning environment and opportunities.

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 PGY-1 residency, accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), 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. A variety of practice-based research experiences exist, and the resident is expected to present his or her findings at a national 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.

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.

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • 3 Letters of recommendation

  • Pharmacy School Transcripts

  • Cover Letter

  • Eligibility for PA Pharmacy Licensure (see below)

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 be graduating or have graduated from an accredited school of pharmacy and must submit the standard application requirements via PhORCAS by DEcember 31st. An on-site interview is required.

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

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy resident training.

The purpose of the residency is to train highly motivated, team-oriented pharmacy residents on advanced patient medication management skills, teaching techniques, and practice-based research methods, preparing them to be leaders of change in the medical/academic community.

Duration/Type: 12 months
Number Positions: 5
Starting Date: June 14
Benefits: Health, life, vision, disability and dental insurance are consistent with the standard UPMC benefit package.
Benefits include:

  • 20 paid-time-off (PTO) days including vacation, sick, and personal days
  • Time to attend conferences
  • Continuing education stipend
  • Relocation allowance
  • Health insurance (hospitalization, dental, vision, and prescription coverage)
  • Disability benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Supplemental retirement annuities
  • Tax-sheltered annuity plan
  • Credit union
  • ACLS/BCLS provider courses
  • Work laptop and computer
  • Free meals during daily conferences
  • Free on-site parking

Training Site: Hospital and Outpatient Health Centers
Owner/Affiliates: Private
Model (type): Teaching, Community
Total Beds: 249

Block core rotations

  • Orientation
  • Inpatient family medicine
  • Outpatient family medicine
  • Inpatient geriatrics
  • Outpatient geriatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Practice Management
  • Medical Safety/Red Teaching Service
  • Elective

Longitudinal core experiences

  • Faculty Development Fellowship
  • Research
  • Clinical Weekend Staffing
  • Drug Utilization Evaluation
  • Inpatient Staffing

Elective rotations

  • Inpatient Cardiology
  • Outpatient Cardiology
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Oncology
  • Academia
  • Global Health


Abernathy, Amanda

Baumgartner, Megan

Cassidy, Elizabeth F

Castelli, Gregory

Coons, James C

Coulter, Robin

Farrah, Roberta

Gutowski, Mark

Hall, Deanne

Haver, Amy

Hogan, Linda

Jonkman, Lauren

Klatt, Patricia

Koenig, Marianne

Lupu, Ana

McGivney, Melissa

Natale, Jim

Pickering, Aaron

Pilarski, Candice

Pruskowski, Jennifer

Sakley, Heather

Sergent, Joseph

Shelesky, Gretchen

Thompson, Brianna

Ayers GT, D’Amico F, Farrah R, Klatt P, Baumgartner M. Effect of rivaroxaban starter packs on emergency department throughput. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Jan. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2018.01.043. 
Niedermier V, Ayers GT, Springer S. Lixisenatide (Adlyxin) for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am Fam Physician. 2017 Aug 15;96(4):257-258. 
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Bondar A, Campbell RJ. Pharmacists Performing Medication for Direct Admission. Pharmacy Flash Newsletter. UPMC St. Margaret. January 2016. 
Breslin TM.  Tips from a Pharmacist: Ensuring Safe Transitions of Care.  Healthy Living.  December 2014 
Breslin TM.  “Not All Hard Work Leads to Learning.” Ltr to Editor.  American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2013; 77(10) Article 229. 
Campbell A, Coley K, Corbo J, DeLellis T, Thorpe C, McGivney M, Klatt P, Cox-Vance L, Zaharoff J, Sakely H.  Outcomes of coordinated, pharmacist-led, anticoagulation management of older adults across the levels of care: A mixed methods analysis of the PIVOTS model.  J Am Geriatr Soc. 64(suppl 1):S257, 2016. 
Campbell AM, Coley K, Thorpe C, Corbo J, McGivney MS, Klatt P, Zaharoff J, Cox-Vance L, Sakely H. The impact of pharmacists caring for geriatric patients across the healthcare continuum on the identification, resolution, and prevention of drug therapy problems: A subset of the PIVOTS (Pharmacist-led Interventions on the Transitions of Seniors) Group [Abstract]. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015;63(suppl 1):S265. 
Campbell AM. The benefits of faculty development span far beyond teaching skills. Am Jour Pharm Educ 2015;79(7):Article 108. 
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Lamberton N and Copenhaver AM. Byvalson (Valsartan/Nebivolol) for Hypertension. Am Fam Physician. 2018; 97 (2): 124 – 125. 
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Rindfuss S, Wilson SA. Is there an increased risk of GI bleeds with SSRIs.  HDA. J Fam Pract 2016;65(1):57,63.
  • Anna Bondar. Annual Grant Awardee to facilitate Yoga classes for UPMC St. Margaret Lawrenceville Family Health Center patients.  $2,500. 
  • Nicole Payette. Grant for HPV Proposal. PharmD and resident collaboration to improve HPV vaccination rates at UPMC St. Margaret Bloomfield Garfield FHC. St. Margaret Foundation
  • Family Health Center Fund. $1575.  September 15, 2015.  Co-investigator: McGaffey AL. 
  • Nate Lamberton. Teaching Excellence Award.  University of Pittsburgh.  June 2017. 
  • Ashley Higbea. Third Place Poster award at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting. “Patient Perceptions of Pharmacist-led Interventions on Transitions of Senior (PIVOTS): A Patient Survey.”  Resident and Fellow Abstract, Models of Care Category.   Baltimore, Maryland. May 2015. 
  • Maria Felton. “Implementing pharmacists through telepharmacy into outpatient, palliative care services at a geriatric clinic.” Research Poster:  2nd Place, Category of Clinical Innovations and Quality Improvement, Resident Poster Session. Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society. May 2017.  San Antonio, TX.  Co-authors: Hoffmaster R, Pruskowski J, Sakely H. 
  • Megan Carr. Geriatrics PRN Outstanding Poster Award. “Benzodiazepine Prescribing in Older Adults: A Comparison of Prescriber Factors Over Time.” American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting.  Phoenix, AZ  October 2017.  Co-presenter:  Jarrett JB. 
  • Ashley Campbell. Exceptional Teacher of the Month. UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program.  Named by medical students.  August 2015. 
  • Ashley Campbell. First Place Poster award at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting. “The Impact of Pharmacists Caring for Geriatric Patients Across the Healthcare Continuum on the Identification, Resolution, and Prevention of Drug Therapy Problems: A Subset of the PIVOTS (Pharmacist-led Interventions on the Transitions of Seniors) Group.”  Resident and Fellow Abstract, Models of Care Category.   Baltimore, Maryland. May 2015.

Program Director

Gregory Castelli, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM
Clinical Pharmacist, UPMC St.Margaret

815 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone: (412)784-4757

UPMC St Margaret