The pharmacy services provided throughout the UPMC enterprises provide outstanding patient care while growing the practice of pharmacy. Pharmacy residency experiences are available in a variety of settings with unique experiences available at each practice site.
Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) training provides a structure to build upon the education provided through the attainment of a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Upon completion of the PGY1 program, the resident will be better able to provide comprehensive medication-related care to patients and medication education to staff and patients. They will also be able to review the use of medications and explore opportunities to improve the use of medications. They will gain leadership skills and managerial experiences.
The goal of the PGY1 residency programs is to train highly-motivated, pharmacists in advanced patient care skills, teaching techniques and research methods to prepare them to be leaders and drivers of change in the provision of pharmaceutical services.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy partners with all of the UPMC residency programs to provide additional opportunities in teaching, research, practice sites and mentorship.
UPMC offers multiple sites for PGY1 residencies:
Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) training focuses on a specific area of practice for the entire year. This narrow scope of practice allows the resident to gain greater competence and proficiency in their chosen area of practice. PGY2 programs can be done in combination with PGY1 as a dedicated two year program or they can be stand-alone years that are completed after successful completion of a PGY1 year.
Heather Johnson, PharmD