Pharmacy services offered throughout the UPMC Health System provide outstanding pharmaceutical care to patients while contributing to the growth of the practice of pharmacy locally, nationally and internationally. The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy partners with all the UPMC residency programs to provide additional opportunities in teaching, research, practice sites, and mentorship. UPMC offers over 20 postgraduate pharmacy residency and fellowship training programs 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 attained through the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The goal of the UPMC 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. Upon completion of the PGY1 program, UPMC residency or fellowship-trained pharmacists will have the competence and confidence to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care to patients and staff through education, research, critical analysis, quality improvement of medication regimens, and leadership.
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.