PGY-1 UPMC St Margaret Residency Program: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

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.

Pennsylvania requires 1500 registered intern hours in order to be eligible for licensure. Of the 1500 hours, only 1000 hours can be obtained through an academic program. That is, 500 intern hours must be obtained outside of school. These 1500 intern hours must be registered with a state board of pharmacy to count toward licensure in Pennsylvania. If you have not yet started registering hours with your state board of pharmacy, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible in order to be eligible for Pennsylvania licensure. We also encourage you to review your own state's rules regarding the registration, reporting and transfer of intern hours. Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions you have regarding licensure with individual program directors.

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 Friday, January 6th. An on-site interview is required.


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: July 1 (Orientation: Mid June)
Salary: $ 44,000
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
  • Conference stipend: $1,500
  • Relocation allowance: up to $2,500
  • 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
  • Point-of-care device
  • 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

  • Inpatient family medicine
  • Outpatient family medicine
  • Outpatient geriatrics
  • Inpatient geriatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Unit-based pharmacy/Practice Management

Longitudinal core experiences

  • Research
  • Quality improvement initiatives
  • Advanced pharmacy practice (inpatient staffing)
  • Faculty Development Fellowship
  • Pharmacokinetics Service
  • Teaching experiences
  • Participate in experiential precepting of pharmacy and medical students

Elective rotations

  • Medication safety
  • Cardiology
  • Community pharmacy
  • Emergency medicine
  • HIV
  • Psychiatry
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Palliative care
  • Global health
  • Complimentary alternative medicine (CAM)
  • Academia


Pharmacy Residency Directors:
Patricia Klatt, PharmD, BCPS (PGY-1)
Roberta Farrah, PharmD, BCPS (PGY-2 Ambulatory Care)
Heather Sakely, PharmD, BCPS (PGY-2 Geriatrics)

Pharmacy Residency Faculty:
Ron Campbell, PharmD, BCPS
Amy Haver, PharmD, BCPS
Elizabeth Cassidy, PharmD, BCPS
Aaron Pickering, PharmD, BCPS
Alex Rivosecchi, PharmD
Patricia Klatt, PharmD, BCPS
Marianne Koenig, PharmD, BCPS
Ron O'Neill, PharmD, RPh
Faculty Development Fellowship Faculty:
Stephen Wilson, MD, MPH
Linda Hogan, PhD
Frank D'Amico, PhD


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Jennie Broders
St. Margaret Foundation 
COPD Free Medication Program

Trish Klatt
St. Margaret Foundation
All About Me-An after school curriculum for 8-14 year olds about public health topics.
Teddy Bear Clinics and Asthma Education Program at UPMC St. Margaret Elementary School Health Partnership Schools

UPMC Health Plan
SCRIPT: Successful Collaborative Relationships to Improve PatienT care, The Value of a Pharmacist as Team Member in the Primary Care Medical Home

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