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PGY-2 Geriatrics Residency

A message from the Program Director


"My goal for this program is to expose the pharmacy resident to every aspect of geriatric care in several advanced pharmacy practice areas. Our geriatrics program strives to help the elderly patient from a pharmacotherapy perspective in many phases of care: from emergency room admission, stabilization of disease state, to outpatient management in specialized clinics. On a personal level, the relationships that develop between patient and provider make our interventions meaningful and professionally rewarding.  Upon completion of the program, the resident will be well-versed in the full spectrum of care and able to carry that knowledge forward into a multitude of career settings. With the booming geriatric population, these experiences will enable them to help guide pharmacy practice as it adapts to the emerging needs of this growing patient population."

  • Kelly Ulen, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP

Program Overview and Description:

The PGY-2 program in Geriatrics is a 12-month program that builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacist in the specialized area of geriatrics. The program fosters critical thinking, thereby enabling the resident to integrate their understanding of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and biomedical literature into an effective approach to optimize pharmacotherapy for geriatric patients. This program includes research in a sustainable quality improvement project or initiative for the geriatric population in a practice area of the resident’s choice. Additional research opportunities are available based on level of interest and are fostered by both Upstate and SUNY Binghamton’s School of Pharmacy. These research projects are designed to be publishable. This PGY-2 residency provides the resident with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care of older patients or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete this accreditation eligible PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic or other specialized positions, along with board certification in geriatrics.

Residency Program Highlights

• General Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
• Geriatric Emergency Medicine
• Ambulatory Care
• Transitions of Care
• Multiple Teaching Opportunities
• Medication Therapy Management
• Consultant Pharmacy
• Medication Reconciliation
• Discharge Counseling