Geriatric Pharmacy Residency Program

The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has created a one year post-doctoral residency in geriatric pharmacy.

This American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited residency program combines clinical, administrative, and research components to provide the resident with invaluable skills to pursue leadership roles in the field of geriatrics. The Lamy Center's mission is to improve drug therapy for aging adults through innovative research, education and clinical initiatives.  Through the diversity of the preceptors, practice settings and patient population the resident will be well prepared to meet the needs of diverse older adults in various health care settings.

The purpose of the PGY-2 geriatrics residency program is to prepare the resident to function as part of an interprofessional geriatric patient care team.  The resident will be adept at managing a broad range of health and medication issues that impact older adults in a variety of patient care settings such as ambulatory and long-term care.  

At the completion of the program, the resident will be prepared to obtain a position as a geriatric pharmacy specialist or clinical faculty member at a school of pharmacy.

Because this residency program is accredited by ASHP, the resident will complete the following ASHP-established outcomes:

  • In collaboration with the health care team, provide comprehensive medication management to geriatric patients following a consistent patient care process.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes for geriatric patients, as applicable to the organization.
  • Demonstrate management skills in the provision of care for geriatric patients.
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians, or fellow health care professionals) in geriatric pharmacy.
  • Ensure continuity of care during geriatric patient transitions between care settings.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct a quality improvement or research project.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for successful self-development in the provision of care for geriatric patients.
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to geriatric patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups).

Additionally, our program adheres to the" Goals and Objectives for a Post-Graduate Year Two Program in Geriatrics" set forth by ASHP. These goals and objectives can be found in the ASHP Residency Accreditation Regulations and Standards.

Objectives:

  • Develop skills to critically evaluate complex medication regimens and provide recommendations.
  • Differentiate the appropriateness of certain medication classes in the elderly.
  • Promote professional, public and political awareness of the important role that pharmacists play in providing health care services to the elderly in various levels of senior environments.
  • Enhance verbal and written communication skills through interactions with health care practitioners and consumers.
  • Develop teaching skills by participating in didactic and experiential education of students, faculty, and professional staff.
  • Participate in the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists on the state and/or national level to promote pharmacists awareness regarding legislative and therapeutic issues pertinent to the elderly.
  • Conduct research related to geriatric medication related issues that impacts patient care and health outcomes.

Learning Experience:

Core experiences include an inter-professional geriatric assessment clinic, long-term care pharmacy consulting and management rotation, and an administrative rotation with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.  Residents will also have the opportunity to participate in numerous elective rotations.

Consistent with the program's goal to promote educational outreach in the community, the resident will have the opportunity to work with state and local associations to increase awareness of appropriate medication use in the elderly.

In addition to these unique experiences, the resident is expected to participate in Pharmacotherapy Rounds, the Professional Development Seminar Series, teaching activities and Journal Club. More information about these specific activities is available on our Residency and Fellowship Requirements page.

Application Process:

Applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and have completed an ASHP-accredited residency in pharmacy practice. The resident will be required to become a licensed pharmacist in the state of Maryland.

Applications for this program will only be accepted through PhORCAS. Reference writers should use the standard reference template in PhORCAS.

Application requirements:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official transcripts

The application deadline is January 1.

International students and permanent residents should contact umresfelprogram@rx.umaryland.edu before applying.

Residents who match to this program will be required to come to Baltimore in advance of the July 1 start date for campus orientation; these orientation dates are not known until mid-spring. These sessions are typically offered on select Mondays in May and June.

Program Director:

Chanel F. Whittaker, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS, FASCP
Director of Education and Training, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 North Pine Street, Room S402
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-5535
Fax: (410) 706-4725
Email: cwhittaker@rx.umaryland.edu

Program Coordinator:

Stephanie M. Ozalas, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS
Long Term Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
VA Maryland Health Care System
3900 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: (410) 605 7000 ext. 7541
Email: Stephanie.Ozalas@va.gov