PGY1/PGY2 Combined Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency
Previous education: Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Short Bio: I am originally from New Berlin, WI – a suburb of Milwaukee. I enjoy watching movies and television sitcoms, my favorite being The Avengers (movie) and The Big Bang Theory (TV show). I am an avid Green Bay Packer fan, and I am hoping for a Super Bowl trophy next season!
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I was looking for a program within a large health system. I also looked at the elective rotations available and program history. Mentorship and leadership opportunities were also a significant factor.
Why Aurora? Aurora offers a great residency program that has many mentorship and leadership opportunities which is what I was looking for in a program. During my longitudinal APPE experience at Aurora and residency interview, I had great interactions with the preceptors and past residents. These interactions made it more than just a program with the factors that I wanted.
Current rotations: CICU, Administration-Drug Use Policy, Surgery, Cardiology, Medicine, Family Medicine Clinic, and Operating Room
Year-Long Project: Updating and Standardizing Multiple Residency Programs within a Health System
Future Plans: I look forward to becoming a more clinical pharmacist by the end of my PGY1 residency, and taking that knowledge into my PGY2 administration year.
Previous education: Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Short Bio: I am originally from Lees Summit, MO – a suburb of Kansas City. Since moving to Milwaukee I have enjoyed exploring the many restaurants and festivals. I am an avid sports fan, specifically cheering for the KC Royals and Chiefs but I also now cheer for the Brewers and Packers. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and being outdoors.
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I was looking for an experience within a health system. I also looked at the elective rotations, program history, and most importantly interactions with preceptors during the interview.
Why Aurora? I had meaningful, genuine conversations with all of the preceptors and residents at Aurora. After my interview I could see myself as a resident in the program. Aurora provides opportunities of a health system that were very appealing to me. Logistically, the program met all of my "wants" but it was my interactions with the people that made the biggest impact in my decision.
Current rotations: Pharmacy Operations, Clinical Services Administration, Retail Pharmacy Operations, Ambulatory Care Services, Pharmacy Informatics, Pharmacy Supply Chain, Pharmacy Recruiting, Health-System Pharmacy Leadership
Year-Long Project: Pharmacist Initiated Medication Reconciliation within an Integrated Health Care System
Future Plans: This year I plan to complete the PGY1/2 Health System Pharmacy Administration residency program and pursue a pharmacy leadership position.
Previous education: B.S. in Genetics and PharmD from University of Wisconsin – Madison
Short Bio: Born and raised in Madison, WI, I am thoroughly enjoying Milwaukee life – with the perks of being close enough to home! My favorite pastimes are watching late night movies with my family and trying new restaurants with friends (which this city is perfect for!).
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: Amongst other things my list included a clinical PGY1 focus, strong preceptors, a supportive atmosphere, forward thinking leadership, and resident history/placement -- and of course, that ever important "fit" factor.
Why Aurora? Aurora set itself apart during my interviews. I was left feeling excited about the preceptors and have not been disappointed since starting here over a year ago. I was also impressed by other unique aspects, such as the dynamic of the large residency class, the acting director experience during PGY2, and the wide variety of mentors amongst the leadership at this large organization.
Current rotations: Pharmacy Informatics, Pharmacy Operations, Clinical Services Administration, Retail Pharmacy Operations, Ambulatory Care Services, Pharmacy Supply Chain, Pharmacy Recruiting, Health-System Pharmacy Leadership
Year-Long Project: Evaluation and recommendation of a centralized inventory management system for a large health care system
Future Plans: I hope to take in everything that this amazing second year has to offer and then move into an exciting pharmacy leadership role.
Previous education: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Ia. PharmD from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pa.
Short Bio: I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Iowa. After working a year in a lab, a quarter-life crisis led me to pharmacy school at LECOM in Erie, Pennsylvania. I spent my final year travelling the nation on APPE rotations (from Idaho, to Chicago, DC, and Hawaii), but decided Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin had the right environment for striving pharmacy leaders. I enjoy candle lit dinners and long walks on the beach, but prefer s'mores by a campfire and long hikes in the wilderness. Also tigers.
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: As a potential administration resident, I was looking for large, multi-hospital, integrated health-system pharmacy structures, innovative practice models, and an environment for residents to succeed. I wanted to be in a city and state that valued the profession of pharmacy and had a strong history of leadership to move our profession forward.
Why Aurora? See above. Aurora has it all. In addition, I wanted to ensure I had a strong clinical foundation through my first year as a practitioner before moving into administration (while still having early exposure to specific administration duties). With such a large health system, there are many opportunities to find mentors in various career paths.
Current rotations: ICU/ED at Sinai, Cardiology, Administration and Drug Use Policy, Surgery, Infectious Disease, General Medicine, Informatics
Year-Long Project: Minimizing the use of patient-supplied medications
Future Plans: I am interested in pursuing system level leadership in operations, logistics, medication safety, or informatics for a large health-system.