PGY1/PGY2 Combined Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency

Program Overview | Preceptors | Residents

Christina Andros

Christina Andros

Previous Education: B.S. in Pharmacy Studies, PharmD, and MBA from Western New England University College of Pharmacy

Short Bio: I grew up in the small town of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston. Making the move to Milwaukee has proven to be a rewarding decision! I love exploring new parts of the city and enjoying all of the great restaurants, breweries, shopping and festivals the area has to offer. In my free time, you'll find me by the beach, traveling the world, or, if it's football season, rooting for the best team in the NFL, the Patriots.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I was looking for a well-established program in a large health system with passionate preceptors and multiple residents. It was also important that the program offer a diverse selection of electives with the opportunity to train throughout the health system. Most important to me was the quality of leadership development offered throughout the program, as well as resident involvement in the progression of pharmacy at both the state and national level.

Why Aurora? Aurora has an outstanding reputation and gives me the opportunity to be involved in a wide array of experiences that would not otherwise be possible if I was not part of an integrated health care system. Their unique pharmacy practice model, quality of site leadership, and desire to engage their residents in the advancement of pharmacy all sold me on Aurora. It all came down to the people here and sense of belonging and dedication I received from them- from Midyear, to interviews, all the way through Match Day. Aurora is where I felt I fit best.

Current Rotations: Admin/Drug Use Policy, Surgery, Population Health/Clinical Contact Center (New Berlin), Informatics, Cardiology, General Medicine (Sinai), Investigational Drugs

Year-Long Project: Optimization of Clinical Contact Center Workflow

Future Plans: After completion of my PGY2 in Health-System Pharmacy Administration, I plan to pursue an administrative position in a large health system in which I am able to manage a variety of inpatient, ambulatory, and retail operations.

Melissa Shively

Melissa Shively

Previous Education: B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Louisiana State University - Shreveport and PharmD from Auburn University, Harrison School of Pharmacy

Short Bio: I grew up in Lovington, IL and after 11 years of living in warmer weather I am returning to the Midwest! I am excited to explore Milwaukee's parks, coffee shops, breweries, and many festivals. In my free time I enjoy traveling, working out, and trying new restaurants.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I was looking for a program within a health system with well-rounded clinical rotation options and strong administration opportunities.

Why Aurora? My first impression of Aurora was through face-to-face interactions with current residents and preceptors who exuded confidence and enthusiasm for the program. I valued the emphasis on pharmacy practice advancement and vast leadership opportunities within a large, integrated health system.

Current Rotations: Surgical ICU, Administration/Drug Use Policy, Surgery, Cardiology, General Medicine, Infectious Disease, Family Medicine Clinic

Year-Long Project: CRRT Replacement Fluids

Future Plans: Upon completion of my PGY2 training, I plan to pursue board certification and a clinical pharmacy leadership position.

Craig Grzendzielewski

Craig Grzendzielewski

Previous Education: PharmD from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and MBA from the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium

Short Bio: I grew up in the Milwaukee area and am a big Wisconsin sports fan. I usually make it to a few Brewers, Bucks, and Packers games each year. My wife and I enjoy traveling and in recent years have been to the French Polynesia (Tahiti/Bora Bora), Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and several Caribbean islands. Locally I enjoy all of the festivals along the Milwaukee lakefront each summer.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I was interested in a residency program that provides opportunities in various areas of pharmacy leadership as well as having a strong support network of mentors and leaders within the organization.

Why Aurora? Having been employed by Aurora for the last four years as a clinical pharmacist and later as a pharmacy coordinator, I saw firsthand the countless opportunities that are available within the organization. The leadership within the pharmacy department system-wide is very supportive of growth and development and I felt that I had the support of our leadership to pursue an administrative residency position to further advance my skillset and career.

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: Increasing Capture of Ambulatory Prescriptions in a Large Integrated Health System

Future Plans: After completion of the Health System Pharmacy Administration residency, I plan to pursue a pharmacy leadership position.

Rachel Nass

Rachel Nass

Previous Education: B.S. from the University of Michigan and PharmD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Short Bio: I am originally from Michigan and spent my life there until moving to Wisconsin to complete my pharmacy training. In my free time I enjoy working out, spending time with friends and family, and exploring Milwaukee's rooftop brunch scene.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: When considering a residency program the most important aspects for me included: well-rounded rotation options, opportunities for growth and leadership, and "fit."

Why Aurora? I chose Aurora because their well-developed program offered all of the opportunities I desired in a residency. The people were also a large factor of my decision. Each time I interacted with someone from Aurora I grew more impressed by the passion, respect, and genuine kindness each person exuded. From the start, I had the gut feeling that this program was a good fit for me and that I would be happy here - and I am!

Current Rotations: Ambulatory Care Services, Clinical Services Administration, Health-System Pharmacy Leadership, Pharmacy Informatics, Pharmacy Operations, Pharmacy Recruiting, Pharmacy Supply Chain, Retail Pharmacy Operations

Year-Long Project: Demonstrating the Value of a System-Wide Pharmacy Department

Future Plans: Pursue a pharmacy leadership position.