PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc. Milwaukee, WI

Program Overview | Preceptors | Resident

Katie Gaertner

Katie Gaertner

Previous education: BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from UW Madison and PharmD from UW Madison School of Pharmacy

Short Bio: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, WI. I completed my undergraduate coursework and pharmacy school at UW Madison. I have been a Caregiver with Aurora Pharmacy for 6 years. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling through northern Wisconsin, and attending Wisconsin sporting events.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: There are many factors to consider when choosing a residency program. I wanted a program that would allow me to grow both professionally and personally and provide an environment that strives to improve the health and well-being of a diverse patient population. The ability to interact with inter-professional health care teams was an additional component that I looked for when choosing a residency program.

Why Aurora? The PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency at Aurora St Luke's Medical Center offers the learning experiences that will aid me in achieving my career goals. The program offers the opportunity to work in both community and ambulatory care clinics, provide world-class patient care, and be mentored by experienced and award winning health care professionals. This program will allow me to become a change-agent for the profession of pharmacy along with a resource to the community. Aurora St Luke's also offers opportunities to strengthen my ability to educate and mentor students and residents, which include the ability to work with students on rotations and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning through patient education and presentations to health care providers. These experiences will allow me to have a stronger background in mentorship as I advance in the profession of pharmacy.

Current rotations: Clinical Services, Immunizations, Medication Safety, Practice Management, Family Care Center, Staffing

Year-Long Project: Implementation of a Medication Therapy Management Service for High Risk Patients

Future Plans: My career goal is to become a clinical community pharmacist and to contribute to advancing the profession of pharmacy. I am excited how fast the profession is changing and the new roles community pharmacists are engaging in. I hope to earn the respect and trust of the health care professionals I work closely with, while providing optimal care to our patients. Along with the goal of obtaining the advanced knowledge and skills to practice as a clinical pharmacist, I am also interested in educating pharmacy students, residents and other health care professionals through didactic and experiential learning opportunities.