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

Program Overview | Preceptors | Residents

Andy Ackerman

Andy Ackerman

Previous Education: PharmD from Concordia University Wisconsin

Short Bio: I am originally from Appleton, WI, but I have lived in the Milwaukee area for the last 6 years. In my free time, I enjoy going to my parents cabin up in Rhinelander, WI, where we fish, go boating, and disc golf. I am also a big fan of Wisconsin sports and attempt to go to Brewer/Packer games whenever I have a chance.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: The factors that I consider most important in a residency are preceptor availability/mentorship, a variety of rotation options, and meaningful residency projects.

Why Aurora? I have been fortunate enough to be with Aurora through the internship program for the past two years. I wanted to pursue the Aurora residency because all of the preceptors are fantastic. I also enjoyed the amount of rotation options that were available to us and the larger residency class which afforded me the opportunity to meet a variety of new people.

Current Rotations: My rotations include surgery, medicine, administration, oncology, medical-respiratory ICU, surgical ICU, and informatics

Year-Long Project: Evaluating Clinical Outcomes in Critically Ill Patients with Hypoalbuminemia Receiving Ceftriaxone

Future Plans: I would ultimately like to pursue a PGY-2 residency in either critical care or oncology.

Lisa Boone

Lisa Boone

Previous Education: PharmD from St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Short Bio: I was born and raised as a military "brat" until my P1 year in pharmacy school, but Saint Louis is my self-proclaimed home (Let's go Blues!) I have played bass guitar in post-rock, "circa 1999, emo-influenced," punk bands. I enjoy drinking sour beers, dancing with my ladies, and watching indie films. I am also a full-time mother of two cats.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I was primarily looking for programs that offered a variety of rotations and PGY2 options. I also value pharmacy credibility and excellent preceptor mentorship. I wanted a residency that would challenge my baseline clinical knowledge and skills. Having a diverse, large resident class is a definite advantage for living in an unfamiliar city.

Why Aurora? Aurora provides specialty opportunities in all my areas of interest. The pharmacy's collaborative practice agreements and the pharmacists' autonomy are impressive. I feel valued and integrated into the pharmacy department as a team member, and everyone has the eagerness to help one another. I appreciate the progressive practice model at Aurora, specifically its impact on advancing patient care. At Aurora I feel as if I am practicing the future of pharmacy. Additionally, I love interacting with professionals that are pleasantly humorous, welcoming, and caring.

Current Rotations: Administration/Drug Use Policy, Cardiology, Coronary Intensive Care Unit, Infectious Diseases, Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Inpatient Oncology, Internal Medicine

Year-Long Project: Evaluating a patient-specific, clinical decision support tool for QT interval prolongation management

Future Plans: I plan on pursuing a PGY2 in cardiology or critical care. Eventually, I would like to become a clinical specialist at a tertiary, academic center or a research consultant.

Nicole Hall

Nicole Hall

Previous Education: B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and PharmD from Concordia University Wisconsin

Short Bio: I am from the greater Milwaukee area and am excited to be completing my residency training here. In my free time I enjoy cooking, exploring new places, hiking, spending time at my family's cabin in northern Wisconsin, and visiting new wineries.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: Factors that were most important to me were friendly and enthusiastic staff, variety of rotation options, and teaching/precepting experience.

Why Aurora? I fell in love with Aurora's inviting atmosphere as a student on rotations. The sense of belonging is what drew me to Aurora for residency. I also desired a large residency class and the opportunity to pursue individual interests, both of which Aurora provided. In addition, the preceptors at Aurora are intelligent and strive to make every effort to help you succeed.

Current Rotations: Cardiology, Surgery, MRICU, Investigational Drugs, Clinical Teaching, Administration/Drug Use Policy, Medicine

Year-Long Project: Validation of Pharmacy Monitoring Scoring Tool to Identify High Risk Patients in Ambulatory Clinics

Future Plans: I would like to work as an inpatient clinical pharmacist and pursue a career in academia.

Jill Handley

Jill Handley

Previous Education: B.S. Pharmaceutical Science, PharmD – University of Wisconsin Madison School of Pharmacy

Short Bio: I am originally from Whitefish Bay, WI and now live on the upper east side of Milwaukee. I love spending my free time running, exercising, and sailing, and I enjoy trying new restaurants.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I wanted to be part of a residency program that was well-established, centered at a large medical center, had a large class size, and felt that their institutional goals/message aligned with my personality.

Why Aurora? I couldn't imagine completing a residency anywhere else! I had the unique opportunity to have worked for Aurora prior to starting residency, and fell in love with the enthusiasm, culture, and work environment. I felt that Aurora not only valued me as a person, but also supported my short and long-term career goals.

Current Rotations: Infectious Disease, Cardiology, Administration/Drug-Use Policy, Surgery, Clinical Teaching, General Medicine, Surgical ICU

Year-Long Project: Antibiotic Time-Out

Future Plans: I am exploring my interests in pursuing a PGY2 residency in infectious diseases as well as preparing to become board certified in pharmacotherapy. I also plan on further developing my skillset in precepting students and residents.

Tyler Ishman

Tyler Ishman

Previous Education: PharmD and MPA from Drake University

Short Bio: I am from Clear Lake, Iowa– a small town in the northern part of the state. After spending six years in Des Moines for college, I now live in Wauwatosa, WI and have loved the transition to the Milwaukee area. I enjoy exploring the city trying new restaurants and breweries, checking out festivals, going for bike rides, and spending time on the lake.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: When I was exploring residency opportunities I was looking for a progressive program that was well established, had a wide variety of rotation options, had a large residency class, and had PGY2 opportunities.

Why Aurora? I knew that Aurora would be a great fit for me as soon as I arrived on site for my interview. The atmosphere within not only the pharmacy department, but the whole organization is incredibly friendly and patient care focused. Aurora provides a great environment to learn, which stems from the tremendous amount of work the preceptors have put into the residency programs. The preceptors really do care about the development and success of the residents, which really stuck out to me from day 1.

Current Rotations: Core: Cardiology, General Medicine, Oncology, Administration/Drug Use Policy; Electives: Cardiac ICU, Drug Use Policy, Anticoagulation Clinic

Year-Long Project: Creating a Dashboard to Monitor Controlled Substance Diversion

Future Plans: I plan to work as a clinical pharmacist in a large medical center with additional opportunities to precept students and residents. After a few years of practicing, I plan to pursue a pharmacy leadership position.

Aubrey Johnson

Aubrey Johnson

Previous Education: PharmD from Drake University

Short Bio: I grew up in the small town of Anamosa, Iowa, and spent six years in Des Moines for pharmacy school. Living in Wisconsin is a new and exciting experience! Outside of residency, I enjoy traveling, catching up with my friends and family, being outside, and exploring local restaurants and breweries.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I was looking for a program that had many opportunities for resident growth. To me, this meant engaged preceptors, a wide range of rotations, a large health system and residency class, and a strong pharmacy department.

Why Aurora? The preceptors, staff, and residents at Aurora are proactive and enthusiastic, and their energy came through in each interaction that I had during the recruitment process. Aurora's residency programs are devoted to resident development in clinical and professional areas, and I enjoy having so many motivated and fun co-residents to spend time with in the Milwaukee area.

Current Rotations: Inpatient oncology, medicine, investigational drugs, medical/respiratory ICU, admin-drug use policy, surgery, and heart failure clinic

Year-Long Project: Optimization of insulin pump management in inpatients

Future Plans: After this year, I intend to pursue a PGY2 residency or work as a clinical pharmacist in an inpatient setting. In the future, I plan to precept students and residents.

Michelle Kapugi

Michelle Kapugi

Previous Education: PharmD from University of Illinois at Chicago and B.S. in Biochemistry from Western Illinois University

Short Bio: I am from Schaumburg, Illinois and spent the last four years living in Chicago. I enjoy going to baseball games (Go Cubs!), trying new restaurants, exploring Milwaukee and watching Netflix.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I wanted an established residency program with a large number of residents that had opportunities in solid organ transplant and to precept students.

Why Aurora? My interview experience at Aurora was great; I could tell that the preceptors were very supportive of the residents. Also, I was impressed by the wide variety of rotations available and was excited to have the opportunity to work with cardiothoracic transplant patients.

Current Rotations: Core: cardiology, oncology, medicine, admin/drug use policy. Electives: cardiothoracic transplant, surgical ICU, and infectious disease.

Year-Long Project: Gap Analysis: Aurora Health Care versus Inpatient Insulin Safety Best Practices

Future Plans: I am currently interested in pursuing a PGY2 in solid organ transplant, but am open to other avenues depending on what this year brings!

Emily Matthews

Emily Matthews

Previous Education: PharmD from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Short Bio: I am from Urbandale, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. I went to the University of Iowa for both my undergraduate coursework and pharmacy school so I am an avid Hawkeye fan! I enjoy drawing and painting in my free time as well as exploring new areas. Milwaukee has already become an amazing new home for me with all of the festivals and hiking trails!

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: When evaluating residency programs, I was looking for a large medical center with a wide variety of rotation options and opportunities for a PGY2 in my areas of interest - critical care and cardiology. I also took into consideration class size, opportunities to precept students, and interactions with residents at Midyear.

Why Aurora? I chose Aurora because I was so impressed by the passion and enthusiasm for the residency program by administration, preceptors, and residents. When interviewing at Aurora, the dedication to teaching residents was very evident, and the residency program had all of the opportunities I was looking for. The large class size has provided me the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of talented co-residents while moving to a new city.

Current Rotations: cardiology, surgical ICU, medicine, infectious disease, administration/drug use policy, cardiothoracic transplant, surgery

Year-Long Project: Perioperative amiodarone for the prevention of post-operative atrial fibrillation in elective cardiovascular surgery

Future Plans: I intend to pursue a PGY2 in critical care or cardiology and plan to work in a large medical center with the opportunity to participate in the precepting of students.

Jade Megyeri

Jade Megyeri

Previous Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University and PharmD from the University of Colorado

Short Bio: I grew up in colorful Colorado and love the Rocky Mountains with all my heart. I enjoy hiking, running and snowboarding. My new favorite thing is hanging out with my sweet pup Rusty! Although I miss Colorado, I have been experiencing the best of Milwaukee! I enjoy Lake Michigan and all of the delicious food and beer that Milwaukee has to offer.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: When considering residency programs, I desired a well –established program, one with more than 2 residents and with exposure to inpatient and outpatient oncology. I also wanted to learn how to become a strong preceptor to future pharmacy students.

Why Aurora? I chose Aurora because of the welcoming and passionate attitude everyone has that works for Aurora. You can tell the preceptors and pharmacy staff is invested in helping residents become an exceptional clinical pharmacist.

Current Rotations: Surgical Floor, Administration & DUP, Inpatient Oncology, Surgical ICU, Infectious Disease, Medicine Floor, Oncology Outpatient

Year-Long Project: Management of Non-Insulin Infusion Pumps Throughout Transitions of Care

Future Plans: I would like to pursue a PGY2 in oncology.

Brady Oates

Brady Oates

Previous Education: PharmD from Drake University

Short Bio: I am originally from Franklin, WI, a suburb just south of Milwaukee, and am happy to be returning home for my residency. I enjoy almost all outdoor activities and prefer to spend time hunting, fishing, and hiking when possible. I also enjoy playing volleyball in a league with several of my co-residents and touring the many breweries Wisconsin has to offer.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I focused on programs with unique and diverse rotations led by experienced preceptors with a passion for teaching. I also looked for programs with exposure for residents to various teaching opportunities and precepting of pharmacy students. I was also drawn to programs with PGY2 experiences in my main areas of focus, critical care or oncology.

Why Aurora? My experiences with Aurora as a pharmacy student were some of my favorite. I look forward to more learning opportunities with this program as well as educating pharmacy students who come after me. The size of this health system and proximity to home were also quite appealing to me.

Current Rotations: MRICU, Oncology Clinic, General Medicine, Administration/Drug Use Policy, Family Medicine, Cardiology, MICU

Year-Long Project: Assessment and Reduction of Pharmaceutical Waste in Pharmacy

Future Plans: I plan to explore a wide array of learning opportunities this year to challenge myself and discover which career options best suit my strengths and interests. I am considering pursuing a PGY2 in critical care or oncology and I hope to become board certified in the future.

Maddi Schober

Maddi Schober

Previous Education: PharmD from Concordia University Wisconsin

Short Bio: I have lived in southeastern Wisconsin my entire life and am very happy to be staying in the area. Throughout pharmacy school, I have transitioned from a technician to an intern and now a resident in the Aurora system, and I am so excited to continue my journey with Aurora. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I try to attend as many festivals, concerts, and fairs in the area as I can.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I was looking for a well-established program with a large class size. It was important to me to be part of a program that offered elective rotations in ambulatory care settings and would allow for opportunities to have direct patient contact and help precept students.

Why Aurora? I have been fortunate to have been with Aurora throughout pharmacy school and have become very familiar with the program and the preceptors. I love how enthusiastic and dedicated the preceptors are and how the program truly values the education and growth of each individual resident. St Luke's has everything that I was looking for in a residency program.

Current Rotations: Administration/Drug Use Policy, Medicine, Family Medicine Clinic, Surgery, MRICU, Cardiology, and Infectious Disease

Year-Long Project: Antithrombotic gap analysis

Future Plans: Ideally, I would love to work as a clinical pharmacist at a medical center with both inpatient and ambulatory opportunities. I hope to work at a large hospital where I would be able to precept students and residents.

Megan Sinnen

Megan Sinnen

Previous Education: B.S. in Biology from University of Wisconsin – Parkside and PharmD from Concordia University Wisconsin

Short Bio: I was born in Scotland but have lived in Wisconsin since I was about 2 years old. I love traveling back to Scotland to visit my family and this has really fostered my love of traveling in general! My bucket list is pretty big at this point, but I can't wait to start exploring the world in the near future! Other hobbies that I enjoy include visiting breweries, spending time with family/friends, and cuddling with my two cats (Rocky & Bullwinkle)!

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I was looking for a program that was truly progressive in their pharmacy practice model. I wanted to be a part of a program that was well-established, had a bigger residency class, and had a strong sense of mentorship so I had the support I would need to be successful in my PGY1. My interests include Critical Care and Cardiology which were also important factors that I considered.

Why Aurora? I left my interview knowing that Aurora would be a great fit for me. Not only did they have everything I was looking for in a residency program but I left feeling like I belonged. I liked that the resident rotations matched up with Concordia's P4 students' rotations so I could get precepting experience. I also was impressed with the projects that were being completed by the residents. They were projects that really helped improve not only pharmacy but the health system as a whole!

Current Rotations: Surgery, CVICU, Administration/Drug Use Policy, Oncology Clinic, Medicine, Emergency Department, Infectious Disease

Year-Long Project: Implementation of Alternative Pain Protocols to Reduce Opioid Prescribing in the Emergency Department

Future Plans: I would like to pursue a PGY2 in critical care or in emergency medicine. After I have completed training I would like to pursue a position as an inpatient clinical pharmacist with the opportunity to precept students and/or residents.

Minh Vuong

Minh Vuong

Previous Education: PharmD from Concordia University Wisconsin

Short Bio: I am originally from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. I moved to Milwaukee for pharmacy school and really enjoyed the cultural aspect of the city, particularly the different festivals in the summer. My hobbies range from being outdoors, hiking, and camping to hanging out with friends and enjoying a movie at home. My most recent accomplishment was hiking down and camping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for couple nights in the winter of 2016.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I wanted a program that was well-established, offered a variety of electives, and allowed for flexible schedules. I also was looking for a sense of welcoming and enthusiasm in the preceptors and staff members.

Why Aurora? I had several APPE rotations at Aurora, and I had a great experience! My interactions with the preceptors, pharmacy members, and medical staff really gave me a sense of belonging. In addition, the residency program offers a variety of electives and opportunities to pursue a PGY2 that I was looking for.

Current Rotations: Infectious Disease, Medical ICU, Surgery, General Medicine, Administration/Drug Use Policy, Cardiac ICU, and Cardiology

Year-Long Project: Drug warning management: Re-establishing the clinical basis for drug warnings in Epic and establishing an on-going performance improvement process to eliminate alert fatigue.

Future Plans: I plan to pursue a PGY2 in Critical Care and become board certified. Afterwards, I would like to pursue my career at a large medical center with the opportunity for precepting.

Ally Winzer

Ally Winzer

Previous Education: B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and PharmD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Short Bio: I am from Kenosha, Wisconsin. As the daughter of two University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Pharmacy graduates, I continued the tradition as a "Badger Pharmacist." I studied abroad in Croatia and England during undergrad and pharmacy school. I enjoy spending time outdoors at my family's cabin in northern Wisconsin, baking, attending sporting events (especially the Badgers and the Packers), playing with my dog, and spending time with friends and family.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: It was important to me that any residency program I considered offered a large variety of elective options. I wanted to be able to explore my areas of interest while also maximizing opportunities in areas in which I have had less exposure. I preferred well-established programs with PGY2 opportunities in my areas of interest and that prioritized quality preceptorship and mentorship.

Why Aurora? In addition to being an extremely well-established program with a variety of elective options available, Aurora offers PGY2 opportunities in my areas of interest. Additionally, preceptor commitment to quality mentorship is clearly evident. I did not have any rotations at any Aurora location during pharmacy school, but all of the residents I engaged with were extremely passionate and excited about the program. It is also a blast to have so many great co-residents!

Current Rotations: Neonatal ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, Inpatient Oncology, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Administration/Drug Use Policy, and Cardiothoracic Transplant

Year-Long Project: Gap Analysis AHC vs. Opioid Safety Best Practices

Future Plans: I am considering a PGY2 in cardiology or critical care. I ultimately want to work as a clinical pharmacist in a large medical center.