PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Aurora West Allis Medical Center West Allis, WI

Program Overview | Preceptors | Residents

Shawn Reinen

Shawn Reinen

Previous Education: B.S. in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin La Crosse and PharmD from University of Wisconsin Madison

Short Bio: I grew up in the small town of Lodi, WI before going to college in La Crosse, WI. I spend most of my free time fishing or golfing, but I am more than willing to try something new if it gets me outdoors. My best friend might be my dog.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: Location, health care system, available rotations, pharmacy staff and the potential for the residency to turn into a job.

Why Aurora? I wanted a medium-sized hospital within a well-established health care system. West Allis provided the perfect opportunity to develop in a strong pharmacy team, while being able to build relationships with the medical providers themselves.

Current Rotations: Cardiology, Administration, General Medicine, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Critical Care, Central Order Verification, Med Safety, Drug Use Policy, Women's Health, and Geriatrics.

Year-Long Project: Development of an Opioid Induced Constipation Collaborative Practice Agreement.

Future Plans: Board-certified clinical pharmacist within the acute care setting, potentially pursuing a PGY-2 pharmacy residency if a strong interest develops.


Michelle Wegge

Michelle Wegge

Previous Education: PharmD from Midwestern University Chicago

Short Bio: I grew up in Grayslake, Il which is a northern suburb of Chicago. Being a Chicagoan, I am an avid Bears and Blackhawks fan. In my spare time, I like to take dance classes, run outdoors, bake, cook, and hang out with friends and family.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I was looking for a residency program that was in a community hospital setting, offered rotations in Women's Health and Cardiology, and had a smaller residency class size.

Why Aurora? Several factors went into my decision to pursue a residency position within Aurora. Aurora provides high-quality care while still maintaining a patient centered model, which is important to me. Aurora is one of the few systems with a completely integrated system, including full medical records available to all hospitals, clinics, and outpatient pharmacies. Specific to West Allis, I find it highly attractive that a community hospital has full access to the same resources as a larger medical center. I also like the welcoming family atmosphere between the coworkers and leadership, as well as the fact that it meets all the factors I was looking for in a residency!

Current Rotations: Geriatrics, Drug Use Policy, Cardiology, Critical Care, Joint Commission, Women's Health, Medication Safety, Adult Medicine, COV, Administration, and Antimicrobial Stewardship

Year-Long Project: Assessment and Standardization of NICU Pharmacist Monitoring Practices

Future Plans: After completing my residency, I hope to become a clinical pharmacist in a community hospital. I plan to use my residency to gain more experience precepting students and to utilize my learning to become BCPS certified.