PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Aurora West Allis Medical Center West Allis, WI
Previous Education: I completed my Bachelors degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago and received my PharmD from Roosevelt University.
Short Bio: Hello everyone! I grew up in Streamwood, IL which is a northwest suburb of Chicago and have pretty much stayed in the Chicagoland area my whole life prior to starting residency. Although I love all things Chicago, I have really enjoyed exploring all the exciting things Milwaukee has to offer (lots of summer festivals, brewery tours, meeting interesting people, and sporting events – but let’s face it, the Bucks will never compare to the Bulls). In my spare time, I like to travel, dance, try new foods, and just have laughs with friends and family.
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: Rotations offered, precepting students, personalities of residents and pharmacy department, residency class size, and residency graduate placement.
Why Aurora? Aurora is a great place to work, especially in terms of pharmacy! It seems like Aurora pharmacy is always striving to be on the cusp of advancing pharmacy practice while always keeping the patient a priority, and I wanted to be a part of that. Aurora West Allis, specifically, has the advantage of being integrated in such a large and exciting health system; however, residents receive more individual attention since the program itself is smaller. I always feel like everyone in the pharmacy department is eager to teach and help you get the most out of the residency experience. Everyone at AWAMC is part of a tight-knit, hilarious pharmacy family and I have enjoyed it thoroughly thus far.
Current Rotations: Adult Medicine, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Drug Use Policy, Critical Care, Administration, Geriatrics, Women’s Health, Medicinal Cardiology, COV, and Medication Safety and Quality Improvement.
Year-Long Project: Ambulatory Care PPMI Gap Analysis
Future Plans: I am interested in pursuing a PGY2 pharmacy residency in administration, medication safety, or ambulatory care. I would like to be a clinical coordinator or a medication safety officer; further down the line, I would also like to pursue a career in academics as well.
Previous education: UCLA - Biochemistry BS and CUW School of Pharmacy - PharmD
Short Bio: I enjoy a variety of activities including biking, fishing, tennis, and road tripping. My favorite activity though, is hiking. When I become a stressed resident, I like to just take a moment and daydream about the mountains of California, the green valleys of Yellowstone, and the views atop the bluffs of Devil’s Lake. In the future, I plan to travel and do some volunteering overseas.
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I looked for preceptors whom I felt comfortable with and could trust to help shape my professional development. Other factors I considered were variety and flexibility of rotations, resources available, and how progressive the pharmacy culture is.
Why Aurora? My rotations at West Allis left great impressions each time. The preceptors and staff were always friendly and top notch. Aurora is a large health system that’s well integrated so that patients can obtain the same exceptional care throughout the state. The variety of services provided by Aurora translates to well-rounded experiences for residents.
Current rotations: Geriatrics, Oncology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Joint Commission, Critical Care, Women’s Health, Drug Use Policy, Medication Safety, Administration
Year-Long Project: Evaluation of Hazardous Drug Practices to Improve USP <800> Compliance
Future Plans: I plan to pursue a PGY-2 in oncology or informatics. Eventually I want to become board-certified in my chosen specialty and obtain a position as a clinical pharmacist.