PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Aurora West Allis Medical Center West Allis, WI
Previous Education: B.S. in Biology from Colorado State University and PharmD from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy
Short Bio: I am originally from Colorado and I come from a big family with six siblings. If I am not hanging out with one of my many family members I enjoy snowboarding, hiking and attending Bronco games. Although there might not be huge mountains, I am still looking forward to exploring the state of Wisconsin and all of the fun activities it has to offer. I am also looking forward to all of the snow!
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing A Residency: I looked for a residency that was specifically in the state of Wisconsin because it is progressive at moving our profession forward. I looked for residency programs that were community hospitals that provided rotations of my interests, that had a small residency class, and had strong preceptors that could help shape me into a strong clinical pharmacist.
Why Aurora? I chose Aurora West Allis Medical Center because it is a community hospital that provides opportunities to work closely within an interdisciplinary team while gaining experiences in areas I am interested in. Aurora West Allis also has strong preceptors that are eager to provide many learning opportunities in different areas.
Current Rotations: I will be completing general adult medicine, women's health, central order verification, antimicrobial stewardship/ infectious disease, geriatric medicine, drug use policy, critical care, medication safety, cardiology, and administration rotations.
Year-Long Project: Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Future Plans: During my PGY-1 residency year, I plan to gain experiences in areas that may entice me to pursue a PGY-2 residency in. I want to become board certified in pharmacotherapy. I also plan to become a preceptor to future pharmacy students to help evolve them into an exceptional pharmacist.
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.
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.