PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Aurora West Allis Medical Center West Allis, WI
Previous Education: PharmD from Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and BS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Michigan Tech University.
Short Bio: I grew up in Metro Detroit and lived in the Upper Peninsula for a few years as well before moving to the Milwaukee area for pharmacy school. I love anything and everything to do with winter, as I love to snowshoe, downhill ski/snowboard, xc-ski, and snowmobile. When I am not working or playing in the snow, I like to spend time relaxing at home with my husband and daughter.
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: Rotations in my areas of interest, size of the residency class, personalities of coworkers/program leadership, and location.
Why Aurora? The program at West Allis is a smaller residency class and hospital, which is what I was looking for, but has all the resources of the Aurora Health Care system. Aurora's pharmacy department is very progressive and has a unique practice model which allows for pharmacists to maximize patient monitoring time.
Current Rotations: Administration, General Medicine, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Central Order Verification, Critical Care, Med Safety, Drug Use Policy, Cardiology, Women's Health, and Geriatrics.
Year-Long Project: Multidose Medication Dispensing for Discharge
Future Plans: I would like to work as a clinical pharmacist in a community hospital. During my residency year I plan to explore different areas that I may want to specialize in or pursue a PGY2 residency in.
Previous education: PharmD from Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Short Bio: I am a born and raised Wisconsinite! I grew up in Cedarburg, a suburb about 20 miles north of Milwaukee. In my free time I enjoy reading, knitting, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends. I also love any opportunity to travel and explore new places.
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: Hospital size, rotations offered, personalities of current residents and pharmacy department members, residency class size, how progressive the site's pharmacy practice is, and residency graduate placement
Why Aurora? Aurora offered many of the things I was looking for in a residency program. I like being part of an integrated health care system that strives to optimize patient care. I appreciate their progressive pharmacy practice model and feel like a valued member of the treatment team while working there. The pharmacy department has been extremely welcoming and supportive. I feel like they want me to have a meaningful experience and do what they can to ensure that!
Current rotations: Adult Medicine, Oncology, Drug Use Policy, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Joint Commission, Central Order Verification, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Administration, Medication Safety, Cardiology
Year-Long Project: To optimize NICU education materials, practice resources, and electronic tools
Future Plans: I would like to work as a clinical pharmacist in a hospital or ambulatory setting. I am using my PGY1 residency year to explore different areas and determine whether or not I want to pursue a PGY2 residency.