PGY1 and PGY2 Combined or PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency

Program Overview | Preceptors | Residents

Program Overview


The Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency is aimed at training the future leaders of integrated health systems. It is offered as either a one-year administration program for residents with prior residency experience or is combined with Aurora's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency for a two-year program for applicants without prior residency experience. The option of attaining an MBA is available. Candidates who are interested in careers as clinical coordinators, supervisors, managers or directors in an integrated health system are encouraged to apply.

Rotation sites

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center

  • Wisconsin's largest private hospital, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center is a premiere destination for world-class patient care, having treated patients from all 50 states and 13 countries. It is internationally known for its expertise in heart care and oncology. Located on the south side of Milwaukee, Aurora St. Luke's also offers exceptional specialty care in areas such as critical care, abdominal/cardiothoracic transplant and neurosciences. It is the home of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.
  • Aurora St. Luke's was ranked No. 1 hospital in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Best Hospitals ranking by U.S. News & World Report for the metro Milwaukee area. It was also ranked nationally for cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology and pulmonology specialties.

Aurora Sinai Medical Center

  • A teaching hospital located in downtown Milwaukee, Aurora Sinai Medical Center offers unique pharmaceutical-care experiences, including neonatal/perinatal care, geriatrics, Parkinson disease, internal medicine and intensive care.
  • Aurora Sinai was ranked No. 3 hospital in the 2013-2014 Best Hospitals ranking by U.S. News & World Report for the metro Milwaukee area and nationally ranked for geriatrics.

Other opportunities may exist at other Aurora sites as applicable.

Specific Learning Experiences

The format of the residency is tailored to the interest, experience, aptitude and career goals of the resident. The following is a list of potential rotation experiences used to build each resident's schedule for the year. Some experiences can be accomplished concurrently with others.

  • Administration of health system pharmacy: Human resources, financial management, strategic planning, communication skills, accreditation, continuity of care, resource management, and interfaces to medical staff and administration, and corporate interfaces
  • Ambulatory care management: Retail pharmacy operations, for-profit Aurora Ventures, personnel management, ambulatory clinical services and ambulatory service delivery models
  • Automation and technology: Inpatient and ambulatory computer systems, interfaces, vendor relationships and product development and enhancement
  • Drug use policy: Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committee, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacy benefit management and accreditation
  • Clinical pharmacy management: Personnel management, program development, staff development and physician relationships
  • Financial management: Budgeting, financial planning, business plans, monitoring financial performance, pro forma development and profitability analysis
  • Inpatient pharmacy supervision: Personnel management, process analysis, workflow improvement and drug distribution systems
  • Practice management: Budgeting, personnel management, financial management, managed care, development and implementation of new services and hospice services
  • Orientation: Computer systems, drug distribution, personnel, policies, workflow and department structure
  • Professional development: Year-long residency project, rotation projects, in-services, staffing, medication safety, visits to other institutions, professional organizations, teaching and precepting, interviewing/recruiting, ACPE continuing education presentations, medication safety experiences, preparations for The Joint Commission and more
  • Purchasing/inventory control: Procurement, inventory management, contracting, market share rebates, negotiation, philanthropy, contract compliance, distributor relationships and vendor relationships


Program Director
Tom Woller, MS, FASHP
Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Services

Aurora Health Care
Department of Pharmacy Services
3935 W. Mitchell Street, Suite 600
Milwaukee, WI 53215