PGY2 Critical Care Residency

Program Overview | Preceptors | Residents

Program Overview


The PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency is structured to provide specialized skills, knowledge and experience in critical care pharmacotherapy. Pharmacists completing this patient care-focused residency will be prepared to practice as critical care clinical specialists and practice leaders in the acute care setting. Candidates interested in careers as clinical pharmacists or clinical coordinators in the intensive care unit setting 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.

Specific Learning Experiences

The format of the residency is tailored to the interest, experience, aptitude and career goals of the resident. The resident will complete core learning experiences in medical-respiratory, surgical, neurological, cardiovascular, coronary and electronic intensive care, and customize the residency by choosing elective learning experiences based on individual needs and interests.

  • Orientation: Computer systems, drug distribution, personnel, policies, workflow and department structure

Required Learning Experiences

  • Medical-Respiratory ICU at Aurora St. Luke's
  • Neurological/Neurosurgical ICU at Aurora St. Luke's
  • Coronary ICU at Aurora St. Luke's
  • Surgical ICU at Aurora St. Luke's
  • Cardiovascular ICU at Aurora St. Luke's

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Abdominal Transplant at Aurora St. Luke's
  • Cardiothoracic Transplant at Aurora St. Luke's
  • Medical ICU at Aurora Sinai
  • Emergency Department pharmacy at Aurora St. Luke's
  • Neonatal ICU at Aurora Sinai
  • Operating Room Pharmacy at Aurora St. Luke's
  • Infectious Disease at Aurora St. Luke's
  • 1st, 2nd or 3rd shift – All ICU coverage at Aurora St. Luke's

Longitudinal experiences

  • Professional development: Year-long residency project, rotation projects, in-services, staffing, visits to other institutions, professional organizations, teaching and precepting, ACPE continuing education presentations, interviewing/recruiting and more


Program Directors
Jeffrey Zimmerman, PharmD, BCPS

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
Department of Pharmacy Services
2900 W. Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215

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