PGY1/PGY2 Combined Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency

Program Overview | Preceptors | Residents

PGY1/PGY2 Class of 2014-2016

Ellen Prichard

Ellen Prichard

Previous education: Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Short Bio: I am originally from Lees Summit, MO – a suburb of Kansas City. Since moving to Milwaukee I have enjoyed exploring the many restaurants and festivals. I am an avid sports fan, specifically cheering for the KC Royals and Chiefs but I have a feeling the Brewers and Packers may grow on me while I’m in Wisconsin. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and being outdoors.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I was looking for a program within a large health system. I also looked at the elective rotations, program history, and most importantly interactions with preceptors during the interview.

Why Aurora? I had meaningful, genuine conversations with all of the preceptors and residents at Aurora. After my interview I could see myself as a resident in the program. Aurora provides opportunities of a health system that were very appealing to me. Logistically, the program met all of my “wants” but it was my interactions with the people that made the biggest impact in my decision.

Current rotations: Neonatal ICU, Administration-Drug Use Policy, Surgery, Cardiology, Medicine, MRICU, and Abdominal Transplant

Year-Long Project: Assessment and Optimization of Medication Practices in Aurora Operating Suites

Future Plans: Next year I am looking forward to completing a PGY2 residency in health-system pharmacy administration at Aurora.


Dalia Saleh

Dalia Saleh

Previous education: B.S. in Genetics and PharmD from University of Wisconsin – Madison

Short Bio: I was born and raised in Madison, WI and am thoroughly enjoying my move to this new city with the perks of being pretty close to home and family.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: Mentorship and leadership opportunities, atmosphere, organizational direction and drive, support system, and resident history/placement.

Why Aurora? All of the above.

Current rotations: Cardiology, Surgical ICU, Anticoagulation Clinic, General Medicine, Neuro/Epilepsy, Administration/Drug Use Policy.

Year-Long Project: Development of a Pharmacist-Driven Follow Up Process for High Risk Patients after Discharge.

Future Plans: Establishing a solid clinical foundation during my PGY1 year in preparation for my PGY2 residency in administration.


PGY1/PGY2 Class of 2013-2015

Jessica Zahn

Jessica Zahn

Previous education: I attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison for both pre-pharmacy work and pharmacy school

Short Bio: I am originally from Germantown, WI. In my free time I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee (I played for UW’s varsity club team my last two years of pharmacy school), cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I will be getting married near the end of my residency year as well!

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: Wisconsin’s phenomenal state leaders and the opportunities available in advancing state practice. Wisconsin is one of the leading states in advancing PPMI and other quality initiatives in bettering patient care. I was excited to have a large residency class, as well as a program in which I could focus on developing clinical knowledge/skill my first year, then transition into a more administrative based role my second year.

Why Aurora? Aurora had everything I was looking for in a residency program!

Current rotations: Pharmacy Operations, Health-System Pharmacy Leadership, Ambulatory Care Services, Clinical Services Administration, Pharmacy Informatics, Pharmacy Supply Chain, Pharmacy Recruiting

Year-Long Project: Optimizing Femoral Nerve Block and Epidural Ordering Processes within Aurora Health Care

Future Plans: Successfully complete my PGY1 & PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency. Start my MBA coursework. Obtain BCPS certification. Enjoy planning my wedding!


Ashley Purohit

Ashley Purohit

Previous education: Creighton University – PharmD, MBA

Short Bio: I am from Harwood Heights, IL, which is just on the outskirts of Chicago. I went to Loyola University in Chicago for my pre-pharmacy coursework and then to Creighton University to complete my pharmacy degree. I am focusing on my interest areas of leadership in an ambulatory care setting. In my free time I love to travel and explore new places with my family and friends.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I wanted to choose a program that excited and challenged me from the start. I wanted a program with a large residency class and one with many elective options.

Why Aurora? Aurora offers many opportunities to its residents and has a great set of preceptors who provide ample support. Aurora was one of the few places that set themselves apart by taking my life goals and making them bigger than I had planned.

Current rotations: Pharmacy Operations, Clinical Services Administration, Retail Pharmacy Operations, Ambulatory Care Services, Pharmacy Informatics, Pharmacy Supply Chain, Pharmacy Recruiting, Health-System Pharmacy Leadership

Year-Long Project: Bedside delivery of discharge prescriptions within an integrated health care system.

Future Plans: I plan on successfully completing the PGY-1/2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency this year. After that, I hope to find a pharmacy leadership opportunity that continues to challenge and excite me in a similar way to my residency training. I hope to take a vacation somewhere in the middle of my plans as well!