PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Aurora BayCare Medical Center Green Bay, WI
Previous education: B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign and Pharm.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison
Short Bio: I was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but I grew up all over the U.S. (California, New York, Arizona) as well as in Canada. In my free time I enjoy shopping, knitting, eating, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family – though this is difficult as they are all very spread out across the U.S.
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I first narrowed my search by deciding which states I was willing to relocate to. After that, I looked to see which programs had all the rotations I was interested in. I also looked for programs that had an emphasis on teaching/precepting.
Why Aurora? Aurora had all the rotations I was interested in, but at the end of the day, the reason I chose Aurora was the staff. Everyone I talked to at my interview was very warm and welcoming, and it made me excited to work with and to be mentored by them. The change in the pharmacy practice model to make pharmacists more accessible to patients and practitioners was also another factor that drew me to Aurora.
Current rotations: Medical/Surgical, Oncology Clinic, Central Order Verification, Joint Commission, Critical Care, ID, Administration, Drug Use Policy, Hospitalist
Year-Long Project: Assessing the financial impact of "specialty pharmacy supplied" (i.e., "White bagged") medication use in hospital-based outpatient clinics and providing a proposal for future handling of such drugs.
Future Plans: My plan is to be a clinical pharmacist in an inpatient setting. I am currently unsure whether or not I will be pursuing a PGY-2 position and am hoping the next few months here at Aurora will help in making my decision.