PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc. Milwaukee, WI

Program Overview | Preceptors | Residents

Audra Andersen

Audra AndersenPrevious education: UW-Madison School of Pharmacy

Short Bio: My interests include exploring Milwaukee, playing tennis and cooking!

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I was looking for a well-established program that offered experiences in both ambulatory and critical care settings.

Why Aurora? This residency program offers a variety of specialty rotations and allowed me to practice in both ambulatory and critical care. The pharmacy practice model here gives pharmacists the opportunity to interact frequently with patients and work collaboratively with other health care providers.

Current rotations: My elective rotations are in the neurology ICU/epilepsy clinic, family medicine clinic, and the medical/respiratory ICU. My core rotations are in cardiology, oncology and general medicine.

Year-Long Project: Implementing Outpatient Prescription Delivery and Counseling in Ambulatory Oncology Clinics

Future Plans: I am continuing to develop a strong foundation of clinical and leadership skills, and I will use the experience I gain this year to determine the direction I will take my career.


Jared Frost

Jared FrostPrevious education: Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Short Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Jared and you may notice that I am the only male in this year's PGY1 class. When the female residents aren't picking on me at work (just kidding, they are awesome) I am focusing on my interest areas of cardiology and infectious disease. I'm originally from Kenosha, WI (about 1 hour south of Milwaukee) and I enjoy biking, playing guitar, and exploring Milwaukee in my free time. So far in my month in MKE I've gone to Summerfest 3 times, 2 Brewers games, rock climbing, participated in a 24 hour bike race, and visited multiple restaurants/bars. I won't always have this much time as the year picks up, but I plan to promote a good work/life balance since I am our residency class' social chair!

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency:History of residency program and graduate placement, size of residency class, personality of residents and pharmacy department, programs offered.

Why Aurora? I had the unique perspective of working for Aurora in the outpatient pharmacy setting and also doing an inpatient pharmacy rotation prior to applying for residency. I have always been impressed with Aurora as a company. Aurora is a great place to work and it is constantly striving for improvement. Not only does Aurora have some of the nation's best physicians and pharmacists, but it's heavily centered on teaching residents and students, which is one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a residency.

Current rotations: Administration/drug use policy, cardiology, ID, surgical, clinical teaching, oncology, cardiovascular ICU

Year-Long Project: Evaluation and Management of Bleeding Events with New Oral Anticoagulants

Future Plans: I am considering pursuing a PGY2 pharmacy residency in either cardiology or infectious diseases. I would like to be an inpatient pharmacist and also an adjunct professor sometime down the road.


Laura Halder

Laura HalderPrevious education: I completed my undergrad at Central College in Pella, Iowa and then my PharmD degree at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Short Bio: I am originally from a small town in northwest Iowa, and this is my first time to live outside of Iowa. I studied abroad in London for one semester, and since then I have loved traveling. I like to bake, and I can make an awesome apple pie if I do say so myself. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and watching any show that makes me laugh.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I was looking for a residency program that offered a variety of experiences in both inpatient and ambulatory care pharmacy, and offered a variety of electives. I wanted a residency program at a large institution, but still allowed for a flexible schedule.

Why Aurora? I chose Aurora because of my interest in cardiology, and the ability to complete a variety of rotations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I think Aurora has a great support system of pharmacists and overall just seemed like the right fit.

Current rotations: Family Medicine, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Administration/DUP, MRICU, Heart Transplant and Oncology

Year-Long Project: My year-long project is to expand pharmacy services on a heart failure floor.

Future Plans: My future plans include possibly pursuing a PGY 2 in cardiology or a job at a large medical institution.


Sarah Klemm

Sarah KlemmPrevious education: Undergrad pre-requisites and PharmD at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Short Bio: I am from Monroe, WI which is a small town in south-central Wisconsin, home of everything cheese. This explains my passion for beer and you guessed it, cheese. In my spare time, I love listening to music and going to live shows, as well as exploring all the festivals and restaurants Milwaukee has to offer.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I was looking for a residency program with a wide variety of available rotations that coincided with my interests. Additionally it was important for me to be a part of a well-established program with a large residency class.

Why Aurora? Aurora is a large, fast-paced system that offers a wide variety of experiences and is continually evolving to meed the unique needs of its patient population. The investment and enthusiasm the director and preceptors had in the program also impressed me and solidified my choice.

Current rotations: Infectious Disease, Critical Care (MRICU), Abdominal Transplant, Cardiology, Oncology, Adult Medicine, Drug Policy, Administration

Year-Long Project: Optimizing antibiotic therapy for hospitalized patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia

Future Plans: I would like to become a clinical pharmacist in an inpatient setting. I am using my residency year to expore different areas that I may want to specialize in or pursue a PGY2 in.


Vinvia Leung

Vinvia LeungPrevious education: Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin - Madison and Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University - Chicago College of Pharmacy

Short Bio: I was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Greenfield, WI (a suburb of Milwaukee). I love to travel, especially to places with sunlight and great scenery. I get excited when I see plated, decorated food and am always up for food adventures!

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I wanted to be a part of a big institution with a wide variety of experiences available, both inpatient and ambulatory care, as well as clinical teaching opportunities.

Why Aurora? Aurora fit all of the components I was looking for in a residency. Aurora excels in a number of patient care disciplines. I was excited to be a part of the pharmacist led discharge counseling practice model change. I also love being a part of a big residency class. I know I will always get support and see friendly faces!

Current rotations: Adult Medicine, Critical Care (MRICU), Administration/Drug Use Policy, Cardiothoracic Transplant, Family Medicine, Surgery and Cardiology.

Year-Long Project: Reducing the number of missing medications from cart fill at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center

Future Plans: I would like to be a clinical pharmacist with the ability to work with students, either on site or in the academic setting. I have an interest in administration and hope to assume more leadership roles in the future to help expand clinical pharmacy services.


Adrienne Ordonez

Adrienne OrdonezPrevious education: I was accepted to a Dual Acceptance Program where I completed my pharmacy pre-requisites at Loyola University - Chicago and received my PharmD from Midwestern University - Chicago College of Pharmacy

Short Bio: I'm originally from Morton Grove, IL which is a northwest suburb of Chicago. So of course, I love all things Chicago (i.e. the Chicago Bulls, especially Derrick Rose, deep dish pizza, skyscrapers, Lake Michigan- which I guess we share). However, I decided on trying something new and moved up to Milwaukee! So far, I'm enjoying this city and all the fun things it has to offer! I love traveling all over the world, eating all types of foods, keeping active, dancing, shopping, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I wanted to be in a program that had a large class and was well-established. I am currently interested in possibly pursuing a PGY-2 residency in Critical Care, however I am also open to other options. This program offers many opportunities in critical care in addition to a wide variety of all types of rotations!

Why Aurora? I was originally interested in Aurora's Metro Inc. Program because it offered many things I was looking for in a residency program. In the end, I chose Aurora because of my memorable interactions with the residency director, Julie, preceptors and previous residents at Midyear and my interview. I felt that they truly enjoyed being at Aurora and were closely connected to the program. I also knew that I would find a lot of mentorship and support during my residency year.

Current rotations: Adult Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Critical Care (MRICU), Administration-Drug Use Policy, Oncology, Neuro/Epilepsy, Surgery

Year-Long Project: Implementation and Evaluation of a Clinical Pathway for Urinary Tract Infections

Future Plans: As previously stated, I am interested in possibly pursuing a PGY2 residency and am using this year to explore and determine any other interests that I might have. My end goal is to work as a clinical pharmacist in an inpatient acute setting.


Angela Paul

Angela PaulPrevious education: Ferris State University - Bachelor of Science in Biology and Belmont University College of Pharmacy- Pharm.D

Short Bio: I am from Menominee, MI, which is a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the northeastern boarder of Wisconsin. One of the few things that I picked up from my 4 years in Nashville during grad school, is my love for concerts- big or small. I also enjoy traveling, watching movies, and being with friends.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I wanted to complete my residency at a hospital with a well-established program that had a great selection of core rotations with a wide variety of elective rotation options. I wanted to be a part of a large residency class, because I wanted to have others to share in the residency experience. I also wanted a program that had a strong cardiology program.

Why Aurora? I applied to Aurora because the program had many of my preferences of a residency program as listed above, but I picked Aurora because of my interaction with the preceptors and residency director. I felt that they were connected to the program and I would find a lot of mentorship and support during my residency year.

Current rotations: Cardiology, Surgery, Critical Care, Infectious Disease, Emergency Department, Administration-Drug Use Policy, Adult Medicine

Year-Long Project: Impact of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Students on an Inpatient Pharmacy Department

Future Plans: Ultimately, I would like to work as a clinical pharmacist in an inpatient setting. I am using this time to determine if I would like to pursue a PGY2 in cardiology or critical care. At the completion of my residency, I would like to pursue my BCPS.


Laura Poggi

Laura PoggiPrevious education: Biochemistry BS and PharmD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Short Bio: I am from Green Bay, WI (Yes, I am a Packer fan). I enjoy spending time with friends/family (usually with some red wine/cocktails), cooking (sometimes my sister and I pretend we are on the show Chopped), spin classes and rollerblading (I know it's not cool anymore), shopping (especially when there's good sales), gardening (if you consider gardening growing tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro on a balcony), watching good TV shows (Breaking Bad is one my favorites), and traveling to California and Las Vegas to visit my sister.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: Variety of rotations/learning experiences, residency class size, interactions/connection with current residents/preceptors, PGY2 programs, opinions from past residents, pharmacy practice model

Why Aurora? I first became interested in Aurora when I talked to my fourth-year preceptors who knew past Aurora residents and recommended the program. After the interview I could really see myself doing a residency here. The preceptors and current residents were genuine about their experiences and Aurora offered the things I valued in a residency program (plus Milwaukee is a lot of fun!).

Current rotations: Oncology, Administration, Neuro ICU/Epilepsy clinic, Cardiology, Infective Disease, Surgery, MICU at Sinai Medical Center

Year-Long Project: A Collaborative Practice Agreement for the Management of Chemotherapy-Induced Rash

Future Plans: I would like to work as a clinical pharmacist in a hospital or clinic and I am considering pursuing a PGY2 in Oncology.


Ashley Purohit

Ashley PurohitPrevious 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 knew I had to come to a place that was close to the water after my four years in Omaha, which is part of the reason why I am loving my time in Milwaukee. I love to travel and explore new places with my family and friends, and have been spending my weekends going to the many festivals Milwaukee hosts.

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 for myself.

Current rotations: Oncology, Neuro/Epilepsy, Surgery, Infectious Disease, Administration/Drug Use Policy, MRICU, and Cardiology

Year-Long Project: Implementation and evaluation of a policy redesign for home medication use.

Future Plans: I plan on completing the PGY-1/2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency over the next two years. After that, I hope to take a vacation somewhere warm and close to the beach!


Erin Seider

Erin SeiderPrevious education: UW-Madison School of Pharmacy - Pharm.D.

Short Bio: I grew up near Germantown, Wisconsin which is about 30 minutes north of Milwaukee. I spent 7 years in Madison completing my pharmacy degree and am a devout Badger fan. I love the outdoors and have a passion for exploring national parks. I also enjoy playing volleyball, camping, snowboarding, and watching HBO.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I was looking for a program at a large medical center with a sizable class of residents offering a variety of specialty electives. Moreover, I wanted to train with pharmacists that continually work to advance the profession.

Why Aurora? I chose Aurora because I was excited to help expand pharmacy services to inpatients while learning how such processes unfold. I was impressed by the pharmacy leadership at Aurora and immediately felt valued as a team member. Also, I enjoy the fast-paced work environment and the excellent preceptors that Aurora offers.

Current rotations: Cardiology, abdominal transplant, medicine, neurology/epilepsy, administration/drug use policy, cardiac ICU, surgery

Year-Long Project: Standardization of Pharmacist-Provided Inpatient Education for Targeted Medications

Future Plans: I hope to work as an inpatient pharmacist at a large medical center. I chose a variety of rotations throughout my residency year to become a well-rounded, confident clinical pharmacist while further developing my professional interests.


Alison Van Kampen

Alison Van KampenPrevious education: My undergraduate education was at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and I attended pharmacy school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Short Bio: My hometown is in Zeeland, Michigan where I grew up with my parents, my younger sister and brother, and several dogs and cats. In my free time (what little there is), I like to swim and attend Zumba classes. I enjoy reading and I am guilty of re-reading my favorite books often. I also like to sit around the house watching a movie and putting together puzzles. And in the winter, I like to make paper snowflakes and hang them up around my apartment (as if there isn't enough snow outside in the winter).

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: When looking at residencies I considered several factors. I first looked at the location of the program, favoring programs in the Midwest. I looked at residency class size as I preferred having a larger class. I also looked at the available rotations at each institution and the flexibility of rotation schedules. I considered whether a program had been established for a long or short period of time. I looked at whether there were PGY2 opportunities, which ones, and if they had an early commitment opportunities. I considered how well the program communicated information, resident expectations, and staffing requirements. Finally, I am interested in Drug Information/ Drug Use Policy and I considered the types of experiences available in these areas at each program.

Why Aurora? I liked the Aurora residency program because it has a large residency class. The program is well established and has rotations available in almost any area you could want experience. I was especially interested in the Drug Use Policy Program since the formulary is used by the entire Aurora system and has unique challenges and considerations to address when making decisions. I thought this would be a useful learning experience. Also, because the hospital started a new practice model, there are unique opportunities to take on leadership roles and interesting project opportunities. The Aurora program also has a good staffing model (every third weekend and a four hour shift every three weeks). Finally, Milwaukee is fun city to live in and there are a lot of cool things to do in the area throughout the year.

Current rotations: The core rotations that I have this year are surgery, medicine, and oncology. The elective rotations that I have are Cardiac ICU, Investigational Drugs, and Neurology/Epilepsy. We all also have an Administration/ Drug Use Policy rotation, a Joint Commission Rotation, and a 2 week interview period where we participate in interviews for next year's residency class.

Year-Long Project: Development and Implementation of an 'After Hours' Pharmacy Technician Role

Future Plans: In the future I am looking into a career in Drug Information/ Drug Use Policy. I am considering a PGY2 in Drug Information or possibly finding a position immediately after residency.


Nicole Walters

Nicole WaltersPrevious education: Pre-pharmacy work and PharmD from Creighton University

Short Bio: I am originally from Omaha, NE. I am a huge Creighton basketball fan (Go Jays!) and am excited that they have joined the Big East so that I will have the opportunity to watch them play Marquette this year. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I was looking for a well-established program with a variety of elective rotation options. I was also looking for programs that had a large residency class size as well as a PGY2 program in my areas of interest.

Why Aurora? I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the preceptors and director. During my interview, it was evident that Aurora takes pride in their residents and provides them with the mentorship and support to reach their goals. At St. Luke's, being a preceptor is voluntary, so I knew that each preceptor I would work with had a true passion for working with residents. The opportunity to precept pharmacy students was also appealing.

Current rotations: Admin/Drug Use Policy, Oncology, Cardiothoracic Transplant, Family Medicine Clinic, Cardiology, Infectious Disease, General Medicine.

Year-Long Project: Optimization of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) replacement fluids.

Future Plans: I am considering a PGY-2 specialty residency in oncology or ambulatory care. Eventually, I want to be a board-certified specialist and pursue a position as a clinical pharmacist.


Jessica Zahn

Jessica ZahnPrevious education: I attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison for both undegrad and pharmacy school

Short Bio: I am originally from Germantown, WI (a little north of Milwaukee). Since leaving for school, this is my first time back living in the Milwaukee area in seven years! Outside of pharmacy school I continue to play ulitmate frisbee when I can, I played for UW's varsity club team my last two years of pharmacy school.

Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I really wanted to stay in Wisconsin because of our phenomenal state leaders and residency programs. 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: Surgery, Administration/Drug Use Policy, Infectious Disease, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Clincal Teaching, General Medicine, and Oncology

Year-Long Project: Assessing the value of establishing a remote medication consultation/education service

Future Plans: PGY-2 Administrative Resident next year