PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Aurora West Allis Medical CenterWest Allis, WI
Previous education: Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Pharm.D. from University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Short Bio: I am originally from Haverhill, MA and Wautoma, WI. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, I moved to Knoxville, TN. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, going to festivals, and hanging out with friends and family. I also enjoy spending time spoiling my two dogs and keeping my pet turtle in line.
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: Characteristics that I looked for in a program included how established the residency program was, a community hospital setting, the variety and flexibility of rotations, and the opportunity to precept students. I also based my decision on my interactions with the residents and representatives of programs at Midyear.
Why Aurora? A few of the features that drew me to the Aurora residency program were the ability to customize my residency experience, the patient population which ranged from the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to the Acute Care of the Elderly unit (geriatrics), and the enthusiastic and supporting residents and preceptors. I was excited about the well rounded experience that this residency program would provide.
Current rotations: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Medical Cardiology, Critical Care, Administration, Joint Commission, Medication Safety, Geriatrics, Drug Use Policy, Women's Health, Continuity of Care, NICU
Year-Long Project: Implementation of three expanded roles for pharmacy technicians after a pharmacy practice remodel
Future Plans: In the short-term, I plan to evaluate my options and interests to determine whether I would like to pursue a PGY-2 position. My goals after residency are to become a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist, work as a clinical pharmacist in an inpatient setting, and to learn Spanish to provide better care to Spanish-speaking patients.
Previous education: PharmD from Midwestern University - Chicago College of Pharmacy
Short Bio: I am originally from Delavan, WI which is about an hour southwest of Milwaukee. I completed three years of undergrad at UW-Madison before beginning pharmacy school. I enjoy reading, swimming, relaxing with friends and family, and attending live theater or concerts. I also love to travel - I was able to spend four weeks in Europe last year, where I visited Austria, Italy, Germany, and Hungary. I'm already itching to go back!
Factors Considered Most Important When Choosing Residency: I looked at which rotations were offered at each program. I also looked at the class size and knew I did not want to be the sole PGY1 resident. The interview process was also an important consideration, as it allowed me to determine whether or not I would be compatible with the people I would be working with for a year.
Why Aurora? I began my pharmacy career working as an outpatient technician for Aurora Health Care and I found I truly admired the goals and values of the company. Furthermore, I liked that Aurora is an integrated system, with hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies located throughout the state. Finally, Aurora West Allis offers some unique rotations that aren't available at other sites, such as women's health and NICU.
Current rotations: Geriatrics, Critical Care, Administration, Drug Use Policy, Women's Health, NICU, Medication Safety and Quality Improvement, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Continuity of Care, Medical Cardiology
Year-Long Project: Analyzing the use of home bulk medications in the inpatient setting
Future Plans: I am currently undecided about whether or not to pursue a PGY2 for next year. Regardless, I would like to continue working in the inpatient hospital setting with a focus on the clinical aspects of patient care.