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PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc.

PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc.

Program Summary

The PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc. residency program allows you to be a confident clinical pharmacist providing care to a diverse patient population in a large, tertiary care and referral hospital that emphasizes teaching. You also have opportunities to spend time in ambulatory clinics and at a smaller hospital.  Your program is customized, and direct patient care, professional development, and leadership are emphasized.

Program Purpose

To build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for PGY2 pharmacy residency training.

Candidates interested in pursuing PGY2 training and/or careers as clinical pharmacists in the acute and/or ambulatory care setting are encouraged to apply.

Rotation Sites

Primary Site

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
Wisconsin’s largest private hospital, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is a premier destination for world-class patient care, treating patients from all 50 states and worldwide. It’s internationally known for expertise in heart care and oncology. Aurora St. Luke’s also offers exceptional specialty care in areas such as critical care, abdominal/cardiothoracic transplant and neurosciences, and houses the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.

Additional Sites

Aurora Sinai Medical Center
A teaching hospital located in downtown Milwaukee, Aurora Sinai Medical Center offers unique experiences including neonatal/perinatal care, internal medicine and intensive care.

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital
Child, adolescent, adult and older-adult services are provided on an outpatient, partial-hospital, residential and inpatient basis at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, located in Wauwatosa, WI.

Program Highlights

Residents gain experience in drug policy, administration and direct patient care (including medicine, surgery, oncology and cardiology), and customize their residency by choosing elective experiences based on individual needs and interests.

  • Ambulatory care: Clinics including family medicine, anticoagulation, transplant, oncology, heart failure, population health and more
  • Critical care: Cardiovascular ICU, cardiac ICU, solid organ transplant, cardiothoracic transplant, surgical ICU, medical ICU, neuro/neurosurgical ICU, neonatal ICU, operating room services and emergency medicine
  • Drug-use policy: Medication use evaluation, formulary evaluation and management, drug information, development of clinical policies and procedures, drug policy, medication safety and investigational drug service
  • Medicine: Infectious diseases, internal medicine, cardiac medicine, surgical medicine and psychiatry services
  • Oncology: Extensive inpatient and outpatient oncology services, including stem cell transplant and numerous clinics
  • Pharmacy informatics: Evaluation and development of technology applications; understand how P&T, formulary changes, policy and safety/operational initiatives impact pharmacy IS team; learn the basic roles, skills and functions of the Willow, automation and affiliated IT teams
  • Practice management/administration: Budgeting, personnel management, financial management, development and implementation of services
  • Orientation: Computer systems, drug distribution, personnel, policies, patient care, work flow and department structures
  • Clinical teaching: Precepting pharmacy students, teaching certificate option
  • Professional development: Year-long residency project, learning experience projects, in-services, staffing, visits to other institutions, professional organizations, teaching and precepting, ACPE continuing education presentations, interviewing/recruiting, medication safety experiences, preparations for accreditation and more

For a list of learning experiences, see Program Graduation Requirements.

Residency Projects

Each pharmacy resident also completes a residency project. Pharmacy residency projects are practice-based and align with the department’s strategic plan. Residents formally present their projects at a statewide conference and receive the opportunity to publish their work.

View the Year-Long Residency Projects

Program Requirements


You must complete general and program-specific requirements, including core and elective learning experiences, to graduate from your residency program.

Program Graduation Requirements

Resident Expectations & Requirements

On-Site Interview

All Pharmacy Residency Candidates must complete an on-site interview. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site interviews may be held virtually. Please check with program representatives for further details regarding virtual interviews. Interview dates cannot be rescheduled.

Preceptors & Residents

Our program’s most important assets are our people. Becoming a pharmacist requires two key ingredients: a motivated learner and a motivated teacher. Our preceptors, with diverse backgrounds in pharmacy, are excellent role models and teachers to our exceptional learners.

Meet the Preceptors

Meet the Residents

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