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PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora West Allis Medical Center

PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora West Allis Medical Center

Program Summary

The PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora West Allis Medical Center residency program allows you to be a confident clinical pharmacist providing care to a diverse patient population in a community hospital setting. 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 care setting are encouraged to apply.

Rotation Site

Aurora West Allis Medical Center
Aurora West Allis Medical Center is a community hospital providing a full range of inpatient and outpatient services to patients in the Milwaukee area and surrounding communities. In addition to critical care, geriatrics, and other specialty services, Aurora West Allis is home to the Aurora Women’s Pavilion, which provides comprehensive women’s health services including maternal and fetal medicine and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit.

Program Highlights

Residents gain experience in adult medicine, critical care, antimicrobial stewardship, drug policy and administration among others, and customize their residency based on individual needs and interests.

  • Orientation: Computer systems, drug distribution, personnel, policies, patient care, work flow and department structures
  • Drug-use policy: Medication use evaluation, formulary evaluation and management, drug information, development of clinical policies and procedures, drug policy and medication safety
  • Practice management/administration: Budgeting, personnel management, financial management, development and implementation of new services
  • Patient care: Adult medicine, cardiology, geriatrics, women’s health, critical care, infectious diseases and neonatal intensive care
  • Professional development: Year-long residency project, learning experience projects, in-services, staffing, professional organizations, student 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 learners.

Meet the Preceptors

Meet the Residents

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Learn how to apply to an Aurora Pharmacy Residency program. Get information about candidate requirements, the application process and the required on-site interview.

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