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PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc.

PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc.

Program Summary

The PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy - Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc. residency program prepares you to be a change agent and skilled patient care provider in community pharmacy settings.  This program focuses on providing care within hospital-based outpatient pharmacies and ambulatory clinic environments.

Program Purpose 

To build upon the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

As such, the PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy - Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc residency program prepares residents to be change-agents and skilled patient care providers in community pharmacy settings by optimizing patient care outcomes and providing medication therapy management services to a diverse population; developing and implementing sustainable clinical services to meet patients’ and other health care providers’ needs; developing and strengthening analytical, communication and leadership skills; demonstrating a commitment toward life-long learning, education of patients and other health care providers; and serving as a resource to the community.

Rotation Sites

Rotations occur at the outpatient pharmacies and ambulatory clinics at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. Residents serve the community and caregivers, as well as patients being discharged from the hospital and clinic patients. You’ll get the opportunity to build strong relationships with other hospital departments and clinics. Aurora Pharmacies unify patient care by using the same electronic health record and prescription processing software.

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.

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.

Program Highlights

  • Orientation and Training: Computer systems, drug distribution, personnel, policies, workflow and department structure
  • Clinical services: Immunizations, solid organ and stem cell transplant education, medication therapy management, community outreach events
  • Practice management: Budgeting, personnel management, financial management, and development and implementation of new services
  • Medication safety: Assessment of medication errors and evaluation of pharmacy processes for best practice; provide education on medication safety to patients, pharmacy staff and providers
  • Ambulatory care clinic: Interacting with patients and other health care professionals one day per week in a primary care clinic, manage patients with tobacco use disorder, diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia under a collaborative practice agreement
  • Professional development: Year-long residency project, rotation projects, in-services, staffing, visits to other institutions, professional organizations, precepting, ACPE continuing education presentations, interviewing/recruiting and more
  • Electives: Opportunity to complete an elective rotation managing patients in the pharmacist-managed anticoagulation clinic, working with the Hot Spot interdisciplinary care team, or focused on clinical teaching

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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