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PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy – Aurora Specialty Pharmacy

PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy – Aurora Specialty Pharmacy

Program Summary

The PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy – Aurora Specialty Pharmacy residency program prepares you to be a change agent and skilled patient care provider in community pharmacy settings, with an emphasis in specialty pharmacy care.

Program Purpose

To build upon 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 PGY2 residencies and professional certifications.

As such, the PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy – Aurora Specialty Pharmacy residency program prepares residents to be change agents and skilled patient care providers in community pharmacy settings, particularly those that include elements of specialty pharmacy care (i.e. specialty pharmacy, specialty medications, telepharmacy) given the program’s emphasis in specialty pharmacy. Residents are prepared to incorporate effective and accountable patient care, provide medication management, and provide education to their patients and the patients’ family members they will serve.

Rotation Sites

Aurora Specialty Pharmacy
Our full-service specialty pharmacy has accreditations from URAC and ACHC. Residents get access to a unified electronic health record including pharmacy and medical information; dispensing capabilities for specialty injectables and limited distribution medications not available in most pharmacies; and the opportunity to build strong relationships with Aurora hospital departments and clinics.

Aurora Pharmacy, Inc.
Aurora Pharmacy has many convenient locations in neighborhoods, clinics and hospitals across Wisconsin. Pharmacy residents serve as extended members of the patient’s health care team, with hospital discharge services ensuring continuity of care and easy care transitions for patients. You’ll get full access to patients’ electronic health record and clinical opportunities in immunizations, Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and population health services, among others.

Program Highlights

  • Orientation: Computer systems, drug distribution, personnel, policies, workflow and department structure
  • Pharmacy clinical services and specialty pharmacy services: Manage medication therapy by providing patient assessments, patient education, provider consultation and medication monitoring for specialty conditions including oncology, neurology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, dermatology and others
  • Specialty practice management: Quality improvement, clinical oversight, financial management, pharmacy accreditation compliance and development or implementation of new services/processes
  • Ambulatory care clinic: Interacting with patients and other health care professionals one day per week in a specialty care clinic, providing medication reconciliations, MTM, patient counseling and new drug device instructions
  • Pharmacy staffing: Develop competence and confidence providing pharmacy services to patients in a clinic pharmacy; provide immunizations, complete MTM interventions, understand regulatory issues affecting pharmacy, inventory management and gain experience with supervision of pharmacy staff
  • Medication safety and drug policy: Produce new drug monographs and medication use criteria, medication error trending and investigation, quality improvement projects,
  • Pharmacy logistics: Specialty pharmacy product pipeline and potential impact, supply chain distribution channels and acquisition strategies for specialty pharmaceuticals, payer relationships
  • 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

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

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