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PGY1 & PGY2 Combined Pharmacy Informatics

PGY1 & PGY2 Combined Pharmacy Informatics

Program Summary

The PGY1 & PGY2 Combined Pharmacy Informatics Residency program prepares you to practice in a variety of roles utilizing pharmacy informatics within an integrated health care organization.  The PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc. residency is combined with the PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics residency for a two-year program that provides a solid clinical foundation and specialized training in all aspects of pharmacy informatics and automation as part of the pharmacy information systems team.

Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Candidates interested in a career as a pharmacy informatics specialist and as a leader within an integrated healthcare organization are encouraged to apply.

Rotation Sites

The PGY1 year is completed in the PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc. program. During the PGY1 year, residents spend the majority of their time at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, with the opportunity to spend time at Aurora Sinai Medical Center.

During the PGY2 year, you’ll visit numerous sites within the health system based on project, learning experience and service needs, with the majority of time spent at Forest Home Center – Epic/Smart Chart Team and Mitchell Street – System Pharmacy Corporate Office.

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.

Forest Home Center – Epic/Smart Chart Team
Clinical application teams are centrally located to improve collaboration and electronic health record advancement. The pharmacy department’s team of pharmacists and analysts work together to optimize Smart Chart use.

Mitchell Street – System Pharmacy Corporate Office
Numerous pharmacy teams, including Aesynt and Pyxis automation, drug use policy, supply chain, packaging center and system pharmacy operations are located at one office to provide centralized services and develop system-wide practices, protocols and processes.

Program Highlights

The PGY1 year is completed in the PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc. program. During the PGY1 year, 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.

During the PGY2 year, the format of the residency is tailored to the interest, experience, aptitude and career goals of the resident. Learning experiences focus on integration of systems, clinical decision support, database management, pharmacy operations and automation, teaching, process redesign and human factors engineering, including:

  • Order set management
  • Inpatient pharmacy
  • Clinical decision support
  • Pharmacy operations
  • Pharmacy automation
  • Pharmacy informatics administration/business intelligence
  • Informatics integration
  • Ambulatory/retail pharmacy
  • Informatics training
  • Database management
  • Medication safety
  • Longitudinal experiences

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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