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PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy

Program Summary

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency program prepares you to practice as a critical care clinical specialist and practice leader.  You will train in an environment rich in critical care experiences, including five specialized intensive care units, emergency department, infectious diseases, operating room, and other critical care services.

Program Purpose

This program builds 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.

As such, the PGY2 Critical Care Residency prepares clinicians to practice as critical care clinical specialists and practice leaders in the acute care setting.

Rotation Sites

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 St. Luke’s serves as the primary training ground for critical care pharmacy with five specialized ICUs as well as emergency department, infectious disease, transplant, operating room and other critical care services.

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

The format of the residency is tailored to the interest, experience, aptitude and career goals of each resident. The resident will gain experience in medical-respiratory, surgical, neurological, cardiovascular and coronary intensive care, and customize their program by choosing elective learning experiences based on individual needs and interests.


  • Computer systems
  • Drug distribution
  • Personnel, policies, workflow and department structure

Required Learning Experiences

  • Medical-respiratory ICU at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • Neurological/neurosurgical ICU at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • Coronary ICU at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • Surgical ICU at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • Cardiovascular ICU at Aurora St. Luke’s

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Abdominal transplant at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • Cardiothoracic transplant at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • Medical ICU and emergency department at Aurora Sinai
  • Emergency department at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • Neonatal ICU at Aurora Sinai
  • Operating room pharmacy at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • Infectious disease at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • 1st, 2nd or 3rd shift – All ICU coverage at Aurora St. Luke’s
  • Aurora Medical Group Intensivists

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
  • Attendance at professional meetings

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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