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PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy

PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy

Program Summary

The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency program prepares you to practice as a specialized clinician focusing on the care of patients with infectious diseases. This program places special emphasis on performing antimicrobial stewardship within a large, integrated health system.

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 Infectious Diseases Residency prepares PGY1 residency graduates to practice as specialized clinicians, focusing on the care of patients with infectious diseases, with special emphasis placed on performing antimicrobial stewardship within a large, integrated health system.

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 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 gains experience, and customizes their program by choosing elective learning experiences based on individual needs and interests.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (three weeks if current Aurora resident; six weeks if not)
  • Grand Rounds (ACPE accredited; over 12 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship I, II, III (18 weeks total)
  • Clinical microbiology (four weeks)
  • Infectious diseases consult service (four weeks)

Required Learning Experiences – Longitudinal

  • Staffing
  • Writing project (independent of year-long project)
  • PGY2 Noon Conference/Journal Club
  • Year-long residency project
  • Medication safety
  • Ambulatory HIV clinic

Elective Learning Experiences

Electives are four weeks each unless otherwise noted; choose four.

  • Emergency department
  • Transplant infectious diseases (six weeks)
  • Research (two to four weeks)
  • Surgical Intensive Care (SICU)
  • Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (MRICU)(six weeks)
  • Pharmacy school teaching experience (over 12 weeks; doesn’t count as one of four electives)

Professional Development

  • Learning experience projects
  • In-services
  • Professional organization membership and conference attendance (e.g., Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, ID Week, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin)
  • Teaching and precepting
  • 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

Meet the Residents

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