This 2-year PGY1 and PGY2 program is designed to provide residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice in a wide variety of roles that utilize pharmacy informatics within an integrated health care organization. During the PGY1 year, the resident completes the PGY1 Pharmacy – Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc program for a solid clinical foundation. The PGY2 year builds on that foundation and provides residents with specialized training in all aspects of pharmacy informatics and automation as a member of Aurora’s pharmacy information systems team.
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 – both located in Milwaukee, WI. Residents complete core learning experiences in direct patient care, drug use policy, administration, medication safety, and staffing. Residents choose learning experiences in adult medicine, surgical medicine, oncology, cardiology, cardiothoracic transplant, abdominal transplant, cardiac and cardiac surgery intensive care, medical intensive care, surgical intensive care, neurological/neurosurgical intensive care, neonatal intensive care, operating room, emergency department, infectious diseases, investigational drugs, informatics, clinical teaching/certificate, and clinics including family medicine, anticoagulation, oncology, heart failure, and population health. Professional development and leadership are emphasized, and each resident’s experiences are customized based on their interests and needs.
During the PGY2 year, the resident visits 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. Learning experiences include Epic certification, informatics integration, inpatient pharmacy informatics, pharmacy automation, medication safety, ambulatory pharmacy informatics, clinical decision support, business intelligence, pharmacy operations, oncology informatics, informatics training, data management, and professional development. Experiences in both years are customized to meet individual goals and interests.
Candidates interested in a career as a pharmacy informatics specialist and as a leader within an integrated healthcare organization are encouraged to apply.
All applicants must apply through PhORCAS and meet the following criteria:
Graduate of an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy
Eligible for pharmacist licensure in Wisconsin – residents are expected to be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of Wisconsin prior to starting their residency program and sit for their exams at the first available opportunity.
U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
The Pharmacy Residency programs participate in the Residency Matching Program (“The Match”).
After “The Match”, employment as a pharmacy resident is still contingent upon the applicant satisfying Aurora Health Care’s employment eligibility requirements, including an employment application/evaluation by Human Resources and a pre-employment physical and drug screen (hair analysis). The pre-employment physical and drug screen must be completed at a designated Aurora Health Care location between May 15 and June 1.
All matched residents must start on the pre-determined start date. Refer to the program director for the exact pre-determined start date as adjustments in start date are not allowed.
About Advocate Aurora Health
Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin and Advocate Health Care in Illinois together are now Advocate Aurora Health. Advocate Aurora Health is a large, not-for-profit, integrated health care system in Wisconsin and Illinois nationally recognized for excellence. It features nearly 30 hospitals, numerous ambulatory care clinics, retail and specialty pharmacies, and more. Pharmacy residents gain real-world perspective and benefit from system-wide resources; a single department of pharmacy across the entire system; and collaboration, innovation, and an advanced level of practice.
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