Pharmacy Residency Program

About PGY1 Residency

Our ASHP accredited program has been training residents since 1984. This one year program provides the opportunity to develop advanced pharmacy practice skills in a progressive community hospital setting.


Upon completion of this training program residents are prepared to successfully assume clinical pharmacy roles within health-systems practice. This may include transitioning to advanced training in the form of PGY-2 residency programs and/or fellowships. They are also prepared to assume teaching responsibilities for future practitioners.


Each Resident's rotation schedule is customized to meet his or her individual needs and interests. The rotations are available in the following practice areas with dedicated preceptors who have extensive clinical experience. Of note, many of the electives were originally created to meet a training desire.

Core Residency Rotations


  • Drug information
  • Practice management
  • Staffing


  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Cardiology
  • Critical care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine
  • Nutrition support
  • Orientation
  • Pharmacotherapy lab

Elective Rotations

  • Ambulatory care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Informatics
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Psychiatry


One of our goals is to help you refine your self-assessment skills. Our program utilizes the ASHP Residency Learning System and Resitrak as tools to formalize this process and the feedback you will receive. In addition we will provide formal and informal formative and summative evaluations to assist in your development.

Learn more about the program from past residents.

Residents: Where Are They Now?

The Meriter Advantage


The preceptors here are top-notch and bring clinical expertise to your training. They are actively involved within our organization to advance pharmacy practice and these efforts often extend to state and national professional organizations.

Lean more about the preceptors here.


The major projects Residents undertake have lasting impact within the department and organization. This yearlong endeavor matches you with a preceptor to assist in successfully completing this requirement. Topics of study depend on your interests and department and organization priorities. The Resident will design and conduct a practice related project. The objectives of which are to identify a topic, perform a literature search, design a study to include IRB approval and funding as applicable, implement the study, provide data analysis and present the findings. This will be shared within the department and also at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference in the spring. Examples of major projects conducted include:

  • Impact and implementation of a postsurgical blood glucose control team
  • Impact of daily pharmacist-directed evaluation of continuous sedation in the intensive care unit
  • Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis assessment using automated tools
  • Procalcitonin as a laboratory marker of response to antibiotic therapy; a prospective observational study of the correlation between procalcitonin levels and clinical improvement
  • Effect of materal magnesium treatment on neonatal feeding tolerance
  • Interprofessional process improvement to optimize medication regimens of psychiatric patients
  • Ketamine and propofol versus propofol monotherapy for procedural sedation


Transitioning from the classroom and rotations to a responsibility for education takes some preparation. During our program you will have opportunities to develop and refine your teaching skills by utilizing the following:

  • UW Pharmacotherapy Lab
  • UW Teaching Certificate Program 
  • Experiential education of students (IPPE/APPE) 
  • Precepting rotation

How to Apply

Deadline for submission- December 31st

Interested Applicants Must:

  • Be graduates of an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program
  • Be eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in Wisconsin
  • Participate in an interview in January or February
  • Submit the following materials through PhorcasTM

Standard information

  • Basic demographics
  • Verified transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Extracurricular information
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Personal statement/Letter of intent
  • Please provide specific information about your practice goals and areas of interest; what interests you the most about our residency program and how doing a residency will help you accomplish your career goals.

Supplemental information

Please provide two projects that you have completed as a pharmacy student that represent your best work and will show the selection committee your capabilities as a resident.


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