Emergency Department

202 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

7 min Average

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency 

The PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency program (accredited by ASHP) is an ongoing, annually- funded residency.  We have trained six Infectious Diseases residents since 2002. This one year program provides the opportunity to develop advanced pharmacy practice skills in a progressive community teaching hospital setting.


Upon completion of this training program the resident is prepared to successfully assume a clinical pharmacy role within an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP), to direct an ASP, to form an ASP, and/or to transition into advanced training such as a fellowship. The resident is also prepared to assume teaching responsibilities for future practitioners. 


Core Residency Rotations 


  • Antimicrobial Stewardship 

  • Research/projects 

  • Drug policy and Formulary


  • Emergency Medicine 

  • Adult Intensive Care 

  • Newborn Intensive Care 

  • Clinical Microbiology 

  • Infectious Diseases Consult Service 

  • Pharmacotherapy lab and didactic lectures 

  • Antimicrobial stewardship in immune compromised

Elective Rotations 

  • Travel Medicine 

  • Teaching/precepting 

  • Others per resident interest 


One of our goals is to help you refine your self-assessment skills. Our program utilizes the PharmAcademic as tool 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. 

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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. 

Learn more about the preceptors.


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 and/or MAD-ID meeting in the spring. Examples of major projects conducted include: 

  • Clinical utility of a urine pneumococcal antigen test on antimicrobial selection for community-acquired pneumonia

  • Antimicrobial co-resistance patterns in E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa 

  • Clinical decision making by physicians based on results of a serum procalcitonin test 

  • Economic impact of a stepwise method for renal dose adjustment for daptomycin Beta-lactam and non-beta-lactam co-resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa 

  • Precision and accuracy of a first dose single serum vancomycin concentration to predict steady state levels

  • Utilization of a nasal MRSA polymerase chain reaction test to reduce duration of empiric vancomycin therapy

  • Documentation of infectious diseases progress notes and clinical interventions in the electronic health record 

  • Development of a pharmacist-run culture review program in the Emergency Department 


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 

  • Have completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency 

  • 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 Phorcas™

Standard information:

  • Basic demographics 

  • Verified transcripts Curriculum vitae 

  • Extracurricular information 

  • Three 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 PGY-1 resident that represent your best work and will show the selection committee your capabilities as a resident.