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Madison, WI 53715

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Meet the Pharmacy Residents 

Left to right: Amanda Walter, Aijan Urmat, Margaret Daleen, Hannah Schulz, Kayla Marchese, Sydney VanDorf

Meet the PGY1 Pharmacy Residents 

Maggie Daleen, PharmD 


Pharmacy Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Hometown: Barrington, IL 

Pharmacy project: Prior to admission pharmacy allergy consultation to improve first line GBS prophylaxis use in laboring patients 

Career interests: Cardiology, Obstetrics 

Hobbies: spending time with friends and family, going to concerts, reading 

Why UnityPoint Health-Meriter? I began working at UnityPoint Health-Meriter during my pharmacy school career as a technician. I took on a new role during my fourth year of pharmacy school as the longitudinal APPE student. Throughout my experiences as both a technician and an APPE student, I was constantly met with support from the pharmacy staff and clear desire to help me grow as a learner. Not only does Meriter provide an exceptional environment for learners, but the pharmacy staff is full of incredibly knowledgeable pharmacists. Additionally, Meriter has very advanced pharmacy practice, allowing pharmacists to practice at the top of their license. I am confident that Meriter will provide me the opportunities and environment to grow into a well-rounded clinical pharmacist. I am so excited to continue my professional journey at Meriter as a resident! 

Hannah Schulz, PharmD, MPH


Pharmacy Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Hometown: Antigo, WI 

Residency Project: Implementation of PACU order set changes to reduce the incidence of perioperative neurocognitive disorder in geriatric patients 

Career Interests: psychiatry, neurology, public health, emergency medicine 

Hobbies: Hanging out with my dog, fitness, photography, hiking, traveling 

Why UnityPoint Health - Meriter? Meriter offers a program with diverse experiences that align with my main professional goal to be a well-rounded clinical pharmacist. Pharmacy is seamlessly integrated into practice in many areas of the hospital. Pharmacists are a valued part of the care team, and they have unique working relationships with the providers. The atmosphere at Meriter is unmatched. The pharmacists are supportive, dedicated to teaching, and consistently strive to maximize pharmacy's presence. I feel grateful to work alongside colleagues who want to see me reach my professional goals and flourish as a new pharmacist. 

Aijan Urmat, PharmD 


Pharmacy Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Hometown: Mundelein, IL 

Pharmacy Project: Pharmacist-guided fluid stewardship in the ICU 

Career Interests: Infectious Disease, Critical Care, General Medicine 

Hobbies: Board games, video games (Stardew Valley!), hiking, yoga 

Why UnityPoint Health-Meriter? The environment at Meriter is the welcoming and supportive space that I need to maximize my learning. When I completed my APPE rotation through Meriter's outpatient pharmacy program, I sensed how the hospital possesses similar benefits of an academic hospital, while still prioritizing their community. I was able to work with many of the inpatient pharmacists during my short time here and knew that it would be a great place to pursue my inpatient interests as well. Meriter is constantly looking for ways to better their hospital, better their program and better themselves as clinicians. Not to mention, its wonderful location. Madison has been my home for the last six years and I was excited to continue enjoying this wonderful city and it all it has to offer all year long! 

Sydney VanDorf, PharmD 


Pharmacy Education: University of Michigan College of Pharmacy 

Hometown: Ashippun, WI 

Pharmacy project: Pharmacist driven step-up inhaler protocol to reduce exacerbations in COPD patients 

Career interests: internal medicine, infectious diseases Hobbies: reading, cooking, hiking, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with my cat.

Why UnityPoint Health-Meriter? I was looking for a residency program that would provide me with a solid clinical knowledge base and a wide array of opportunities. I also wanted to be at a place where I felt I connected with pharmacists well and would be able to find mentors invested in my success. Meriter was the ideal place that fit all my interests and requirements for a program. Pharmacy practice here is also very progressive, which was a major draw for me. It's also been nice to work in a place where resident schedules can be flexible and adjusted throughout the year based on changing interests or goals. I've really enjoyed my experience thus far and have felt welcomed by everyone I've worked with. I'm looking forward to the rest of the year and becoming a well-rounded clinical pharmacist! 

Amanda Walter, PharmD


Pharmacy School: Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy; Milwaukee, WI 

Hometown: Mukwonago, WI 

Residency Project: Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Emergency Department 

Career Interests: Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine 

Hobbies: Playing tennis, walking, kayaking, paddle boarding, playing board & yard games, playing the piano, enjoying live music, bonfires, cheering on Wisconsin sports.  

Why UnityPoint Health- Meriter? I wanted to complete my residency with a program that provided strong clinical rotations and supportive preceptors. During my LAPPE year, I met a few pharmacists who completed their PGY-1 residency training at UnityPoint Health- Meriter. They are clinically strong, respected pharmacists who spoke highly of Meriter and even said pharmacy practice at Meriter is the "gold standard of pharmacy practice." Upon interviewing at Meriter, it was evident that both the residency program leaders and preceptors wanted to support their residents to be able to be clinically strong and practice at the top of their license. In addition, the overall culture of the pharmacy department at Meriter has been positive and supportive of my growth as a practitioner. I have had the opportunity to both tailor my rotation schedule and select a residency project that aligns well with my clinical interests. I'm so grateful to have matched at UnityPoint Health- Meriter and am excited to continue my journey and grow as a pharmacist.

Meet the PGY-2 Resident- Infectious Diseases Pharmacy

Kayla Marchese, PharmD 


Pharmacy Education: University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Pharmacy 

PGY1 Residency: UnityPoint Health- Meriter Hospital 

Hometown: Forest Lake, MN 

Residency Project: Audit and feedback of antimicrobial prescribing in an outpatient setting. 

Career Interests: infectious diseases, critical care, and women's health Hobbies: Being outside, traveling, and hanging out with my dog. 

Why UnityPoint Health - Meriter? Meriter is one of the best work environments I have been a part of. I was not only impressed with the positive and supportive atmosphere of the pharmacy department, but also appreciated the elevated level of pharmacy practice. The residency program at Meriter, allows me to work alongside insightful preceptors and healthcare staff, meanwhile having countless opportunities that fit both my personal and professional goals. Besides the great staff and respected department, Meriter has many strong rotations that will mold you into a well-rounded clinical pharmacist. Lastly, there is nothing better than being located Madison. You will never run out of things to do or see.