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American Family Children's Hospital

Advanced Practice Pharmacy Clerkships: Internship Program

Contact Information

David Hager, PharmD, BCPS

(608) 890-8993

UW Health encompasses an academic medical center, multiple specialty and primary care clinics, 14 ambulatory pharmacies, and a wide array of innovative pharmacy services. We are a pharmacy department nationally recognized in the areas of clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy leadership and residency training.


2016-2017 Volunteer Program


There is a minimum requirement of successful completion of DPH-2 year for volunteers. Recruitment for the position will begin at the University of Wisconsin career fair on October 25th 2016. Following the career fair interested volunteers will send their CV to and interviews will be assigned. Training for the position is set to start in January 2017. The first group of volunteers will end in May 2017. 


Volunteer Purpose


The purpose of the UW Health Volunteer Program is to introduce pharmacy students to the roles and responsibilities of emergency department pharmacy and inpatient care. Volunteers will work alongside pharmacists, residents, technicians and pharmacy students to educate patients, coordinate care and evaluate therapy. Knowledge and skills from this volunteer opportunity will provide advantages in transitioning to inpatient roles through APPE-RT, residency or employment.


Volunteer Learning Objectives


Through the emergency department volunteer program, the volunteer will be able to:

  • Develop strong communication skills needed to perform a comprehensive medication history with documentation in the electronic medical record.
  • Evaluate a medication list and through strengthened clinical knowledge identify discrepancies in home and recommended dosing regimens based on pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic parameters.
  • Perform discharge medication counseling as well as follow-up calls on all patients discharged on novel oral anticoagulants to ensure medication compliance.
  • Provide improved patient care through coordination of medication delivery.

2016 Internship Recruitment


Recruitment for the 2016 internship program has been completed with internal candidates. Thank you for your interest in our program.


Internship Purpose


The purpose the UW Health Pharmacy Intern program is to introduce pharmacy students to the roles and responsibilities of all health-system pharmacists and residents.  Students will work alongside with pharmacists, residents, technicians and pharmacy students to provide optimal patient care. Knowledge and skills attained from this internship will provide distinct advantages for students transitioning into APPE-RT, residency training or pursuing other careers within pharmacy.


Learning Objectives


After the completion of the summer intern experience, the intern will be able to:

  • Identify career goals with a documented plan through the remainder of their school of pharmacy education and transition into residency or the workforce
  • Demonstrate proficiency in pharmacy technical skills, knowledge of central pharmacy operations, and coordination of the medication distribution process with an emphasis on transitions in care
  • Develop analytical and professional communication skills through daily patient presentation and a clinical pearl preparation
  • Provide focused patient care through the completion of admission histories, first dose teaching, VTE screening and discharge counseling in the inpatient and ambulatory settings
  • Develop and improve upon patient-centered communication skills regarding medications (first dose teaching, food-drug interaction counseling, devices, assessment of education and adherence), non-prescription products and overall health, wellness and disease prevention
  • Demonstrate practice leadership by completing a longitudinal project and reporting its results
  • Develop competency around dosing strategies for warfarin, vancomycin and aminoglycosides

Program Design (Summer Internship and Longitudinal Experience)

  • The summer internship will be 10 weeks in length and 32 hours per week
  • Interns will work four days of the week between Monday and Friday as determined by their preceptor
  • The longitudinal hours will be approximately 32 weeks in length and eight hours per week (either weekend intern hours or student hours)
  • Interns are required to commit to working to the completion of their DPH-3 year