Specialty Pharmacy Residency Resident Activities

Learning Experiences


The residency is structured in rotations across a variety of clinical and administrative areas. The first year is primarily focused on inpatient pharmacy practice, with an emphasis on specialty disease states. The second year is a blended experience between community and specialty pharmacy practice, specialty clinics and pharmacy leadership. The rotation structure ensures completion of all required PGY1 and PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy goals and objectives over a 24-month period of time. A rotation schedule will be drafted for each resident at the beginning of the residency year and adjusted as needed throughout the residency.


The 24-month experience will be broken down into these domains:



Rotation Length

# of Rotations

Department training

3 weeks


Clinical training

4 weeks


Inpatient clinical rotations

4 weeks


Outpatient clinical rotations

2 weeks

4 weeks



Leadership rotations

4 weeks

7 weeks

8 weeks




Elective time

4 weeks



Residents will complete a training rotation in their respective staffing locations. Staffing locations for PGY1 year include Oncology/Transplant and two of the following: Medicine, Neurology, Surgery or Cardiology. Staffing during the PGY2 year will be completed at the UW Health Outpatient Pharmacy and the UW Health Specialty Pharmacy.


Inpatient Clinical Rotations

  • Medicine
  • Transplant
  • Infusion Center/Home Infusion
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Elective (2)

Outpatient Clinical Rotations

  • HIV and ID Clinic
  • Hepatology Clinic
  • Oncology Clinic
  • Specialty Pharmacy 1 and 2
  • Benefits Investigation
  • Elective (2)

Leadership Rotations

  • Drug Policy Program
  • Ambulatory Leadership and Revenue Cycle
  • Specialty Pharmacy Management
  • Director of Pharmacy
  • Managed Care
  • Data Reporting and Outcomes Analysis



Each pharmacy resident completes at least one medication use evaluation (MUE) or other medication use process improvement project along with a PGY1 major project and a PGY2 major project. Projects are presented at the UHC resident poster session prior to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference. Residents are strongly encouraged to submit a manuscript for publication following project completion. Projects are selected off a vetted list provided by the resident advisory committee and usually contain 70-80 innovative projects. All PGY1 and PGY2 projects include implementation of change that expands or enhances patient care or pharmacist roles at UW Health. Everything our department has accomplished is a result of resident projects.


Presentation Opportunities


Residents have ongoing opportunities to improve their speaking skills as they prepare for and participate in "Resident Report," which occurs weekly and is an opportunity for residents, preceptors and students to discuss patient cases, journal articles and current topics relevant to the profession. In addition, residents provide educational presentations and in-services at Pharmacy Grand Rounds or in University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy courses. Residents are required to present at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference each spring and have the opportunity to present at local, state and national conferences.


Professional Organizational Involvement


In addition to ASHP, the resident gains experience working with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) and University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) leadership teams.


Teaching Opportunities


Residents receive clinical instructor status at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. They have the opportunity to take an active role in teaching second- and third-year students in pharmacotherapy lab and precept fourth-year students on clinical rotation at the hospital and in clinics. A teaching certificate program for residents at area hospitals is offered in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. Additional elective rotations with School of Pharmacy faculty are available.




Residents receive travel support to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residents Conference and annual visits to other health systems and residency programs in order to observe, learn and share ideas.