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Specialty Pharmacy Residency Resident Activities

Program Structure


Learning Experiences


The residency is structured in rotations across a variety of clinical and administrative areas and is a blended experience between community and specialty pharmacy practice, specialty clinics and pharmacy leadership. The rotation structure ensures completion of all required PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy goals and objectives over a 12-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.


Residents will complete a training rotation in their respective staffing locations. Staffing locations will include UW Health Outpatient Pharmacies.


Outpatient Clinical Rotations Offerings

  • HIV and ID Clinic
  • Hepatology Clinic
  • Oncology Clinic
  • Transplant Clinic
  • MS Clinic
  • Rheumatology Clinic
  • Pediatric Specialty Clinics

Leadership Rotations

  • 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 PGY2 major project. Projects are presented at the Vizient-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. All projects include implementation of change that expands or enhances patient care or pharmacist roles at UW Health.


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 Vizient-UHC leadership teams. The resident is involved as a member of the Vizient-UHC Specialty Pharmacy Committee, and is expected to contribute to the success of the committee as a representative of UW Health.


Teaching Opportunities


Residents receive clinical instructor status at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. The resident provides lectures within the Specialty Pharmacy course at the School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with program preceptors.




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.