Specialty Pharmacy Residency

Program Summary

Specialty Pharmacy Residency (pdf)

The PGY-2 residency in specialty pharmacy at UW Health will develop experts in the business, operational and clinical components of health system specialty pharmacies.


Residents completing this program will have the knowledge and resources to oversee and lead all aspects of a health system specialty pharmacy, including complex disease state management, business strategies, specialty pharmacy marketplace analyses, pharmacy operations and budgeting/finance. Additionally, as a specialty pharmacy that is dually accredited, the resident will be required to understand and oversee compliance with specialty pharmacy accreditation standards.


With this expertise, the resident will be well-positioned to accept a position as a member of the specialty pharmacy leadership team at an academic medical center or specialty pharmacy.


Program Strengths


The combined PGY1 and PGY2 residency in Specialty Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin is the only accredited two-year specialty pharmacy residency program and offers residents with clinical and leadership training through experience in all patient care settings.

  • Extensive management and clinical experience in all areas of specialty pharmacy practice within an integrated health care system
    The pharmacy department manages the provision of specialty pharmacy services throughout inpatient, clinic, and 14 community pharmacies (including specialty mail order services), a contract management and consulting business, full HMO managed care services and home infusion services.
  • Flexibility in tailoring the program to the strengths and interests of the resident
    The resident will have rotations in many therapeutic areas of specialty pharmacy practice including solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, hepatology, hematology/oncology, HIV, growth factor deficiency, pediatrics, home/clinic infusion services, neurology, cystic fibrosis, and many others. Rotation experiences can be modified to meet the interests of the resident.
  • HMO experience and managed care components
    Residents gain experience in evaluating and improving specialty pharmacy services as part of a wholly owned HMO that provides service to more than 100,000 covered lives.

Joe Cesarz and resident Glenn Thorp

Residency Contact


Joe Cesarz, MS, PharmD

Manager, Ambulatory Pharmacy Services

UW Hospitals and Clinics Department of Pharmacy

8501 Excelsior Drive (Room 340)

Madison, WI 53717

(608) 203-4897



Current resident: Glenn Thorp