Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency

The UW Health Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency program is a broad educational experience designed to train pharmacists in all aspects of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. This program will prepare pharmacists to work independently and collaboratively with the emergency medicine team to care for adult and pediatric emergency medicine patients at a Level 1, academic medical center.


About the Emergency Medicine Program


Residents in this program will develop confidence and competence through direct interaction with patients and other practitioners including emergency medicine physicians, emergency medicine residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers, and social workers. Residents will develop the skills to manage all aspects of pharmaceutical care for emergency medicine patients across the spectrum of acuity in the emergency department. This will include active participation in all code stroke, trauma, and code blue activation, ED culture review, rapid sequence intubations, medication order verification, review of discharge medications, patient and family education, and education of ED staff. Residents will also have the opportunity to strengthen their teaching and mentoring skills through precepting APPE students as well as first-year pharmacy and administrative residents.


A Unique Program


Joe Halfpap and resident Christopher DeWald

UW Health's emergency medicine residency is very unique in the fact that the resident will serve as the sole clinical pharmacist in the emergency department for 16 hours every other weekend and on average four hours during the week. This level of autonomy early on in your training will foster confidence and clinical independence that will grow throughout the residency year.


Pharmacists staff the emergency department 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have been providing direct patient care in the ED for well over 10 years. Pharmacist services are integrated into all aspects of patient care at UW Health.


Program Contact


Joe Halfpap, PharmD, BCPS

UW Health Department of Pharmacy

600 Highland Ave.


Madison, WI 53792

Phone: (608) 263-1290

Fax: (608) 263-9424



Current Resident: Christopher DeWald