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Resident Activities

Resident Activities


  • Major research project suitable for publication
  • Major project will be presented at either the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference or the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Educational Conference.

Presentation Opportunities

  • Wisconsin American College of Emergency Physicians Meeting
  • Pharmacy and nursing inservices
  • Emergency medicine conference (EM physicians, NPs, PAs and residents)
  • Leadership of journal club discussions
  • Lecture at University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy Critical Care Class

Teaching Opportunities

  • Clinical instructor status at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
  • Co-preceptorship of fourth-year students on elective clinical rotation at the hospital
  • Co-precept pharmacy practice residents and administrative residents on elective rotation
  • Teaching assistant for School of Pharmacy Critical Care elective

Other Activities

  • ACLS certification
  • PALS certification
  • Member of Resuscitation Review Committee
  • Attend bi-monthly ED operations meetings
  • Attend weekly Emergency Medicine Conference with emergency medicine residents
  • Participate in emergency preparedness meetings
  • Participate in the Emergency Department Research Committee meetings
  • Assist in the development of guidelines and protocols
  • Opportunities to interact with residents in PGY2 (critical care/nutrition), PGY1 (pharmacy), PGY1 and PGY2 (hospital pharmacy administration) and PGY2 (infectious disease) 


  • Support to attend the either the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists or the American College of Emergency Physicians Meeting (ACEP)


Acute Care Required Rotations

  • ED Orientation/Training
  • Emergency Medicine Adult — EM Basics
  • Emergency Medical Service and Pre-Hospital Focus
  • Emergency Medicine Pediatric/Nights
  • Emergency Medicine — Trauma
  • Emergency Medicine — Community Practice
  • Emergency Medicine — Teaching
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Medical ICU/Surgical ICU
  • Neuro ICU or Cardiology/Cardiac ICU

Acute Care Elective Rotations (2 to 4 weeks)

  • Toxicology — Wisconsin Poison Center, Milwaukee (recommended)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Psychiatry
  • Others based on resident interest

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Clinical Management rotation — 12 months
  • Longitudinal Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Practice Experience (staffing) — 12 months
  • Longitudinal Education/Teaching/Drug Information — 12 months
  • Longitudinal Major Research Project — 12 months
  • Advising — 12 months

Activities while on the rotation will include, but are not limited to:

  • Rounding with the interdisciplinary patient care team daily (where applicable)
  • Daily patient profile review
  • Patient monitoring/problem solving
  • Investigation of medication error reports and adverse drug reactions
  • Drug information, literature searches and reading and contributing to team files
  • Team-related projects
  • Communication and interaction with staff
  • Contributing as a member of the care team
  • Medication order review
  • Direct care of emergency department patients
  • Direct participation in emergency response teams and activations
  • Procurement and facilitation of administration of medication therapy

Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency

The UW Health Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency is conducted at the BerbeeWalsh Emergency Department of the University Hospital in Madison, Wis. This program is a broad educational experience designed to train pharmacists in all aspects of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. It 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, leveled trauma, code blue, ED ECMO, code sepsis, STEMI, rapid sequence intubation and pulmonary embolism response team calls. Additionally, residents will be directly involved in culture review, 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 and fourth-year medical students, as well as first-year pharmacy and administrative residents.

A Unique Program

UW Health’s emergency medicine residency is unique in the fact that the resident serves as the sole clinical pharmacist in the Emergency Department for 20 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.

ED pharmacists staff the emergency department 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have been providing direct patient care in the ED since 2002. 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

Mahnoor Khan – Meet Our Resident

Program Summary

Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency (pdf)