PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Northern Illinois

Program summary

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residency program at UW Health SwedishAmerican allows the resident to gain clinical skills and hands on experience by being part of a multidisciplinary team in a wide range of clinical areas tailored to the resident’s interests in critical care.

The critical care unit (CCU) is a 30-bed mixed medical, surgical and neuro intensive care unit in the Heart Hospital. The critical care pharmacists at UW Health SwedishAmerican provide prospective medication order review and active participation in multidisciplinary rounds. Pharmacists also provide recommendations and prepare medications during cardiac resuscitations, intubations and other medical emergencies in the critical care unit and hospital.

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Required learning experiences

  • Orientation
  • Critical care
  • Medical intensive care
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Surgical intensive care
  • Advanced critical care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infectious disease
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Longitudinal learning experiences

  • Leadership
  • Pharmacy practice (Staffing)
  • Pharmacy project
  • Teaching and precepting


  • Mental health (acute care)
  • Nutrition support
  • Toxicology (Illinois Poison Center and Toxicology at Toxikon Consortium)
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Transplant at UW Health in Madison (requires additional Wisconsin license)
  • Trauma life services at UW Health in Madison (requires additional Wisconsin license)
  • Neuro ICU at UW Health in Madison (requires additional Wisconsin license)

Program contact

Wendy Slipke, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care PGY2 Residency Program Director
UW Health SwedishAmerican Hospital
1401 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61104
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Current resident

Zachary Weimer, Pharm.D.
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