Specialty Pharmacy Residency

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice.

The PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) Specialty Pharmacy residency provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Specifically, graduates of the UW Health PGY2 HSPAL Specialty Pharmacy residency will be prepared for success as a specialty pharmacy leader capable of practicing in and overseeing specialty pharmacy services within a healthcare system.

Program strengths

The PGY2 HSPAL Specialty Pharmacy Residency at UW Health offers residents clinical and leadership training through experience in all patient care settings. The resident will have experience and exposure to the following areas of pharmacy practice and leadership:

  • Extensive management and clinical experience in all areas of specialty pharmacy practice within an integrated healthcare system
    The UWHC pharmacy department manages the provision of specialty pharmacy services throughout inpatient, clinic and 15 retail pharmacies (including specialty mail 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
    As a large academic health system, UW Health provides unique opportunities and rotations in many areas of leadership. There are also opportunities to do elective rotations with external marketplace partners, based on resident interest.
  • 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.
  • Experience with professional organization involvement
    In addition to ASHP, the resident gains experience working with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) and Vizient leadership teams.

Residency contacts

Residency Program Director
Connie Vo, PharmD, CSP
Manager, Specialty Pharmacy Services
UW Health Department of Pharmacy
3185 Deming Way
Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: (608) 263-1290

Residency Program Coordinator
Kristina Heimerl, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy
UW Health Department of Pharmacy
3185 Deming Way
Middleton, WI 53717
Phone: (608) 263-1290
Fax: (608) 263-9424

Current Residents
Megan Buechel – Meet the resident

Program summary

Specialty Pharmacy Program Summary (pdf)