Resident Activities

Department training5 weeksYes
Orientation5 weeksYes
Staffing47 weeks*Yes
Specialty Pharmacy Operations4 weeksYes
Specialty Clinic Leadership4 weeksYes
Managed Care4 weeksYes
Specialty Pharmacy Leadership4 weeksYes
Finance and Revenue Cycle4 weeksYes
Supply Chain and 340B4 weeksYes
Electives4 weeksNo
Advising52 weeks*Yes
Duty Hours Documentation52 weeks*Yes
Major Residency Project47 weeks*Yes
Accreditation39 weeks*Yes
Personnel Management39 weeks*Yes

Learning Experiences

The residency is structured in rotations across a variety of clinical and administrative areas and is a blended experience between community and specialty pharmacy practice, specialty clinics and pharmacy leadership.

The rotation structure ensures completion of all required PGY2 HSPAL Specialty Pharmacy goals and objectives over a 12-month period. A rotation schedule will be drafted for each resident at the beginning of the residency year and adjusted as needed throughout the residency.

The 12-month experience will be broken down into these domains.

Residents will complete a training rotation in their respective staffing locations. Staffing during the PGY2 year will be completed at the UW Health Outpatient Pharmacy and the UW Health Specialty Pharmacy.


Each pharmacy resident completes at least one medication use evaluation (MUE) or other medication-use process improvement project along with a PGY2 major project. Projects are presented at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference. Residents are strongly encouraged to submit a manuscript for publication following project completion. Projects are selected off a vetted list provided by the resident advisory committee and usually contain 70 to 80 innovative projects. All PGY2 projects include implementation of change that expands or enhances patient care or pharmacist roles at UW Health. Everything our department has accomplished is a result of resident projects.

Teaching Opportunities

Residents receive clinical instructor status at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. They can take an active role in teaching second-, third- and fourth-year students on clinical rotation at the hospital and in clinics. A teaching certificate program for residents at area hospitals is offered in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy. Additional elective rotations with School of Pharmacy faculty are available.


Residents receive travel support to attend one specialty pharmacy conference (ASHP, NASP, Asembia, ACCP, APhA), the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference. Residents will also take trips to other health systems and residency programs in order to observe, learn and share ideas.