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love + medicine

Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1)

Build on your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education to develop your skills as a pharmacist clinician, leader and teacher in a collaborative practice environment. Our PGY-1 Pharmacy residency prioritizes customization to support your educational needs, explore practice interests and develop personally and professionally.

How to apply


Experience professional growth practicing acute and ambulatory care in our 325-bed academic medical center equipped with a 24-hour pharmacy, a decentralized clinical pharmacist in all inpatient care units and integrated electronic health record. With the support of experienced preceptors and clinician mentors, you’ll provide safe and effective care to a range of patients, including those with multiple co-morbidities, high-risk medication regimens and multiple medications in an evidence-based practice environment. We're proud to hold accredation by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Clinical experience

You’ll rotate through core and elective rotations for an individual experience that matches your career goals. With the guidance of clinician mentors, you’ll engage in a philosophy of practice that demonstrates accountability for all aspects of patients' medication use and optimization. The curriculum provides space for longitudinal pharmacy service and opportunities to develop pharmacy practice management, research and teaching skills. You’ll graduate equipped to practice in diverse care environments.

What sets our program apart?

  • Flexible scheduling of learning experiences to support your goals
  • Integrated every-fifth-week staffing component to allow you to build proficiency in developed skill
  • Practice culture that is learner-focused, fosters camaraderie and supports wellness
Family statue outside Gundersen's La Crosse hospital.


We offer paid medical premiums, funds for educational experiences and more benefits to support you during your residency.

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Resident life at Gundersen

We’re focused on your professional development – and your personal growth and wellness. We support our residents through the physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging residency period so you retain your compassion for patients, passion for medicine and live your best life. Some of the ways we encourage work-life balance and resident well-being is by:   

  • Offering affordable resident housing just steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse   
  • Prioritizing personal wellness and engaging resident team-building activities  
  • Supporting volunteerism and outreach to help you – and our communities – thrive 

Our renowned system

Rooted in La Crosse, Wis., with our primary medical campus, our integrated medical system spans 3 states and includes more than 65 clinics and 6 critical access hospitals. Our 500+ providers deliver world-class medical care combined with the right amount of love...we call it love + medicine. La Crosse is home to more than 50,000 residents and offers the perks of small-town living with the arts, culture and entertainment of larger cities – all while boasting some of the most scenic landscapes in the country.   

Gundersen La Crosse Clinic

Gundersen Pharmacy Residency introduction

Why Gundersen

Aerial view of la crosse, wisconsin.

Call La Crosse Home

We have it all in La Crosse, Wis. Our vibrant city and region support your dream lifestyle with a welcoming community, culture and outdoor adventure.

Explore La Crosse
Single family home near Gundersen's campus.


Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.

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Residents kayaking the Kickapoo river.

Prioritizing Your Wellness

As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.

Wellness opportunities
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We are here to answer your questions. 

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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