Pharmacy Residency Curriculum
Our comprehensive, flexible learning experiences prepare you for pharmacy practice across a diversity of care settings and roles.
Training curriculum and schedule
All residents participate in 5 required patient care rotations that you can extend or repeat. You’ll also complete 4 longitudinally integrated rotations throughout the program. During these experiences, you’ll provide safe and effective patient care to a diverse range of patients, including those with multiple co-morbidities, high-risk medication regimens and multiple medications.
Rotations and durations
Core (required) experiences
Cardiology: 4 weeks
Critical Care: 4 weeks
General Medicine (inpatient): 4 weeks
Hospital Pharmacy Service: Longitudinal
Infectious Disease-Antimicrobial Stewardship: 4 weeks
Internal Medicine Clinic : Longitudinal
Orientation: 3-4 weeks
Pediatrics-NICU: 4 weeks
Pharmacy Practice Management (PPM): Longitudinal
We can tailor your elective experience to fit your career goals, or you can rotate through:
Emergency Services: 2-4 weeks
Family Medicine Residency Clinic : 4 weeks
Informatics: 2-4 weeks
Oncology: 2-4 weeks
Psychiatry: 4 weeks
Rural Practice – Critical Access Hospital: 2-4 weeks
Surgery: 4 weeks
Pharmacy Practice Management (PPM)
Over the course of the longitudinal PPM experience, you'll fulfill obligations and complete assignments that offer a breadth of exposure to medication use processes within a healthcare system. These components include year-long tenure on the Therapeutic Review subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, concentrated 2-month rotations through Medication Safety and Operations-Change Management and participation in monthly colloquiums about personal and professional leadership.
As part of the program's requirements, you’ll design and execute a formal investigational project during the year. The focus of your project may center on clinical research, quality assurance, practice advancement or a combination. Residents are aligned with at least 1 pharmacist project advisor and have additional research support from Gundersen Medical Foundation. Formal presentation of the project structure and results are required at regional and national professional conferences. Additionally, you’ll complete a manuscript or reach another comparable endpoint by the conclusion of the program year.
Hospital Pharmacy Service (staffing)
You won’t have staffing obligations during orientation. During a four-week "run-in" period that is concurrent with the first rotation, you'll staff for 28 hours. This primarily consists of weekday shifts from 5 to 9 p.m., with days rotated so you don't staff the same day of the week. There are some weekend day and evening hours. After your "run-in" period, we'll schedule you to staff every fifth week (Monday through Friday) on a rotating, staggered basis. Additionally, you'll be scheduled to staff every fifth weekend (Saturday through Sunday) on a rotating basis. Staffing weeks and weekends are not scheduled back-to-back (e.g., residents do not staff for 7 consecutive days). Staffing shifts rotate between days and evenings (no overnights) and responsibility. Residents share responsibility for emergency response pager coverage 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
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