St. Mary’s Hospital is a member of SSM Health and is affiliated with Dean Medical Group. The system in Wisconsin includes three hospitals, a stand-alone emergency department, two nursing homes, a home health agency, forty clinics, three surgery centers, a managed care organization and health plan, research foundation and eight clinic pharmacies. St. Mary’s Hospital provides 24-hour pharmacy services via a team of clinical pharmacists, central technicians and medication reconciliation technicians. Clinical services are decentralized and include medication reconciliation, order verification, pharmacokinetic drug dosing and monitoring, nutritional support, coordinated care rounds, antimicrobial stewardship, and discharge coordination.
PGY1 Pharmacy Program Overview
The pharmacy residency program at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education to develop clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
Residents will complete all required (core) learning experiences listed below and may complete up to three elective learning experiences depending on length.
Required (core) learning experiences:
Academia – Pharmacotherapy Lab Teaching
Adult Critical Care
Transitions of Care
Required (core) longitudinal experiences
Elective inpatient learning experiences:
Family Medicine Rounding Team
Nutrition Support and Neonatal Intensive Care
Elective ambulatory/offsite learning experiences
Academia – UW School of Pharmacy Lecturer
Infectious Disease Clinic
Primary Care Clinic
All travel dates and arrangements must be approved in advance. Travel support for required meetings and conferences will be reimbursed through the department of pharmacy.
To broaden the residency experience, residents are required to attend a variety of clinical meetings and recruiting events throughout the year. Other meetings may be requested at the discretion of the residency program director, preceptor, or pharmacy administrator.
The residency program requires the resident to participate in a research project with the goal to educate the resident on the many phases involved with scientific research. The resident will learn about developing a project proposal, submitting a project to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) if applicable, collecting data, and presenting the findings at a regional conference. Residents will have the opportunity to choose from a list of research projects reviewed and approved by the residency advisory committee.
A teaching certificate program is offered through the University of Wisconsin College of Pharmacy. Although not a requirement of the residency program, participation in the teaching certificate is highly encouraged. Learning objectives for the teaching certificate program will be determined by the facilitators of the program on a yearly basis. At the end of the program, a certificate will be issued to the resident marking his or her completion of the program.
As part of the accreditation standards set forth by ASHP, each resident is required to complete a pharmacy practice component of the residency program commonly referred to as “staffing.” The resident will be required to staff every other weekend and 3 major holidays (including the “eve” of the major holiday) after the resident has obtained his or her pharmacist license in the state of Wisconsin.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Application Requirements
The applicant shall be a highly motivated individual who desires to attain advanced education and training leading to an enhanced level of professional practice. In order to be considered for the postgraduate year one pharmacy residency position, the applicant shall:
abide by the rules and regulations of the ASHP residency matching program; and
be enrolled in (or be a graduate of) an ACPE-accredited advanced pharmacy degree program or have equivalent experience; and
obtain a license to practice pharmacy in the state of Wisconsin within the first 30 days of the residency program; and
submit the following information to PhORCAS by the specified deadline:
letter of intent
three letters of recommendations
official school of pharmacy transcripts
copy of two projects and/or presentations
About SSM Health
SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system. The organization’s more than 40,000 employees and 10,000 providers are committed to providing exceptional health care services and revealing God’s healing presence to everyone they serve.
With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, SSM Health includes 24 hospitals, more than 300 physician offices and other outpatient and virtual care services, 10 post-acute facilities, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a pharmacy benefit company, a health insurance company and an accountable care organization. It is one of the largest employers in every community it serves.