Pharmacy Residency Programs

 

About SwedishAmerican

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit healthcare system headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. We’re comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency and a foundation. SwedishAmerican is a division of UW Health, which is comprised of the academic healthcare entities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including: UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospital and Clinics and UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

SwedishAmerican is also a teaching hospital that hosts the University of Illinois College of Medicine's residency program. Clinical pharmacists are assigned to the emergency department, each floor of the hospital, specialty pharmacy, cancer center, retail pharmacy, and the pharmacist managed anticoagulation clinic. 

Our robust pharmacy residency program has grown over the last few years. We now offer four different programs. 


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The ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at SwedishAmerican, a Division of UW Health, builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of 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.

Learn more about this program here.

 

Current Residents:

Grant Perschke, Pharm.D.
Dayna Redini, Pharm.D.

 

Projects:

  • Implementation of a pharmacist-led protocol to assess transitions of care in uncontrolled or new insulin requiring diabetic patients
  • Evaluation of the management of immune related adverse events related to treatment with checkpoint Inhibitors in a regional cancer center and community hospital
  • Assessment of fibrinolytics for management of empyema
  • Evaluation of gonorrheal and chlamydial infections presenting in the emergency department of a community hospital
  • Rapid susceptibility results and pharmacist impact on antibiotic stewardship for gram-negative bloodstream infections in a community hospital
  • Sepsis treatment of inpatients in a community hospital: evaluation of antibiotic and fluid administration
  • Evaluation of the impact of pharmacist driven utilization of oritavancin in a community hospital emergency department
  • Pharmacist-led initiative to reduce hospitalizations and length of stay in the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE)

 

The PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to develop community‐based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications. The program aims to develop each residents’ professional, clinical and leadership skills through outpatient pharmacy services within SwedishAmerican’s URAC accredited Specialty Pharmacy, Outpatient Pharmacy, and numerous outpatient clinics.

Learn more about this program here.

 

Current Residents:

Amy Lawando, Pharm.D.
Agnieszka (Agnes) Karpa, Pharm.D.

 

Projects:

  • Comparison of medication adherence at a single community hospital specialty pharmacy versus external specialty pharmacies
  • Influence of academic detailing on GLP-1 RA prescribing habits in a primary care clinic

 

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program at SwedishAmerican, a Division of UW Health, allows the resident to experience a wide range of clinical areas tailored to the resident’s interests in emergency medicine. SwedishAmerican is a level II trauma center with a 34-bed Emergency Department with greater than 80,000 patient visits annually.

Learn more about this program here.

 

Current Residents:

Veronika Yurchenko, Pharm.D.

 

Projects:

  • Clinical pharmacist impact on antibiotic selection for skin and soft tissue infections in the emergency department
  • Implementation of a pain, agitation, and delirium order set for intubated patients in the emergency department
  • Naloxone utilization by emergency medical services and emergency department personnel in opioid overdose patients presenting to the emergency department
  • Implementation of a ketamine order set for the treatment of pain in a community hospital emergency department
  • Evaluation and implementation of a diabetic ketoacidosis protocol in the emergency department

The PGY2 Critical Care pharmacy residency program at SwedishAmerican, a Division of UW Health, allows the resident to gain clinical skills by being a part of a multidisciplinary team in a wide range of clinical areas tailored to the resident’s interests in critical care. SwedishAmerican has a 30-bed mixed Critical Care Unit that manages medical, surgical, and neurological patients.

Learn more about this program here.

 

Current Resident:

Michael Pierce, Pharm.D.

 

Projects:

  • Dexmedetomidine medication use evaluation for alcohol withdrawal syndrome