All Saints Pharmacy Residency Program - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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Pharmacy Residency at All Saints

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints is a 356-bed community hospital located in Racine, Wisconsin. Our comprehensive medical facility integrates the Pharmacy Department in every step of the medication-use process from general medicine to specialty areas including NICU/Pediatrics, Oncology, Medication Safety, Critical Care, Mental Health, Infectious Disease, Transitions of Care, and Emergency Medicine.


Purpose

The Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.

Residency Mission

Residents completing the program will be competent, confident and compassionate practitioners. They will function as effective members of the health care team with the ultimate goal of providing optimal medication management services for our patients. These pharmacists will possess the knowledge and experience required to be proficient in appropriate medication use. In addition, residents develop and practice effective written and verbal communication skills and become valuable educators of healthcare professionals, patients, students, and the community. Residency graduates will demonstrate time management and independent thinking skills that will make them leaders within their practice settings and within the profession.

All Saints is a community-based hospital that will give residents a unique experience to further develop their careers as health care practitioners. Residents will be given the opportunity to develop their clinical skills during many diverse required rotations. Throughout the year, the resident will become confident in making pharmaceutical recommendations, working collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and other medical staff, as well as advancing their written and verbal communication skills. The residency year at All Saints will prepare the resident to go on and practice as a strong clinical pharmacist in a variety of areas in the medical field.

Overview

Residency Training Sites

All Saints Pharmacy Department

Since 1988, the All Saints Pharmacy Department has grown from approximately 30 associates to the current complement of 72. It is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and services are provided through decentralized pharmacists and the main pharmacy. Services in support of pharmaceutical care include the following.

Decentralized Care Units
  • Adult Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular
  • Emergency Department
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Oncology/Infusion Therapy Clinic
  • Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Clinical Pharmacy Services
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
    • Warfarin
    • Heparin
    • Vancomycin
    • Aminoglycosides
    • Argatroban
    • Miscellaneous, as consulted
  • Renal Adjustment Dosing
  • IV to PO Conversions
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Immunization Screening and Dose Scheduling
  • Transitions of Care
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition Management
  • Population Health Management
  • Pharmacy Consult Service

Expectations

Our Pharmacy Residency Program has set expectations, including required rotations and elective opportunities.

These are expectations that are to be completed during the residency year:

  • Licensure in the State of Wisconsin within 90 days of starting the program
  • Successful achievement of required competency areas
  • Completed evaluations of each rotation and preceptor
  • Advance Cardiac Life Support certification and attendance at every cardiac and respiratory arrest while on site
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Residency Advisory Committee participation
  • Completed year-long residency project and presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical
  • Meeting and Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference
  • Successful written manuscript of project
  • Clinical preceptor for Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students
  • Staffing every other weekend
  • Assistance in new resident recruitment
  • Abide by all policies and procedures of All Saints, part of Ascension

Required Rotations

  • Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
  • Critical Care/ICU
  • Transitions of Care/Chronic Disease
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Drug Policy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Research Project
  • Staffing

Elective Rotations

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Infectious Diseases 2
  • Informatics
  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacy Administration

Additional Information

  • Staffing - Every other weekend
  • Number of Positions - Two PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents
  • Salary - Approximately $46,000

Application

To apply to the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Pharmacy Residency Program, please read the application requirements and follow the application process.

Application Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm CST on Jan. 8, 2018.

Application Requirements

Submit to PhORCAS:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of all APPE rotations and preceptors
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • School/College of Pharmacy Transcripts
  • Supplemental Questions
    *Must be uploaded to PhORCAS
  • PhORCAS Application

Program Identification

  • ASHP Code: 45032
  • National Matching Services Code: 226513

Preceptors

View current Pharmacy Residency Program preceptors at All Saints by selecting a name below.

Gregg Albright, BSPharm, RPh, BCACP

Gregg Albright, BSPharm, RPh, BCACP graduated from Drake University College of Pharmacy in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. Gregg has held staff and leadership positions within many areas of pharmacy including: chain and independent retail pharmacy, clinic, long-term care, infusion and hospital and, most recently ambulatory care. Gregg also has held positions at the manager and director levels. His current position is Chronic Disease Management Pharmacist with All Saints in Racine, where he assists patients transitioning home from the hospital to resolve drug-related problems. Gregg is also a preceptor for students from UW-Madison, Concordia University, Drake University and Creighton University. He is currently the Residency Program Director for the All Saints PGY1 residency program.

Committee and workgroup participation includes: All Saints Heart Failure Quality Committee, All Saints Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Team, Ascension Wisconsin Graduate Pharmacy Education Council, Ascension Residency Optimization Workgroup, Ascension Wisconsin Therapeutic Affinity Group-Heart Failure, Ascension Wisconsin Chronic Care Model Lead Operations Team and the Wisconsin Nurses Association Team-based Care Advisory Committee.

His professional affiliations include Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists as well as the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties certification in Ambulatory Care. Gregg is past Chair of the Senior and Long-Term Care Section of PSW and has served on the Board of Directors of PSW. He remains involved with the Racine Community as Past-chair of the Racine Zoological Society Board of Directors, past President of the Health Care Network Board of Directors, a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church and a participant for many years in the Racine Health Department’s spring and fall Medication Collection Day.

L. Kylee Albright, BSPharm, RPh

L. Kylee Albright, BSPharm, RPh, graduated from Drake University College of Pharmacy in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. Kylee has held staff positions within many areas of hospital pharmacy including: cardiology, surgical, ortho, rehab, behavioral health, oncology, NICU and pediatrics. For the past 10 years, Kylee has been involved in pharmacy informatics, moving from “super user” to builder/trainer with the Horizon Meds Manager application for pharmacy and then officially moving from the pharmacy department to a position in Clinical Informatics with Wheaton. When Wheaton made the move to the EPIC electronic health record, Kylee became an EPIC analyst with Willow, Beacon, Willow Inventory and Decision Support certifications. Her current position is with Ascension Information Services as a Solutions Development Lead for the Willow and Beacon teams and acting co-chair of the Decision Support workgroup. Major responsibilities include build and maintenance of medications, order sets and oncology protocols, along with build and maintenance of decision support tools within the EPIC application (interaction setting records, alternative alert records, and best practice advisory records).

Committee and workgroup participation includes: EPIC Willow Pharmacy Work Group, EPIC Beacon Protocol Work Group, EPIC Decision Support Workgroup, EPIC Detectives workgroup, VPMA Order Set Triage Team, Clinical Pharmacy Team, and Ascension Wisconsin Therapeutic Informatics Advisory Committee.

Professional affiliations include Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Kylee is currently involved with the Racine Community as a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church holding the leadership positions of Council Treasurer and SCRIP coordinator as well as a member of the Hospitality Committee, Adult Choir and Bell Choir. She has participated for many years in the Racine Health Department’s spring and fall Medication Collection Day and in the Racine United Way Schools of Hope mentoring program.

Scott Amundson, PharmD, RPh

Scott Amundson, PharmD, RPh earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2008. He has been working at All Saints as a clinical pharmacist for six years. Scott works in general medicine as well as in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Scott serves on Wheaton’s ethics committee and as a preceptor for IPPE and APPE rotations at the UW-Madison and Concordia University. Outside of work, Scott volunteers with the youth group at his church.

Biniam Berhane, PharmD, RPh

Biniam Berhane, PharmD, RPh earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of California – Irvine in 2007, and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2015. He completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at St. Joseph Campus in 2016. Following his residency, Biniam joined All Saints as a clinical pharmacist. His current interests in pharmacy include emergency medicine and critical care.

In his free time, Biniam enjoys anything under the sun, running, hiking, beaches, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

Beth Buckley, PharmD, CDE

Beth Buckley, PharmD, CDE, is a full-time faculty member and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) School of Pharmacy, where she coordinates Applied Patient Care Lab 1, coordinates and delivers all content for Endocrine and Diabetes Pharmacotherapy, insulin pharmaceutics, and various other primary care topics. She has developed and maintains all the teaching in a Diabetes experience elective, and co-leads a cultural experience elective that includes mission work in Guatemala. She earned a B.S. in pharmacy and PharmD from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her career in pharmacy includes experience in hospital, community and ambulatory care settings. Before coming to CUW SOP, her academic career started as a clinical assistant professor for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she taught pharmacotherapy in clinical practice to physicians in residency and participated in clinical research. She has been a clinical preceptor for students from UW Madison, Concordia University Wisconsin, and residents on academic rotations at the university.

Beth is currently practicing as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist in a family medicine physician office where she precepts students and residents while serving as a Certified Diabetes Educator and provider of medication therapy management in primary care via a collaborative practice agreement. She is the site principle investigator for previous and current multi-center clinical research trials, and maintains an active contribution to scholarship via several peer reviewed clinical publications, national and local presentations, and monthly contributions to the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians newsletter.

Committee and Workgroup Participation Includes: Chair of the CUW Intramural Grant Committee and member of the CUW taskforces that include Teaching and Learning, Interprofessional Education (IPE) , and Drugs of Abuse. Within the School of Pharmacy (SOP), she has held chair of the Scholarship and Awards Committee, member of curriculum committee, student progress committee, and the assessment committee. She is an academic advisor to several students at the school, and co-advisor of the CUW SOP student writing club.

Professional Affiliations Include: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy member, presenter at multiple meetings, and special interest group member. Beth also maintains membership and subgroup participation in the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Greater Milwaukee College of Clinical Pharmacy. She is an active member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, including serving as a Medicaid reimbursement committee member and Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative Clinical Advisory Group Core Team Member.

Jim Davis, BSPharm, RPh

Jim Davis, BSPharm, RPh earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1990. He began his career working at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, remaining there until March 1996. Jim is currently an infectious disease pharmacist specializing in antibiotic stewardship at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

Jim is currently a preceptor for students from UW-Madison, Concordia University and Creighton University. He served as a past chairman for the Quality Review Council for the UW School of Pharmacy from 2005-2008 in addition to currently serving as a member of the Scholarship Committee. Jim gave a lecture at the 2013 Regional Infectious Disease Conference on the Clinical Use of Procalcitonin testing, and he also lectured at the 2012 Regional ID Conference on Antibiotic Stewardship.

He is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and enjoys hunting, fishing and sports in his free time.

Peter DeGroot, BSPharm, RPh

Peter DeGroot, BSPharm, RPh earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Creighton University in 1978. He began working at St. Mary’s Hospital in 1980 after an internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Racine. Peter is currently a Critical Care pharmacist staffing the Intensive Care Unit and will be a co-preceptor for the ICU/Critical Care rotation.

He serves on the Sepsis/Septic Shock Committee, the ICU/Intensivist Committee, and is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Peter has volunteered for three mission trips to Guatemala in the past eight years to provide patient care to underserved populations and aspires to live in a shack in Costa Rica after retirement.

Laura Herbrechtsmeier, PharmD, MBA, RPh

Laura Herbrechtsmeier, PharmD, MBA, RPh graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside in 2001. She began her career at St. Luke’s Hospital as a pharmacy technician prior to starting pharmacy school. Immediately following graduation, Laura returned to St. Luke’s Hospital which at this point had been merged with St. Mary’s Medical Center to become what is now known as All Saints.

Laura is a Pharmacy Clinical Manager as well as the organizations Medication Safety Officer. As Medication Safety Officer, Laura has developed, implemented and maintained the drug library for the NICU infusion pumps, the Plum A+, and LifeCare PCA pumps used throughout All Saints. She is chair of the Medication Safety Team, the pharmacy representative for the Falls Team, leads the internal pharmacy audit of medication errors for the department, and reviews all medication occurrence reports for the organization. Laura completed the Practitioner in Residence Program through the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.

Laura has served as a preceptor for students from UW – Madison and is currently an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Medication Safety Officers Society.

George Honein, PharmD, RPh

George Honein, PharmD, RPh graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science degree from the University of Helwan – Cairo-Egypt in 2001 and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Florida - Gainesville in 2010. He began his career working at Walgreens for four years, after which he started his career at All Saints as a clinical pharmacist.

George’s experiences include ICU, oncology, NICU, pediatrics and cardiovascular care. He is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. He was one of the lead super users during the implementation of EPIC electronic health system and played a major rule during the initial phase of implementation and continues to work with the willow team to optimize the clinical functionalities of EPIC. He’s also responsible for the management and maintenance of the TPN production software (Abacus)

George is a preceptor for students from UW-Madison, Concordia University and Drake University. He is a member of the Residency Advisory Committee. Outside of work he volunteers with his church where he serves as a Sunday school teacher and is one of the church board members. He enjoys running and spending time with his family.

Diane Jens, BSPharm, RPh

Diane Jens, BSPharm, RPh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1982. She has spent her career in the hospital setting, originally at St. Luke’s Hospital in Racine, which later became a part of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Diane is the Clinical Coordinator for inpatient pharmacy services at All Saints. Her areas of interest include medication policy, medication safety, infectious disease, critical care and staff development.

She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Greater Milwaukee College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Racine County Immunization Coalition. Diane was a member and co-chaired the All Saints Investigational Review Board (IRB). She is involved in multiple multidisciplinary Committees and work groups including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Infection Control Committee, Immunization Committee, various Quality Assurance Committees (e.g. Stroke, Acute Coronary Syndrome), and the Medication Safety Team. Diane also participates on the Clinical Advisory Group and Clinical Executive Group at HealthTrust, the hospital’s Group Purchasing Organization.

Erin Napier, PharmD, RPh

Erin Napier, PharmD, RPh earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at All Saints in 2016. Following her residency, Erin stayed at All Saints as an inpatient pharmacist where she primarily practices in the Emergency Department. Erin also holds an Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) certification.

Erin is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Mark Pelton, BSPharm, RPh, FASCP

Mark Pelton, BSPharm, RPh, FASCP earned his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1982. He completed an internship at the former St. Luke’s Hospital in Racine in 1983 and began his career as an inpatient pharmacist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Racine – now All Saints.

Mark has served as a preceptor for internship, IPPE and APPE students from a variety of schools. He primarily practices on the general medicine and surgical floors, cardiology services, and in the emergency department. He also has an interest in geriatrics while serving as the consultant pharmacist at Lakeshore Manor, a long-term care facility on the St. Luke’s campus. In 1995, Mark was awarded a fellowship from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. He is also a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.

Outside of work Mark is the director of a Southeast Wisconsin tennis league and a board member/coach for the USTA’s local community tennis association for children.

Abigail Polley, PharmD

Abigail (Abby) Polley, PharmD is a graduate of University of Illinois - Chicago College of Pharmacy class of 2014. She completed her PGY1 in Community Pharmacy through the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Pharmacy at Dean Clinic in 2015. After completion of her residency, Abby started working at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saint’s as an outpatient staff/ambulatory care pharmacist. She is a preceptor for Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW).

Committee and workgroup participation includes the All Saints Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Team. Her professional affiliations include Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin and American Pharmacist Association.

Nitin Sanwal, PharmD, RPh

Nitin Sanwal, PharmD, RPh earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2010. He has worked at All Saints as a clinical pharmacist for five years and primarily practices in general medicine, cardiology and the Emergency Department. Nitin also is a preceptor for IPPE and APPE students from UW-Madison and Concordia University.

Nitin serves as the team captain for the Pharmacy Department’s volleyball team and enjoys playing tennis and watching sports.

Beth Scott, PharmD, RPh

Beth Scott, PharmD, RPh earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University College of Pharmacy Glendale in 2008. She has worked as a clinical pharmacist at All Saints for five years and primarily practices in the areas of general medicine, emergency medicine and chronic disease state management. Prior to All Saints, she worked at Target pharmacy for two years with some of that time practicing as a pharmacy manager.

Beth currently serves as a preceptor for the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Concordia University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy for both IPPE and APPE students. Outside of work, she enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her family.

Steven J. Suokko, PharmD, RPh

Steven J. Suokko, PharmD, RPh received his degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2003. He currently serves as the Residency Coordinator and is a member of the Residency Advisory Committee. A member of the Critical Care Intensivist Committee, Steve is very active within the ICU and is a co-preceptor during this rotation with Peter DeGroot.

Steve’s experiences include oncology, NICU, pediatrics and cardiovascular care. He is also a preceptor for UW-Madison, Drake and Concordia University. Outside of work he enjoys hunting, the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Perceptor-in-Training

Lisa Nielsen, PharmD, RPh

Lisa Nielsen, PharmD, RPh, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008 from University of Wisconsin - Madison. Since graduation she has been a clinical pharmacist at All Saints in Racine, where she staffs in the Central Pharmacy and various satellites located on the general medical floors, Cardiovascular Institute, Women’s Health Pavilion/NICU, and the St. Lukes Behavioral Health Campus. She is involved in All Saint’s residency program as a Preceptor-in-Training and is a member of the Resident Advisory Committee. She is also a preceptor for UW-Madison pharmacy students.

Lisa has worked on various clinical projects including: C Diff protocol development, establishing a Code Blue reference card, and ketogenic diet medication evaluation program.

Tiffany Ogawa, PharmD, RPh

Tiffany Ogawa, PharmD, RPh earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2015. She has worked as a clinical pharmacist at All Saints for one year and primarily practices in the areas of general medicine and emergency medicine.

Tiffany currently serves as a preceptor for University of Wisconsin - Madison APPE students. She is the Chaplain of Wisconsin Graduate Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and a member of American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.

Kevin Peterson, PharmD, RPh 

Kevin Peterson, PharmD, RPh earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in 2013. He has worked at All Saints since graduation. Practice interests include: adult medicine, cardiology, women’s and infants, and emergency medicine and recently has become the primary second shift ICU pharmacist. Kevin serves as a preceptor for Concordia University - Wisconsin IPPE and APPE students.

Outside of work, Kevin is an active DJ at local bars, clubs and weddings and enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports.

Contact Us

For more information about the Pharmacy Residency Program at All Saints, please contact:

Gregg A. Albright, BSPharm, RPh, BCACP
Residency Program Director
Disease Management Pharmacist
E-mail: Gregg.Albright@ascension.org

Steven Suokko, PharmD, RPh
Residency Program Coordinator
Clinical Pharmacist
E-mail: Steven.Suokko@ascension.org