St. Francis Pharmacy Residency Program - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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Pharmacy Residency at St. Francis

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis is a community hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which has been serving the community since 1956 while providing a scope of services including the latest in neurological disorders, cardiac care and orthopedics. The Pharmacy Residency Program at St. Francis is designed to develop independent, insightful practitioners who are effective members of health care teams and provide comprehensive pharmacy services as key members of the Pharmacy Department.


Purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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

The pharmacy residency program is designed to develop independent, insightful practitioners prepared to assume an advanced clinical practice position in a community hospital, pursue a PGY2 in a focused area of interest, or serve as adjunct faculty for a college of pharmacy.

Residents completing the program will expand their knowledge and skill in providing optimal pharmaceutical care in various patient care settings. They will improve medication safety and appropriate medication use as effective members of healthcare teams. Through the development of written and oral communication skills, residents completing this program will become effective educators of health care professionals, patients and students. Residents completing the program will learn to integrate therapeutic knowledge with an understanding of the health care system to become proficient in improving patient care through the development of drug therapy related policies and procedures. Residency graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and time management skills that will allow them to become self-directed leaders within both their practice setting and the pharmacy profession.

Overview

Residency Training Sites

St. Francis Pharmacy Department

The Department of Pharmacy is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Services are provided through decentralized pharmacists (coverage from 0700-2000) and the main pharmacy. Clinical and distributive services are provided by 23 unit-based pharmacists.

Decentralized Care Units
  • Adult Intensive Care
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Oncology
  • Center for Neurologic Disorders (Outpatient)
  • Cardiology/Cardiac Intervention Center
  • Investigational Drugs
Clinical Pharmacy Services
  • Pharmacokinetic Dosing and Monitoring
    • Aminoglycosides
    • Argatroban
    • Fosphenytoin/Phenytoin
    • Heparin
    • Vancomycin
    • Warfarin
  • Renal Dosing Adjustments
  • IV to PO Conversions
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Joint Commission Core Measure Compliance (AMI, CHF & SCIP)
  • Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Optimization
  • Response to Medical Emergencies
  • Patient Counseling per Request
  • Policy/Procedure Development for Patient Care Areas

Expectations

The Pharmacy Residency Program at St. Francis 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
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
  • Attendance at every cardiac and respiratory arrest while on site
  • Attendance at Milwaukee City-Wide Residency Conferences
  • Longitudinal residency project presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference
  • Assist in the training of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students
  • Assist in policy/procedure development for patient care areas
  • Assist medication safety pharmacist with medication error analysis and follow up
  • Attendance at each Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meeting

Required Rotations

  • Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)
    • Center for Neurological Disorders
    • Reiman Medical Oncology Clinic
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Administration/Drug Policy
  • Research-Flex Time

View a sample rotation schedule.

Elective Opportunities

  • Academia
  • Critical Care II
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Additional Information

Staffing

Every third weekend and five separate weeks throughout the residency year.
View a sample staffing schedule.

Number of Positions

Three 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 Requirements (via PhORCAS)

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • School of Pharmacy Transcripts
    Students applying from a School or College of Pharmacy which grants pass/fail grades must submit an official document (signed, hard copy) from their respective Dean or Assistant Dean of Pharmacy stating the student’s rank within the pharmacy class.
  • Supplemental Questions
    *Must be uploaded to PhORCAS
  • PhORCAS Application

Program Identification

  • ASHP Code: 45037
  • National Matching Services Code: 229013ASHP Candidate

Deadline

All application materials must be submitted via PhORCAS no later than Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST.

Residents

View current and past Pharmacy Residency Program residents at St. Francis by selecting a name below.

Rida Abbasi (R3)

Dr. Rida Abbasi, originally from Milwaukee, completed a bachelor’s degree in physiological sciences from Marquette University and then received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Her interests lie in the following practice areas: pharmacy administration/drug policy, cardiology, academia and internal medicine. At the same time, she would like to get a broad experience in other areas throughout her residency year and pursue a PGY2 at the completion of this year.

Some of her favorite activities outside of pharmacy practice are traveling locally and internationally, spending time with family and friends, biking, reading, and listening to good music.

Meghan Learned (R4)

Dr. Meghan Learned, originally from Port Washington, received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. She practiced for one year at a Wisconsin community hospital before joining St. Francis hospital to complete her PGY1. Meghan’s practice interests include critical care and emergency medicine. During her PGY1 year, Meghan hopes to gain the skills necessary to develop, implement and evaluate new pharmacy services. In the future Meghan hopes to work as a clinical pharmacist with regular opportunities to improve pharmacy practice at her institution.

In her free time Meghan enjoys traveling, photography, cheering on the Badgers, attending Milwaukee’s numerous festivals, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Seward (R5)

Dr. Sarah Seward, originally from Madison, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and music from Case Western Reserve University in 2011. She then completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at Concordia University Wisconsin – School of Pharmacy in 2015. Her current clinical interests include general medicine and neonatal intensive care. Sarah hopes to use her experiences from this year to continue to grow as a healthcare provider and to continue to provide the most efficient and compassionate care to her patients.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, trying new foods, hiking, biking, attending the theater and symphony, and spending time with family and friends.

Past Residents

2015-2016

  • R1: Ashley Mulvey
  • R2: Dylan Jones

If you're a graduate of the Pharmacy Residency Program, please send us your updated/current contact information.

Preceptors

View current Pharmacy Residency Program preceptors at St. Francis by selecting a name below.

Sean Byers , PharmD, BCPS

Sean Byers, PharmD, BCPS earned his PharmD from Creighton University in 2014. Upon graduation, he moved to Milwaukee where he completed his PGY-1 inpatient pharmacy practice residency at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. He's currently a clinical pharmacist at St. Francis hospital and is a co-preceptor for the internal medicine rotation. Sean also is a member of both American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. His clinical interests include internal medicine, cardiology and critical care.

Contact Sean Byers, PharmD, BCPS

Deb Byzewski, PharmD

Deb Byzewski, PharmD received her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Pharmacy in 1991, and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Pharmacy in 2002. She completed a pharmacy practice residency (PGY-1) at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in 2003. She is a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and her practice interests include pediatrics, neurology and investigational drug services.

Contact Deb Byzewski, PharmD

Jeaneen Datka, RPh, BCPS

Jeaneen Datka, RPh BCPS earned a Bachelor or Science in pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 1991. She has worked in a variety of pharmacy settings, including small community hospitals to large teaching medical centers. Her practice has included the roles of staff pharmacist, clinical supervisor, pharmacy manager, assistant director of pharmacy, and director of pharmacy.

Historically Jeaneen has served on a wide variety multidisciplinary teams during her 25 years of practice. She recently served on the Medication Safety and EPIC Implementation teams. Currently she is a member of the Critical Care and Sepsis Committees. Jeaneen has been a preceptor of IPPE and APPE students for the past 10 years, and her interests include critical care and emergency services. She is a member of American College of Clinical Pharmacy and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Contact Jeaneen Datka, RPh, BCPS

Jennifer Frantz, PharmD, BCOP

Jennifer Frantz, PharmD, BCOP received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Purdue University in 2005 and completed a PGY-1 residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 2006. She worked as a pharmacist at Northwestern for seven years, where she provided inpatient clinical pharmacy services to oncology, hematology, stem cell transplant, and palliative care patients and staffed in the outpatient oncology clinics.

Jennifer is currently the Pharmacy Oncology Coordinator for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Milwaukee, where she coordinates inpatient and outpatient oncology pharmacy services. She also serves as secretary of Wheaton's Southeast Wisconsin P&T Oncology Subcommittee and is a member of Wheaton's Cancer Committee, the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Contact Jennifer Frantz, PharmD, BCOP

Mike Gillard, PharmD, BCPS

Mike Gillard, PharmD, BCPS received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1993, completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in 1994, and earned his PharmD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1996. He became board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 1997, and he currently holds that distinction through 2018.

Mike has worked in both clinical and leadership pharmacy positions, most recently as the clinical pharmacy supervisor for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Franklin since 2008. From 1999 to 2002, Mike served as a preceptor, primary preceptor and Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Aurora Health Care. Mike also served as acting Pharmacy Residency Program Director for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Campus from 2011 to 2013. He was a United States lead in the Medication Reconciliation project, a component of the High 5s initiative; a project sponsored by the World Health Organization, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The Joint Commission, and Joint Commission International which seeks to improve patient safety around the world.

Mike is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, serving on the board as Region F Director from September 2014-present, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. His areas of interest include medication policy, medication safety, pharmacy informatics and advancement of hospital pharmacy practice through leadership, staff development, and pharmacy resident and student education.

Contact Mike Gillard, PharmD, BCPS

Rustin Groskreutz, PharmD, BCCCP

Rustin Groskreutz, PharmD, BCCCP earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1999 and a PharmD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2002. He has 13 years of clinical practice experience focusing in critical care medicine. He is currently one of the critical care pharmacists at St. Francis in Milwaukee.

Contact Rustin Groskreutz, PharmD, BCCCP

Christa Hatch, PharmD

Christa Hatch, PharmD earned a Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences from Marquette University in 2009 and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2013. She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Froedtert Hospital and is currently a pharmacist at St. Francis. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. Her areas of interest include geriatrics and informatics.

Contact Christa Hatch, PharmD

Phillip Olley, PharmD, BCPS

Phil Olley, PharmD, BCPS earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Pharmacy in 2010. Upon graduation, he started his pharmacy practice with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in transitions of care by assisting in the implementation of pharmacist reconciliation and medication education for patients being discharged. He also completed a non-traditional pharmacy practice residency with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Phil is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, ASHP, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Upon arrival at St. Francis in 2014, he served as a clinical pharmacist, staffing on the medical and surgical units and assisting in policy development. Since February 2016, he has served as the clinical pharmacy supervisor and currently, the leader of the pharmacy department at St. Francis hospital. 

Contact Phil Olley, PharmD, BCPS

Kyle Sabol, PharmD, BCPS

Kyle Sabol, PharmD, BCPS earned his Bachelor of Science in health sciences and PharmD from Creighton University in 2012. After graduating from pharmacy school, he moved to Milwaukee and completed an inpatient pharmacy practice residency at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. He subsequently completed a second-year residency in Medication Use Safety at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he earned LEAN belt certification and received training from the National Center for Patient Safety.

Kyle is currently a staff clinical pharmacist and leader of the Medication Safety Committee at St. Francis, where he works in both central and decentral pharmacist roles, caring for medical, surgical and cardiology patients. He is a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, and Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. He has served as a preceptor for students, residents, and completed his teaching certificate with Concordia University Wisconsin. Kyle believes that being a preceptor means setting up others for success and uses that motto to encourage residents’ learning.

Contact Kyle Sabol, PharmD, BCPS

Benjamin Scott, PharmD, BCPS

Ben Scott, PharmD, BCPS earned his PharmD from the University of Wyoming in 2013. He then went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus in Milwaukee. He is currently a clinical pharmacist and residency program coordinator at St. Francis in Milwaukee where he also serves as the primary cardiology preceptor. Ben is a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, and Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.

Ben’s research experience includes the creation and evaluation of the impact of a pharmacist lead discharge medication reconciliation process on readmission rates in heart failure patients. His clinical areas of interest include: management of venous thromboembolism, cardiac core measure compliance, critical care, antimicrobial stewardship, and drug policy development.

Contact Ben Scott, PharmD, BCPS

Andrew P. Traynor, PharmD, BCPS

Andrew P. Traynor, PharmD, BCPS earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota and completed a two-year residency in ambulatory care there. He is associate professor and chair of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. In this role Andrew is the residency director for School of Pharmacy’s PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. He also has teaching responsibilities in the Applied Patient Care Labs, Pharmacotherapy Series (Chronic Kidney Disease Module), and Servant Leadership focus of the program. Andrew also works to coordinate the teaching skill development of pharmacy residents in the Milwaukee area.

Prior to the School of Pharmacy, he served for four years as assistant professor and assistant residency director for the Ambulatory Care Residency Program at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth campus. His instructional expertise includes the development of patient care and leadership skills. Andrew’s scholarship has focused on access to pharmacy services in rural areas and the development of curriculum to prepare students to lead change in pharmacy, where his curriculum work has been nationally recognized through the receipt of Innovations in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2010. His rural pharmacy work has resulted in publications, research grants, testimony at government committee hearings, and presentations to local and national audiences.

Contact Us

For more information about the Pharmacy Residency Program at St. Francis, please contact:

Mike Gillard, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director
E-mail: Mike.Gillard@wfhc.org

Benjamin Scott, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Coordinator
E-mail: Benjamin.Scott@wfhc.org