Pharmacy Residency Program at Meriter Hospital

PGY-1 Residency

UnityPoint Health – Meriter's ASHP-accredited PGY-1 program has been training residents since 1984. This one-year program provides the opportunity to develop advanced pharmacy practice skills in a progressive community hospital setting. Upon completion of this training program, residents are prepared to successfully assume clinical pharmacy roles within health-systems practice.

Purpose of the PGY-1 Residency

Individuals who complete the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency program at UnityPoint Health - Meriter will possess skills necessary to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care to a diverse group of patients. These skills include communication, critical thinking and education about drug-related therapy to colleagues, other healthcare professionals, pharmacy students and patients. Residents will be responsible for providing clinical pharmacy services that achieve optimal health care outcomes for their patients. They will exercise leadership in healthcare by developing protocols that promote medication safety. You will demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice that promotes self-directed learning, ethical integrity, respect for others, and commitment to the pharmacy profession.

Upon completion of this training program residents are prepared to successfully assume clinical pharmacy roles within health-systems practice. This may include transitioning to advanced training in the form of PGY2 residency programs and/or fellowships. They are also prepared to assume teaching responsibilities for future practitioners.

Core Residency Rotations

Each Resident's rotation schedule is customized to meet his or her individual needs and interests. The rotations are available in the following practice areas with dedicated preceptors who have extensive clinical experience. Of note, many of the electives were originally created to meet a training desire.

  • Practice management
  • Staffing
  • Medication Safety
  • Precepting
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Cardiology
  • Critical care
  • Drug Policy
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine
  • Nutrition support
  • Orientation
  • Pharmacotherapy lab
  • Psychiatry
Elective Rotations
  • Anticoagulation Stewardship
  • Emergency medicine
  • Informatics
  • Neonatology
  • Obstetrics
  • Pain Management
  • Perioperative Care

How to Apply

Interested Applicants Must:

  • Be graduates of an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program
  • Be eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in Wisconsin
  • Participate in an interview in January or February

Submit the following materials through PhORCAS:

  • Standard information
  • Basic demographics
  • Verified transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Extracurricular information
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement/Letter of intent: please provide specific information about your practice goals and areas of interest; what interests you the most about our residency program and how doing a residency will help you accomplish your career goals.

Supplemental information

  • Please provide two projects that you have completed as a pharmacy student that represent your best work and will show the selection committee your capabilities as a resident.

Meet our Preceptors

The preceptors at UnityPoint Health - Meriter are top-notch and bring clinical expertise to your training. They are actively involved within our organization to advance pharmacy practice and these efforts often extend to state and national professional organizations.

Meet the PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Allen Baugh, PharmD

Pharmacy Education: University of Iowa

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Pharmacy project: Use of Droperidol in the Emergency Department for Moderate to Severe Agitation

Career interests: Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Transplant Hobbies: Photography, baking, hiking all the national parks, Legos, and reading books.

Why UnityPoint Health-Meriter? Meriter's staff and employees are very genuine and supportive. From the first to last question of the interview process, they ultimately wanted to get to know me and invest in me. They have created such a wonderful learning environment. With that being said, Meriter offers a variety of rotations and learning opportunities. Whatever learning experience you want, the staff do their best to accommodate you. They ultimately want to see you succeed, and I see that by their words and actions. Besides the program itself, UnityPoint Health offers amazing care to their patients. Interacting with the nurses, providers, and other staff, I would trust my own health care into their hands.

Andrea Thooft, PharmD, PhD, MPH

Pharmacy Education: Concordia University Wisconsin

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Pharmacy project: Impact of a Pharmacist-Driven Antifungal Guideline on Appropriate Utilization of Antifungal Agents

Career interests: Obstetrics, Cardiology, Infectious Disease

Hobbies: Reading, spending time with my family

Why UnityPoint Health-Meriter? One of my passions is women's health, so seeing that UnityPoint Health-Meriter offered an obstetrics rotation was very exciting. I was also happy to see the wide variety of rotations offered. I felt like having many different rotation experiences would allow me the opportunity to grow into a strong, well-rounded pharmacist. During the interview I could tell the pharmacy staff worked together, and the pharmacy department was a valued member of the health care team at UnityPoint Health-Meriter. Finally, I could tell during my interview that everyone was very welcoming and really wanted to get to know me as a person.

Brittani Weichman, PharmD

Pharmacy Education: Drake University - Des Moines, IA

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Pharmacy project: Effect of Pharmacist Intervention on Appropriateness of Perioperative Antibiotics

Career interests: Infectious Disease

Hobbies: Relaxing with my cat and birds, watching Netflix

Why UnityPoint Health-Meriter? I initially looked at Meriter because I focused my PGY1 choices by those with PGY2s in ID and I already had a connection to UnityPoint in pharmacy school, but after interviewing I felt like the team really cared about their residents and wanted to not only teach them, but also get to know them as people. They also have a very progressive pharmacy practice; it was similar to the hospital I worked at in pharmacy school but after interviewing at other places across the country, I was excited for the high level of pharmacist practice. The whole pharmacy team has welcomed me and my co-residents and made Madison and Meriter feel more like home.

Kelsey Rox, PharmD

Pharmacy Education: University of Wisconsin- Madison

Hometown: La Crosse, WI

Pharmacy project: Guideline Development for Standardized Corticosteroid Initiation and Duration in the Neonatal ICU

Career interests: I have significant interest in NICU, Pediatric, and OB pharmacy. Overall, I find most aspects of pharmacy fun and rewarding and like being a Jack of All Trades! I also find great reward in precepting students.

Hobbies: I enjoy participating in the many activities the city of Madison has to offer including but not limited to; biking, taking my dog for a long walk by the lake, going to the farmer's market on the square, enjoying live music at the many venues, and getting a good bite to eat.

Why UnityPoint Health-Meriter? I wanted to complete my residency with UnityPoint Health-Meriter for a number of reasons. I was initially interested because they house one of the largest NICU's in the state of Wisconsin and have a clinical pharmacist in the NICU every day. After researching further, I learned that the pharmacy department offers a robust variety of clinical hospital experiences including OB, ED, ICU, Cardio, Infectious Disease, and more while not being an enormous institution. I was drawn to the fact that Meriter is a community hospital that has been serving the Madison area and surrounding community for a long time. Finally, I completed an APPE rotation here in infectious disease which allowed me to get to work with many of the preceptors and staff here. The preceptors are clearly dedicated to helping train residents to be astute, confident, and competent in their practice. On top of that dedication to students, the pharmacy department is full of fun, sociable, and considerate people who are great to work with in a team.

Meet the PGY1 Pharmacy Residents (Left to right): Allen Baugh, Kelsey Rox, Andrea Thooft, Brittani Weichman

Department Information

Department of Pharmacy
UnityPoint Health - Meriter
202 S. Park Street
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 417-6160

For more information, please contact:

PGY-1 Residency
Kristin Stoll, PharmD
Program Director
Department of Pharmacy
202 S. Park Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53715