PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program

Residency Program

Duration:  12 Months 
Number of Positions:  1
Application deadline:  January 11
Starting date:  July 1 
Stipend:  $58,000 
Interview Required:  Yes 
Location: Marshfield, WI

Training Site 

Type:  Health System 
Model type:  Tertiary Care 
Tax Status:  Nonprofit 
Professional Staff:  30
Non-professional Staff:  40
Total Beds:  500
Average Daily Census:  270
Patient Care Centers 15 Hospitals, 52 Clinics


Fringe Benefits

Generous paid time off, medical, dental, and vision coverage, savings plan, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and short/long term disability. Also included are travel allowance for educational meeting participation and project presentation.

Rotation Schedule

The first four weeks will focus on hospital, pharmacy, and technology orientation. Rotations generally include 2-4 weeks of concentrated training, followed by longitudinal exposure and are designed to integrate both local and system-level training. Longitudinal experiences may be 6 or 12 months in total duration. The length and type of experience in each area is tailored to the practice interests and previous experience of each resident. Time for clinical electives is offered throughout the year to further develop the resident’s direct patient-care skills.

Research Project

Each resident is asked to complete a project that helps contribute to the body of knowledge in pharmacy practice. The scope of the PGY2 project will be applicable to pharmacy practice at the health-system level. The resident will present the final research at the Great Lakes Regional Residency Conference, and prepare a final written manuscript.

Professional Travel

Each resident will receive full support to attend the following meetings: Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Annual Meeting, ASHP Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy, ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting, and the Great Lakes Regional Residency Conference.

Core Experiences

  • Orientation to Pharmacy Services at Ministry Health Care
  • Lean Green Belt Training
  • Clinical Management: Local & System
  • Information Systems: Local & System
  • Business Plan Development
  • Supply Chain
  • Pharmacy Finance/Capital Budget
  • Quality and Regulatory Management
  • Clinical Elective(s)

Core Longitudinal Experiences

  • Project Management
  • Medication Safety
  • Leadership
  • Research Project
  • Pharmacy Finance/Operating Budget

Clinical Staff Pharmacist Coverage

  • Each resident will be assigned to clinical staff coverage every third weekend.
  • Each resident will work two holidays.
  • The resident will also provide administrative on-call services every fourth week.
  • The resident will be eligible for pay for additional staffing hours.


Each applicant must have a PharmD/Bachelor of Science from an accredited college of pharmacy in the U.S., completed an accredited PGY1 residency, and be eligible for licensure in Wisconsin. A letter of intent, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and an official college transcript are required with the online application. An onsite interview will be required. Applicants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses, however, residents who accept a position at Ministry Health Carel will receive full reimbursement for their interview travel expenses.


Residency Program Director: Brook DesRivieres, PharmD, MS
Phone: 715.346.5128 
Fax: 715.343.3288

Director of Pharmacy: Justin Guthman, PharmD
Phone: 715.389.9915
Fax: 715.387.7650

Pharmacy Recruiter: Barbara Henning
Phone: 414.359.3103

About Ministry Health Care

Ministry Health Care which includes Affinity Health System, is an integrated healthcare delivery network serving more than 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry generates nearly $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 46 clinics and 10,000 associates, including 700 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. In 2013, Ministry Health Care joined Ascension, the largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. In that same year, Ministry became part of Integrated Health Network (IHN), which represents more than 5,000 physicians, 500 clinics and 42 hospitals in northern, central and eastern Wisconsin. IHN was created to improve the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare services in the markets served by its members.

Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of healthcare systems in the country according to Truven Health Analytics, and five Ministry hospitals are ranked in the top 10 in the state in Medicare’s Hospital Value Based Purchasing (VBP) program. Network Health, co-owned by Ministry Health Care and Froedtert Health, has received 4½-star recognition by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its Medicare Advantage plans.

About Ascension

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons in poverty and those struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

About Ascension Wisconsin

Ascension Wisconsin includes Columbia St. Mary’s, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Ministry Health Care (which includes Affinity Health System), with 27 hospitals and hundreds of sites of care across the state. Together, the health systems employ more than 24,000 associates and nearly 1,000 medical group physicians. In fiscal year 2015, the health systems that now comprise Ascension Wisconsin provided $300 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty.

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