Pharmacy Education

Pharmacy Residency Programs

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

St. Clare’s Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY1)
Saint Clare's Hospital

 Ascension Wisconsin (formerly Ministry Health Care) has a long history of serving Wisconsin as evident by 24 hospitals and 100+ physician clinics throughout Wisconsin offering a full range of medical services. Serving as a regional hub, Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston (just minutes from Wausau on Highway 29) is a 110-bed acute care hospital providing a broad range of primary and specialty healthcare services including emergency, general medical surgical, critical care, and obstetrical services

Saint Clare's hospital is completely chartless with all patient data instantly updated in an Electronic Medical Records system. This ensures a level of seamless care, safety and accuracy.

The staff at Saint Clare's is an extraordinary team of experienced and compassionate caregivers. They define a culture at Saint Clare's that is wholly focused on delivering excellent patient care, which includes delivering the comfort of all the most modern patient amenities. With all the advantages of a modern facility and a proven system of care, Saint Clare's Hospital offers patients the best of both worlds. It truly is a 21st century hospital, built on a century of care.

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Overview

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Saint Clare’s Hospital is a 12-month program that is carefully designed following the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Accreditation Standards to ensure that a resident develops into a well-rounded, clinical practitioner through exposure to a large variety of practice areas. Upon completion of this PGY-1 program, the resident will be a competent clinical pharmacist with the necessary professional knowledge and abilities to pursue a general clinical pharmacist position, board certification, and/or a post-graduate year two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency position.

The pharmacy department at Saint Clare’s Hospital provides 24-hour services to all patient care areas. Pharmacists work in a decentralized model on various units including the intensive care unit, medical/surgical unit, and progressive care unit. Pharmacists participate in multidisciplinary rounds and readmission reduction efforts, provide clinical dosing and monitoring services and precept -introductory and advanced pharmacy practice students. Our pharmacists provide high quality patient care with assistance from skilled pharmacy technicians and extensive forms of technology.

PGY-1 Residency Program   

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Number of Positions: 2
  • Application Deadline: 01/09/2019
  • Stipend: $46,000
  • Interview Required: Yes

The resident is required to complete orientation, five core rotations, four longitudinal rotations, and three elective rotations. Each experience can be tailored to the resident’s abilities and interests.

Core Rotations (6 weeks)

  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Ambulatory Care

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Practice Management
  • Medication Safety
  • Formulary Management
  • Operational Pharmacy Practice

Elective Rotations (4 weeks)

  • Information Technology
  • Outpatient Oncology
  • Outpatient Anticoagulation
  • Emergency Management
  • Nutritional Support
  • Clinical Access Hospital

Concentrated Experiences

ACLS training
Completion of a research project for presentation at a professional pharmacy conference is required. Staffing is a required component of the residency program. The resident may also work up to two holidays.

ASHP Accredited Status
In 2018, the St. Clare’s Hospital Residency program earned 8 year accreditation with American Society of Health System Pharmacist (ASHP)

Pre-Candidate Status
While Ascension Wisconsin has experience with PGY1 and PGY2 residencies at other hospitals, this PGY1 residency is new for 2016-2017. The experienced leadership team is prepared to complete the necessary steps toward full accreditation status.

Rotation Schedule
The first eight weeks of the residency program will be orientation to the pharmacy and hospital, including an overview of various technologies that are utilized. The resident will participate in five core rotations, three elective rotations, and four longitudinal rotations. Core rotations are six weeks in length and elective rotations are four weeks in length. The residency program is designed so that residents develop into well-rounded clinical practitioners. On a day-to-day basis, residents will attend multidisciplinary rounds, provide monitoring and dosing services, review patient profiles, contribute to readmission reduction efforts, precept students, and perform distributive functions. Learning experiences can be tailored to each resident’s interests and abilities.

Operational Pharmacy Practice
Each resident will staff every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the residency year.

Professional Travel
Each resident will receive full support to attend the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and PSW Educational Conference.


  • All Ascension associate benefits including:
  • PTO: 25 days (including paid holidays)
  • Health and Dental insurance
  • Travel allowance for professional meetings and project presentation

Eligibility Requirements and Application

 To be eligible for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Clare’s Hospital, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited School of Pharmacy
  • Eligibility for licensure in the State of Wisconsin (Obtain licensure within 90 days of residency start date)
  • Submission of application materials to PHORCAS® including a letter of intent, college transcripts, three professional letters of reference, and current curriculum vitae
  • Registration and participation in the ASHP Resident Matching Program
  • If selected for an interview, application must also be submitted on
  • Participation in an onsite interview

Saint Clare’s Hospital, 3400 Ministry Parkway, Weston, WI 54476
Living in Weston / Wausau
The home of Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston, offers big city amenities with small town charm. Weston and central Marathon County feature a variety of national retailers and local shops including antiques, apparel, artwork, gifts, sporting goods and everyday needs. Wausau area residents enjoy biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, boating, camping, golf, cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, softball, sledding, curling and ice skating. Indoor sports include skating, racquetball, tennis, and fitness facilities (including YMCA and YWCA). Several movie theaters and bowling centers are also in the Wausau area. Central Wisconsin Airport is located nearby in Mosinee with a variety of commercial service flights.

Contact Information

Justin Guthman, PharmD
T: 715-650-3032