PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency
This program provides residents with extensive experience in an advanced clinical practice setting along with opportunities to conceptualize, integrate, and transform accumulated experiences into skill and competence in providing patient care.
Meet Our Program Director
Krista McElray is the Education & Development Coordinator and Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at UW Health as well as a Clinical Instructor at the UW School of Pharmacy. In addition to serving as PGY1 Residency Program Director, Krista coordinates all the IPPE and APPE experiences, leads staff development initiatives at UW Health, and continues to work as a clinical pharmacist. Krista received her Bachelor’s degree from Denison University and PharmD from Ohio State. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 Internal Medicine residencies at Medical University of South Carolina. Krista is active in ASHP and serves on the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners.
Krista’s professional interests include precepting, lifelong learning and development, and internal medicine (primarily infectious diseases and nephrology).
Krista McElray, Pharm.D., BCPS
Coordinator, Education & Development
Clinical Pharmacist, Internal Medicine
UW Health Department of Pharmacy
600 Highland Avenue, D4/615, Madison, WI 53792
(608) 890-9930 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Our Residents
Pharmacy school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Residency project: Implementation of an anti-epileptic medication management delegation protocol
Career interests: Medicine, Infectious Disease, Critical Care
Hobbies: Sports (especially golf), traveling/spending time outside, photography
Why UW? Starting as a technician as a P1, I have been fortunate to "grow up" in the pharmacy department at UW Health. I wanted to be involved in innovative and impactful resident projects and continue to learn from pharmacists who are passionate about teaching and advancing pharmacy practice. In addition, the residency program at UW Health has many amazing opportunities to learn and grow as an independent pharmacist (such as decentralized staffing), which was important to me in my search. On top of all that, Madison is a great place to live. There are so many great restaurants and endless outdoor activities for all seasons.
Contact E-mail: CGarmoe@uwhealth.org
Pharmacy school: Purdue University
Residency project: Optimization of pharmacist-led oral chemotherapy outreach using a risk-stratification scoring tool
Career interests: Oncology, Pediatrics, Transplant
Hobbies: Tennis, running, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends
Why UW? UW Health offers everything I was looking for in a residency program: diverse clinical experiences, an innovative pharmacy culture, and meaningful opportunities for leadership and teaching. I knew UW was right for me when I saw the pharmacy team’s undeniable enthusiasm for advancing the pharmacy profession and supporting residents. I am very excited to continue my training as part of this amazing program.
Contact email: MHillis@uwhealth.org
Pharmacy school: Northeastern University
Residency project: Review of tobramycin dosing in pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis
Career interests: Pediatrics, Ambulatory Care, Academia
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, watching sports, going to concerts, strength training, and spending time with family and friends
Why UW? During the interview process, I was thoroughly impressed with UW Health’s commitment to elevating pharmacy practice and to providing remarkable healthcare. The robust rotation offerings, impactful research projects, and numerous teaching opportunities offered at UW were all key attributes that I was looking for in a residency program. My visit to Madison solidified my interest in the program, as I was excited to join a community of talented and charismatic pharmacists.
Contact email: TImburgia@uwhealth.org
Pharmacy school: University of Michigan
Residency project: Increasing possession of naloxone by cancer patients on opioids
Career interests: Hematology/Oncology and Infectious Disease
Hobbies: Baking, playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with friends and family
Why UW? UW offers everything I hoped for in a PGY1 program. UW Health's pharmacy practice is incredibly progressive, and pharmacists are regarded as highly valued members of the health care team. The program itself provides ample rotation opportunities in my areas of interest, impactful research projects, and the ability to teach as well as precept pharmacy students. However, the best aspect of UW is the supportive atmosphere. Preceptors, co-residents, and staff are all friendly, driven, and patient-oriented individuals. I am very grateful to work alongside them as a member of the pharmacy department.
Contact E-mail: MKlatt@uwhealth.org
Pharmacy school: South Dakota State University
Residency project: Validation of the Vizient CDB-RM database & creation of a national benchmark tool
Career interests: Cardiology, Medicine, Critical Care, Academia, Research, Infectious Disease, Pharmacogenomics
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, running, panfishing, bonfires, and enjoying local breweries
Why UW? UW has not only checked the boxes for what I want in a residency program (academic medical center, pharmacists highly incorporated into practice, and complex clinical decision making on a daily basis) but has satisfied so many more aspects than I could have ever imagined. The sense of community, number of residents, and connection to the shared UW purpose truly makes the UW residency unique, strong, and personally, the best in the country. The experiences that are offered through the program are vast and the opportunities for specialization in a PGY2 are impressive. I truly can’t think of a better place to do my residency and am excited to partake in everything UW has to offer.
Contact E-mail: CKroll2@uwhealth.org
Pharmacy school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Residency project: Implementation of a heparin continuous infusion dose calculator
Career interests: Pediatrics and Cardiology
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, playing disc golf, going to Badger football and basketball games, watching the Brewers beat the Cubs, watching the Packers win on Sundays, and trying out new beers at local breweries
Why UW? I chose UW Health because of how involved the pharmacists are in every aspect of the patient's care. Additionally, I knew early on during my training I would begin staffing as a clinical pharmacist, which would allow me to develop my skills as a pharmacist and give me the confidence in my abilities to take care of patients. Lastly, the preceptors are all dedicated to my development and enjoy working with residents.
Contact E-mail: JNachreiner@uwhealth.org
Xin (Cindy) Shu
Pharmacy school: University of Toledo
Residency project: Pharmacy workload metrics refinement
Career interests: Pharmacy Informatics, Data Analysis, Automation and Technology, Financial Management, Oncology
Hobbies: Cooking, trying new restaurants, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, playing badminton and ping-pong, painting and sketching, photography and traveling
Why UW? I am impressed with UW in that everything the department has accomplished is a result of resident projects. UW truly values residents. In turn, residents work hard to implement changes that advance the department. Personally, it presents a multitude of opportunities and allows me to specialize and train with some of the most advanced informatics and technology leaders in pharmacy. I am excited to begin pursuing my passions starting here at UW. I hope to optimize health and care outcomes through information and technology. And lastly, I look forward to joining a team of enthusiastic, dedicated and charismatic pharmacists in providing the best patient care in all that we do!
Contact E-mail: XShu@uwhealth.org
Pharmacy School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Residency project: Pharmacist-led immunosuppression dosing delegation protocol in stem cell transplant recipients
Career Interests: Oncology, Critical Care, Practice Advancement
Hobbies: Running, exploring new restaurants and breweries, listening to live music, attending as many Badger game days as possible, sand volleyball
Why UW? The UW Health residency program has everything I was looking for in a program and so much more. The innovative pharmacy practice model here at UW is possible because of the long-standing commitment to excellence in patient care, but also the residency program. As residents, we are supported by an incredible family of passionate pharmacists, technicians and support staff who are committed to our growth and success as clinicians, leaders, preceptors and professionals. By caring for a wide variety of complex patients, staffing on the floors alongside my preceptors and leading impactful projects, I knew this program would prepare me to not only be a successful clinician, but also a leader in the profession. Plus, Madison is a great place to live and the Badger Pharmacist Alumni are second to none!
Contact email: SStiener@uwhealth.org
Pharmacy school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Residency project: Evaluation and implementation of a pain, agitation and delirium protocol in post-surgical cardiothoracic patients
Career interests: Infectious Disease, Critical Care, Nutrition, Drug Information/Drug Policy
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, attending concerts and trying new breweries
Why UW? UW had a lot of qualities I was looking for as a resident including unique rotational experiences, decentralized staffing, a progressive pharmacy practice model and longitudinal projects that focused on implementation to promote the practice of pharmacy and improve patient care. However, the biggest thing that led me to UW were the pharmacists. They are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about teaching.
Contact E-mail: MWimmer@uwhealth.org