See FAQs specifically for the ARCW/12-Month Urban Underserved Emphasis and MHSI/24-Month Practice and Academic Leadership Emphasis.

How does your program approach the residency project?

Concordia University Wisconsin has the benefit of time to allow you to identify and choose your own residency project. We believe in resident autonomy: choose between focusing on a practice or an education project for residency completion. Ample opportunities also exist for residents to do multiple projects that do NOT result in a manuscript as expected for their formal residency project.

The resident’s year will begin with participation in activities to prepare the resident for identifying, implementing, and disseminating their project work, followed by project selection and completion over the remaining time of their residency.

The Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy’s residency program will be recognized nationally not only for its exceptional graduates, but also for innovation in residency education. Other institutions will seek to model our approach in simultaneously meeting the growing demand for pharmacy practice faculty members while contributing to the enhancement of ambulatory pharmacy practices in urban underserved areas.

What do you expect CUW—SOP residents to accomplish?

Graduates of our program will be highly sought faculty members and/or ambulatory care pharmacists desired for their advanced academic preparation and experiences in developing urban underserved ambulatory care practices.

Our graduates will be able to combine an advanced pharmacotherapy knowledge base with formative teaching, scholarship, and service experiences to be highly effective members of the academy upon residency graduation. Schools/colleges of pharmacy and pharmacy graduates looking to become pharmacy practice faculty members with an ambulatory care focus will consider us the premier training site for post-PharmD education. Practice sites will desire our residents’ experience in practice development to advance the level of service provided at their institutions.

If I’m interested in applying to multiple sites within your program, do I submit one application for the program or one for each site?

You’ll only submit one application to our program but will select as many sites as you’re interested in.

If I’m applying to multiple sites in your program, do I pay a separate application fee for each site I’m interested in?

You’ll only be charged one fee for applying to multiple sites within our program.

As an applicant, do I submit one cover letter to the entire program or a cover letter for each individual site?

Applicants will have the option of submitting an individual cover letter to each site or one general cover letter that includes one paragraph directed to each site you’re applying to. Preference isn’t given to individual or combined cover letters. Please use the format you feel will most benefit your application.

Do I need references to write letters that are specific to each site or should they be directed to the entire program?

Reference letters should be written as common letters to all sites and shouldn’t be directed to individual sites.

What conferences will I be able to attend?

12-month residents will receive a $1,000 professional development stipend to offset the cost of attending professional meetings of their choosing annually. 24-month residents will receive a $2,000 professional development stipend to offset the cost of attending two professional meetings of their choosing annually. Residents will be encouraged to attend a diversity of meetings that represent their professional and developmental interests.

NOTE: 24-month residents MUST attend the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting at least once during their residency.

What are my staffing expectations?

There’s no formal staffing required as a part of this residency. Residents may choose to work some weekends at another practice site as long as their duties don’t interfere with completion of residency-related activities.

Will I get a PGY2 for 24 months of residency experience?

Once further experience with this year is gained, PGY2 status may be pursued. However, graduates will receive a PGY1, as well as have the possibility of completing or making significant progress toward a Master’s in Education.

What’s the local area like?

Mequon, Wisconsin, is 20 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. The first-year practice site is in Milwaukee.

Enjoy the smaller community and rural feel of Mequon and surrounding cities such as Cedarburg and Grafton. Located in Ozaukee County along Lake Michigan, there are numerous community events throughout the year, as well as great recreation. If you prefer an urban feel, Milwaukee is a host to major professional sports teams, museums, theaters, and numerous independent restaurants.