Pharmacy Residents

PGY1 pharmacy residents at the Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy include:

Current Residents (as of June 31)

Dr. Christopher Johnson graduated from Oregon State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology before obtaining his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Johnson is currently participating in his second year of the 24-month PGY1 Residency, Practice and Academic Leadership Emphasis at CUW, where he serves as an ambulatory care pharmacist and instructor in the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Johnson is also pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree, with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning from CUW as part of the residency program.

Practice/Scholarly Interests

  • Ambulatory care pharmacy practice
  • Medically underserved pharmacy practice
  • Academia
  • Chronic disease management
  • Leadership development

Practice Setting Description
Dr. Johnson currently practices at Milwaukee Health Services’ Martin Luther King Heritage Health Center in Milwaukee. This federally qualified health center (FQHC) serves as a safety net for urban underserved patients in Milwaukee. Dr. Johnson collaborates with other health care providers to manage patients struggling with chronic diseases.

Residency Project Description
Dr. Johnson’s residency project is utilizing the Delphi process to identify the attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and skills that pharmacists should possess in order to practice in an urban underserved setting. The results of this project may help inform curriculum development.

Special Interests/Hobbies

  • Legislative policy and advocacy for the advancement of pharmacy practice on the state and national level
  • Serves as a New Practitioner Mentor for CUW’s APhA-ASP chapter

Why I chose the CUW PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
“I chose Concordia because it gives me the opportunity to build a variety of skills while caring for the underserved in our community. This program fits my long-term goals of preparing to be an outstanding ambulatory care pharmacist and pharmacy faculty member. The Master’s program will also help me stand out from the crowd when I look for a faculty position.”

Dr. Brian Nguyen received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 2016.

During this residency year in the 12-month PGY1 Residency, Urban Underserved and Ambulatory Care Emphasis, he’ll be practicing as an ambulatory care pharmacist in an urban underserved clinic, and also serving as an instructor and preceptor to students at the CUW School of Pharmacy.

Practice/Scholarly Interests

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory care pharmacy practice
  • Management of chronic conditions
  • Interdisciplinary patient care and improvement in patient outcomes

Practice Setting Description
Dr. Nguyen currently practices at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) in the Milwaukee Clinic. ARCW is a nationally recognized Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) that provides medical, dental, pharmacy, counseling, housing, food, and legal services for HIV-positive patients. Pharmacy residents at ARCW practice in the retail pharmacy and in the medical clinic. In both cases, they’re an integrated part of the patients’ health care team.

Residency Project Description

  • Implementation of a new comprehensive medication management clinic in a PCMH and evaluating the impact of health outcomes in HIV positive patients

Special Interests/ Hobbies

  • Traveling
  • Enjoying the outdoors
  • Sporting events and festivals

Why I chose the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at CUW
“I chose the CUW residency program because this program allows me to develop skills in teaching and skills to help advance ambulatory care practice in an urban underserved setting. The comprehensive training I receive here affords me the flexibility to pursue positions in ambulatory pharmacy practice or as a pharmacy practice faculty member.”

Alumni (as of June 31)

Practice Site:  Second-year site was Milwaukee Health Services Inc., Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Clinic

Graduation Date: June 2016

Project: “Pharmacy Students’ Performance and Perception of Physical Assessment Skills as the Result of Receiving Instruction.” The education-based project was focused on the impact of instruction on students’ perceived confidence and rubric-based ability to perform cardiovascular and renal physical assessment.

Current site of employment: Following my residency I was hired as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at CUW-SOP.

How did the residency program help you grow into the practitioner that you wanted to be?
“The residency program provided the flexibility and autonomy to engage in experiences that I was passionate about. Also, I received the support I needed from my preceptors to advance clinically and academically in ways I needed to, but was also encouraged to leverage the strengths I already had. In receiving training that was not solely focused on correcting deficiencies, I was able to advance farther than I ever thought possible.”

Practice Site: AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) and Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy (CUW—SOP)

Graduation Date: June 2016

Project: Implementation and preliminary outcomes of a clinic-based multidisciplinary smoking cessation program for people living with HIV.

Current Site of Employment: Recently moved to Denver, Colorado and currently looking for a job in ambulatory and HIV care.

How did the residency program help you grow into the practitioner that you wanted to be?
“The people I met during my 12 months were the most influential in my development. I grew from my experiences with so many different types of people: patients, pharmacists, residency project advisers, faculty, co-residents, nurses, doctors, pharmacy technicians, and case managers. All of these people taught me lessons that made me a more enlightened person and a more seasoned practitioner. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in such a well-rounded and diverse residency program.”