Alyssa Ferrie

Alyssa Ferrie - Pharmacy ResidentPGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident


Moorhead, MN

Pharmacy School/Graduation Year

University of Minnesota, 2013

PGY1 Residency Location

Froedtert Hospital

PGY1 Rotations

Operations Administration, Emergency Department, Academia, Drug Policy, Infectious Disease, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Ambulatory Oncology, Internal Medicine, Clinical Administration

PGY1 Residency Project

Ambulatory Vaccination Improvement Project

Currently we are falling below system goals for pneumococcal and influenza vaccination rates. Nationally, adult vaccination rates remain below public health goals. Additionally, we currently do not have a process in place to administer or bill for the Zostavax vaccine and are sending patients to outside pharmacies. The goal of my project is to improve overall vaccination rates in our ambulatory clinics by developing and implementing a pharmacist driven vaccination screening protocol as well as collaborative practice agreements for specific clinics, patient populations and pharmacies to allow for pharmacist ordering and administering of vaccinations including Zostavax.

Why did you choose to pursue a residency?

I felt residency was an important part of my continued education and development as a new pharmacist. I wanted to further develop my baseline clinical skills and broaden my health systems pharmacy experience. I knew there was still so much to learn both clinically and operationally in a new environment. As a resident you are able to take ownership of direct patient care but continue to improve your skills in a supportive learning environment which focuses on feedback and new learning experiences.

What attracted you to Froedtert’s pharmacy residency program?

I wanted to pursue a residency at an academic medical center that was focused on education and development of students and new practitioners. Froedtert offers many clinical specialties, is a level 1 trauma center and a transplant center which provides endless opportunities for rotation experience. The unique resident staffing model at Froedtert allows you to develop close relationships with other members of the health care team and provide continuity of care for our patients. Because I have interest in administration it was important for me to have an active and engaged leadership team who are focused on advancing the profession and leading change. Every single person I interviewed with enthusiastically discussed their new projects, initiatives and Froedtert’s goals of improving patient care.

Professional interests

Administration, Internal Medicine, Academia, Emergency Medicine, Ambulatory Care


Camping, hiking, all types of water activities, watching and playing sports, enjoying craft beers.

What's your favorite thing to do in Milwaukee?

Explore downtown restaurants and shops, walk along the lakefront or river, play volleyball at Bradford beach, check out the summer festivals and go on brewery tours!