Rena Gosser

Rena Gosser, Pharmacy ResidentPGY2 Drug Information Pharmacy Resident


Waukegan, IL

Pharmacy School/Graduation Year

University of Minnesota, 2012

PGY1 Residency Location

Froedtert Hospital

PGY1 Rotations

Emergency Department, Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Academia, Residency Administration, Bone Marrow Transplant, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Diabetes Assessment and Resource Team and Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

PGY1 Residency Project

Pharmacist Impact on Acute Ischemic Stroke Care in the Emergency Department

This project focused on creating a pharmacist role on the Froedtert Acute Stroke Team (FAST), as well as a retrospective analysis of the impact that pharmacists had on the accuracy of alteplase dosing, minimizing door to alteplase time, and assisting in recognition of contraindications to alteplase therapy.

PGY2 Rotations

Medication Utilization I & II, Investigational Drug Services (IDS), Medication Safety, Pharmacy Supply Chain and Purchasing, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Clinical Practice Management and Pharmacy Informatics

PGY2 Residency Project

Alignment and Implementation of a Medication Restriction Process across a Health System

The purpose of this project is to design, align, and implement a comprehensive inpatient medication restriction process across Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin (FMCW). Hospitals at FMCW have recently begun the process of aligning Pharmacy, Nutrition and Therapeutics Committees to diminish duplication of formulary efforts. Hospitals at FMCW utilize guided use strategies to varying degrees to promote appropriate medication use. Compliance with medication restrictions however, is always challenging. As medication costs continue to climb, it becomes increasingly important to align formulary restrictions across FMCW to minimize medication spend and optimize patient care.

Why did you choose to pursue a residency?

I decided to pursue a residency in order to broaden my clinical knowledge and gain experience as a clinical pharmacist. Pharmacy is a unique profession in that there are a multitude of specialties one can consider. Completing a PGY1 residency allowed me to explore these specialties, while the PGY2 in Drug Information allows me to continually delve into these areas on a daily basis to inform institutional policy and practice. Being a residency-trained pharmacist also provides exposure to career opportunities that may not necessarily be present without this training.

What attracted you to Froedtert’s pharmacy residency program?

I was attracted to Froedtert’s residency program for the diverse rotation options, the opportunity to precept students, and the ability to earn a teaching certificate through Concordia University of Wisconsin College of Pharmacy. The academic medical center environment was especially appealing, as well as the impressive professional experience of the residency preceptors. The progressive nature of Froedtert Hospital would allow me to learn and grow as a clinical pharmacist at the forefront of pharmacy practice.

Professional Interests

Organizational Leadership, Formulary Management, Oncology and Geriatrics


Soccer, gardening and painting

What's your favorite thing to do in Milwaukee?

I absolutely love the Brewers and try to go to as many games as possible. The summer festivals and Bradford Beach are one of a kind!