Madison Irwin, PharmD

PGY-2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy Resident
PGY-1 Health-System Pharmacy Resident


Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Pharmacy School: Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

PGY-1 (if current PGY-2): Michigan Medicine

Why did you choose Michigan's residency program? In looking for residency programs, I sought out those at academic medical centers with large residency classes. It was important to me to build a strong network of peers as a new practitioner. Furthermore, Michigan offers a wide range of rotations and PGY-2 programs. As someone who was interested in various areas of practice, this was appealing to me. Finally, the emphasis placed on research by the program and institution played a significant role in my decision. Turns out I liked it so much I stayed for a second year!

Research Topic: Use of Low-Dose Naltrexone for Chronic Pain

Writing Topic: The Painful Truth of Opioid Allergies and Our Itch to Find Out

Hobbies outside of pharmacy: Gardening, hanging out with my pet rabbits (Sassafras and Horton), reading, and listening to podcasts

Favorite Book: Most recently-A Constellation of Vital Phenomena 

Favorite Movie: The Talented Mr. Ripley or Jane Eyre (2011 version)

Favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor: Mani

Advice for future residents: Residency/applying for residency can already be a weird and stressful time. This year, we have COVID to thank for making it even weirder! As cheesy as it sounds, try to reframe it as a learning experience in dealing with the unknown and uncomfortable. As always, be kind to yourself and others.

Advice on how to prepare for Michigan winters: Buy a coat that could be mistaken for a sleeping bag, wool socks, and a thermos to keep your coffee (or other beverage of choice) hot.