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Oncology

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Residency training programs in Pharmacy are held within the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and the University of Illinois Medical Center. The Department of Pharmacy Practice, home department of all residency trainees, is the most comprehensive unit of its type in the United States and continues a tradition of exemplary service through its mission of providing quality education, research, and patient care. The department educates and trains students, residents, and fellows as well as practicing pharmacists to become nationally recognized for their leadership, knowledge and competence in practice, research, and teaching.

The University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center and the College of Pharmacy are pleased to offer a one-year specialized residency in Oncology Pharmacy. As a graduate of this program, you will be a skilled practitioner with extensive training in didactic and clinical teaching as well as clinical research. You can choose from an array of oncology training sites to gain individualized experience as an oncology clinician. You will also gain valuable leadership and personal management skills to help you care for patients with cancer.

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The Oncology PGY2 Residency is for practitioners desiring advanced training in oncology pharmacotherapy through provision of clinical experiences to create a well-rounded, fully competent specialist.

As an oncology specialty resident you will:

  • Develop expertise, knowledge and skills in oncology therapeutics.
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary health-care team offering patient-specific therapeutic interventions to treat, cure, rehabilitate and alleviate medical conditions and diseases unique to cancer patients.
  • Enhance your skills in conducting clinical research.
  • Strengthen your communication skills by presenting formal and informal lectures, writing professional manuscripts and leading interdisciplinary discussions.

UIC’s Oncology PGY2 Residency provides opportunities for advanced training in all areas related to cancer. During each rotation you will work closely with your primary preceptor, highly qualified pharmacists, as well as oncology physicians and other allied health professionals.

The resident will have an academic appointment at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy. The resident is expected to complete one major residency project within the year. The resident will engage in the co-precepting of students, and serve as lecturer and recitation facilitator. Participation in the Clinical Pharmacy On-Call program is also required.

The residents must hold a PharmD degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy and be licensed in the State of Illinois. Completion of a pharmacy practice residency is required.

Appointments will be for 12 months beginning July 1st. A competitive salary and benefits package is offered.

Clinical

  • Research / project time: 1-2 months

Teaching

  • Didactic lectures in oncology therapeutics course at the UIC College of Pharmacy (2)
  • Leader for recitation classes in oncology therapeutics course (2)
  • Nursing in-services
  • ACPE-accredited seminar
  • Teaching certification program
  • Oncology Forum Conference
  • Co-Preceptor for fourth year pharmacy students on clerkship rotations
  • Ambulatory Care Morning Conference for fourth year pharmacy students

Research

  • Research project to be presented at HOPA conference
  • Manuscript development and submission

Requirements

  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency
  • Licensure in Illinois
  • Able to start residency on July 1

Required rotations

  • Ambulatory Oncology
  • Hematology / Stem Cell Transplant
  • Inpatient Medical Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology Drug Investigation
  • Oncology Pharmacy Operations
  • Adult Leukemia Longitudinal Clinic
  • GVHD Longitudinal Clinic

Elective rotations

  • Anticoagulation
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Specialty Pharmacy

Faculty & Preceptor Information

Sandra Cuellar, PharmD, BCOP
Co-Director, Oncology Residency
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Outpatient Medical Oncology and Hematology

Christina Haaf, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
Co-Director, Oncology Residency
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Inpatient Medical Oncology and Hematology

Patrick Fleming PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clincal Pharmacist, Outpatient Medical Oncology and Hematology

Latha Radhakrishanan, BCOP, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Inpatient Medical Oncology

Karen Sweiss, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Inpatient Medical Oncology and Hematology

David Chan PharmD, BCOP
Clincial Assitant Professor
Investigational Drug Service

Michael Pacini, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Investigational Drug Service

Alan Gross PharmD, BCPS, AQID
Clinical Assistant Professor
Antimicrobial Stweardship Pharmacist

Eric Wenzler PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Lauren Oliveri PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics

Isabel Porto, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics

Christopher Schumpp, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy Services, Ambulatory Pharmacy

Amanda Seddon, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS
Assistant Professor
Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Therapy Pharmacy Clinical Specialist
Rush University

Members of this team are responsible for direct patient care of cancer patients treated at UI Health in Chicago. Many of these individuals have innovative practice sites with collaborative prescribing agreements with their physician colleagues. Each member is actively involved in medical center, quality improvement, and departmental committees. In addition to patient care responsibilities, team members are also responsible for experiential training of pharmacy students and pharmacy residents, didactic teaching, research, and other scholarly activities related to their specialty areas.

2021 – 2022

Since 1969, over 300 pharmacists successfully trained in our ASHP-accredited first-year post-graduate residency program. In addition, we have graduated over 100 individuals in our various specialized pharmacy residencies that encompass a wide range of fields that is second to none. Our diverse faculty, in combination with the numerous progressive practice sites, provides our residents with an experience like no other. Our residency alumnae hold prominent positions within the pharmacy academia, industry, and professional organizations nationwide and are leaders in the world of pharmacy practice. We are proud of our tradition, our outcomes and our graduates. With the increasing expectations of the public and other health professionals to improve the lives of cancer patients, we are confident that our residency program will grow and develop to meet this challenge.

We are offering a year-long post graduate year 2 (PGY2) ASHP-accredited, specialized residency in Oncology Pharmacy to continue a tradition that has been offered for over 10 years. Each faculty member is responsible for direct patient care in each of their areas of expertise, practicing in innovative practice sites. Additionally, each faculty member is active in the medical center, quality improvement initiatives, and departmental committees. Lastly, in addition to direct patient care responsibilities, each faculty member is responsible for experiential training of pharmacy students and pharmacy residents, didactic teaching, research, and other scholarly activities related to their specialty areas. The goal of this residency is to afford the opportunity to develop expert knowledge and skills in the area of oncology pharmacotherapy through clinical service, education, and scholarly activities

Past Residents

2006 – 2007    Karen Sweiss, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Hematology/Stem Cell Transplant Clinical Pharmacist
UI Health, Chicago

2007 – 2008    MyChau Nguyen Brikshavana, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Oncology Pharmacist
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

2008 – 2009    Janny Yu, PharmD, BCOP
Hematology/BMT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
City of Hope, San Gabriel, California

2009 – 2010    Susan Woelich, PharmD, BCOP
BMT/Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
St. Louis University Hospital

2010 – 2011    Kelly Valla, PharmD, BCOP
Hematology/Oncology/BMT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Emory Healthcare

2012 – 2013    Katie Culos, PharmD, BCOP
Cellular Therapy Clinical Pharmacist
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

2013 – 2014    Seema Patel, PharmD, BCOP
Stem Cell Transplant Pharmacist
University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio

2014 – 2015    Jaime Kimmel Kaushik, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist
MD Anderson Cancer Center

2015 – 2016    Jennifer Anderson Jeretina, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS
Medical Science Liaison – Oncology
Eli Lilly

2016 – 2017    Nicole Gerardo, PharmD, BCOP
Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

2017 – 2018    Tetyana Melynk, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist, Investigational Drug Services
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

2017 – 2018    Nora Alkhudair, PharmD
Assistant Professor, Head of Experiential Education Unit
King Saud University, College of Pharmacy, Saudi Arabia

2018 – 2019    Pohung Lin, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS
Clinical Oncology Pharmacist
Taipei Medical University-Shuangho Hospital, Taiwan

2019 – 2020    Jamie Thomas, PharmD
Hematology-Oncology Pharmacist
Loyola Medicine

2020 – 2021    Kaily Kurzweil, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist – Bone Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Sandra Cuellar, PharmD, BCOP Heading link

Co-Director, Oncology Residency
Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Pharmacist, Outpatient Medical Oncology and Hematology

833 South Wood Street, Room 164, MC 886, Chicago, Illinois 60612-7230

Christina Mactal Haaf, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS Heading link

Co-Director, Oncology Residency
Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Pharmacist, Inpatient Medical Oncology and Hematology

833 South Wood Street, Room 164, MC 886, Chicago, Illinois 60612-7230