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International Pharmacy Residency Programs

  • 49 Years of excellence in pharmacy residency training.

  • 300 Pharmacists successfully trained in our ASHP- accredited first-year-post-graduate program.

  • 100 Graduated in our various specialized pharmacy residencies that encompass a wide range of fields that is second to none.

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College of Pharmacy Front

Pharmacy residency training programs are held within the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health). The Department of Pharmacy Practice, the 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 recognized for their leadership, knowledge and competence in practice, research, and teaching.

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To assist the Hospital in providing 24-hour, clinical pharmacy coverage to all UIC patients, PGY1 residents participate in the On-Call Program, which provides overnight and weekend clinical services. On-call activities typically include responding to “codes,” evaluating antibiotic therapies and adverse drug reactions; monitoring pharmacokinetics; and providing nutrition support and patient counseling services. Residents discuss their on-call cases during daily resident report meetings. Former UIC residents and fellows often identify this program as the most rewarding aspect of the pharmacy practice residency and the greatest contributing factor to their clinical skills development.


  • Experiential teaching and precepting of P1-P4 students
  • ACPE-accredited seminar
  • One lecture in either grand Rounds or Experiential Course
  • In-services (as needed)
  • Teaching certificate program
  • Required one month Academic rotation


  • At least one main project to be presented at Great Lakes
  • Participation in ongoing clinical research as desired
  • Manuscript development and submission


  • The PGY1 Residency requires a PharmD degree from an ACPE accredited program
  • Licensure in Illinois
  • Ability to start the residency on July 1.

With more than 90 clinical faculty members associated with the program, the Pharmacy Practice Residency offers rotation opportunities at a diverse range of practice sites.


  • Internal Medicine (2 months)
  • Critical Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Academia Medicine
  • Drug Information
  • Pharmacy Systems
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic (Longitudinal)

ELECTIVE ROTATIONS – Resident may choose 4 from the following sites:


  • Academia
  • Administration
  • Internal Medicine
  • BMT
  • MICU
  • Cardiology
  • Neonatology
  • Clinical Research
  • Neurosurgery
  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Oncology
  • CT Surgery
  • Drug Information
  • Organ Transplant
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Gastroenterology
  • PICU
  • Infectious Disease
  • Toxicology

Ambulatory Care

  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiology
  • Community Health
  • Dialysis
  • Family Practice
  • General Medicine
  • HIV/Infectious Diseases
  • MTMS
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Women’s Health


Shelia Allen, PharmD, BCPS

Jennie Jarrett, PharmD, MMedEd, BCPS, FCCP


Stephanie Dwyer, PharmD, BCCP

Robert J. DiDomenico, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology), FCCP, FHFSA, FACC

Vicki Groo, PharmD

Erika Hellenbart, PharmD, BCPS

Jessica Tilton, PharmD, BCACP

Critical Care

Scott T. Benken, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology)

Keri Kim, PharmD, MS CTS, BCPS

Jeffrey J. Mucksavage, PharmD, BCPS

Eljim P. Tesoro, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Drug Information

Janna Afanasjeva, PharmD, BCPS

Michael Gabay, PharmD, JD, BCPS, FCCP

Heather Ipema, PharmD, BCPS

Courtney Krueger, PharmD, BCPS

Ryan Rodriguez, PharmD, BCPS

Katherine Sarna, PharmD, BCPS

Rita Soni, PharmD, BCPS

Samantha Spencer, PharmD, BCPS

Emergency Medicine / Toxicology

Frank Paloucek, PharmD, DABAT, FASHP

Renee Petzel Gimbar, PharmD, FAACT

 Infectious Disease

Melissa Badowski, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCIDP, BCPS, AAHIVP

Rodrigo Burgos, PharmD, AAHIVP

Alan Gross, PharmD, BCPS (AQ ID), BCIDP

Sarah Michienzi, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP

Renata Smith, PharmD, AAHIVP

Eric Wenzler, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Internal Medicine

Peggy Choye, PharmD, BCPS

Julie Jun, PharmD, BCPS

Mike Koronkowski, PharmD, BCGP

Charles McPherson III, PharmD

Mat Thambi, PharmD, MPH


Sandy Cuellar, PharmD, BCOP

Christina Haaf, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS

Patrick Fleming, PharmD, BCOP

Jin Han, PharmD, PhD

Latha Radhakrishnan, BCOP, BCPS

Karen Sweiss, PharmD, BCOP


Leslie Briars, PharmD, FPPAG

Kirsten Ohler, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Lauren Oliveri, PharmD, BCPPS

Jennifer Pham, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Isabel Porto, PharmD, BCPPS

Solid Organ Transplant

Jamie Benken, PharmD, BCPS

Maya Campara, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FAST

David Choi, PharmD, BCACP

Alicia Lichvar, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Shree Patel, PharmD, BCPS

Cassie Stromayer Muran, PharmD, BCPS

Mia Schmiedeskamp-Rahe, PharmD, PhD

Ambulatory Care

Rebekah Hanson Anguiano, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Aimee Chevalier, PharmD

Beatrice Drambarean, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Mitra Habibi, PharmD

Nina Huynh, PharmD, BCPS

Katie Kaczmarski, PharmD, BCACP, AE-C

Shiyun Kim, PharmD, CDE, BCACP, BCPP

Michelle Martin, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP

Rachel Murdock, PharmD, BCACP

Erin Pozzolano, PharmD

Nancy Shapiro, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP

John Shilka, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Daphne Smith Marsh, PharmD, CDE

Paul Stranges, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Ellen Uppuluri, PharmD, BCACP

Elizabeth Van Dril, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Lori Wilken, PharmD, AE-C, BCACP, TT-S

Year Resident School Email
2023 – 2024 Yiwen Chung The Ohio State University

Since 1969, the tradition of excellence in pharmacy residency training at UIC has contributed to the national advancement of clinical pharmacy practice. Over 300 pharmacists successfully trained in our ASHP- accredited first-year-post-graduate 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. The goal of this unique PGY1 Pharmacy Residency for International Graduates is to continue to influence and expand clinical pharmacy practice by preparing international graduates to take their skills beyond our national borders. 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 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, and we are confident that our residency programs will grow to meet the universal challenge of providing excellent clinical pharmacy care.

Past Residents

Year Resident School First Position
2021 – 2022 Mohammed Al Zahrani St. Louis College of Pharmacy
2020 – 2021 Tracy (Xunjie) Zhang Ohio State University PGY2 Oncology, UIC
2019 – 2020 Yiwei Yin University of Michigan Clinical Pharmacist,
Shanghai Chest Hospital
2018 – 2019 Nancy (Lan Hsi) Lin University of Buffalo Clinical Pharmacist,
Koo-Foundation SunYat-Sen Cancer Center,
Taipei, Taiwan
2017 – 2018 Po Hung Lin UIC PGY2 Oncology,
2016 – 2017 Vicky (Yu Hsueh) Wu UIC Clinical Pharmacist,
Critical Care, Wanfang Hospital,
Taipei, Taiwan

Peggy Choye, Pharm.D., BCPS Heading link

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Internal Medicine

833 South Wood Street, Room 164, College of Pharmacy, Chicago, Illinois 60612