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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

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Front of college of pharmacy building

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. The Department of Pharmacy Practice 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.

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The PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The PGY1 pharmacy residency at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) provides training in overall delivery of healthcare with a major emphasis placed on drug-related issues and practices. During this one-year program, the resident effectively makes the transition from student to independent practitioner under guidance from the clinical faculty. The program also serves to prepare well those planning further specialized training (e.g. PGY2 residencies, fellowships). The main goals of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program are to develop competent clinical pharmacists capable of practicing in any setting by providing exposure to a diverse scope of pharmaceutical care services while fostering leaders in clinical pharmacy practice and education.

UIC PGY1 residents are required to complete 1-month-long rotations in internal medicine, critical care, pediatrics, specialty medicine, drug information, and pharmacy systems. Additionally, a longitudinal ambulatory care clinic experience is required. Based on their professional goals and interests, the resident also will select five elective rotations that can be completed in a variety of clinical areas including, but not limited to, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant, hematology/oncology, critical care, pediatrics, family medicine/academia, hepatology, ambulatory care clinic, and toxicology. Residents will also conduct a research project, present an ACPE-accredited continuing education seminar, and participate in the teaching certificate program. In addition to the clinical services provided during clinical rotations, the resident will participate in the in-house, clinical on-call program. During on-call shifts, residents will respond to drug information questions from medical services throughout the hospital and outpatient clinics; respond to adult and pediatric number 1 emergencies, stroke codes, and rapid response team calls; provide pharmacokinetic evaluations; conduct discharge medication counseling; and participate in the distributive functions of the department, among other activities. On-call cases will be presented and discussed during Resident Report. Former UIC residents and fellows often identify “report” as the most rewarding aspect of the pharmacy practice residency and the greatest contributing factor to their clinical skills development.


To assist the Medical Center in providing 24-hour, clinical pharmacy coverage to all UIC patients, 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


  • Experiential teaching and precepting of P1-P4 students
  • ACPE-accredited seminar
  • One lecture to P1s in the Grand Rounds course
  • Two lectures to P2s and P3s in the Topics in Post-Graduate Training elective course
  • In-services (as needed)
  • Teaching certificate program


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


  • The PGY1 Residency requires a PharmD degree
  • Pharmacist 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
  • Critical Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Specialty Medicine
  • Drug Information
  • Pharmacy Systems
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic (Longitudinal)

ELECTIVE ROTATIONS – Resident may choose 5 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


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

Current Residents

Resident School Email
Reham Awad UIC
Neha Betrabet University of Texas at Austin
Alison Doane Wayne St. University
Michael Eagon Ohio Northern University
Elizabeth Foster University of North Carolina
Jenna Januszka University of Sciences (PCP)
Kaitlyn Legg West Virginia University
Jessie Lu University of Washington
Melissa Matcha University of Iowa
Johanna Papanikolla UIC
Dimple Patel University of Florida
Danielle Sanchez UIC

Since 1969, 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. 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 with the increasing expectations of the public and other health professional to improve the lives of patients, we are confident that our residency programs will grow and develop to meet this challenge. The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency has long provided unique and exceptional training experiences through its large number of rotation sites, preceptors, the on-call program and resident report. Coupled with the Residency Project, ACPE-accredited seminar and the Teaching Certificate program, this rigorous program provides a strong basis for multiple career pathways.

Past Residents Pharmacy Practice 2020-2021

Resident School First Position
Evan Atchley University of Colorado PGY2 Adult Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Anastasia Engeleit University of Florida PGY2 Critical Care, UIC
Sophia Gilardone UIC
Erin Hermes Chicago State University PGY2 Ambulatory Care, UIC
Eden Keller Xavier University Academia/Family Medicine Fellow, UIC
Kenil Patel University of Cincinnati
Andrew Posen UIC PGY2 Emergency Medicine, UIC
Hali Ramirez UIC PGY2 Ambulatory Care, UIC
Caleb Rux University of Iowa PGY2 Infectious Diseases, Michigan Medicine
Sarvnaz Sadrameli University of Texas at Austin PGY2 Hematology/Oncology, UW Health
Samantha Socco UIC PGY2 Clinical Pharmacogenomics, UIC
Emily Viehl UIC PGY2 Oncology, Froedtert Hospital

Past Residents Pharmacy Practice 2019-2020

Resident School First Position
Kaitlyn Dalton UIC PGY2 Critical Care, UIC
Melissa Durst University of Wisconsin - Madison PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant, University of Wisconsin
Mark Jao UIC PGY2 Oncology, UW Medical Center / Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Hannah Kim UIC PGY2 Emergency Medicine, UIC
Kaily Kurzweil University of Missouri – Kansas City PGY2 Oncology, UIC
Jasmine Mangrum University of Iowa Academia Fellowship, University of Washington College of Pharmacy
Jane McCullough UIC PGY2 Oncology, Froedert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
Dana Pierce UIC PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant, UIC
Nicole Saccone Medical University of South Carolina PGY2 Cardiology, UIC
Melody Saunders University of Florida PGY2 Pediatrics, Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center
Corinne Songer UIC PGY2 Pediatrics, UIC
Tiffany Wu University of Texas at Austin PGY2 Infectious Diseases, Henry Ford Hospital

Past Residents Pharmacy Practice 2018-2019

Resident School First Position
Joette Amundaray Miller University of Florida PGY2 Pediatrics, UIC
Enela Aliaj UIC PGY2 Oncology, Northwestern
Lauren Cunningham UIC PGY2 Ambulatory Care, UIC
Erin Pozzolano Thomas Jefferson PGY2 Cardiology, UIC
Anesia Reticker UIC PGY2 Transplant, UIC
Karina Rudenberg University of Oklahoma ED Clinical Pharmacist, Northwest Community Hospital
Asia Rujevcan Kansas University PGY2 ED, Ohio State University
Kaitlin Siela University of Missouri-Kansas City PGY2 Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic
Jamie Thomas UIC PGY2 Oncology, UIC
Benito Valdepenas UIC PGY2 Transplant, UIC
Hannah Whittemore UCSF PGY2 Ambulatory Care, UIC

Past Residents Pharmacy Practice 2017-2018

Resident School First Position
Emily Armgardt UIC PGY2 Oncology Memorial Sloan Kettering
Jovan Borjan UIC PGY2 Infectious Diseases, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Marissa Brizzi Florida PGY2 HIV, UIC
Devon Burhoe Auburn PGY2 EM UIC
Nicole Coglianese Butler PGY2 Pediatrics Texas Children's Hospital
Elizabeth Eitzen UIC PGY2 Critical Care Advocate Lutheran General
Sandy Ezzat UIC-Rockford PGY2 Critical Care Kingsbrook Jewish
Kristina Falk UIC PGY2 Amb Care UIC
Melika Fini UNC PGY2 Oncology Froedert
Kathryn Mundi VCU Clinical Pharmacist Kaiser Permanente Baltimore
Alisha Patel UIC PGY2 EM University of Chicago
Khushbu Tejani Georgia PGY2 Organ Transplant UIC
Hannah Underwood Kentucky PGY2 Organ Transplant New York Presbyterian

Past Residents Pharmacy Practice 2016-2017

Resident School First Position
Kevin Chang UIC PGY2 Critical Care North Carolina
Elina Delgado Incarnate Word PGY2 Geriatrics Texas
Anne Marie Guthrie Kentucky PGY2 EM Kentucky
Sarah Hausner Oklahoma PGY2 Psychiatry North Texas
Ashley Loethen Wisconsin PGY2 Transplant Cincinnati
Tetyana Melnyk UIC PGY2 Oncology UIC
Jamie Micheletto Georgia Critical Care Presence St Josephs
Rachel Murdock Kentucky PGY2 Amb Care UIC

Past Residents Pharmacy Practice 2015-2016

Resident School First Position
Meghan Glynn Purdue PGY2 Transplant Henry Ford
Maggie Guinta Georgia PGY2 Critical Care
Clare Kane UIC PGY2 Transplant Kentucky
Emily Kilber Arizona PGY2 EM Arizona
John Lyons Pittsburgh PGY2 Transplant Univ of Texas
Kristin Progar UIC PGY2 Transplant UIC
Maressa Santarossa Wayne State PGY2 ID Michigan
Melissa Santibanez NovaSoutheastern PGY2 Critical Care New York Presbyterian
Michael Schmidt UIC PGY2 Oncology Rush Medical Center
Suhair Shawar Colorado PGY2 EM Ohio State
Vince Soriano UIC PGY2 Critical Care Rush Medical Center

Kirsten H. Ohler, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS Heading link

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, PGY1 Residency Program

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