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PGY1 Specialty Pharmacy

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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 Hospital and Health Sciences System. 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.

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The PGY1 residency program builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency in Specialty Pharmacy is a dynamic program bringing together experiences within the UI Health Specialty Pharmacy Clinical Care Center, specialty outpatient clinics, and the dually accredited health system specialty pharmacy. The goal of this program is to produce a specialty pharmacy practitioner with advanced knowledge of the specialty pharmacy practice model and specialty disease state management. Upon completion of this program, graduates are well-positioned for a role in any specialty pharmacy setting or may pursue a PGY2 or fellowship for further specialized training.


The resident will participate in our specialty pharmacy on-call program which includes weekly remote on-call shifts. The resident will have about 2 on-call shifts per month. The on-call shift requires responding to patients’ clinical questions and concerns within 30 minutes of receipt of message.


  • ACPE-accredited seminar
  • Faculty lead and content developer for online asynchronous Specialty Pharmacy Elective course for P2s and P3s
  • Didactic lectures to PharmD students
  • Experiential teaching and precepting of P4 students
  • Recitations (as needed)


  • Design and conduct a practice-based longitudinal research project
  • Present research findings at regional and national professional meetings
  • Develop and submit manuscript


  • Participate on Specialty Pharmacy Services Quality Committee
  • Lead quality improvement project for Specialty Pharmacy Services
  • Lead Specialty Pharmacy Services medication training activities


  • PharmD degree
  • Pharmacist licensure in Illinois
  • Ability to start residency on July 1

The Community Pharmacy Residency in Specialty Pharmacy offers rotations within our Specialty Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care Clinics at UI Health.

Required Rotations

  • Specialty Pharmacy Services Clinical Care Center
  • Specialty Pharmacy Services Clinical Care Center – Oncology
  • Specialty Pharmacy Operations
  • Infusion Pharmacy
  • Drug Information
  • Academia
  • Seminar
  • Research
  • Specialty Pharmacy Quality and Management
  • Oncology Clinic
  • Rheumatology Clinic

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Specialty Pharmacy Administration
  • Transplant Clinic
  • Infectious Disease clinic
  • Cardiology clinic
  • Sickle Cell Clinic
  • IDOC clinic
  • Pulmonary clinic

The Specialty Pharmacy Services Clinical Care Center serves as the home base for the resident where they will participate in various aspects of specialty pharmacy practice including:

  • Treatment initiation counseling
  • Ongoing medication safety, efficacy, and adherence monitoring
  • Facilitation of medication access
  • Coordination with healthcare team
  • Health literacy testing

Since 1969, over 400 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 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 professionals to improve the lives of patients, we are confident that our residency programs will grow and develop to meet this challenge.

Past Specialty Pharmacy Residents 2022-2023

Name School First Position
Matt Baugh UIC Clinical Pharmacist, Clinical Instructor, UI Health Oncology Infusion Pharmacy, UIC College of Pharmacy
Isabelle To University of Pittsburgh Clinical Pharmacist, Clinical Assistant Professor, UIC Specialty Pharmacy Services, UIC College of Pharmacy

Past Specialty Pharmacy Residents 2021-2022

Name School First Position
Lexie Edinger University of Wisconsin Clinical Pharmacist, Northwestern Specialty Pharmacy
Tina Saleh UIC Clinical Pharmacist, University of Michigan Specialty Pharmacy

Past Specialty Pharmacy Resident 2020-2021

Name School First Position
Gabrielle Pierce University of South Carolina ASHP Executive Fellow in Association Leadership and Management

Past Specialty Pharmacy Resident 2019-2020

Name School First Position
Fiona Costello Roosevelt Clinical Pharmacist, UI Health Specialty Pharmacy Services, Clinical Assistant Professor, UIC College of Pharmacy

Past Specialty Pharmacy Resident 2018-2019

Name School First Position
Veranika Sasnovskaya UIC Clinical Pharmacist, UI Health Specialty Pharmacy Services, Clinical Instructor, UIC College of Pharmacy

Past Specialty Pharmacy Resident 2017-2018

Name School First Position
Brooke Kimmel Purdue Clinical Pharmacist, Rush Specialty Pharmacy

Past Specialty Pharmacy Resident 2016-2017

Name School First Position
Chris Schumpp UIC Clinical Pharmacist, UI Health Specialty Pharmacy Services, Clinical Instructor, UIC College of Pharmacy

Lisa Kumor, PharmD, BCACP Heading link

Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency in Specialty Pharmacy

833 S. Wood Street, College of Pharmacy Room 164, MC 866, Chicago, Illinois 60612