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PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership

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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 & Health Sciences System (UI Health). 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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Our program leadership will be attending the following meetings and welcomes the opportunity to connect with you at these events:

  • ASHP Midyear Meeting Residency Showcase: Tuesday, December 5, 2023: 1:00pm-4:00pm PT
  • ASHP Midyear Meeting PPS Interviews: Register for PPS and contact us through the PPS portal

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PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

This residency is designed to provide the unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and comprehensive management and leadership experiences to lead teams in a health-system specialty pharmacy. The graduates of the program will be prepared to assume high level managerial and leadership responsibilities in both clinical and operational areas as well as the ability to build new specialty pharmacy programs.

Required block learning experiences: (1 month each)

  • Orientation
  • Specialty Pharmacy Clinical Management 1
  • Specialty Pharmacy Clinical Management 2
  • Specialty Pharmacy Operations Management 1
  • Specialty Pharmacy Operations Management 2
  • Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation
  • Budgeting and Financial Services
  • Medication Safety and Quality
  • Contracting and Procurement
  • Advanced Practice Management and Leadership 1

Required longitudinal learning experiences: (10 or 11 months)

  • Research Project (10 months)
  • Teaching (10 months)
  • Business Development (11 months)
  • Human Resource Management (11 months)
  • Specialty Pharmacy Outcomes (11 months)

Elective learning experiences: (1 month each)

  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • 340B Drug Pricing Program
  • Advanced Practice Management and Leadership 2
  • Additional elective learning experiences will be identified based on alignment between resident interests and available experiences


  • Longitudinal Supervision (supervise a team and/or one of pharmacy operations)
  • Specialty Pharmacy On-call Services (scheduling PGY1 residents and clinical pharmacists)


  • PharmD degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy
  • Completion of a ASHP accredited PGY1 residency
  • Licensure in Illinois
  • Able to start residency on July 1

University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health)

UI Health includes seven health science colleges. UI Health is the state’s largest public healthcare provider, with over 500,000 patient visits at the hospital and clinics annually. It is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity. The University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy is ranked 7th in the most recent US News & World Report survey of pharmacy schools.


The Specialty Pharmacy Services (SPS)

The SPS has multiple locations to serve the UI Health patient population. All specialty pharmacy administrative, clinical and operational areas including the dual accredited specialty pharmacy and clinical care center are located in the heart of the Illinois Medical District where the UIC College of Pharmacy is located, about two miles west of the city’s central business district and less than one mile from UIC’s East campus.

Karen C. Thomas, PharmD, PhD, MBA
Interim Associate Director, Specialty and Infusion Pharmacies
Outcomes Coordinator, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Residency Program Director, PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership
Clinical Assistant Professor

Lisa Kumor, PharmD, BCACP
Accreditation and Residency Coordinator, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Director, PGY1 Community-based Residency in Specialty Pharmacy
Clinical Assistant Professor

Nehrin Khamo, PharmD, CSP
Operations Coordinator, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Clinical Assistant Professor

Christopher Schumpp, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Clinical Assistant Professor

Fiona Costello, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jakub Swiatek, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Clinical Assistant Professor

Oluwaleke (Vince) Ajayi, PharmD, MBA
Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Clinical Instructor

Zeba Ahmad, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Clinical Assistant Professor

Since 1969, the tradition of excellence in pharmacy residency training at UIC has contributed to the national advancement of pharmacy practice. Over 300 pharmacists have 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 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 being placed on the pharmacy profession, we are confident that our residency programs will grow and develop to meet this challenge.

Dr. Karen C. Thomas Heading link

Interim Associate Director, Specialty and Infusion Pharmacies

833 S. Wood Street, 164 PHARM, 886, Chicago, Illinois 60612