2019-2020

PGY2 Pharmacy Residents

Cardiology

Kaitlyn E. Pinkos, PharmD

Hometown: Harleysville, PA

Pharmacy School: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (Baltimore, Maryland)

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine (Chicago, IL)

Professional Interests: Cardiology

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Montrose Dog Beach

PGY2 Research: Use of low dose direct oral anticoagulants for primary thromboembolic prophylaxis in heart failure patients requiring home inotropes

PGY1 Research: Evaluation of a Fixed-Dose 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate Regimen for the Emergent Reversal of Warfarin

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The residency program at UCM provides a wide array of clinical experiences with interdisciplinary teams, both inpatient and outpatient, in order to provide residents with a well rounded learning experience. Residents are given the autonomy to apply their knowledge and develop as practitioners while also provided support and learning opportunities from knowledgable preceptors. As a PGY-2 in cardiology, I was able to tailor my schedule to my areas of interest which included adding a new rotation at a different practice site. From our on-call program to innovate research projects and teaching opportunities, UCM will challenge me to become a confident and strong clinician able to provide optimal patient care.

Critical Care

Grace M. Conroy, PharmD

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Pharmacy School: Butler University

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine (Chicago, IL)

Professional Interests: Critical Care

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Beach volleyball at North Avenue Beach

PGY2 Research: Nicardipine versus Clevidipine in Achieving Goal Systolic Blood Pressure in Stroke Patients

PGY1 Research: Impact of a National Drug Shortage of Dobutamine on Hospital Readmission for Acute Decompensate Heart Failure

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: Although there are many aspects of the PGY-2 Critical Care program at the University of Chicago Medicine that continue to impress me, there are three main characteristics that inherently make me proud to be a part of this program. First, the high acuity of patients admitted to the intensive care units allow for unique and robust learning opportunities for residents. The diverse 6-week rotation selection allow residents to develop a well-rounded skill set. From level 1 traumas, to unique cardiac surgeries and neurosurgical cases, this program will expose residents to rare but valuable patient care opportunities. Our dedicated preceptor group creates a challenging yet supportive environment. Our preceptors are experts in their fields and serve as great role models for future Critical Care pharmacists. Lectures hosted by the Critical Care, Cardiology and Emergency Medicine specialties allow residents to learn and refine their teaching skills. Finally, the strong relationship between the pharmacy and the Critical Care physicians allows pharmacists to play a unique and influential role in patient care.

Megan Trombi, PharmD

Hometown: Leominster, MA

Pharmacy School: Northeastern University (Boston, MA)

PGY1: Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA)

Professional Interests: Critical care, emergency medicine, and cardiology

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Bike the Lake Shore Trail, eat my way through the amazing food scene, and go to musicals in the theater district

PGY2 Research: Amiodarone vs. digoxin for initial rate control in critically ill patients

PGY1 Research: Quality improvement initiative to optimize pain management and opioid prescribing in surgical patients at discharge

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine Critical Care pharmacy residency is a challenging program that allows me to take care of a diverse patient population and a variety of critical illnesses. The variety in critical care units and rotations allows me a well-rounded experience, and the supportive and knowledgable preceptors provide exceptional learning opportunities. I love having a large residency class as it’s a built in family away from home. After this year I will have the training and confidence to take on a clinical specialist position in critical care, and the exposure, experiences, and support at UCM will make that goal possible.

Emergency Medicine

Matthew Lamb, PharmD

Hometown: Rhode Island

Pharmacy School: The University of Rhode Island

PGY1: Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA)

Professional Interests: Emergency response, toxicology, antimicrobial and opioid stewardship in emergency medicine

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Swimming off the point on a summer day

PGY2 Research: Impact of a Retail Pharmacy in the Emergency Department

PGY1 Research: Implementing Influenza Vaccines in an Emergency Department

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Pharmacy program provides a diversity of experiences in emergency response through the level 1 trauma center, 24 hour on-call program, and many critical care rotations. With expert preceptors and team work between residents, this program provides both the rigor and support to create the ideal learning environment. Working with teams that are continually providing the highest quality of care through evidence-based medicine and research creates an atmosphere that helps each resident reach their maximum potential.

Hematology/Oncology

Heng Yang, PharmD, MS

Hometown: China

Pharmacy School: The Univeristy of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine (Chicago, IL)

Professional Interests: Oncology

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Ice skating

PGY2 Research: Prescribing practices of denosumab and zoledronic acid in breast and prostate cancer at UChicago Medicine

PGY1 Research: Implementation of geriatric guided prescribing for computerized-physician order entry and effect on prescribing of potentially inappropriate medications

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency program at UCMC provides a wide array of learning experiences through teaching, in-services, precepting students, conducting clinical research and networking. Residents have opportunities to involve in improving patient outcomes in variety of oncology conditions. The on-call program allows residents to develop their clinical autonomy. I am confident that this challenging yet supportive environment will assist the pharmacy residents to achieve their professional goals and become competent clinicians.

Amin Viriani, PharmD

Hometown: Niles, IL

Pharmacy School: UIC College of Pharmacy (Chicago, IL)

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine (Chicago, IL)

Professional Interests: Oncology

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Try new restaurants

PGY2 Research: Oncology Stewardship

PGY1 Research: Impact of an Oncology Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in an Outpatient Multiple Myeloma Clinic

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: World renowned hospital allowing for access to novel treatment regimens and clinical trials.

Informatics

Priyan Lad, PharmD

Hometown: Alpharetta, GA

Pharmacy School: University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

PGY1: New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington, NC)

Professional Interests: Analytics, Clinical Decision Support, Human Factor Engineering

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: I love being able to spend time by the lake and going for bike rides.

PGY2 Research: Evaluation of an Active Synchronous Alert on Guiding Clinicians to a Pharmacogenomic Clinical Decision Support Tool

PGY1 Research: Management of Hypertensive Emergency in Acute Aortic Aneurysms

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine Pharmacy Informatics program is a well-rounded and rigorous program that will help me cultivate the necessary skills to become an informatics pharmacist. Being able to train in an innovative and progressive care setting will prepare me for any future career that I may pursue. Additionally, the preceptors are very supportive and help go above and beyond to ensure I reach my goals for residency training. UCM’s mission to be at the forefront and dedication to teaching will ensure I get the best training possible.

Internal Medicine

Kristen Cirbus, PharmD

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Pharmacy School: Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)

PGY1: Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)

Professional Interests: Anticoagulation, diabetes management, cardiology

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Siteseeing the city on walks!

PGY2 Research: Safety and Efficacy of Apixaban for Venous Thromboembolism with End Stage Renal Disease

PGY1 Research: Pharmacy directed insulin protocol in non-critically ill hospitalized patients

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The Internal Medicine Residency at UChicago provides a well-rounded and broad internal medicine experience. This program allows for a multitude of challenging learning experiences on resident teaching teams and during our 24-hour on-call program. In addition, the opportunity for multiple elective rotations- including an international experience- has drawn me to this program. After completing this residency, I know I will become capable of pursuing a clinical pharmacist position in a variety of areas

Pediatrics

Ismael (Mel) Rodriguez Jr, PharmD

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Pharmacy School: University of Houston College of Pharmacy (Houston, TX)

PGY1: CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System (Tyler, TX)

Professional Interests: Pediatric emergency medicine

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Music festivals

PGY2 Research: Comparison between Acetaminophen Monotherapy, Indomethacin Monotherapy, and Combination Indomethacin with Acetaminophen for Closure of the Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Preterm Neonates

PGY1 Research: Utilizing an Electronic Health Record System to Identify Key Areas for Improving Timely Antibiotic Administration for Early-Onset Sepsis Within the Neonatal Golden Hour

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine Pediatric PGY2 program provides a robust and rigorous training experience in a variety of pediatric specialty areas. With the guidance of the highly knowledgeable preceptors and other healthcare professionals, I know that I will gain the knowledge and experience required to provide high quality care for pediatric patients in a variety of settings. The elective rotations provide the opportunity to focus on one's area of interest, or further branch out to different areas of pediatric pharmacy. After completing the program, I know I will become a high qualified board certified pediatric pharmacy specialist.

Genene (Lexi) A. Wilson, PharmD, MAA

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Pharmacy School: University of the Incarnate Word - Feik School of Pharmacy

PGY1: Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center

Professional Interests: Pediatrics, Critical Care, Cardiology

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Exploring the city

PGY2 Research: Terbutaline versus aminophylline for severe status astmaticus in pediatric patients

PGY1 Research: Duplicate antipyretics: double the trouble or double the fun? Acetaminophen and ibuprofen without clarifying instructions

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital provides numerous opportunities for growth including variety of clinical practice rotations, leadership roles and an pediatric specific on-call program. Completing a Pediatric PGY2 Pharmacy Residency at an academic medical center fosters an environment focused on learning and improving. Pharmacists work closely with many other healthcare professionals to provide optimal care for each and every patient. This residency offers me all the opportunities to train for a future role as a Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist, preceptor, teacher and leader.

Solid Organ Transplant

Dustin G. Wood, PharmD

Hometown: Abingdon, Virginia

Pharmacy School: Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Johnson City, TN

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine (Chicago, IL)

Professional Interests: Solid Organ Transplant

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Karaoke, eating all the food, trying out new restaurants, and taking my dog on walks by the lake!

PGY2 Research: Characterization of Axis-I Psychological Disorder Identification and Antidepressant Use in Cardiac Transplant Candidates and Recipients

PGY1 Research: Length of Stay in Heart Failure Patients Hospitalized with Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with Beta-Blockers

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The Solid Organ Transplant PGY-2 program at the University of Chicago Medicine allows for a diverse range of clinical and professional opportunities and offers a balance of both inpatient and outpatient experiences. The Univeristy of Chicago offers rotations in each organ system including liver, heart, lung, and kidney/pancreas transplant allowing you to become a fully capable and well-rounded transplant pharmacist upon completion of the program. I am confident that the skills and abilities that I learn during my time as a PGY-2 will prepare me for a career in any organ with the knowledge to take care of patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Specialty Health System Pharmacy Administration

Aaric W. Thompson, PharmD

Hometown: Valley Center

Pharmacy School: Chicago State University (Chicago,IL)

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine (Chicago, IL)

Professional Interests: Specialty Pharmacy/Ambulatory Care

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Trying new restaurants

PGY2 Research: Pharmacy Interventions and Adherence Rates of Outpatient Oral Oncology Medications

PGY1 Research: Impact of Albumin Guideline Utilization and Rate of Adherence to Evidence-Based Medicine Ordering

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine’s PGY2 HSPA Specialty Pharmacy program has many opportunities for career development. The program will have me working side-by-side with highly experienced medical professionals and having the opportunity to able to care for a diverse patient population is a rewarding experience. This program’s diverse rotation selection will help me towards my goal of being able to manage my own specialty pharmacy once I graduate from the program.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residents 

Lauren M. Albert, PharmD

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Pharmacy School: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy (Pittsburgh, PA)

Professional Interests: Critical care and emergency medicine

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Running by the lake

​PGY1 Research: Evaluation of Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis Versus No Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis in the Medical Intensive Care Unit

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine offers extensive training focused in the area of critical care pharmacy practice. From the 24-hour in-house on call program to opportunities in decentralized staffing, the exposure to critically ill patients exceeds expectations. I am incredibly grateful for the level of autonomy provided to residents at this institution, which has allowed me to apply my training as a student to real-world situations. With a variety of unique intensive care units paired with complex general medicine populations, UCM provides the optimal foundation for future success in any clinical specialty. I look forward to my future as a clinical specialist thanks to UChicago Medicine.

Jessi Clark, PharmD

Hometown: Fishers, IN

Pharmacy School: University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (Lexington, KY)

Professional Interests: Cardiology and transplant

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Ride bikes along the lakefront

​PGY1 Research: Glucocorticoid-induced Osteoporosis in Lung Transplant Recipients

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: I was originally attracted to UChicago because of the numerous specialties to work in, skilled preceptors to learn from, and autonomy and breadth of experiences given to residents. As someone who was not exactly sure what I wanted to do as a PGY2, I knew UChicago would prepare me for anything that I decided to do. I quickly realized that the pharmacists here are the people that will help me achieve my professional and personal goals. Our cardiology and transplant pharmacists have inspired me to dive deeper into these clinical areas. After completing this program, I am confident that I will become a confident, independent clinical specialist no matter which area of pharmacy I pursue.

Genevra (Genna) Galura, PharmD

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Pharmacy School: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Professional Interests: Pediatrics, critical care

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Walking along Lake Michigan

​PGY1 Research: Hydrocortisone and Fludrocortisone versus Hydrocortisone for Septic Shock

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago PGY1 provides ample experiences in my primary interest areas, pediatrics and critical care, through selective rotations and the on-call program. Residents are given autonomy and empowered to grow as practitioners while still learning from knowledgeable preceptors. I know that I will be prepared for whatever comes next in my career by serving the diverse patient population at UCM and completing the rigorous PGY1 program.

Paula Gawedzki, PharmD

Hometown: Park Ridge, IL

Pharmacy School: University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

Professional Interests: Emergency medicine, toxicology, critical care

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Exploring different areas of the city; there is always something fun to do during every season of the year!

​PGY1 Research: Impact of the Implementation of a Pharmacist-Driven Immunosuppression Drug Monitoring Protocol

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: UChicago was my first, and most memorable, residency interview. I will never forget how welcomed and excited I felt that day. Right away, it was easy to see the close bond between residents and program coordinators. I aspired to be at a large program with a strong support system and knew UChicago was the place for that. The 24 hour on-call program really stood out to me because it directly aligns with my interests in emergency medicine and critical care. I felt that this would provide me with invaluable experience and training in preparation for a PGY2 in one of those practice areas. Additionally, there is an extensive list of rotation experiences available which allows the resident to explore different areas of pharmacy. The residency year is designed around your interests and will best prepare you for whichever career path you would like to take following PGY1 training.

Malia S. Hain, PharmD

Hometown: Troy, MI

Pharmacy School: University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Professional Interests: Infectious Disease, Critical Care

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: My favorite thing to do in Chicago is spend time outside on the lake!

PGY1 Research: Meningoencephalitis (ME) PCR Panel Implementation and Impact on Empiric Antimicrobial Duration

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program has numerous opportunities to help develop residents into strong, independent practitioners. The program has a vast array of clinical learning experiences, but also adds experiences to expand leadership skills and general knowledge of our healthcare system. The on-call program exposes us to variety of clinical situations which enables us to utilize critical thinking skills and allows us to have contact with high acuity patients. By the end of this PGY1, I will be able to be a confident new practitioner with ability to specialize and pursue a PGY2.

Katherine Moser, PharmD, BCPS (24-month Non-Traditional PGY1)

Hometown: Hanover Park, IL

Pharmacy School: Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL)

Professional Interests: Internal medicine, informatics, ambulatory care, medication safety

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Trying new restaurants and spending time with friends

​PGY1 Research: Impact of the Implementation of an Infusion Reaction Documentation Template at UChicago Medicine

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The Non-Traditional PGY1 program at UChicago Medicine provides me with the opportunity to receive PGY1 Resident training, while continuing to work as a pharmacist in an operational role. I have found that the clinical experiences have helped me to be a better pharmacist during my staffing blocks. The program offers a wide range of clinical experiences, research and precepting opportunities. I look forward to completing the program and pursuing my career goals as a clinical pharmacist.

Kerilyn Petrucci, PharmD

Hometown: Weymouth, MA

Pharmacy School: MCPHS University (Boston, MA)

Professional Interests: Critical care, emergency medicine

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Explore the city and try new restaurants

​PGY1 Research: Impact of beta lactam allergy label on pre-operative antibiotic prophylaxis

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The UChicago Medicine PGY1 pharmacy residency program fully immerses its residents into all aspects of pharmacy practice within the institution. The 4-week rotations allow the residents to see a multitude of experiences throughout the year. My favorite part of the program is our PharmD on call program. The PDOC programs teaches the resident to become an independent practitioner by serving as the in-house resident for 24 hours. As someone with interests in critical care and emergency medicine, I love having the opportunity to serve as the primary responder for emergencies. After completion of this program I know I will be confident in my skills as a new practitioner with the hopes of completing a PGY2 program.

Jack Rasmussen, PharmD

Hometown: St. Charles, IL

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Professional Interests: Oncology, ED, process improvement

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Ride the lakefront trail

​PGY1 Research: Prophylaxis against Veno-Occlusive Disease (VOD) in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago PGY1 residency program offers high-quality training in a variety of specialties. UCM's designation as an NCI Cancer Center provides the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and work with novel therapies. The program emphasizes independence and ability to think clinically, which is exemplified by the 24 hour in-house on-call program. Being the only pharmacist in an 800-bed hospital teaches you to respond in emergent situations, in addition to answering unique drug problems. The program at University of Chicago is designed to provide a solid foundation to become an effective pharmacist anywhere in the nation.

Kat Spezzano, PharmD, MBA

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Pharmacy School: University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)

Professional Interests: Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Research

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Going to all the events and festivals that come through the city!

​PGY1 Research: Evaluation of Angiotensin II in the Treatment of Shock in the Intensive Care Units

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago PGY1 program has all the experiences built in that I desired to assist me in becoming an independent practitioner. The patient population seen at the University of Chicago made me confident that I would be able to continue my education anywhere after completing training. The extensive rotation list has a wide variety of critical care experiences and unique populations, that I felt confident I would get the experience I need to make a decision on what specialty I should pursue. The on-call program was a unique offering that set the University of Chicago apart, and I knew I wanted to train at an institution that truly pushed me to become a capable, independent pharmacist.

Combined PGY1/PGY2 Program

Armando Cortes, PharmD

Hometown: Fontana, California

Pharmacy School: Claremont, California

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine (Chicago, IL)

Professional Interests: Clinical Management, Operations Management, Informatics

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Trying new restaurants and bike riding by the lake!

PGY2 Research: Tech-Check-Tech: An Innovative Approach to Pharmacy Operations and Education

​PGY1 Research: Drug Price Volatility in an Academic Medical Center

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The UChicago HSPA residency program provides an incredibly diverse and rigorous experience both clinically and administratively. On top of your clinical rotations in your PGY1, you will also enroll in the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy (PLA) where you will work with leaders in pharmacy from all around the country. UChicago is constantly pushing the scope of pharmacy by expanding and improving its services. As the HSPA resident, you are immediately involved with the leadership team who comprises of individuals who are highly regarded in their respected fields and are dedicated to teaching. Learning from such individuals will challenge you to elevate your standards and challenge you to achieve excellence.

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James A. M. Rhodes, PharmD

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Pharmacy School: University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)

Professional Interests: Pharmacy operations, finance, pharmacy automation and technology, and medication safety

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Enjoying all the West Loop Chicago restaurants and attending summertime concerts

​PGY1 Research: Determining feasibility of an optimized automated dispensing module on medication discrepancies

Professional Affiliations: Member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist's Resident Advancement Advisory Group and member of Vizient's Business Pharmacy Enterprise committee.

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: At UChicago Medicine, I firmly believe my pharmacy training over two years will undoubtedly prepare me for a career in pharmacy leadership. The value of residency training at UChicago Medicine is the customized opportunities and tailored mentorship from clinical experts and innovative thought leaders in our profession. Vital elements to my growth as an aspiring leader were robust learning experiences offered through UChicago Medicine including a variety of first-year clinical rotations, the 24-hour on-call program, immersive roles in visible projects, and the personalized, second-year administrative rotations. In addition, coursework provided through the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy and master’s degree will help me foster the acumen necessary navigate the dynamic healthcare landscape in the future.