Payal Patel, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident
Payal Patel is a current PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Previously, she was a native of North Carolina, but now is a permanent resident of Chicago. During her years at the UNC, she was a teaching assistant, a central inpatient pharmacy technician, and has been part of multiple research teams in pharmacy outcomes and ambulatory care. Her interests include critical care and emergency medicine. Additionally, she is highly interested in academia, teaching and learning, and research. She is a member of ACCP, ASHP, and is a current ASHP CV Reviewer. She is looking forward to developing her skills in clinical pharmacy as an independent practitioner this year and progressing towards a career as a critical care clinical pharmacy specialist. She hopes that the rigorous, innovative, and supportive environment of UCM will help push her to practice pharmacy at the utmost level.
Titled “Cefotaxime vs. Ceftazidime During Drug Shortages in the Neonatal ICU,” my PGY1 research project focuses on the current drug shortage of cefotaxime at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), and the resulting increased use of ceftazidime in the Neonatal ICU. This project will analyze the incidence of nosocomial infections and occurrence of more resistant pathogens in cefotaxime (the treatment of choice in NICU patients) vs. ceftazidime (the second-line choice in instance of drug shortage). This project will allow us to further establish best practices of antibiotic selection in the NICU and will help characterize the clinical effects of drug shortages.
Value of the UCM Program
The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UCM is a once in a lifetime opportunity to begin my career as a clinical pharmacist and make an impact in the field of pharmacy. Through unique rotations, innovative research, teaching and learning courses, and numerous leadership opportunities, I hope to come out of this program as a strong, independent practioner that can provide patient care at the highest level. UCM is a challenging program that will push me to question all healthcare decisions and make sure that the center of care is always the patient. I am confident that after finishing this program, I will be able to practice pharmacy in a way that exhibits pharmacists as a crucial member of every healthcare team.
My Favorite Aspects of the UCM Program
American Heart Walk Committee
Pharmacy Week Committee
Payal's Non-Traditional PGY1 Clinical Rotation Schedule
Module 1: Internal Medicine Hospitalist Service
Module 2: CCD Central Pharmacy
Module 3: Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit
Module 4: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Module 5: Anticoagulation Management Service
Module 6: Pharmacy Administration
Module 7: Leukemia
Module 8: Heart Transplant
Module 9: Emergency Medicine
Module 10: Total Parental Nutrition Services
Module 10.2: CCD Central Pharmacy
Module 11: Neurology Hospitalist Service
Module 8.2: Antimicrobial Stewardship Program