Armando Cortes, PharmD
PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident


Armando Cortes is the PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. He graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy from the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) School of Pharmacy in Claremont, CA. While studying at KGI, he worked as a pharmacist intern at Riverside University Health System Medical Center which provided him with outpatient, inpatient, and clinical experience. In addition to working, he was president of his school’s ASHP/CSHP student chapter along with involved member of other professional student organizations. His interest in pharmacy administration are operations management, clinical management, and informatics. Not only is he interested in developing his pharmacy leadership and management skills, but also wants to fully immerse himself in the rigorous and innovative clinical experiences UChicago Medicine has to offer.


PGY1 Research

Titled “Volatility and Velocity of Drug Pricing: A Quality Improvement Initiative,” my PGY1 research and quality improvement projects focuses on determining whether there is a trend in drug prices in our formulary and how we can implement changes to create cost-savings with that information. The primary study endpoint is to evaluate the return on investment for time and resources expended to implement cost savings identified with volatility and velocity factors analyzed. Secondary endpoints will be to discover drug categories with the largest volatile swings in price and velocity of sharp drug pricing to identify cost elasticity timelines.


Value of the UChicago Program

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.


My Favorite Aspects of the UChicago Program

  • Pharmacy Leadership Academy

  • Clinical On-Call Program

  • Passionate preceptors

  • Unique Rotations

  • Committee Involvement



  • Grand Rounds Presentation: TBD

  • Resident Teaching Certificate Program

  • Resident Research Certificate Program

  • Pharmacy Leadership Academy



  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

  • Resident Development Committee

  • American Heart Walk Committee


Armando's PGY1 Learning Experience Schedule

Module 1: Kidney/Pancreas Solid Organ Transplant

Module 2: Pharmacy Administration and Leadership

Module 3.1: Medication Safety

Module 3.2: Pharmacy Practice Experience

Module 4: Medical Oncology (BMT/CAR-T)

Module 5: Anticoagulation Management Services

Module 6: Cardiology

Module 7: Hospitalist/General Medicine

Module 8: Finance, Purchasing, and Reimbursement/Pharmacy Practice Experience

Module 9: Neurology

Module 10: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Module 11: Medical Intensive Care Unit

Module 12: Internal Medicine


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