Justine Choe, PharmD
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident


Justine Choe is the current PGY2 Infectious Disease Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Administration from Drake University. During her years at Drake, she worked as a pharmacy intern and was also a member of the Drake University Women’s Rowing Team. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Her interests include infectious disease specifically gram negative resistance and invasive fungal infections. After graduation, she hopes to start her career as an infectious disease pharmacist at an academic medical center as well as teach and precept future residents and students.  


PGY2 Research

Her second-year residency project is planned to analyze the impact of electronic medical record alerting coupled with stewardship review of positive blood cultures with Staphylococcus aureus.

PGY1 Research

Titled “Risk of acute kidney injury when vancomycin is combined with piperacillin/tazobactam versus meropenem or cefepime in the critical care setting” my PGY1 research focuses on whether vancomycin and piperacillin/tazobactam can be used safely in the critical care population. Secondary outcomes include hospital length of stay, ICU length of stay, and duration of AKI. This research will help Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center justify if vancomycin and piperacillin/tazobactam may be safe alternatives for empiric therapy.

Value of the UCM Program

The HSPA Residency at UCM provides an incredibly unique and multifaceted opportunity to diversify and expand upon leadership skills and abilities while training in a rigorous clinical environment. I am looking forward to implementing innovative and progressive care setting the highest standards of practice. This residency has and will continue to provide tools and critical success factors necessary to put in place systems to effectively manage and provide a framework that protects patients and elevates standards of care. I know training at UCM will challenge and push me acheive excellence. I am confident that this program will prepare me for the evolving landscape of pharmacy and healthcare.

My Favorite Aspects of the UCM Program

  • Incredible Preceptors

  • Clinical On-Call Program

  • Resistant gram negative organisms

  • Variety of ID consult services


  • Grand Rounds Presentation:

  • The Script


  • Recruitment Committee

  • Alumni/Historian/Social Media Committee

  • Chair of Secretary/Treasurer

  • Antibiotic Subcommittee

Justine's PGY2 Clinical Rotation Schedule

Module 1: General ID Consult

Module 2: Microbiology Lab

Module 3: Antimicrobial Stewardship/Hepatitis C Clinic

Module 4: Immunocompromised ID Consult

Module 5: General ID Consult

Module 6: Heart Transplant

Module 7: Pediatric ID

Module 8: Medical ICU

Module 9: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Module 10: General ID Consult

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