Vishali Amin, PharmD
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident


Vishali Amin is one of the current PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residents at University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated from University of California- Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology before getting her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at South University in Savannah, GA.  She then worked as a pharmacist at retail and compounding pharmacies before pursuing a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. Vishali was born in London, UK and moved to California at the age of eight.  She developed an interest in pharmacy due to her mother opening a pharmacy while she was in high school. Vishali aspires to be a critical care pharmacy specialist in an academic hospital setting. During her free time, Vishali loves visiting family and friends, traveling, cooking and reading. 


PGY2 Research

Her second-year residency project plans to assess the safety and efficacy of an analago-sedation protocol in various intensive care units at the University of Chicago Medicine.

PGY1 Research

Vishali’s PGY-1 research project titled “Risk of Nosocomial Infections with Etomidate Use” focused on determining whether there was a correlation with etomidate use and the incidence of nosocomial infections compared to ketamine, propofol or no agent in patients requiring RSI in the emergency department and inpatient setting. Secondary outcomes included number of mechanical ventilator free days within 28 days, 30-day mortality, length of hospital stay, length of intensive care unit stay, and type of nosocomial infection. Though there was no statistically significant difference between groups with regards to the primary endpoint, there was a trend towards the etomidate group having an increased incidence of nosocomial infections. Vishali hopes to present this research as a critical care conference during her PGY-2 year.

Value of the UCM Program

The PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at UCM provides a unique and rigorous educational practice in a renowned academic institution. The program encourages residents to develop as independent clinicians who can function in high pressure medical situations and prepares residents to be successful in a variety of pharmacy environments.  

My Favorite Aspects of the UCM Program

  • Brilliant preceptors

  • Great co-residents

  • Challenging patient population

PGY1 Projects/Presentations/Activities

  • Characterizing Endotool Failure in the Cardiac Surgery Unit ICU- Research

  • Appropriateness of NovoSeven Utilization- Medication- Use Evaluation

  • Efficacy of a Pharmacist-Driven Warfarin Protocol from Early Implementation to Current Practice- Medication-Use Evaluation; Poster Presentation

  • Fluid Resuscitation in Critically Ill Adults- CE Seminar

  • Ticagrelor vs. Aspirin in Acute Stroke of Transient Ischemic Attack- Formal Journal Club

  • Anticoagulants and Conversions- Physician and Nursing In-Service

  • Low-Dose vs Standard-Dose Intravenous Alteplase in Acute Ischemic Stroke- Journal Club

Resident's PGY2 Clinical Rotation Schedule

  • General Medicine

  • Cardiology

  • Medical Intensive Care Unit

  • Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit

  • Pharmacy Administration

  • Infectious Disease

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Lung Transplant

  • Burn Intensive Care Unit

  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

  • Centralized Staffing

  • ED On-Call

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