Kevin Mercer, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident


Kevin is a current PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in May 2017, Kevin chose to pursue a residency program at a large academic medical center that would offer him a breadth of robust experiences to grow and develop into a strong clinician. Currently, Kevin serves as the Public Relations Co-Chair and strives to facilitate information sharing between the University of Chicago Medicine Residency Programs and prospective residents and alumni. His current professional interests include emergency medicine, infectious disease, global health, academia, and leadership. After completion of his PGY1 residency, Kevin hopes to obtain a PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency and pursue his dream of becoming an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist.


PGY1 Research

“Impact of debriefing after emergency responses on resident well-being surrounding a pharmacy on-call program.”

Value of the UCM Program

The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Chicago Medicine provides residents with sufficient autonomy to develop as a practitioner while balancing just enough oversight in order to develop critical thinking skills. Training in a rigorous clinical environment with other healthcare professionals at the top of their fields allows residents many opportunities to strengthen clinical abilities and interdisciplinary relationships. UCM has acquired national recognition for the high level of patient care provided and I am happy to train in a setting that requires me to meet these standards and grow as a pharmacist. With the guidance of talented preceptors, support of my co-residents, collaboration with other healthcare professionals, and wealth of available clinical experiences, I feel that the University of Chicago Medicine Pharmacy Residency Programs are the best place for residents to develop into pharmacists capable of providing the highest quality of patient care in a constantly changing healthcare dynamic.

My Favorite Aspects of the UCM Program

  • Experienced preceptors dedicated to teaching

  • Interdisciplinary education in teaching hospital setting

  • Clinical On-Call Program

  • Broad array of clinical experiences


  • Public Relations

  • Resident Development

Resident's PGY1 Clinical Rotation Schedule

Module 1: Pediatric Intensive Care

Module 2: Heart Transplant

Module 3: Cardiology

Module 4: Surgical Intensive Care

Module 5: Emergency Medicine

Module 6: Internal Medicine

Module 7: Antimicrobial Stewardship

Module 8: Anticoagulation Clinic

Module 9: Medical Oncology

Module 10: Administration & Leadership

Module 11: Nutrition Support

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