2018-2019

PGY2 Pharmacy Residents

Cardiology

Michelle Palmer, PharmD

Michelle Palmer is the current PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida (UF). While at UF, she was an active leader in several student organizations and was the student director of pharmacy at a student-run free clinic that provided healthcare to the under-served patient population in Gainesville, Florida. She completed her PGY1 at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia. Her interests include heart failure, acute coronary syndromes, and mechanical circulatory support. Her hobbies include running along the lake and exploring Chicago.

 

 

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Infectious Disease

Oumaima Sahbani, PharmD

Oumaima Sahbani is the current PGY2 Infectious Disease Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut (UCONN). During her years at UCONN, she worked as a pharmacy intern at CVS/Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at John Dempsey Hospital at UCONN Health in Farmington, CT. Her interests include antimicrobial stewardship, HIV/opportunistic infections, and internal medicine. 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.  

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Niveen Hilal, PharmD

Niveen Hilal is currently the PGY2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Illinois at Chicago. While studying at UIC, she worked as a pharmacy intern at an outpatient pharmacy, while serving as a leader in extracurricular activities on campus and throughout the community. In addition, she focused on renal transplant outcomes in diverse patient populations through various research projects as a pharmacy student. Her pharmaceutical interest is primarily focused on pursuing hematology/oncology, while exploring more research and philanthropic projects. She hopes to be able to build on her experience and education as a pharmacy resident at UChicago.

 

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Hematology/Oncology

Connor Roth, PharmD

Connor Roth is currently a PGY2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences as well as his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Auburn University. He then went on to complete his PGY1 at University of Chicago Medicine. His professional interest is primarily focused in immunotherapy, academia, teaching and learning, and research. His hobbies include rock climbing, drawing, and exploring Chicago.

 

 

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Critical Care

Alex Gregorowicz, PharmD, MBA

Alex Gregorowicz is the Critical Care Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. He completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at UChicago Medicine as well. Alex earned his Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Business Administration degrees from the University of Kentucky Colleges of Pharmacy and Business, respectively.

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Lillian Bellfi, PharmD

Lilly Bellfi is a PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She originally hails from Ann Arbor, MI, where she completed a BS in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Lilly graduated with her PharmD from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 at the University of Chicago Medicine. She has had diverse work experiences prior to and during pharmacy school as a Michigan Center for Hand Outcomes and Innovation Research (M-CHOIR) research assistant, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center pharmacy intern, Meijer Pharmacy intern, and a pharmacy research intern for EPI-Q, a pharmacoeconomic and health outcomes consulting firm. She is actively involved as a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacists, previously serving as a Member-at-Large for the ACCP National Resident Advisory Committee as a PGY1, and now serving as the resident member for the ACCP Education Affairs Committee. Her interests include critical care, cardiology, and emergency medicine. Additionally, she has a strong interested in academia and health outcomes research. In her spare time, Lilly enjoys exploring new restaurants, the Chicago music scene, and riding her bike along the lakeshore.

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Sarah Kessler, PharmD

Sarah Kessler is the current PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. Originally from Massachusetts, she graduated with her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut. During her years at UCONN, she worked as a pharmacy intern and was heavily involved with student organizations including Pharmacy Student Government, Phi Delta Chi, and UCONN’s Urban Service Track. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, TN. Her interests include cirrhosis, cardiology, nephrology, and infectious disease. After graduation, she hopes to start her career as an internal medicine pharmacist at an academic medical center and become associated with a school of pharmacy, with the opportunity to teach and precept both students and residents. She also hopes to continue to become more involved in research that significantly contributes to the medical literature. In her free time, Sarah enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring Chicago, and spending time with her co-residents.

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Internal Medicine

Ingrid Pan is the current PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. During her years at Pitt, she worked as a pharmacy intern, participated in numerous student pharmacy organizations, and completed a pediatric-focused certificate. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC. Her interests include hematology/oncology, cystic fibrosis, and transitions-of-care. After graduation, she hopes to start her career as a clinic-based pediatric pharmacist at an academic medical center affiliated with a school of pharmacy in order to precept future residents and students.  

 

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Pediatrics

Ingrid Pan, PharmD

Krista Weaver is currently a PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy resident at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. Originally from Wisconsin, she graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, IA before moving to Minneapolis for her PGY1 pharmacy residency at University of Minnesota Medical Center- Fairview. As a pharmacy student, she worked as a pharmacy intern, competed on the track and cross country teams, participated in a variety of pharmacy organizations, and completed a minor in Spanish Language and Culture. Her interests include hematology/oncology, critical care, and survivorship/transitions to adult care. After graduation, she hopes to work as an inpatient clinical specialist at an academic medical center and serve as adjunct clinical faculty for a college of pharmacy.

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Krista Weaver, PharmD, MBA

Emergency Medicine

Alisha Patel, PharmD

Alisha Patel is the current PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy and her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Her areas of interest include toxicology, antimicrobial stewardship in emergency medicine, and transitions of care.

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Solid Organ Transplant

Phoebe Stracener, PharmD

Phoebe Stracener is the current PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Washington. During her years at UW, she enjoyed spending her free time hiking with friends and baking. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle Washington. Her interests include ambulatory care as well as baking and food, especially fried chicken. After graduation, she hopes to start her career as a solid organ transplant pharmacist at an academic medical center as well as teach and precept future residents and students.  

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Specialty Health System Pharmacy Administration

Jacqualine Igwe is currently the PGY-2 Health Systems Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) – Specialty Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Memorial Hospital Pembroke.  Yearly, she completes mission trips in her home country, to improve access to health services and medications for patients that need it the most. Her pharmaceutical interests include expansion of outpatient clinical services, quality improvement and population health management. After graduation, she hopes to obtain a position where she can expand outpatient clinical programs to indigent patients. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, binge-watching Netflix, and eating Chick-Fil-a.

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Jacqualine Igwe, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency 

PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Myung Choi, PharmD

Myung Choi is a current PGY1 Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. He graduated from the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He completed his clinical rotations at the Sutter Medical Center Sacramento in hospital operations, general medicine, medical intensive care unit, and emergency medicine. Myung was employed with Kaiser Permanente during his pharmacy school years where he worked in outpatient pharmacy, anticoagulation clinic, and inpatient pharmacy. He was the chapter president of Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) who dedicated his service in providing community service to the underserved population. His clinical area of interest includes critical care medicine, cardiology, and cardiothoracic surgery.

 

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Grace Conroy, PharmD

Grace Conroy is currently a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but relocated to Indianapolis, IN where she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Butler University. Throughout pharmacy school, she worked in several jobs including an inpatient intern, a community pharmacy intern, and a Lexicomp intern. Additionally, she took advantage of community outreach clinics and research opportunities with local hospitals. Currently her pharmaceutical areas of interests are in pediatrics, emergency medicine, and cardiology. She is hopeful that through her experiences this year at UCM, that she will be able to develop her skills as a pharmacist and leader. In her free time, Grace enjoys attending hot Pilates classes and going to outdoor concerts with friends.

 

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Graham Klink, PharmD

Graham Klink is originally from Evansville, IN. She completed her doctor of pharmacy at the University of Kentucky in May 2018, before moving on to a PGY1 at the University of Chicago Medicine. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, oncology, and pediatrics. Aspects of the UCM  Program that appeal the most to her are the 24 hour on-call program, the variety of specialties at UCM and the fast paced environment that pushes pharmacists to practice at the top of their license. Graham is the PGY1 Recruitment Chair for the Recruitment Committee, and is excited about the opportunity to share her experience at UCM with potential residency candidates, highlighting all of the preceptors, and rotation options that are offered. The residency program has a rigorous curriculum that will challenge any pharmacy graduate to increase their clinical knowledge, but also develop skills outside of pharmaceutical practice that will serve them throughout their career. In her free time, Graham enjoys running, biking, and exploring all that Chicago has to offer!

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Christian Kressin, PharmD

Christian Kressin is a current PGY1 Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with his Doctor of Pharmacy. In Minnesota, he held inpatient internships at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (Fairview) and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, as well as a retail internship at CVS in Target. In school, Christian held leadership positions in Phi Lambda Sigma, Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance, and Phi Delta Chi. Additionally, he worked closely with the underserved populations within the Twin Cities. His professional interests are critical care, teaching, and clinical leadership.

 

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Kyle Lang, PharmD

Kyle Lang is a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington, Kentucky. During his time at UK, Kyle was an active member in several student organizations. He was extensively involved as the co-chair of the University of Kentucky chapter of the GenerationRx Initiative. Additionally, Kyle was selected for employment in the University of Kentucky Pharmacist Intern Program. Kyle has had a variety of clinical experiences as a student and will bring his passion and energy to the University of Chicago Medicine. Kyle is interested in pursuing a PGY2 in solid organ transplantation.

 

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Kaitlyn Pinkos, PharmD

Kaitlyn Pinkos is currently a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. At UMB, Kaitlyn worked at an independently owned community pharmacy, held leadership positions in various school groups, and was a part of multiple research teams in both cardiology and oncology. Kaitlyn was interested in pursuing a residency position at a large academic medical center where she would work with strong clinicians in a variety of practice areas and have diverse experiences that would allow her to grow and develop her own clinical knowledge. Her primary interest areas are cardiology, critical care and research. She is looking forward to building on her experience and education through the rigorous but supportive program at UChicago.

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Aaric Thompson, PharmD

Aaric Thompson is a current PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wichita State University. He then graduated from pharmacy school in Chicago with his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. His interests include infectious disease and leukemia. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amin Virani, PharmD

Amin Virani is currently a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign and then went on to graduate with his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). While studying at UIC, he worked as a pharmacy intern in the inpatient pharmacy. His professional interests include hematology/oncology and critical care.

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Dustin Wood, PharmD

Dustin Wood is currently a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy in Johnson City, Tennessee. During his time at BGCOP, Dustin was an active member of the admissions committee and held leadership positions in several organizations within the college. Dustin has a wide variety of professional interests that primarily include internal medicine, cardiology, critical care, and ambulatory care.  Upon completion of his PGY1 residency, Dustin plans to pursue a PGY2 in one of his interest areas.

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Heng Yang, PharmD, MS

Heng Yang is currently a non-traditional PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at the UChicago Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Basic Medical Sciences (oncology focused) and worked as a research scientist in Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals prior going to pharmacy school. Her interests include oncology, ambulatory care and pediatric medicine. Heng’s career goal is to become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist and to continue involvement in clinical research

 

 

 

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PGY2 Non-Traditional Pharmacy Practice Residents

PGY1/PGY2/MS Health System Pharmacy Administration Resident

Combined PGY1/PGY2 Program

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 members of other professional student organizations. His interests 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 has to offer.

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Joelle Farano is the current PGY2/MBA Health System Pharmacy Administration Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. She graduated from Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University with her Doctor of Pharmacy and a minor in dance. Previously she worked as a Junior Recruited Commissioned Officer Student Training Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) on an American Indian reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona. During her years at Ohio Northern University, she was involved in multiple student and professional organizations. Her interests include administration, policy, public health, specialty pharmacy, infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, and transplant. She is looking forward to developing her leadership skills and using her knowledge to advance patient care and the profession of pharmacy.

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