Krista Weaver, PharmD, MBA
PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident
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.
The goal of this year’s research project is to assess the implementation of a new protocol for vancomycin dosing based on area under the curve (AUC) vs traditional trough-based dosing.
Krista’s project “Safety and efficacy of tobramycin inhalation in a neonatal intensive care unit” examined the use of tobramycin inhalation as prophylaxis in mechanically ventilated patients. This project examined pharmacokinetic, safety, and efficacy parameters including renal function, antibiotic use, and positive cultures to assess the appropriateness of this practice. This research will be used to implement a new protocol for the use and monitoring of tobramycin inhalation in the NICU at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Value of the UChicago Program
The Pediatric PGY2 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital provides excellent education in both clinical practice and interdisciplinary leadership. Training at an academic medical center alongside medical and pharmacy residents and students pursuing a variety of clinical tracks creates an engaging learning environment. The numerous opportunities to become involved in leadership positions and interdisciplinary teams allow me to apply my knowledge in a different way. This residency provides a foundation of clinical knowledge and leadership that will prepare me for any future position I take, including both clinical and precepting roles.
My Favorite Aspects of the UChicago Program
Excellent preceptors and co-residents
Clinical on-call program
Leadership and precepting opportunities
Grand Rounds Presentation: Use of Antithrombin III in ECMO
Pediatric Core Topic Discussions
Bugs & Drugs
Lecture at Chicago State University: Seizure Management
Public Relations Committee co-chair
PICU Pharmacy/Nursing Committee
Vizient Pharmacy Pediatric Council- Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee
Pharmacy Week Committee
Pediatric Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
Krista's PGY2 Pediatric Learning Experience Schedule
Module 1: Neonatal ICU
Module 2: General Pediatrics
Module 3: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Module 4: Pediatric Nutrition Support
Module 5: Pediatric ICU
Module 6: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology II
Module 7: Pediatric ICU II
Module 8: Pediatric Ambulatory Care and Specialty Pharmacy
Module 9: Pediatric Infectious Disease
Module 10: Neonatal ICU II
Module 11: General Pediatrics II
Module 12: TBA