Krista Weaver, PharmD, MBA
PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident

Biography

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.

 

PGY2 Research 

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.

 

PGY1 Research

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

  • Interdisciplinary education

  • Leadership and precepting opportunities​

Projects/Presentations/Activities​​

  • Grand Rounds Presentation: Use of Antithrombin III in ECMO

  • Pediatric Core Topic Discussions

  • Bugs & Drugs

  • Fluids/Electrolytes/Nutrition

  • Asthma

  • Lecture at Chicago State University: Seizure Management

 

Committees

  • 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

Contact Information:

Krista.Weaver@uchospitals.edu