Sarah Kessler, PharmD
PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Resident


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.

PGY2 Research 

Her second-year residency project is titled “The Implementation of a Vancomycin Utilization Pathway in an Internal Medicine Population”.  This quasi-experimental study will evaluate the change in duration of vancomycin therapy. Secondary outcomes include nephrotoxicity, length of stay, readmission rates, and mortality. The results will hopefully demonstrate the benefit of a vancomycin utilization pathway on shortening duration of broad-spectrum antibiotics.

PGY1 Research

Sarah’s PGY1 research was titled “Assessment of Diabetes Outcome Disparities Between Male and Female Veterans” and focused on evaluating whether there was a difference in diabetes outcomes between gender, namely change in A1c over time. Secondary outcomes included change in BMI, blood pressure, lipid panel, and the use of oral and injectable medications. This research helped evaluate potential health disparities based on gender in a historically male-predominant population.


Value of the UChicago Program

The Internal Medicine Residency at UChicago provides a well-rounded, broad internal medicine experience under the guidance of highly knowledgeable clinicians in an advanced practice setting. With numerous leadership, research, and teaching opportunities, UChicago provides the opportunity to experience different clinical settings while advancing my professional career. With a high acuity patient population, the internal medicine residency program allows for the opportunity to take care of an extremely ill patient population with multiple comorbidities.


My Favorite Aspects of the UChicago Program

  • Wide variety of internal medicine patients

  • High level of patient acuity

  • Working with a largely underserved patient population

  • The clinical on-call program



  • Grand Rounds Presentation

  • Internal Medicine In-service

  • “Pathology and Complications of Cirrhosis” lecture at Chicago State University



  • UChicago Research Committee Chair

  • Resident  Development Committee Member

  • Internal Medicine Subcommittee Member

  • Hypoglycemia Committee Member

  • National Vizient Research Committee Member


Sarah's PGY2 Internal Medicine Learning Experience Schedule

Module 1: Internal Medicine I

Module 2: Cardiology

Module 3: Internal Medicine II

Module 4: Neurology

Module 5: Hepatitis C and GI clinic (2 weeks)

Module 6: Cardiothoracic Surgery (2 weeks)

Module 7: Emergency Medicine

Module 8: Medical ICU

Module 9: TBD

Module 10: Supportive Oncology

Module 11: Hospitalist Liver Service

Module 12: Kidney Transplant

Module 13: Internal Medicine III

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