Post-Graduate Year Two

Infectious Diseases

Pharmacy Residency Program 

Dear PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Applicant:


The University of Chicago Medicine is currently seeking ambitious and committed individuals for our PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency, which is designed to provide extensive exposure to patient centered care, experiential teaching services, and pharmacy practice research.  Our purpose is to offer a dynamic, goal-oriented environment, founded on the core experiences required to develop a well-rounded clinical expert.  Our focus is to individualize each residency and enable our residents to reap the greatest value from their time and commitment by placing their personal objectives at the heart of the training experience.  Our goal is to empower each resident to be exceedingly competitive in a variety of career paths including fellowship training, clinical specialist positions, academic tenure track, or leadership roles within pharmacy practice.


A variety of rotational as well as longitudinal experiences help to refine resident’s in-depth knowledge and skills in independent practice.   Comprehensive pharmacy practice is integrated throughout the residency via professional and operational experience, practice management, interdisciplinary teamwork, drug policy development, process improvement, and self-evaluation.  Additional program goals include development of skills in experiential and didactic teaching and clinical research methodology.  Professional leadership is structured throughout the entire program.  Residents are exposed to the mentorship of a variety of experts who challenge the resident to mature as a complete professional. 


We are very proud of the program and continually strive to be at “The Forefront of Pharmacy”.  We hope you will find UCM to be a great opportunity and that this information is beneficial in your quest for residency training.  To learn more, please visit us online or schedule an appointment to speak with us at PPS at ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting.  You may also contact us via email at anytime.




Natasha N. Pettit, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)

PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director

PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program                 

Department of Pharmacy Services:

Established in 1927, the University of Chicago Medicine is an 811-bed academic medical center which is committed to the mission of providing superior healthcare in a compassionate manner while respecting patient individuality and dignity.  Ranked consistently by U.S. News and World Report, UCM provides innovative and cutting edge therapy to patients from all over the world.  Pharmacists and residents provide decentralized pharmaceutical care throughout UCM every day to assure safe, accurate, and cost-effective medication therapy.  Together these professionals provide a wide variety of clinical services in collaboration with health care professionals for the cure, arrest, and prevention of disease and/or symptoms of disease. 

Graduate Pharmacy Education:

All pharmacy residency programs at the UCM are unified together as Graduate Pharmacy Education.  Collectively these criteria-based, post-graduate training experiences are designed to develop trainees into autonomous clinicians with the skills needed to lead patient-specific programs in acute care practice settings.   The conscientious integration of senior (PGY2) and junior residents (PGY1) provides all programs a dynamic and collaborative training environment based on the principles of graduate medical education. 


PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency:

The infectious diseases (ID) specialty program prepares residents for a career as an ID specialist through focused training on the management of complex and rare infections seen in a diverse patient population. Residents practice evidence-based medicine while rounding with interdisciplinary teams to optimize antimicrobial therapy and patient outcomes.  Required experiences include adult and pediatric ID consult services, antimicrobial stewardship, clinical microbiology, and longitudinal experiences in an outpatient ID clinic and providing antimicrobial approval pager coverage. Other opportunities include leukemia and hematopoietic stem cell transplant services, medical and surgical intensive care units, solid organ transplant, and medical writing/research. Residents are directly integrated into the institution’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, which received a 2012 ASHP Best Practice Award. An interactive teaching environment allows residents to facilitate internal and external small group discussions, precept pharmacy student experiences, and present formal classroom lectures at an affiliated college of pharmacy.  The teaching certificate program allows residents to learn innovative teaching methodologies and mentoring techniques from faculty. Residents complete a clinical research project, and present and publish their results.

PGY2 Residency Statement of Purpose:

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Position & Application Requirements:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree

  • Completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

  • Eligible for licensure in Illinois

  • Application materials must be submitted through PhORCAS  by the first Friday in January

    • Completed application

    • Formal letter of intent

    • Curriculum vitae

    • Official university/college transcripts

    • PhORCAS standard recommendation form submitted by 3 references

  • Onsite interview for qualified applicants in Jan/Feb


General Expectations:

  • Provide integrated care to patients of all ages and a variety of clinical conditions

  • Promote the safe, appropriate, and effective use of drugs and improve the long-term health of patients

  • Serve as a resource person and a clinical liaison to physicians, nurses, hospital leaders, students, and pharmacy personnel

  • Deliver optimal care to all patients via integration of all department resources and programs including computer systems, operational services, and clinical initiatives

  • Communicate daily with patients, medical staff, healthcare professionals, and pharmacy peers

  • Balance rotational responsibilities with other clinical, operational, and administrative duties

  • Embody best practice in all activities


  • Competitive salary ~ $46,000

  • Paid time off (10 days)

  • Paid holidays (4 days)

  • Health insurance, dental, vision

  • University discounts and affiliations

  • Uniforms (lab coats)

  • Office space, computer, phone, fax, and pager

  • Travel reimbursement for professional meetings


Specific Expectations:

  • 5 required experiences with 2-3 elective experiences

  • Longitudinal outpatient ID clinic

  • Antimicrobial approval pager coverage

  • On-call program providing clinical consults, drug information, and response to cardio-pulmonary arrests, anesthesia call, & acute strokes.

  • Pharmacy practice experiences (weekends and evenings of clinical coverage).

  • Experiential, didactic, and small group education of Doctor of Pharmacy students

  • Clinical research project & manuscript submission

  • Formal Research Seminar Presentation

  • Option of presenting clinical data at professional conference (contingent on research progress by abstract deadline)

  • Teaching Certificate Program (optional)

Required Experiences:

•   Adult General ID Consult Service

•   Adult Immunocompromised ID Consult Service

•   Antimicrobial Stewardship

•   Pediatric ID Consult Service

•   Clinical Microbiology


Elective Experiences:

•   Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant

•   Solid Organ Transplant

•   Leukemia Service

•   Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

•   Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)

•   Medical Writing / Research


Longitudinal Experiences:

•   Outpatient ID Clinic

•   Antimicrobial Approval Pager

•   Pharmacokinetics & TDM

•   On-Call Program

•   Drug Information

•  Adult Cardiac Code Response

•   Acute Stroke Response

•   Pharmacy Practice Experience

•   Professional Development

Contact Information:

Natasha N. Pettit, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)

PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director