PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

UChicago Medicine - Ingalls Memorial

Dear PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency training program at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital. As one of the lead institutions for offering community-based services in Chicago’s Southland region, we are pleased you have taken time to learn more about our residency program.

Our department’s mission is to ensure our patients achieve the best medication-related outcomes possible, and our residents are integral to our pursuit of this mission.  The residency program at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital offers an opportunity for the candidates to develop critical thinking skills as well as clinical skills in a wide variety of practice settings. At the completion of the PGY1 training, the resident will have the tools necessary to be a valuable asset to a hospital pharmacy clinical program. The skills learned at Ingalls will help the resident integrate into that clinical program and function as a practical, confident clinical pharmacist.

At Ingalls, residents play a significant role in our patient-centered practice model obtaining experience in a wide variety of practice settings under the mentorship of seasoned and caring preceptors. This experience is strengthened through our recent partnership with The University of Chicago Hyde Park campus through the design and execution of external professional development opportunities.

Again, thank you for your interest in Ingalls. We look forward to the possibility of meeting with you!

Ayesha M. Khan, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Coordinator/Residency Program Director

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital

Residency Program Detailed Information

Department of Pharmacy Services

Over the years, Ingalls has grown to become a 478-bed, nationally recognized health system that spans over 22 acres, offering a full array of health care services. Ingalls has earned a national reputation and commendations for cancer, stroke, neurosciences and orthopedics. Clinical pharmacy services have been well embedded into patient care at Ingalls for decades, allowing the department to provide innovative and advanced care. Our recent partnership with UChicago Medicine has accelerated the scope and level of care provided to our surrounding community. Our pharmacy team consists of central and decentralized pharmacists focused on optimizing safe and effective medication management. We pride ourselves on our team-based approach to providing patient-centered care


PGY-1 Statement of Purpose

The PGY1 program is focused on developing a critically thinking clinical pharmacist that can easily integrate into a hospital pharmacy clinical program and add value to that program by virtue of the tools and techniques learned at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Our program aims to train residents to become dynamic, collaborative practitioners providing  safe and effective patient care to a diverse range of patients from varying socioeconomic and disease state backgrounds following a consistent patient care process. Throughout the training year, residents will meet with the program director to design development plans focused on enhancing their skills. Every effort will be made to tailor resident learning experiences based on the learner’s personal career goals and interests. Residents will be afforded opportunities to demonstrate leadership and management skills, the ability to evaluate and investigate practice, review data and assimilate scientific evidence to improve patient care and/or the medication-use system, and effectively disseminate knowledge to other health-care providers and patients.

Position & Application Requirements

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree

  • Eligible for licensure in Illinois

  • Application materials must be submitted through PhORCAS  by the first Monday 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 ~ $47,800

  • Paid time off (15 days)

  • Paid holidays (6 days)

  • Health insurance, dental, vision

  • Uniforms (lab coats)

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

  • Travel reimbursement for professional meetings


Resident Expectations

  • Completion of Department of Pharmacy credentialing and competencies including clinical certifications (ACLS, PALS, etc.)

  • Successful completion of core and elective rotations 

  • Timely submission of all learning experience assessments as assigned in PharmAcademic

  • Documentation of learning activities (research, teaching,  etc.) uploaded to PharmAcademic

  • Centralized weeknight and rotating weekend staffing (including clinical coverage)

  • Formal longitudinal practice-related projects

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Learning Experiences

Required Learning experiences

  • Orientation

  • Integrated Care Medicine

  • Critical Care

  • Infectious Disease/Stewardship

  • Oncology

  • Clinical Administration

  • Pharmacy Administration

  • Psychiatry/Rehab

  • Research



Current Residents























Nicole Stephen, PharmD

Hometown: Houston, TX

Pharmacy School: Feik School of Pharmacy (San Antonio, TX)

Professional Interests: Oncology, Critical Care, Infectious Disease

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Kayaking down the Chicago River and enjoying summertime Chi

PGY1 Research: Implementation of Vancomycin Area Under the Curve Guided Dosing by Two levels in Adults at a Community Hospital

Value of University of Chicago Medicine-Ingalls Residency: 

The UChicago Medicine-Ingalls Memorial Residency program offers an opportunity to train at an institution that will strengthen your commitment to the profession of pharmacy and gain confidence in yourself. The program emphasizes patient centered care and allows for exposure in specialties such as oncology, psychiatry, and informatics. Another unique feature is the partnership with UChicago Medicine-Hyde Park which allows for residents to engage in learning experiences such as Grand Rounds, as well as professional development. I value the relationships that have been established with preceptors and other members of a multidisciplinary team, and look forward to continued clinical growth throughout the year.

Paul Fitzpatrick, PharmD

Hometown: Orland Park, IL

Pharmacy School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Professional Interests: Critical Care and ED

Favorite thing to do in Chicago:  Eat at all the wonderful restaurants

PGY1 Research: Evaluation of an unfractionated heparin pharmacy dosing protocol in obese populations

Value of University of Chicago Medicine-Ingalls Residency: 

Provides a step-wise approach to introducing and building clinical skills so that the knowledge gained in one rotation carries over to the next. The learning environment is a positive one and everyone- techs, pharmacists and management are willing to help. Ingalls Memorial is a valuable asset to its surrounding community and allows unique opportunities to care for its specific patient population. The community hospital setting is great and allows one to develop better relationships not only within the pharmacy, but interdisciplinary relationships with doctors, nurses and dieticians.

Kendra Klaczak, PharmD

Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Rotation offered: Integrated Care

Education: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Practice interests: General Medicine, Medication Safety

Professional Organization Affiliation and Leadership: ASHP

Hobbies: traveling, reading, running

Al Fisher.PNG

Al Fisher, BS, PharmD, BCOP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology/Nutrition Support, Investigational Drug Service/Institutional Review Board, Pain Management

Rotation Offered: Oncology, Investigational Drug/Infusion

Education: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Fellowship: Oncology; University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Practice Interests: Oncology, Pain Management, Clinical Trials/Research

Professional Organizations Affiliations: ASHP, ISHP, HOPA


  • Phase II Open Label Pilot Trial of Aprepitant and Palonosetron for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in patients receiving moderately emetogenic FOLFOX Chemotherapy for the treatment of colorectal cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer Vol 26: pp1273-79; 2017

Hobbies: Running, Bicycling, Hiking, Canoeing, Water Gardening​

Kendra Klaczak.PNG
Sara Krusenoski.PNG

Sara Krusenoski, PharmD, BCCCP

Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care 

Rotation offered: Critical Care, Advanced Critical Care

Education: Butler University College of Pharmacy 

PGY1: Indiana University Health 

PGY2: Critical Care: The University of Chicago Medicine

Practice Interests: Sepsis, septic shock, and vasoactive medications; Pain, sedation, and delirium in the ICU 

Professional Organization Affiliation and Leadership: Society of Critical Care Medicine 

Hobbies: Running, biking, traveling 

Nicole Banks.PNG

Nicole Banks, BS, PharmD, AE-C

Clinical Pharmacist, Psychiatry/Rehab

Rotations offered: Psychiatry/Rehab

Education: Chicago State University College of Pharmacy


PGY1: Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

PGY2: BronxCare Health Center, Bronx, NY


Erin Little, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Rotation offered: Integrated Care

Education: Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Practice Interests: Medication Safety, Informatics, Diabetes

Professional Organization Affiliation and Leadership: ASHP

Hobbies: Working out, traveling

Ayesha M. Khan, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator/Residency Program Director

Rotation offered: Clinical Administration

Education: Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy

PGY1: The University of Toledo Medical Center

Practice Interests: Pharmacy Education, Nephrology, PK/PD in special populations

Professional Organization Affiliation and Leadership:

  • ASHP 

  • ACCP; Co-Chair Nephrology PRN Member Advocacy Committee


  • Khan AM. Drug Dosing in Dialysis. In: Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program. Endocrinology and Nephrology. Book 3. American College of Clinical Pharmacy; 2019. 

  • Khan AM. Acute Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. CE Grant Proposal; 2018.

  • Khan AM, Prasad-Reddy L. Iron Therapies in Chronic Kidney Disease. Pharmacy Times CE; 2018.

  • Khan AM, Lewis S. Acute Kidney Injury. PharmacotherapyFirst: A Multimedia Learning Resource; May 2017.

  • Khan AM, Marvanova M. Prediction accuracy of Winter-Tozer equations to estimate free phenytoin concentrations in non-critically ill hospitalized patients. The Consultant Pharmacist. 2017;32(8):463-469.

  • Khan AM, Mydra H, Nevarez A. Clinical Practice Updates in the Management of Immune Thrombocytopenia. Pharmacy and Therapeutics. 2017 Dec; 42(12):756-763,

  • Khan AM. Hyperparathyroidism as a predictor of erythropoietin resistance in chronic kidney disease, International Journal of Medicine and Pharmacy. 2017;5(2):13-17.

  • Khan AM, Kantorovich, A. Top 10 Study Results Relevant to Pharmacists from the 2016 ACC Scientific Session. Pharmacy Times. Published Online: Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Academic Presentations

  • Prasad-Reddy L, Khan AM. Interprofessional Education: Real Student Experiences in DIdactic, Simulated, and Clinical Settings. ASHP National Pharmacy Preceptors Conference. Dallas, TX, October 2019.

  • Prasad-Reddy L, Khan AM. Precision Precepting: Tailoring Precepting Methods to Individual Learners. Illinois Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. Springfield, IL, October 2019.

  • Brock C, Khan AM, et al. Pain Management. Illinois Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. Pre-Conference Session, 2018.

  •  Khan AM, Kantorovich A. “Heart to Heart: A Review of the Top Cardiovascular Trials in 2015 – 2016.” Illinois Pharmacists Association, Normal, IL, September 2016.

  •  Prasad-Reddy L, Khan AM. “Top 5 Things to Know about Chronic Kidney Disease.” Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, Oak Brook, IL, September 11, 2015.

  • Martin M, Schumacher C, Wilken L, Esterly J, Khan AM. “Top Things to Know About Five Commonly Encountered Disease: The Pharmacist’s Role in the Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease.” Illinois Pharmacists Association, Lombard, IL, September 24, 2015.

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Emily Limberg, PharmD, BCIDP

Rotation Offered: Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship

Education: Ohio Northern University

PGY1: Cleveland Clinic

Fellowship: Infectious Diseases; Loma Linda University 

Practice Interests: MRSA, antimicrobial resistance, pharmacokinetics, research 

Professional Organization Affiliation: ASHP, IDSA

Hobbies: reading, puzzles

Nicole Ruzich, PharmD

Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Infusion Center Coverage Pharmacist

Rotations offered: Integrated Care, Infusion Center

Education: Chicago State University

Practice Interests: General Medicine, Cardiology, Oncology

Professional Organization Affiliation and Leadership:  ASHP

Hobbies: Scrapbooking, listening to music, cooking/baking

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Negin Kiyavash, PharmD, MBA

Rotation offered: Management/Leadership

Education: PharmD, MBA

Practice Interests: Pharmacy management and Medication Safety/Quality

Professional Organization Affiliation and Leadership: ASHP, Midwestern University Alumni 

Hobbies: Travel, reading books and painting

Joshua Tyler, PharmD, BCPS 

Rotation offered: Pharmacy Informatics

Education: Nova Southeasten University

PGY1: AdventHealth Orlando, Orlando, FL

PGY2: New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY

Practice Interests: Pharmacy Informatics, Data Management

Professional Organization Affiliation: ASHP

Armando Cortes, PharmD

Rotation offered: Pharmacy Administration

Education: Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy; California State University San Bernardino Bachelor in Biochemistry; New England College Masters in Business Administration

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine

PGY2: University of Chicago Medicine, Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership

Practice Interests: Operations management, IV room management, Regulatory, critical care

Professional Organization Affiliation and Leadership: ASHP

Publications/Hobbies: Huge foodie! Love watching movies (new and old). Playing and watching basketball. 


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Ayesha M. Khan, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Coordinator/Residency Program Director


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