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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!

Negin Kiyavash, PharmD, MBA, CPPS

Director of Inpatient Pharmacy Services / 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 December 30th, 2022

    • 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

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Clinical Administration

  • Pharmacy Administration

  • Psychiatry/Rehab

  • Research


Current Residents​​

Program Info
Current Residents

Blanche Danecek, PharmD

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Interests: Ambulatory Care, Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases 

Favorite things to do in Chicago: Trying all the amazing food, exploring all the unique neighborhoods, and playing volleyball at North Avenue

PGY1 research: Comparing the safety and efficacy of biosimilar insulin glargine-yfgn vs insulin glargine

Value of University of Chicago Medicine - Ingalls Residency: Since my first day starting as a PGY-1 resident at Ingalls, I have seen myself grow in confidence and abilities every day. The warm and welcoming pharmacy staff has made me feel incredibly valued, empowered, and has made the entire experience better than I could’ve imagined. The program is very well-rounded and perfect for anyone looking to advance their clinical skills alongside a team of highly supportive and knowledgeable clinicians. 


Caroline Bao, PharmD

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University

Professional Interests: Hematology/Oncology, Critical Care

Favorite things to do in Chicago: Go to museums, spend time with friends, explore the city, and try new restaurants

PGY1 research: Evaluation of time to levetiracetam administration as an undiluted intravenous push compared to intravenous infusion

Value of University of Chicago Medicine - Ingalls Residency: During my time at Ingalls, I have learned so much about pharmacy practice and built so many great relationships, not just with my preceptors but also with the staff pharmacists and techs. Everyone is willing to step up and help with any questions or issues I might have, and I know that I only have more growth and learning to look forward to. I truly appreciate the close-knit environment in the pharmacy and among the clinical specialists and pharmacists, and the opportunities to build my clinical skills and self-confidence here at Ingalls. 

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Sara Krusenoski, PharmD, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, 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, ASHP 

Hobbies: Running, biking, traveling 


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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

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


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

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

Nicole Ruzich.PNG

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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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

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Negin Kiyavash, PharmD, MBA

Director of Inpatient Pharmacy Services / Residency Program Director

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

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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

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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

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

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Nicole Stephen, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

Rotation offered: Integrated Care

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

PGY1: UCM- Ingalls Memorial Hospital

Practice interests: Pharmacy Education, Critical Care

Professional organization affiliation and leadership: ASHP

Hobbies: Reading, traveling, baking

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Paul Fitzpatrick, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Rotation offered: Emergency Medicine

Education: BA in chemistry – Depaul University; PharmD- Rosalind Franklin University

PGY1: Ingalls Memorial Hospital

Practice interests: Emergency Med, Critical Care, Toxicology, Pediatrics

Professional organization affiliation and leadership: ASHP, ICHP

Hobbies: Exercise/Weightlifting, Crafting, Cooking/baking


Gina Cherniawski, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Rotation offered: Emergency Medicine

Education: University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

PGY1: Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center

PGY2: Emergency Medicine: St. Joseph's/Candler Health System

Practice interests: resuscitation, stroke, sepsis, trauma, antibiotic stewardship

Professional organization affiliation and leadership: ASHP

Hobbies: eating, traveling, watching and playing sports

Contact Us

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Negin Kiyavash, PharmD, MBA, CPPS

Director of Inpatient Pharmacy Services / Residency Program Director


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