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Pharmacy Residencies

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About Rush pharmacy

Rush University Medical Center is a not-for-profit academic medical center located just west of downtown Chicago in the Illinois Medical District. For more than 170 years, Rush has helped lead the way in developing innovative and often life-saving treatments.

Today Rush is a thriving center for basic and clinical research, with physicians and scientists involved in hundreds of research projects developing and testing the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices. This unique combination of research and patient care has earned Rush a position in the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Rush is ranked 17th overall and two of our services, neurology and neurosurgery and orthopedics, are in the top five nationwide, and three are the highest-ranked programs in the state. Neurology and neurosurgery are top-ranked in the Midwest. Rush also received the Vizient Qualty Leadership Award in 2017 ranking fourth among 107 academic medical centers, and was the only medical center in Illinois among those participating in the study to receive this award.

Rush was named one of the top 25 hospitals to work for in the United States by indeed.com, the largest job search engine and job board in the United States.

Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation’s top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research. In addition, there are affiliation agreements in place among the Rush Department of Pharmacy and pharmacy schools in the Chicago area, including Midwestern University, Chicago State University, Roosevelt University, Rosalind Franklin College of Pharmacy and University of Illinois at Chicago.

The pharmacy model at Rush includes clinical specialists, clinical staff pharmacists, residents, pharmacy students and faculty from colleges of pharmacy working together as a team to provide 24/7 clinical services. We have pharmacists dedicated to acute care, critical care, pediatrics, operations and ambulatory care that round with the medical team, verify orders and provide clinical services. Distribution is driven by technicians and technology and overseen by pharmacists, utilizing robotic IV preparation systems, telepharmacy and dispensing carousels.

A key feature of the Rush residency program is the in-house on-call program. The residents rotate through this learning experience to provide patient care and healthcare provider support, day and night, 365 days a year. This support takes the form of attendance at emergencies (such as adult and pediatric codes), participation in decisions regarding high risk and high cost medications (such as restricted antibiotics and blood factors) and reviewing and participating in the evaluation and treatment of new onset stroke patients.

The on-call program is rigorous, but enables the resident to become confident, poised and knowledgeable early on in their respective program.

Residency programs

Rush offers a PGY1 pharmacy residency, including a nontraditional PGY1 residency, as well as five specialized PGY2 programs. There are tentative plans to start two new PGY2 programs in July 2021 — in Internal Medicine and Health System Pharmacy/Leadership.

Residency program Residency Program Director Manual Year started
PGY1 Nora Flint, PharmD, FASHP, BCPS
Co-coordinators: Alifiya Hyderi, Pharm.D., BCPS; Mary Jane Sullivan, Pharm.D., BCCCP
PGY1 Residency Manual 1978
PGY2 Critical Care Mary Jane Sullivan, PharmD, BCCCP PGY2 Critical Care Residency Manual 2012
PGY2 Emergency Medicine Gary Peksa, Pharm.D., BCPS PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Manual 2017
PGY2 Health System Pharmacy/Leadership     tentative summer 2021
PGY2 Internal Medicine Melissa Kocek, Pharm.D., BCPS   tentative summer 2021
PGY2 Oncology Amanda Seddon, Pharm.D., BCOP
Residency project coordinator: Becca Myers, Pharm.D., BCOP
Residency presentation coordinator: Eris Tollkuci, Pharm.D., BCOP
  2012
PGY2 Pediatrics Jessica Jacobson, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS PGY2 Pediatric Residency Manual 2019
PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Nicole Alvey, PharmD, BCPS   2012

Apply to a program

Interested candidates should apply for a Rush pharmacy residency through the following channels:

  • Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
  • ASHP Resident Matching Service/National Matching Service
  • Letter of intent for PGY1 residency programs: please incorporate the following items into the submitted letter of intent:
    • preferred interest in traditional PGY1 or nontraditional PGY1, if there is a preference
    • areas of interest to focus on during the residency
    • level of desire to mentor/precept pharmacy student
    • preparation for a 24hr on call program
    • career goals

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any international applicants at this time.

Program preceptors

PGY1 Traditional and Nontraditional Preceptors
PGY2 Critical Care Preceptors 
PGY2 Emergency Medicine Preceptors 
PGY2 Oncology Preceptors  
PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Preceptors
PGY2 Pediatrics Preceptors

Current residents

Pharmacy residents

PGY1 Program Residents Education
Angelina Raimonde Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science College of Pharmacy
Caleb McLeod St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Cecilia Volk University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy
Daniel Fecher* The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Jenna Crosby University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Katelyn Gardner University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mary Clay* Purdue University College of Pharmacy
McKenzie Young University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Rachel DiNino University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tiffany Wu University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

*PGY1 nontraditional residents, 2020-2022

Pharmacy residents

PGY2 Program Residents Education
Aaron Krapfl (Oncology) Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Katherine Katsivalis (Pediatric) University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Kristen Koehl (Emergency Medicine) Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Meghan Walsh (Solid Organ Transplant) University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Veronica Bonderski (Critical Care) Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Related links

Midwestern College of Pharmacy
University of Illinois - Chicago College of Pharmacy
Chicago State College of Pharmacy
Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists
Rosalind Franklin College of Pharmacy
ASHP Residency Directory