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Pharmacy Residencies

Tower at Rush

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 U.S. News & World Report, ranked in seven specialty care programs: Orthopedics, Geriatrics, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Cancer, among others. Rush has also recently received the Vizient Qualty Leadership Award in 2017 ranking fourth among 107 academic medical centers, and 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.

Residency programs

Rush offers a PGY1 pharmacy residency, including a nontraditional PGY1 residency, as well as four specialized PGY2 programs. 

RUMC PGY1 residency class 2018-2019

RUMC PGY1 residency class 2018-2019

RUMC PGY1 residency class 2018-2019

RUMC PGY2 residency class 2018-2019

Apply to a program

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

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

Program preceptors

  • Management
  • Critical care
    • Gourang Patel, PharmD, MSc, BCPS. BCCCP
      • PGY1: John Cochran VA Medical Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Critical care and perioperative medicine
    • Nicholas G. Panos, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences Systems
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Neurocritical care, critical care, cerebrovascular disease, traumatic brain injury, anticoagulation reversal, sedation and analgesia in the brain injury patient, intraventricular administration of parenteral medications
    • Payal Gurnani, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: Midwestern University/Rush University Medical Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Critical care, surgery, PKPD
    • Joshua M DeMott, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
      • PGY1: Saint Mary's Health Care
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Critical care, emergency medicine
    • Georgeanna Rechner-Neven, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: Rush University Medical Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Critical care, neurocritical care
    • Mindy Varghese, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
      • PGY1: John H Stoger, Jr, Hospital of Cook County
      • PGY2: Midwestern University/Rush University Medical Center PGY2 Critical Care
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Cardiology, critical care
    • Mary Jane Newell, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine
      • PGY2: University of Chicago Medicine
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Critical care, cardiology, cardiac surgery
    • Drayton Hammond, Pharm.D.,MBA, BCPS, BCCCP
      • PGY1: Medical College of Georgia
      • PGY2: University of Florida - Jacksonville
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Alcohol withdrawal, cost-effectiveness, drug-induced injuries, sepsis and septic shock
    • Bryan Menich, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: Loyola Medical Center, Chicago
      • PGY2: Rush University Medical Center PGY2 in Critical Care
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Cardiology, Cardiac surgery
  • Emergency medicine
    • Gary Peksa, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Emergency medicine, anticoagulation reversal, sedation and analgesia
    • Giles W. Slocum, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: Swedish American Hospital
      • PGY2: University of Rochester Medical Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Emergency medicine, hemophilia, toxicology
  • Hematology/Oncology
    • Kathryn Schultz, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Impact of technology, supportive care for stem cell transplant
    • Rebecca Myers, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: Indiana University Health
      • PGY2: Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center PGY2 Oncology
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: hematology, oncology, pharmacogenomics, cellular therapies
    • Brian Seyboth, Pharm.D., BCOP
      • PGY1: Maine Medical Center
      • PGY2: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center PGY2 Pediatric Oncology 
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Bone marrow transplant, bone marrow failure disorders
    • Amanda Seddon, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
      • PGY1: University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System
      • PGY2: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: hematology, oncology, stem cell therapy
    • Zach Click, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: Rush University Medical Center PGY2 Oncology Residency
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Hematology, oncology, stem cell transplant, immunocompromised infectious disease
  • Solid organ transplant
    • Nicole Alvey, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: Barnes Jewish Hospital
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Abdominal transplant
    • Marissa Brokhof, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: University of Wisconsin at Madison
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Abdominal transplantation, end-stage liver disease, immunosuppression
    • Nicole Kenyon, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: University of Iowa Hospitals/Clinics
      • PGY2: University of Utah Hospitals/Clinics
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: abdominal transplant, cardiothoracic transplant
  • Infectious disease
    • Hayley Hodgson, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: Midwestern University/Rush University Medical Center PGY2 Infectious Disease Residency
      • Research/Area(s) of Interest: Antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship initiatives and cost reduction
    • Christy Varughese, Pharm.D., BCPS
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: Yale New Haven Hospital
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: antimicrobial stewardship, transplant infectious disease, multidrug resistant organisms
  • Medicine/Surgery
    • Kirk Dennis, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Internal medicine, interdisciplinary process improvement
    • Melissa Kocek, PharmD
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Internal medicine
    • Alifiya Hyderi, PharmD
      • PGY1: NorthShore University HealthSystem
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Anticoagulation, internal medicine
    • Monika Gil, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Internal medicine, heart failure, solid organ transplant
    • Mitchell Cunningham, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Rehabilitation, psychiatry, internal medicine
    • Luke Hvass, Pharm.D., BCPS
      • PGY1: Wheaton Fransciscan Healthcare, St. Joseph's campus
      • PGY2: University of Chicago Medicine
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: internal medicine, anticoagulation, management of hyperglycemia
  • Pediatrics
    • Jessica Jacobson, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
      • PGY1: University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System
      • PGY2: University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Pediatric, neonatal critical care
    • Kristen M Welsh, Pharm.D., BCPPS
      • PGY1: Children's National Medical Center
      • PGY2: University of Chicago Medicine
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Neonatal and pediatric critical care
    • Sara Brown, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: St. John Hospital and Medical Center
      • PGY2: University of Illinoi Hospital and Health Sciences System
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Pediatric oncology supportive care, pediatric patient education, pediatric medication safety, transitions of care
  • Affiliated faculty

Current residents

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