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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 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 five specialized PGY2 programs. 

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: please incorporate the following items into the submitted letter of intent (new as of October 2018)
    • 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

  • 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
    • 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
    • Mary Jane Sullivan, Pharm.D., BCCP
      • 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., BCCCP
      • PGY1: Loyola Medical Center, Chicago
      • PGY2: Rush University Medical Center PGY2 in Critical Care
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Cardiology, Cardiac surgery
    • Phil Tobias, Pharm.D., BCCCP
      • PGY1: Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA
      • PGY2: Rush University Medical Center PGY2 in Critical Care
      • Research/Areas(s) of interest: critical care, cardiology
  • 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
    • Joshua M DeMott, PharmD, MSc, BCPS, BCCCP
      • PGY1: Saint Mary's Health Care
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Critical care, emergency medicine
  • 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
    • Justin Fisher, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: Northwestern Medical Center PGY2 Oncology Residency
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: immune check-point inhibitors, cellular therapies, targeted therpay for hematologic malignancies
    • Niveen Hilal, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: University of Chicago
      • PGY2: University of Chicago, PGY2 Oncology Residency
      • Research/Area(s) of interest:
  • Solid organ transplant
    • Nicole Alvey, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: Barnes Jewish Hospital Solid Organ Transplant
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: Abdominal transplant
    • Marissa Brokhof, PharmD, BCPS
      • PGY1: Rush University Medical Center
      • PGY2: University of Wisconsin at Madison Solid Organ Transplant
      • 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 Solid Organ Transplant
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: abdominal transplant, cardiothoracic transplant
    • Lance Lineberger, Pharm.D.
      • PGY1: Ochsner Medical Center
      • PGY2: Rush University Medical Cetner PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant
      • Research/Area(s) of interest: immunosuppression, opportunistic infections
  • 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 PGY2 ID/Solid Organ Transplant Residency
      • 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

  • PGY1 program
    • Ben Bowar, Pharm.D.
      • Hometown: Apple Valley, Minnesota
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Chicago State University College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Arts in Physiology, University of Minnesota
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Solid Organ Transplant, Hematology/Oncology Research Project: Evaluation of Change in Immunosuppression Protocol in Orthotropic Liver Transplant Recipients
      • Why Rush: I chose Rush because of the rigorous on-call program, challenging rotation selection, and the ability to work with preceptors in each clinical specialty. The large residency class size and ability to precept students was also appealing.
    • Jason Albright, Pharm.D.
      • Hometown: Lansing, IL
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Arizona State University
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Internal Medicine
      • Research Project: Evaluating the Risk Factors for Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Kidney Transplant Patients
      • Why Rush: Rush was very appealing to me due to the wide variety of rotations and experiences offered throughout the year making it an ideal place to learn and grow as a pharmacist.
    • Michael DiCesare, Pharm.D.
      • Hometown: Westerville, OH
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Arts in Biology, University of Maryland Baltimore Country
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Emergency Medicine, Critical Care
      • Research Project: Predictors of a Positive Response to Dexmedetomidine in Intubated, Critically Ill Adult Patients
      • Why Rush: I chose Rush because I wanted to practice at a large academic medical center with a challenging 24-hour on call program. The large residency class was also appealing. The PGY1 program at Rush has plenty of opportunities for me to grow both personally and professionally.
    • Mariana Mallidi, Pharm.D.
      • Hometown: Chicago, IL
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Chicago
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Critical Care
      • Research Project: Predictive Characteristics of Prior to Admission Methicillin- Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Nares Screening Tests for Methicillin Resistance Among S. aureus Clinical Isolates in Patients Admitted to Intensive care Units.
      • Why Rush: The residency program at Rush met all the criteria I looked for in a residency program. Rush offers a variety of ICU rotations, a strong research component, and a supportive environment to facilitate my transition into an
        independent clinician. I also wanted a residency program with an on-call component. Our on-call program fosters independence, and it increases exposure to antibiotic stewardship and clinical scenarios in areas outside of scheduled rotations.
    • Meghan Walsh, Pharm.D.
      • Hometown: Tinley Park, IL
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, University of Iowa
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Critical Care, Solid Organ Transplant
      • Research Project: Early vs. Late Initiation of Unfractionated Heparin After Cardiac Valve Replacement
      • Why Rush: I had the opportunity to rotate at Rush as a 4th year student and saw the
        value our clinical pharmacists brought to multidisciplinary healthcare teams. The PGY1 program at Rush has a variety of rotations to choose from that I knew would allow me to fully explore my future areas of interest. Additionally, I wanted to pursue a residency program that offers a 24 hour on-call program and a large residency class!
    • Vanessa Panopoulos, Pharm.D.
      • Hometown: Chicago, IL
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science in Biology, Loyola University Chicago
      • Pharmacy School: UIC College of Pharmacy
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Emergency Medicine and Anticoagulation
      • Research Project: Epidiolex Post-market Study
      • Why Rush: Having worked here for 4 years, I connected with the high caliber of pharmacists and knew I wanted to be part of that team. I have seen firsthand the close mentorship residents experience and their participation in multidisciplinary team rounds.  Overall, I know I made the right choice by staying with RUMC!
    • R. Dawn Tagare, Pharm.D. (Chief Resident)
      • Hometown: Chicago, IL
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Infectious Diseases
      • Research Project: Antimicrobial Stewardship’s Impact on Antibiotic Consumption Through Emergency Department Orderset Revision
      • Why Rush: While rotating at Rush as a P4 student, I was able to learn about the
        health system and the diverse patient population it serves. Even as a student I could sense that the pharmacists' value and medication expertise are duly noted by both patients and other healthcare providers. I knew Rush would be an excellent site to complete a residency because of the variety of rotations offered, the availability of a 24-hour on-call program, and the ability to teach and precept students from nearby pharmacy schools. Being with a large group of co-residents is also a plus because they are a great support system to have throughout the year (and beyond)!
    • Alissa Shega, Pharm.D.
      • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ohio State University
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Solid Organ Transplant, Emergency Medicine
      • Research Project: Evaluation of Unfractionated Heparin Dosing for Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism Across Various Body Mass Indexes
      • Why Rush: I loved that Rush had a big residency class and a wide variety of rotations. I also wanted to be at a program that had an overnight on-call program because I knew I would learn a lot from having that experience as a PGY1!
    • Cameron Cluff, Pharm.D. (nontraditional PGY1 resident)
      • Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Michigan State University
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine
      • Research Project: Implementation of a Tech-Check-Tech Program an Academic Medical Center
      • Why Rush: I chose Rush for the diverse array of rotations in a large city with underserved populations. The residency program offers robust training from the on-call program to everything else in between. Above all, the deciding factor that drew me to Rush were the preceptors. Their passion and expertise is unparalleled and will profoundly benefit my professional advancement as a clinical pharmacist.
    • Milica Misic, Pharm.D. (nontraditional PGY1 resident)
      • Hometown: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
      • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of Windsor
      • Practice Area(s) of Interest: Pediatrics, Oncology
      • Research Project: Implementation of Standardized Patient Education Requirements at Rush University Children’s Hospital (RUCH)
      • Why Rush: I spent some time here as a student and loved the learning environment in this large academic teaching center. Everyone was really nice and helpful and I knew I wanted to stay here as a resident.
  • PGY2 programs
    • Critical care
      • Attiya Khan, Pharm.D.
        • Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL
        • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
        • PGY1 Residency: Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL
        • Research Project: Use of Bisphosphonates and Calcitonin in Hypercalcemia of Malignancy
        • Why Rush: I completed rotations at Rush as an APPE student and I enjoyed working
          with the preceptors and learned an immense amount.
    • Emergency Medicine
      • Anthony Renzoni, Pharm.D.
        • Hometown: Oxford, CT
        • PGY1 Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT
        • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies, University of Connecticut
        • Research Project: Effect of MRSA Nares Screening in the ED on Empiric Anti-MRSA Antibiotic Duration
        • Why Rush: I was interested in pursuing emergency medicine residency training at a
          leading academic medical center that provides residents with hands-on learning experiences including an in-house on-call program, simulation labs, and additional opportunities in toxicology and emergency preparedness.
    • Oncology
      • Chloe Majkowski, Pharm.D.
        • Hometown: Wheeling, IL
        • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
        • PGY1 Residency: Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL
        • Research Project: Impact of a Pharmacist in Stem Cell Transplant Clinic
        • Why Rush: Rush is a large academic medical center that still has a tight-knit feel. We continue to adopt new practices and advanced technology, while at the same time forming relationships with people across all different departments. The Cancer Center continues to grow, and I am excited to be a part of the advancements we are making in patient care. Rush has some of the brightest preceptors, and I know I will be a confident clinical pharmacist having trained at Rush.
    • Solid organ transplant
      • Melissa Chaung, Pharm.D.
        • Hometown: New Jersey
        • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science, University of California, Los Angeles
        • PGY1 Residency: Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL
        • Research Project: Comparison of Diuretic Effect of Furosemide Alone Versus the Combination of Furosemide and Albumin in Cirrhotic Patients
        • Why Rush: The robust abdominal transplant program at Rush University Medical Center provides for a variety of experiences working with a multi-disciplinary team to provide optimal care for our patients. From learning experiences in inpatient setting to the transitions of care in the outpatient setting, the solid organ transplant pharmacy residency program creates a positive learning environment for the resident.
    • Pediatrics
      • May Ly, Pharm.D.
        • Hometown: Gautier, Mississippi
        • Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
        • PGY1 Residency: Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA
        • Research Project: Evaluation of a Protocolized Opioid and Benzodiazepine Infusion Guideline in Pediatric and Neonatal Patients
        • Why Rush: Rush University Medical Center offers a plethora of opportunity to grow both clinically and professionally as a pharmacist.
RUMC PGY1 residency class 2018-2019

RUMC PGY1 residency class 2019-2020

RUMC PGY2 residency class 2019-2020

RUMC PGY2 residency class 2019-2020

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