PGY1 class of 2022-2023: Nida, Maggie, GeMiracle, Katie, Connor, Kevin, Busola, Ben, Evelyn, Courtney, and Caroline
Dr. Moreno is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. He went onto obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy and Master’s in Health Services Administration from Regis University in Denver Colorado. He has a wide range of professional interests, which include oncology, formulary management, 340B compliance, sterile preparations, and workflow optimization. When he is not at the hospital, you can find him racing sailboats. In addition to water-based activities, he enjoys playing pool, poker, and trying new food.
“I chose Rush because they allow pharmacist to practice at the top of their license, and the amount of clinical experience promised to its PGY1 residents.”
Dr. Gander is from Loves Park, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University. Her professional interests include internal medicine, infectious diseases, and academia. She likes to try new restaurants and explore all that Chicago has to offer!
“Rush offered so many opportunities for learning, both inside and outside of rotations. From the first open house I attended, it was apparent that the preceptors really cared about their residents, and that has held true for my entire experience here!”
Dr. Flynn is from Portland, Connecticut and obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University School of Pharmacy. He has a strong passion for oncology. He loves travelling and exploring all the restaurants Chicago has to offer.
“I chose Rush to challenge myself to become a better pharmacist through a broad range of rotations, a supportive environment that challenges me, and a diverse set of experiences.”
Dr. Purcell is from Guyton, Georgia and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include informatics and emergency medicine. During her free time, she enjoys trying out new restaurants and breweries that Chicago has to offer, spoiling her cats, and taking walks around the park.
“I chose Rush for the way they believe in their residents to succeed. From the very beginning, the on-call program allows residents to learn how to think critically through tough problems. The entire pharmacy department is supportive and is always willing to help! The wide variety of rotations allows a diverse experience to support any career interest.”
Dr. Wang is from New York City and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her professional interests include critical care and infectious diseases. In her spare time, she likes to try new restaurants, go hiking, running, and watching movies/TV shows!
“I chose Rush for the opportunity to learn from an amazing group of preceptors, a strong on call program, and a wide range of rotation experiences particularly in critical care.”
Dr. Lee is from Kankakee, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include hematology/oncology and internal medicine. When she is not at the hospital, she enjoys reading, yoga, cooking, and listening to music.
“Rush provides a challenging yet supportive environment to learn in and also has a patient-centered approach that aligns with my own mission as a pharmacist.”
Dr. Koss is from Bartlett, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Concordia University. Her professional interests include internal medicine, heart failure, and infectious diseases. She loves watching romantic comedies, going on walks/exploring Chicago, playing tennis, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.
“I chose Rush for the amazing preceptors and the autonomy it encouraged by the variety of rotation options, staffing experiences, and on-call program.”
Dr. Johns is from Las Vegas, Nevada and obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy. His professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care. He enjoys all sports and sushi.
“I chose Rush because it is a highly regarded academic medical center that sees a wide variety of patient and disease states, amazing preceptors who are always ready to help and want to see you grow.”
Dr. Schieber is from Kansas City, Missouri and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include emergency medicine and pediatrics. She loves anything active outside; from walking, to biking, rock-climbing, hiking, skiing, you know it! Especially with her dog, Henry. She loves trying new restaurants, cocktail bars and coffee shops! If you stop by her desk, she also always have cookies on hand, and loves trying new cookie dough recipes!
“The on-call program was a really big factor for me - I really wanted to become an independent pharmacist when responding to complex patients during acute and critical events, and this pushes you to do just that, very quickly! The people here are so supportive and really care for you as a person both personally and professionally.”
Dr. Madni is from San Jose, California and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy (hook’em horns!). Her professional interests include oncology, emergency medicine, and solid organ transplant. Outside of residency, she enjoys travelling, photography/videography, watching Bollywood movies, and exploring all local coffee shops Chicago has to offer (she is still on the hunt for the best lavender-flavored coffee!)
“I chose Rush for two reasons: the importance of pharmacy services on an interdisciplinary team and the commitment of excellence within the organization during the interview. Since being at Rush, it is very clear how pharmacy is valued and how much our interventions mattered. Due to the diverse population we serve here in Chicago, we ensure that all patients are welcomed and treated with the utmost care. The preceptors here are beyond amazing and support you in any way possible!”
Dr. Fowowe is from San Antonio, Texas and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy (the home of the reigning national champions!) Her professional interests include infectious diseases and emergency medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys sleeping, listening to audiobooks and exploring Chicago’s top spots with her co-residents.
“I chose Rush because everyone is super welcoming and friendly during the interview process. Everyone is invested in their residents and I feel constantly supported!”
*PGY-1 nontraditional residents, 2022-2024
PGY2 class of 2022-2023: Sally, Amanda, Jessica, Kaley, Alexis, and Miranda
Dr. Tandyk is from Chicago, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Rush University Medical Center and has a passion for oncology. Outside of pharmacy, Alexis enjoys winter sports (specifically traveling to go snowboarding/skiing), trying new restaurants in the various Chicagoland neighborhoods, and watching the Chicago Bears/Iowa Hawkeyes!
“After completing my PGY1 at Rush, I knew I wanted to stay on to complete a PGY2 based on the amazing experience I had. Everyone in the pharmacy department is extremely supportive and it is great to surround myself with such talented individuals who are truly invested in the care of their patients. Rush also had all the opportunities I was looking for in an oncology program, including both inpatient and outpatient services. I knew staying on at Rush would continue to push my clinical knowledge and help me become a well-rounded clinical oncology pharmacist.”
Dr. Apato is from Oak Lawn, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Kansas College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 training at Novant Health. Her clinical interests include emergency medicine, toxicology, and critical care. In her free time she enjoys running, roller-blading, going out with friends, scrolling through TikTok, and baking.
“I chose Rush for my PGY2 due to the wide variety of learning opportunities and wonderful preceptors. I loved the ED crew during my residency interview and couldn't be happier with my choice!”
Dr. Kulawiak is from Chicago, IL and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her PGY-1 at Rush University Medical Center. Her pediatric professional interests include the neonatal intensive care units and general pediatric floor. In her free time, she enjoys trying new coffee shops and breweries, a good Netflix binge, and testing new dessert recipes.
“I chose Rush because of the large residency class and preceptors who create a supportive learning environment.”
Dr. Deichstetter is from Naperville, Illinois and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Cincinnati, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 at Rush University Medical Center and has a passion for critical care. Outside of pharmacy, Kaley loves trying new restaurants, karaoke bars, and rooftops around Chicago. On Sundays, you can find her at one of the beaches on Lake Michigan, at the Diversey driving range, or running on the lakeshore path! She also loves spending time with her family at their lake house in northern Wisconsin and traveling (even studied abroad in Australia)!
“I chose Rush because the wide variety of rotations and projects would challenge me as a resident. I was excited for the 24-hour on call program which has enhanced my autonomy and exposes me to the high acuity needs of patients here at Rush. The preceptors here have a passion for teaching and are extremely involved in the residency program. I also found 14 new amazing residents and friends within the large pharmacy class. We all support each other and have so much fun along the way!”
Dr. Kopfman is from Charleston, South Carolina and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. She has a passion for solid organ transplant. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Rush University Medical Center. In her free time, Miranda enjoys exploring the Chicago food scene, attending Broadway musicals, and sending her co-residents photos of her cat.
“The transplant pharmacists here at Rush are extensively involved in the multidisciplinary care of their patients. The preceptors are extremely supportive, and I knew I would get a well-rounded training experience with both inpatient and outpatient at Rush as well as experiences at other transplant centers!”
Dr. Falahat is from Birmingham, Alabama and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, Alabama. Her professional interests include internal medicine, cardiology, and transitions of care. Outside of residency, she enjoys hanging out with her family, spray painting, and traveling.
"When I decided on pursuing an PGY2 in internal medicine, I knew that I wanted a program that will allow for a well-rounded experience. The IM residency program here at Rush provides me the opportunity to rotate through multiple areas of medicine as well as gaining the transitions of care experience by going to the pharmacotherapy clinic once a week. Most importantly, the IM team here at Rush is the most supportive, loving, funniest, and smartest people I have ever met. They care for your professional and personal needs, and there was never a time where I felt like I was on my own. The entire IM team always has my back and I know I will be a better pharmacist because of them."