Traditional and Nontraditional Residency Programs (PGY1)

Pharmacists completing the PGY1 traditional and nontraditional residency programs at Rush will build on pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The PGY1 traditional and nontraditional residency programs provide in-depth professional, patient directed training and experience at the post-graduate level. They offer the resident the opportunity and stimulus to develop, to the highest degree attainable, his/her professional expertise as a clinical practitioner, emphasizing skills required to optimally deliver pharmaceutical care. In addition, the resident will be exposed to the management of a pharmacy department and gain insight into the responsibility one has toward accepting leadership and making a contribution back to the profession of pharmacy.

The residents are expected to contribute substantially to the achievement of the department’s mission through active and innovative participation in assigned projects which also meet residency training objectives. We do not believe that these are mutually exclusive.

An overarching goal of the residency training programs are the development of a personal philosophy of practice which will facilitate the provision of pharmaceutical care in their respective careers. This is guided by critical thought and patient advocacy in all aspects of drug therapy.

The residency programs are designed to comply with the officially published accreditation standards of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).


Core rotations
  • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • Adult Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Adult Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Practice Management (4 weeks)
  • Formulary Management (4 weeks)
Core selective rotations
  • Adult Critical Care: (4 weeks)
    • Medical IntensiveCare
    • Neuroscience IntensiveCare
    • Surgical IntensiveCare
  • Immunology: (4 weeks)
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Pediatrics (4 weeks)
    • General Pediatrics
    • Neonatal Intensive Care
    • Pediatric Intensive Care
Elective rotations
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiology Consult Service
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Heart Failure
  • Informatics
  • Medicine II
  • Neurology
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology
  • Pediatric infectious diseases

Any of the core rotations can be repeated as an elective.

Longitudinal experiences
  • Teaching Opportunities:
    • Teaching Certificate with UIC
    • Didactic lecture opportunities with colleges of pharmacy
    • Precepting IPPE and APPE students
    • Technician CE lecture
    • Residency Grand Rounds
  • Residency Research Project:
    • Choose project of interest, write protocol, collect data, analyze results and present at regional residency conference in the spring, and complete a manuscript
    • Receive research certification by attending the Research Lecture Series
  • Policy/Management:
    • Policy/Guideline development
    • Medication Utilization Evaluation project
    • State/National Organization Committee opportunities
    • Longitudinal Committee membership 
  • Pharmacy Services:
    • On-Call Program (in house every 14th night)
    • Pager Coverage: Restricted Anti-Infective Approval, Code Blue/Stroke, Rapid Response Team, Drug Information Questions, Vancomycin/Aminoglycoside Kinetics, Methotrexate/Leucovorin Monitoring, Pediatric Medication Reconciliation, HIT antibody monitoring
    • Staffing: every 4th weekend, while on call and one weekday evening shift every other week
    • Nontraditional PGY1s: rotating overnight staffing (1 week on/1 week off) and rotations every 3 months

Salary and benefits for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The PGY1 traditional and nontraditional residents will be paid approximately $50,500 and $79,500 annually, respectively. Checks are issued every other Friday via direct deposit, which is set up through the payroll department.

In addition to the salary, Rush will cover continuing education opportunities up to $1,000 each calendar year for residents. Rush also offers generous benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance.

How to apply

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 24-hour on-call program
    • Career goals

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

Contact us

If you have questions about the program not covered on this page, in our manual or in our brochure, please contact:

Gary D. Peksa, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Director, PGY1 Residency Program 
(312) 947-3572

Alifiya Hyderi, PharmD, BCPS
Coordinator, PGY1 Residency Program
(312) 563-4667

Stephany Nuñez Cruz, PharmD, BCPS
Coordinator, PGY1 Residency Program
(312) 942-7998