PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for the 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.

A Message from Our Residency Advisory Committee (RAC)

We are dedicated to providing a superior residency experience to promote the field of pediatric clinical pharmacy. We expect that the resident will leave our residency with the skills necessary to perform at the high standard that employers seek out.


This program typically starts the last Monday of June and ends after 12 months.


The PGY1 resident will complete rotations in the clinical, operational, and administrative areas of the pharmacy enterprise. Core rotations include (typically 5 weeks in duration unless specified as longitudinal):

  • Orientation/Training
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Management (longitudinal)
  • Research Project (longitudinal)
  • Staffing (longitudinal)

Elective rotations may include: (typically 4 weeks in duration unless specified as longitudinal)

  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CCU)
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Revisit a core rotation at an advanced level
  • Investigational Drug Services (longitudinal)

Teaching Opportunities

The resident will have many opportunities to enhance their teaching experiences. Examples of opportunities include:

  • Precepting fourth-year pharmacy students on clinical rotations
  • Didactic lecture to pharmacy students
  • Formal presentations to pharmacy staff
  • In-service presentations to healthcare teams

Additional Opportunities

In addition to rotation, the resident will be expected to complete various projects. These projects may include (but are not limited to);

  • A drug monograph for the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee to review
  • A drug class review for the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee to review
  • A drug use evaluation
  • A year-long project to be presented at a regional or national pharmacy meeting
  • Quality improvement projects

Resident Requirements

Residents are required to be graduates of an accredited pharmacy program and eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of Illinois. Licensure is required within 90 days of the start of the residency.

Staffing Requirements

  • Every other weekend
  • Two full weeks of staffing during the residency year
  • Two holidays


  • Stipend may change annually. See latest residency listing at the ASHP Online Residency Directory.
  • Dental, Health, Life, 403b
  • 10 days of vacation per year
  • Travel allowance to ASHP Midyear Meeting
  • Travel allowance to annual PPAG Meeting

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following items via PhORCAS (note: There is a deadline listed in PhORCAS)

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • College transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation

If there are any problems applying through PhORCAS or issues with transcripts being obtained over the holidays please contact the residency program director.

Interview Process

An on-site interview is required and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the candidate. The interview day is typically scheduled with one other candidate to maximize efficiency with the interview day.


Each year a new brochure is designed with the latest information on our hospital and Pharmacy Department. Please email after December 1st to obtain the latest brochure.


Janice Raucci, PharmD, BCPPS
PGY1 Residency Program Director
225 E. Chicago Ave., Box 74
Chicago, IL 60611
Office Phone: 312.227.4129


Janice Raucci, PharmD, BCPPS
Residency Program Director 
St Louis College of Pharmacy alumni               
PGY1: Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City
Preceptor: Orientation & NICU

Meghan Caruso, PharmD, BCPS       
University of Illinois at Chicago alumni
PGY1: University of Illinois at Chicago
Preceptor: Stem Cell Transplant

Justina Damiani, PharmD, BCPS       
Purdue University alumni                  
PGY1: Medical College of Georgia/ University of Georgia
PGY2 - pediatrics: University of Michigan Health Systems
Preceptor: CCU

Shi-Fong George, PharmD       
University of Illinois at Chicago alumni
PGY1: University of Illinois at Chicago
Preceptor: PICU

Laura Gleason, PharmD, BCOP         
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni       
PGY1: Nebraska Medicine 
PGY2 – oncology: Nebraska Medicine
Preceptor: Heme/Onc

Becky Godfrey, PharmD, BCPPS       
The Ohio State University alumni     
PGY1: Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital
PGY2 - pediatrics: Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Preceptor: NICU

Marge Hoffmeister, RPh  
St Louis College of Pharmacy alumni
Preceptor: Staffing

Natalia Jasiak-Panek, PharmD, BCPS
University of Illinois at Chicago alumni          
PGY1: University of Michigan
PGY2 – solid organ transplant: University of Michigan
Transplant Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago
Preceptor: Solid Organ Transplant

Claire Konicek, PharmD, BCPPS
Creighton University alumni
Preceptor: Staffing

Ashley Lange, PharmD, BCPPS
Midwestern University alumni
PGY1: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
PGY2: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Preceptor: General Pediatrics

Kevin Le, PharmD, BCPS
University of California San Francisco alumni
PGY1: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Preceptor: Solid Organ Transplant

Tom Moran, MS, PharmD, BCPS
University of Illinois at Chicago alumni
PGY1: Kaiser Permanente
Preceptor: PICU

Raj Mudahar, PharmD, BCPS
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences alumni
PGY1: Massachusetts General Hospital
Preceptor: Management

Uzoma Okeagu, PharmD, BCPS
University of Michigan alumni
PGY1: Sinai Health System
Preceptor: Investigational Drug Services

Vickie Papageorge, RPh
Purdue University alumni
Preceptor: General Pediatrics

Tonya Scardina, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
University of Missouri Kansas City alumni
PGY1: University of Illinois at Chicago
Infectious Disease Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago
Preceptor: ID

Alexandra Steevensz, PharmD
University of Oklahoma alumni
Preceptor: Staffing

Agnes Szarek, PharmD
University of Illinois at Chicago alumni
PGY1: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Preceptor: CCU