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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency


Mount Sinai Hospital's PGY1 Residency Program equips residents for various professional and career opportunities. Upon graduation, residents can competently practice in a variety of pharmacy roles, continue training in a PGY2 program or serve as adjunct preceptors. Pharmacy residents further benefit from a $47,476 estimated stipend, health insurance, paid time off, lab coats and professional travel reimbursement (ICHP, MCM, and Great Lakes).

Current residents of Mount Sinai’s PGY1 pharmacy residency program are prepared for multiple professional challenges and career opportunities through diverse learning opportunities and training, set in a socio-economically disadvantaged area typically underserved by health care. The clinical functions of pharmacists are incorporated as a key component of clinical practice at Sinai Health System.

Some pharmacy residency program highlights are below:

Program Highlights

  • Broad, comprehensive pharmacy practice experience
  • Variety of learning experiences
  • 12-month residency
  • BLS/ACLS/PALS certification
  • Four PGY1 positions

Required Rotations

  • Orientation
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgical Medicine
  • Critical Care – MICU
  • Drug Information
  • Pharmacy Practice Management

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  • Residency Research Project
  • Pharmacy Practice Staffing - four shifts per month


Elective Rotations

  • Ambulatory Care - Primary Care
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care – SICU
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Infectious Diseases
  • HIV/Hep C Ambulatory Care Clinic
  • Medication Safety
  • Neonatal/Pediatric
  • Oncology
  • Transitions of Care
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Manual 
Current PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents
  • Daniel Carlsen, PharmD
    • Graduate of University of Iowa - College of Pharmacy
  • Esther Chang, PharmD
    • Graduate of University of California, San Franscisco - School of Pharmacy
  • Lisa Do, PharmD
    • Graduate of University of Midwestern University - Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • Krista Policchio, PharmD
    • Graduate of University of Butler University - College of Pharmacy
Past Residents
At Mount Sinai Hospital, we express great interest and pride in the success of our former residents. As an alumnus of the PGY1 Residency, Mount Sinai will track your career progress with pride and to display for prospective residents to review. 
  • Tanya Abi-Mansour, PharmD
    • PGY2 Infectious Diseases Resident, Franciscan Health, Indianapolis, IL 
  • Diebh Faraj, PharmD, BCPS
    • Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Unversity of Michigan - Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI
  • MinHa Kim, PharmD
    • Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Doctors Community Hospital, Lantham, MD
  • Katherine Wang, PharmD
    • Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Alika Moitra, PharmD, BCPS
    • Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Darah Preston, PharmD, BCCCP
    • PGY2 Critical Care Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL
  • Alok Salgia, Pharm.D., BCPS
    • Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Diane Cluxton, PharmD
    • Ambulatory Care Project Manager - Population Health, Advocate Health, IL 
  • Irvin Lau, PharmD, BCPS
    • Clinical Pharmacist, Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Kuntal Patel, PharmD, BCPS
    • Clinical Pharmacist, Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Jacqui Aroworade, PharmD, BCPS
    • 2016: Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital, San Antonio, TX
    • 2014-2016:  Clinical Pharmacist, Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Tyler Bickel, PharmD, BCPS
    • Clinical Pharmacist, Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Maureen Ebo, PharmD, BCPS
    • 2015:  Clinical Pharmacist - Internal Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX
    • 2014 – 2015: Clinical Pharmacist, Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Uzoma Okeagu, PharmD, BCPS
    • 2016:  Investigational Drug Pharmacist, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
    • 2014-2016:  Clinical Pharmacist, Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Andrea Bidlencik, PharmD, BCPS
    • 2015: Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Presence Saints Mary & Elizabeth, Chicago, IL 
    • 2014 - 15: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases, Little Company of Mary, Evergreen Park, IL
    • 2013 - 2014: PGY2 Infectious Diseases Resident, Jesse Brown Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Andrew Volk, PharmD, BCPS
    • 2015: Director of Pharmacy and Outpatient Oncology Infusion Services at United & Kelsey Hospitals, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
    • 2014: Pharmacy Operations Manager, Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, IL
    • 2013 - 2014: PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Tejal Patel, PharmD, BCPS
    • 2014: Pharmacy Operations Manager, Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
    • 2012 - 2014: Clinical Pharmacist, General Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Jonathan Murray, PharmD
    • 2016:  Outpatient Oncology Pharmacist, Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL
    • 2012 – 2016:  Staff Clinical Pharmacist, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL