Drug Information Residency Program

Location

Front of college of pharmacy building

The residency is hosted by the Drug Information Group (DIG) within the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy. The DIG is an academic and consultative unit within the College and provides clinical support to various organizations. The goals of the Group are to provide evidence-based medical information, to enhance the skills of health care professionals through training and education, and to serve as a resource for health care professionals involved in patient care.

Program Information

The drug information residency is an unaccredited 1-year program, which provides flexibility in training a resident to pursue a career outside traditional hospital-based drug information practice. The goal of the residency is to enhance the resident’s clinical skills and expertise in:

  • efficient retrieval and critical evaluation of the biomedical literature
  • communication of evidence-based information
  • medical writing
  • formulary management/prior authorization
  • didactic and experiential teaching

 

Key components:
Drug information practice:

The resident will participate in the delivery of drug information services to various clients of the DIG (eg, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, medical communication companies, and others). The residency offers an opportunity to complete on-site or off-site rotations tailored to the resident’s interests.

Teaching and learning:

The resident will contribute to didactic and experiential instruction of drug information-related materials to pharmacy students, residents, and other healthcare professionals. The resident will further develop teaching skills by precepting pharmacy students and other learners.

Publications:

The resident will have opportunities to publish articles within pharmacy journals and participate in scholarly activities.

Required elements:
  • Drug information center coverage
  • Completion of at least 1 formulary review
  • Preparation of 2 publication-quality manuscripts
  • Completion of at least 2 medical writing projects for Drug Information Group clients
  • Preparation and presentation of a didactic lecture in the UIC College of Pharmacy curriculum
  • Preparation and participation as a team-based learning/recitation facilitator
  • Completion of the teaching certificate program
  • Preparation and presentation of an ACPE-accredited seminar
  • Co-precept pharmacy students and/or PGY1 residents
  • Presentation of an effective poster at a national or state meeting
  • Participation in the activities of the prior authorization and academic detailing units of the DIG

Beyond required elements, the program design is flexible in order for the resident to have further interest-based elective experiences in academia, pharmaceutical industry, medical communications, or managed care, including off-site rotations.

Sites located at the UIC College of Pharmacy:

  • Drug Information Group
  • Prior Authorization Unit
  • Academic Detailing Unit

Off-site rotations are available based on resident’s career interests.

Faculty and Preceptor Information at the DIG:

Janna Afanasjeva, PharmD, BCPS
Drug Information Residency Director
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Michael Gabay, PharmD, JD, BCPS, FCCP
Director, Drug Information Group
Clinical Associate Professor

Samantha Spencer, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Director, Drug Information Group
Clinical Assistant Professor

Lauren Endriukaitis, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Amanda Gerberich, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Patricia Hartke, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Heather Ipema, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Laura Koppen, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Courtney Krueger, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Ryan Rodriguez, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Katherine Sarna, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Rita Soni, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

Jessica Zacher, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

The drug information residency is a novel program led by DIG faculty and targeted towards pharmacists desiring to pursue a career in academia, pharmaceutical industry, medical communications, or managed care. The DIG has an extensive history of training drug information residents with the majority of program graduates pursuing very successful careers in a variety of practice settings.

Where are they now?
  • Huong Luu, PharmD (2000 to 2001)
    Pharmacist-in-Charge and Owner
    CURA Pharmacy
    Tustin, CA
  • Carissa E. Mancuso, PharmD (2003-2004)
    Drug Information Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator
    The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, NY
  • Irene Reilly, PharmD, BCPS (2009-2010)
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science, Buffalo, NY
  • Heather J. Ipema, PharmD, BCPS (2009-2010)
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL
  • Sherilyn J. VanOsdol PharmD, BCPS (2010-2011)
    Pharmacist
    Rite Aid Pharmacy, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Lara K. Ellinger, PharmD, BCPS (2011-2012)
    Medication Safety and Drug Information pharmacist; PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Michelle Bryson, PharmD, BCPS (2012-2013)
    Medical Information and Review Manager
    Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Greater Chicago area, IL
  • Shadi Ghaibi, PharmD, BCPS (2012-2013)
    Formulary and Utilization Management Coordinator
    Kaiser Permanente, Seattle, WA
  • Aparna Reddy, PharmD, BCPS (2013-2014)
    Pharmacy Specialist
    Pharmacy Staffing Partners, Euless, TX
  • Nicole Rashid, PharmD, BCPS (2014-2015)
    Currently: maternity leave
    Previous position: Sr. Medical Information and Review Manager with Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Carol Poskay, PharmD (2014-2015)
    Medical Information Senior Manager
    Avexis, Greater Chicago area, IL
  • Samantha Spencer, PharmD, BCPS (2014-2015)
    Drug Information Group Assistant Director; Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL
  • Katherine Sarna, PharmD, BCPS (2015-2016)
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL
  • Patricia Hartke, PharmD, BCPS (2015-2016)
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL
  • Laura Koppen, PharmD, BCPS (2016-2017)
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL
  • Jasmine Shah, PharmD (2016 – 2017)
    Senior Scientific Associate
    Precision for Value, Chicago, IL
  • Kathryn Loeser, PharmD (2017-2018)
    Medical Information Manager
    Horizon, Greater Chicago area, IL
  • Elana Nelson, PharmD (2017-2018)
    Laboratory Instruction Coordinator/Instructor
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL
  • Amanda Gerberich, PharmD (2018-2019)
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL

Janna Afanasjeva, PharmD, BCPS

Drug Information Residency Director
Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Pharmacist

833 South Wood Street, Suite B12, College of Pharmacy, (MC 886), Chicago, Illinois 60612