Pediatric Residency (PGY2)

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Pharmacy is offering a one-year ASHP accredited pediatric pharmacy residency (PGY2).  The purpose of this program, which focuses on the refinement of clinical skills, is to train the resident for a career as a pediatric clinical pharmacy practitioner. The pediatric residency program at UIC has been in existence since 1982 and has trained over twenty pediatric clinical pharmacy practitioners.

The pediatric pharmacy resident will provide comprehensive clinical pharmacy services in neonatology, pediatric critical care, and general pediatrics (2 months each).  A one-month rotation in pediatric ambulatory care and active participation in longitudinal clinics (½ day per week, year round) is also required.  Elective rotations are available in specialty areas such as obstetrics, pediatric nephrology, infectious disease, hematology / oncology, emergency medicine, and research.  

The following clinical pharmacy services are provided: education of patients / parents and members of the health care team; provision of verbal and written pharmacotherapeutic, pharmacokinetic, and nutritional support consultations; participation in the cardiac arrest team; and management of toxicology cases.  The pediatric resident also participates in the in-house emergency room based residency on-call program.

The pediatric pharmacy resident is also required to complete a research project during the residency.  Previous pediatric residents / fellows have participated in original research projects including: the plasma and tissue distribution of phenytoin in neonates, aminoglycoside dosing regimens in neonates and PICU patients, pediatric pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cimetidine and ranitidine, theophylline dosing regimens in infants, and universal Hepatitis B vaccination practices of pediatricians.  The results of research projects have been presented at scientific meetings and have been published in prestigious medical journals.

The pediatric resident will undertake some faculty responsibilities in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the College of Pharmacy.  The resident will have the opportunity to develop teaching skills by presenting seminars and in-service lectures to health care professionals and by interacting with pharmacy students during the clinical clerkship experience.

Qualified applicants must hold a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree and must be eligible for licensure in the state of Illinois.  The applicant must have completed or be in the process of completing a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY 1) or have equivalent experience. The yearly stipend is competitive.  For further information please contact:

Donna M. Kraus, Pharm.D.
The University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Pharmacy, Room 164
Department of Pharmacy Practice, M/C 886
833 South Wood Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612-7230

Specialty Residency in Pediatrics (PGY2) links:


Leslie Briars, PharmD
Lauren Dandeles, PharmD
Donna Kraus, PharmD
Kirsten Ohler, PharmD, BCPS
Jennifer Pham, PharmD, BCPS
Isabel Porto, PharmD


Select Publications of Past
UIC Pediatric Residents and Fellows

Abstracts Presented

  • Jacobson JL, Pham JT, Ohler KH, Maheshwari A, Kraus DM. Evaluation of Acute Kidney Injury in Neonates Exposed to Antenatal Indomethacin. Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, 21st Annual Conference, April 2012.
  • Dandeles L, Kopec K, Kraus D. Intravenous Levetiracetam for Pediatric Status Epilepticus, Acute Repetitive Seizures, and Neonatal Seizures. Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, 20th Annual Conference, March 2011.
  • Caylor K, Ohler K, Rodvold K, Kraus D. Performance of a Neonatal Vancomycin Dosing Regimen. Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, Specialty Conference, April 2009.
  • Surti PA, Pham JT, Kraus DM. The Use of Oral Sucrose for the Treatment of Neonatal Pain. Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, Specialty Conference for Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care, April 2008.
  • Morris JL, Briars LA, Kraus DM. Seven Years of Clinical Pharmacy Services in a Pediatric HIV Clinic. Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, 14th Annual Conference, October 2005. Abstract published in The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2005; 10:128-129.
  • Collura JM, Stohlmeyer LA, Kraus DM. Analysis of Pediatric Labeling for Common Outpatient Pediatric Medications. American Society of Hospital Pharmacists 35th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 2000.
  • Kraus DM, Sandritter TL, Stohlmeyer LA, Hannon PR. Potential Use of Liquid HIV Medications with the Rx medibottle®. Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, Seventh Annual Conference, October 1998.  Abstract published in The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacy Practice 1998;3:290-1.
  • Sandritter TL, Kraus DM. Estimated costs and lost charges from uncharted medications in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). American Society of Health-Care System Pharmacists, Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 1997.
  • Everett JA, Kraus DM, Kecskes SA.  Analysis of Averted Pediatric Medication Errors. Society for Pediatric Research, May 1995.  Abstract published in Pediatric Research 1995;37:136A.
  • Kraus DM, Dusik CM, Kecskes SA, Rodvold KA.  Gentamicin Pharmacokinetics in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Patients.  American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Ninety Forth Annual Meeting, March 1993. 
  • Marcadis ML, Kraus DM, Chow-Tung E, Young SL, McCulloch KM, Fischer JH.  Effects of Maturation on Gentamicin Disposition in Neonates and Infants.  American College of Clinical Pharmacy Eleventh Annual Meeting, August 1991.  Abstract published in Pharmacotherapy 1991;11:269.


  • Morris JL, Kraus DM. New Antiretroviral Therapies for Pediatric HIV Infection. The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2005; 10:215-247.
  • Collura JM, Kraus DM. New Pediatric Antiretroviral Agents. Journal of Pediatric Health Care 2000; 14:183-92.
  • Rodvold KA, Everett JA, Pryka RD, Kraus DM. Pharmacokinetics and Administration Regimens of Vancomycin in Neonates, Infants and Children. Clinical Pharmacokinetics 1997;33:32-51.
  • Kraus DM, Campbell MM, Marcinak JF. Evaluation of Universal Hepatitis B Immunization Practices of Illinois Pediatricians. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 1994;148:936-942.
  • Campbell MM, Taeubel MA, Kraus DM. Updated Bedside Charts for Calculating Pediatric Doses of Emergency Medications. American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy 1994;51:2147-2152.
  • Kraus DM, Hatzopoulos FK, Reitz SJ, Fischer JH. Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Two Theophylline Dosing Methods for Infants. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 1994;16:270-276.
  • Kraus DM, Dusik CM, Rodvold KA, Campbell MM, Kecskes SA. Bayesian Forecasting of Gentamicin Pharmacokinetics in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Patients. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 1993;12:713-8.
  • Marcadis ML, Kraus DM, Hatzopoulos FK, John EG. Use of Enalaprilat for Neonatal Hypertension. Journal of Pediatrics 1991;119:505 (Letter).