Solid Organ Transplant (PGY2)

The Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Hospital Pharmacy Services at the University of Illinois at Chicago offer a year-long specialized residency (PGY-2) in solid organ transplant. The goal of the program is to develop expert knowledge and skills in the provision of pharmacotherapy to transplant patients by combining clinical services with education and scholarly activity.


8 months of required rotations. Areas of clinical training include inpatient transplant service (6 months), outpatient services (clinics), and transplant infectious diseases (1 month). The transplant resident has the opportunity to tailor their training to fit their individual needs. Additional on-site areas for training include: medical intensive care, coronary intensive care, pediatric intensive care, bone marrow transplant, cardiothoracic surgery, and hepatology. Additional off-site areas for training may include: heart/lung transplant and pediatric transplant. Practice/training sites are not limited to these lists; specific needs or areas can be addressed on an individual basis.

The solid organ transplant resident will also be responsible for seeing patients in the outpatient transplant clinic (longitudinal clinic). This will be a year long responsibility that will require coverage one afternoon per week. The resident will be responsible for personally seeing patients as well as providing pharmacotherapy related assistance to nurses, surgical residents, and transplant attendings.


The resident will engage in the co-precepting of pharmacy residents and students on all rotations throughout the year. In addition the resident will participate in a set of core transplant lectures within the college of pharmacy. The number of lectures and recitation sessions will be determined on an individual basis as related to past experiences and the individual’s and program’s workload demands. The resident will provide one continuing education seminar during the course of the residency, participate in the weekly Critical Care Conference, and participate in relevant health care training education programs. The resident will also be given the option to participate in the residency Teaching Certificate Program.

Involvement in the PGY1 residency noon report is encouraged but not required on a daily basis. The Transplant Specialty Resident does not participate in UIC’s on-call program, but interaction with the PGY1 residents is substantial throughout the year.

Scholarly activity:

The resident will have an academic appointment in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Participation in clinical research and departmental pharmacoeconomic or medication use programs is required. A minimum of one month of the year will be designated as research/project time. The resident is expected to complete 2 publications/posters to be submitted to a pertinent transplant or pharmacy meeting/journal within the year. This will include completing and presenting one major residency project at the Great Lakes Residency Conference and the American Transplant Congress meetings.

Solid Organ Transplant Program

The Division of Transplantation at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a well established program that currently offers kidney, liver, pancreas/islet cell, and small bowel transplantation services. Transplant surgeons, transplant medicine specialists, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care to all patients undergoing transplant surgery. For the year ending 2010; there were 148 kidney, 40 liver, 6 pancreas, 5 islet, and 7 kidney/pancreas transplants performed at the medical center.

Care is also provided in collaboration with a transplant infectious diseases service which includes a transplant ID attending, an ID medicine fellow, and a transplant ID clinical pharmacist specialist. They provide input on the pre- and post-transplant ID issues afflicting these patients including the infectious complications associated with end-stage organ diseases, HIV, and opportunistic infections.


Applicants should possess a PharmD degree. Completion of a postdoctoral residency (PGY-1) is required. Appointments will be for 12 months beginning July 1, 2012. A competitive salary and benefits package is offered.

PGY2 Organ Transplant Residency Links


The Specialized Residency in Solid Organ
Transplant is under the direction of:

James J. Thielke, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
833 S. Wood St Rm 164
Chicago , IL 60605
Office (312) 996-0897 #4, Fax (312) 996-0379
Pager (312) 996-2242, #7275

Materials may be sent to the above address.

Application deadline:
First Friday in January