Preceptors

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Kristi Gullickson, PharmD, MBA, FASHP, FMSHP
PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency program director; Director of Pharmacy

Kristi is responsible for leadership of a progressive pharmacy department supporting a 630 staffed-bed teaching and specialty care hospital, free-standing ED and multiple hospital-based clinics. She is the director lead for the Allina Health Pharmacy Operations Committee responsible for strategy and operational alignment across the 12-hospital health system.  She is the director liaison to the Allina West Region including PEI, New Ulm, St. Francis, Owatonna and District One hospitals. She received her pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University, completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and received her MBA from New England College. Kristi is past-chair of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders Executive Committee. Her other ASHP activities include past chair of the Council on Pharmacy Practice, House of Delegates, Section Advisory Group member, ASHP expert panel member for Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention and the ASHP/APhA Medication Management in Care Transitions project. She is past president of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and 2020 recipient of MSHP’s highest award, the MSHP Hallie Bruce Lecture Award.  She currently serves as Chair of the Minnesota Hospital Association Medication Safety Committee and as an alternate on the ASHP Committee on Nominations.  

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Rachel Root, PharmD, MS, BCPS
PGY1 residency program director, pharmacy manager

Rachel is responsible for oversight of sterile medication preparation, neurology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, spine, and ambulatory internal medicine clinical pharmacy practice, investigational medication program, APPE and IPPE students, and pharmacy informatics. Rachel received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Masters in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from University of Minnesota.  She completed a combined PGY1/PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency at University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview Pharmacy Services.  Previously, Rachel worked as a pharmacy operations manager at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon and has served in a variety of roles within MSHP, OSHP, ASHP, and Vizient (formerly UHC) including past-president of MSHP and co-chair of the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance, an organization focused on state-wide pharmacy policy change and practice advancement.  Currently, Rachel serves as vice-chair for ASHP’s Frontline Leaders Section Advisory Group as part of the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders.

 

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Krista Gens, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, DPLA
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program director; pharmacy coordinator for infectious diseases

Krista earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 2008 and completed her pharmacy practice (PGY1) and infectious diseases (PGY2) residencies at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis. Krista is board-certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in infectious diseases. She also completed ASHP’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy (PLA) in 2015. As an infectious diseases clinical coordinator, Krista helps maintain antimicrobial stewardship programs at Abbott Northwestern and at several Allina Health regional hospitals. The Abbott Northwestern Antibiotic Stewardship Program is nationally recognized, receiving an ASHP Best Practice Award in 2011 and is featured on the CDC website under antibiotic stewardship success stories. The program has also received the highest ranking of Gold Status in the Minnesota Department of Health’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll. Gens is actively involved in several multidisciplinary committees including the Abbott Northwestern Antibiotic Stewardship Committee (co-chair), Allina Health Infectious Diseases Physician/Pharmacy Task Force (co-chair), Allina Health Sepsis Leadership Team, Abbott Northwestern Infection Prevention and Control, Allina Health Infection Prevention and Control Program Committee and the Clostridium difficile Task Force. Gens serves as a preceptor for the PGY1 and PGY2 infectious diseases rotations and preceptor for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Professionally, Gens is an active member of MSHP, ACCP, MCCP, SIDP (member of the Policy and Governmental Affairs committee; lead for the Antibiotics in Agriculture Sub-committee), and the MN One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative (served as vice-chair and chair of the Human Health Work Group in 2018 and 2019). Krista’s areas of interest include antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial resistance, C diff. and teaching.

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Matthew Lillyblad, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS, AQ-Cardiology
PGY2 Cardiology Residency Program director; Pharmacy Coordinator for Cardiology and Critical Care

Matt Lillyblad is the pharmacy coordinator for cardiology and critical care and the program director for the PGY2 pharmacy residency in cardiology. He earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010. Lillyblad completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2011 and went on to be the inaugural resident for PGY2 cardiology residency program. Upon completion of his residencies, Lillyblad spent two years as a clinical pharmacist for cardiology at Hennepin County Medical Center, practicing in both acute care and ambulatory care cardiology and one year as a clinical pharmacist for advanced heart failure and the cardiovascular ICU at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Matt obtained his BPS certification in pharmacotherapy in 2013 , added qualification in cardiology in 2015, and certification in critical care in 2018. Lillyblad is the primary preceptor for the PGY1 advanced heart failure rotation. His nonteaching responsibilities include project management involving the safe and effective use of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Allina Health. He maintains a patient care practice with the advanced heart failure service. He was awarded the ACCP Cardiology Practice/Research Network Clinical Practice Award in 2017. Lillyblad is actively involved with several local and national pharmacy organizations, lecturing at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, and publishing. His professional interests include heart failure, anticoagulation, acute coronary syndromes, and critical care cardiology.

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Maria Agunsoye, PharmD, BCPS

Maria Agunsoye serves as the primary preceptor for the cardiovascular intensive care unit PGY1 rotation. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a bachelor of science in biology before proceeding to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, College of Pharmacy to complete her doctor of pharmacy. At the College of Pharmacy, she completed the honors program and graduated Summa Cum Laude with High Distinction. As a member of the pharmaceutical honor society, Rho Chi, Agunsoye values education, self-growth and awareness. She comes from a diverse background and has lived in several countries before starting college in the United States. Agunsoye completed her PGY1 residency training with a teaching certificate at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview. Upon completion of her residency, she moved to the southwest to diversify her portfolio and experience different health systems. She has been with the Abbott Northwestern Pharmacy Department since August 2016 and is excited to continue her practice interest areas as a primary member of the critical care team. Her professional interests include, critical care, diversity, teaching engagement, infectious disease and optimization of work flow, including enhancing electronic medical records. Her nonprofessional interests include, traveling, light hiking, exploring old buildings/ruins, cooking/tinkering with recipes, yoga, reading, watching movies/shows and napping. She is looking forward to working with many future residents.

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Angel Becker, PharmD, BCPS

Angel Becker is a primary co-preceptor for the PGY2 emergency medicine residency rotation. She has worked at Abbott Northwestern in many capacities since 2000. After she earned her doctor of pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy-Worcester in 2006, she returned to Abbott Northwestern to complete a PGY1 residency. Following residency, Becker was hired as a staff pharmacist working primarily in oncology. In 2009, she led the expansion of pharmacy services to the Emergency Department. Becker is involved in a variety of pharmacy organizations outside of work, including ASHP, ACCP and MSHP. Her primary areas of interest include emergency medicine, toxicology, stroke and educating students and residents.

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Kara Boyko-Frandson, PharmD, BCPS, CLS

Kara Boyko-Frandson earned a B.S. in clinical laboratory science from Jamestown College, Jamestown, N.D., in 1999. She gained experience as a clinical laboratory scientist in all areas of laboratory diagnostics, spending the majority of time in the microbiology and hematology areas. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2005 from the University of Minnesota and subsequently completed a PGY1 managed care pharmacy residency with HealthPartners. Boyko-Frandson focused her residency on the establishment of medication therapy management practices throughout the HealthPartners Medical Group clinics. She is currently a member of the Emergency Department team at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, as well as co-preceptor for the emergency medicine PGY1 and PGY2 rotations. She is also a secondary member on the critical care decentral team. Her major areas of interest include patient education/interaction, emergency medicine and disease state management/prevention.

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Matthew Ditmore, PharmD, BCPS
pharmacy manager 

Matt Ditmore received his doctor of pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston in 2010. After graduation, he completed a PGY1 residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and worked as a staff pharmacist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul on the emergency medicine and critical care teams. He returned to Abbott Northwestern as a staff pharmacist before transitioning to a lead pharmacist where he played a key role in the conversion from Pyxis to Omnicell automated dispensing technologies. Ditmore then transitioned to a pharmacy manager position and currently oversees emergency medicine and critical care pharmacy teams and the pharmacy intern program. Ditmore is active in MSHP having served as president for the MSHP - Central regional affiliate and in a variety of other roles for both MSHP and ASHP. Ditmore’s interests include technology’s role in patient care, critical care, emergency medicine and teaching and working with residents and students. He also serves as a preceptor for the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.

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Jen Dixon, PharmD

Jen Dixon is the co-primary preceptor for the Internal Medicine 1 Rotation and is co-Team Captain of the Renal/Medicine/Surgery Clinical Team.  She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Drake University in 2012 and completed a PGY1 Residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.  She continued as a clinical staff pharmacist at St. Luke’s for the next 3 years and then transitioned to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2017.  She currently staffs on the Renal/Medicine/Surgery team as well as the Oncology/Medicine/Surgery team. Her areas of interest include internal medicine and oncology. In her free time, Jen likes to craft (sewing, knitting, paper crafting, etc.), do jigsaw puzzles, and enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends.

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Lauren Dubosh, PharmD, BCPS

Lauren Dubosh is the co-primary preceptor for the Internal Medicine 1 rotation.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2013 and went on to receive her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2017.  She completed her PGY1 Residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital the following year and obtained board certification in pharmacotherapy shortly thereafter. In addition to working on the Renal / Medicine / Surgery team, Lauren works on our Mental health floors and helps precept pharmacy residents and students during the Psychiatric rotation. Her areas of interest are nephrology, internal medicine, and psychiatry. When not at work, Lauren enjoys hiking, biking, playing tennis, and reading.

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Jay Eidem, PharmD, BCPS
pharmacy coordinator for transplant services

Jay Eidem's responsibilities at Abbott Northwestern are to provide inpatient and outpatient pharmaceutical care to heart and kidney transplant recipients. Eidem graduated from the University of Minnesota's College of Pharmacy and completed a specialty residency program in nephrology and kidney transplantation at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Eidem became board certified in pharmacotherapy in 2011. He serves as the preceptor for the PGY2 cardiology/infectious disease and PGY1 residents during nephrology/solid-organ transplant elective rotations. His areas of interest are solid organ transplantation, renal medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology and ambulatory care.

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Anne Gerdes, PharmD, BCPS

Anne Gerdes graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha  in 2009. Following graduation she relocated to Minnesota and completed a general pharmacy practice residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. After residency Gerdes began working as a staff pharmacist at Abbott. She is currently a member of the renal/oncology medical surgery team at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and is also a secondary member the medical history team. She currently serves on the Pharmacy Practice Committee and as the co-preceptor for the PGY-1 renal initial decentral rotation.

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David Gurda, PharmD, BCPS

David Gurda serves as one of two primary co-preceptors for the critical care residency rotation. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2012 and completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at United Hospital in St. Paul, joining the Abbott Northwestern team shortly thereafter. Gurda has earned his board certification in pharmacotherapy and continues to volunteer as a preceptor for University of Minnesota students at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic in Minneapolis. At Abbott Northwestern, he works as a primary pharmacist on the critical care team and also in the Emergency Department. His practice interests include cardiovascular support, neuro-intensive care, infectious disease and working with students and residents. He previously served as the primary preceptor for the 10-week acute care APPE for University of Minnesota pharmacy students. When not at work, Gurda enjoys camping, hiking, live music and playing soccer.

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Kathleen Johnson, PharmD, BCPS

Kathleen Johnson graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2011. Following graduation she completed a PGY1 residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She is currently a member of the renal/oncology/medical-surgical team at Abbott Northwestern and is a secondary member of the emergency department and medication history teams. She currently serves as a co-preceptor for the PGY-1 renal initial decentral rotation.

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Suzie Kaminski, PharmD

Suzie Kaminski received her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and completed her PGY-1 residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Kaminski is a primary preceptor for the precepting and teaching longitudinal rotation and a co-preceptor for the psychiatry rotation, where she works with pharmacy students and residents. She is currently a member of the psychiatry and renal/oncology medical-surgical teams at Abbott Northwestern. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, solid organ transplant and teaching/mentoring.

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Stephanie Kling, PharmD, BCPS


Stephanie Kling serves as a co-preceptor for the PGY1 neurology/orthopedics/spine rotation. Kling graduated from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 2013 and completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D., in 2014. Kling has been with the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Pharmacy Department since October 2017. She is a primary member and team captain of the neurology/orthopedics/spine team and secondary member of the renal/oncology/medical-surgical team.

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Jacob Langness, PharmD, BCPS 
PGY1 residency program coordinator, pharmacy coordinator for ANGMA General Medicine Clinic

Jacob Langness serves as the PGY1 residency coordinator and preceptor for the PGY1 Internal Medicine rotations and PGY2 infectious disease residency rotation. Jacob earned his doctor of pharmacy from the University Of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2010. Upon graduation, he completed his PGY1 residency at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and his board certification in pharmacotherapy shortly after. Post-residency, he worked in a variety of clinical settings at UCH, including inpatient clinical pharmacy and outpatient infectious diseases and hepatology. He arrived at Abbott Northwestern in 2016, working in internal medicine, infectious disease, and mental health. He is actively establishing an ambulatory clinical service at our hospital based clinics (ANGMA Medical Clinics) and represents the pharmacy department on multiple department committees including COPD and Falls Prevention. His primary areas of interest are antiviral infectious disease, internal medicine and ambulatory care. He also is the Co-Chair for the Allina Health LBGTQ+ Employee Resource Group and active on the Allina Health Green Committee.  In his free time he enjoys chasing his toddler and dog around the park and crafting.

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Steve Larson, PharmD, BCPS

Steve Larson received his doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota class of 2013. He subsequently completed his PGY1 residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital the following year. After continuing his career at Abbott as a staff pharmacist, he has worked in several decentral areas and currently serves as the second co-preceptor for the critical care residency rotation. Larson is also acting treasurer for the Phi Delta Chi- Theta Alumni Chapter. For recreation, he enjoys playing hockey, camping, and biking. He also enjoys travel, board games, and live music.

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Kelly Moritz, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP

Kelly Moritz currently serves as the preceptor for the PGY1 cardiology rotation and the PGY2 electrophysiology and general cardiology rotations. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Abbott Northwestern. After which she began working at Abbott Northwestern in cardiology. She currently staffs in the cardiology and critical care areas of the hospital and is co-captain for the cardiology team of pharmacists. She is Board certified in Cardiology and Pharmacotherapy.  Her areas of interest include anticoagulation and electrophysiology.

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Zachary Nelson, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Zack Nelson is a primary preceptor for the PGY1 Emergency Medicine elective rotation and the PGY2 Infectious Diseases staffing experience. He earned three Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2011 and went on to complete his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2015. Following graduation, Zack completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at United Hospital in St. Paul and subsequently joined the emergency medicine and critical care teams at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He has growing interests in advancing pharmacist practice, provider education, microbiology, rational antibiotic use, and creating high yield learning experiences for residents. At ANW, he is proud to serve as team captain for the emergency medicine team, participate in the central line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) prevention committee, and to have been selected as Preceptor of the Year from 2018-2019. Nelson is also a member of MSHP and SIDP, where he currently serves on the Public Outreach Committee working to grow the role of infectious diseases pharmacists in public health. Outside of work, Zack is pursuing a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Infection Control and Epidemiology and also enjoys snacks, staying active, competitive sports, and cribbage.

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Chad Peterson, PharmD, BCPS

Chad Peterson serves as the preceptor for the initial central operations rotation. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2011 and completed a PGY1 residency ay Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Peterson is currently the lead pharmacist for central operations and automation. He is board certified in pharmacotherapy and has clinical experience in behavioral health and emergency medicine. Peterson sits on numerous pharmacy and inter-disciplinary committees and co-precepts the University of Minnesota Acute Care/Institutional APPE. His other areas of interest include transitions of care, medication safety and optimizing medicine access.

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Addy Schoening, PharmD, BCCP

Addy Schoening is a co-primary preceptor for the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit Rotation.  She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from Luther College in 2013 and completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Iowa – College of Pharmacy in 2017.  She then completed her PGY1 Residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and went on to complete a PGY2 Residency in Cardiology from Abbott Northwestern as well.  She currently works decentralized on our Critical Care Team where she precepts pharmacy residents and students.

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Paige Skelton, PharmD, BCCP
Pharmacy coordinator for Advanced Heart Failure Ambulatory Care

Paige Skelton’s responsibilities at Abbott Northwestern are to provide outpatient pharmaceutical care to advanced heart failure patients. Paige graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy in 2016. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2017 and subsequently stayed on to complete a PGY2 cardiology residency. Following her residencies, Paige was hired at Abbott Northwestern as a clinical coordinator for advanced heart failure ambulatory care. Paige is an active member of MSHP and ACCP. She serves as a primary preceptor for the PGY2 cardiology resident on ambulatory rotations, as well as a co-preceptor for PGY1 residents on their required cardiology rotation. Paige‘s areas of interest include advanced heart failure, anticoagulation, pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease and mentoring/precepting. In her free time she enjoys riding her horse, Stella, exploring outdoors and cheering on Minnesota sports teams.

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Jessica Swearingen, PharmD, BCPS, DPLA
PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency program coordinator, pharmacy manager

Jessica is responsible for pharmacists and services in the areas of medical/surgical, oncology, infusion therapy, cardiology, behavioral health, and medication safety.  She leads work at the Allina system level for both medication safety and falls. Swearingen received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed a trauma/critical care residency at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She completed the ASHP Leaders Innovation Masters Series, Pharmacy Leadership Academy, and is board certified in pharmacotherapy and MTM services. Her previous work experience includes positions as a staff pharmacist, clinical coordinator, clinical manager and residency program director at both large and small hospitals within large health care systems. Swearingen also held an assistant professor position at the University of Tennessee, College of Pharmacy. She has served MSHP, ASHP, MASPEN (Memphis Area Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition), Neurocritical Care Society, MPhA, and MCCP in a variety of roles, is the current MSHP president, and is serving on the Minnesota Hospital Association Quality and Patient Safety Falls Committee.

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Sara Telander, PharmD

Sara Telander earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She completed a one-year, ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Telander focused her residency in psychiatric pharmacotherapy and joined the mental health/rehab team at Abbott Northwestern as a staff pharmacist. Telander serves as a co-preceptor for the psychiatry rotation for both residents and pharmacy students. Her areas of interest include psychotropic pharmacology, treatment of thought, mood, and substance use disorders and teaching/mentoring.

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Allison Veire, PharmD, BCPS

Allison Veire serves as a primary co-preceptor for the elective oncology rotation. Veire earned her doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2012. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and became board certified in pharmacotherapy shortly thereafter. She is currently a member of the renal/oncology/medical-surgical team at Abbott Northwestern and is a secondary member of the neuro/ortho/spine team. Her primary areas of interest are solid organ transplant, dialysis, oncology and internal medicine.

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Mike Wankum, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Coordinator; pharmacy coordinator for infectious diseases and critical care

Mike serves as a preceptor for PGY1 and PGY2 infectious diseases rotations. He earned his doctorate of pharmacy from Creighton University in 2015. Mike completed his PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY2 infectious diseases residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Upon graduation of residency he moved to Louisville, KY where he served as an infectious diseases pharmacy specialist and residency preceptor for PGY1s and ID PGY2s over 2 years at Norton Healthcare. Mike currently helps maintain the antimicrobial stewardship programs at Abbott Northwestern and several Allina regional facilities. He is involved in several multidisciplinary committees including the Abbott Northwestern Antibiotic Stewardship Committee (co-chair), Allina Health Infectious Diseases Physician/Pharmacy Task Force (co-chair), Allina Health Sepsis Leadership Team, and Abbott Northwestern Sepsis team. Mike is a member of SIDP, MSHP, ACCP, and MN One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative. His professional interests include antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, expansion of pharmacist practice, and pharmacoeconomics.

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Maria Zarambo, PharmD, BCOP, DPLA
pharmacy coordinator for oncology services 

Maria Zarambo is the primary preceptor for the PGY1 Oncology elective rotation and the PGY2 HSPAL medication safety longitudinal rotation. Maria’s primary responsibilities at Abbott Northwestern are providing inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services for the oncology patient population. In addition, she coordinates and collaborates on opiate stewardship related activities and investigational trials. Maria graduated from the Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. She became board certified in oncology in 2007.