Jessica Cowell

Jessica Cowell - Pharmacy ResidentPGY1 Inpatient Pharmacy Resident


Crystal Lake, IL

Pharmacy School/Graduation Year

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, 2013

PGY1 Residency Location

Froedtert Hospital

PGY1 Rotations

Diabetes surveillance (DAART), Surgical-Trauma ICU, Infectious Disease, Medical ICU, Emergency Medicine, Toxicology, Drug Policy, Clinical Administration, Academia and Internal Medicine

PGY1 Residency Project

Outcomes Using Pharmacist Intervention and Verigene Blood-Culture Gram Positive Technology on Positive Blood Cultures in Bacteremic Patients

The Verigene Blood Culture-Gram Positive (BC-GP) technology is a new laboratory method of directly and rapidly identifying certain gram-positive organisms and antimicrobial resistance determinants from positive blood cultures. The delay with traditional methods of bacterial identification obligates clinicians to empirically use broad spectrum agents until culture and sensitivities are reported, often 48 to 72 hours after specimen collection. The extended use of these antimicrobial agents may lead to adverse costs and patient outcomes (e.g. C. difficile infection, bacterial resistance).The goal of this project is to utilize the Verigene technology and pharmacist’s clinical expertise to decrease the time to optimal therapy for the treatment of gram-positive bacteremia and to improve patient outcomes.

Why did you choose to pursue a residency?

I pursued a PGY1 residency because I wanted additional experience in a variety of clinical settings. My ultimate goal is to become a well rounded clinician by deepening my clinical knowledge, completing research projects and advancing my teaching and leadership skills.

What attracted you to Froedtert’s pharmacy residency program?

I initially became interested in Froedtert after attending a residency showcase where I found the program director and residents to be very friendly and enthusiastic about the program. I was pleasantly surprised by the multitude of rotation options and the flexibility the program had to meet each resident’s individual goals. I was very impressed with the institution and felt that everyone really enjoyed their practice environment. During my interview, I felt the pharmacists were very welcoming and eager to precept the new residents. Lastly, I was interested in the PGY2 options that are available at Froedtert.

Professional interests

Critical care, infectious diseases and academia


Cooking and baking, music, movies and reading

What's your favorite thing to do in Milwaukee?

Milwaukee is a new city for me so I like to explore! There are so many great outdoor activities, festivals and restaurants I can’t wait to try!