Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice Residency

Postgraduate Year 2

The advanced community pharmacy practice residency is a post-graduate second year (PGY2) residency program offered by the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy in joint collaboration with Pacific Pharmacy Group.

The 12-month program, primarily based at Newport Lido Pharmacy in Newport Beach, is designed to lead the resident through a variety of longitudinal experiences related to practicing and managing in an independent pharmacy practice setting, and in a specialty pharmacy practice setting. During the PGY2 year, the resident interacts with the CEO, pharmacy director, assistant directors, and pharmacy coordinators to learn skills surrounding project management, human resource management, business proposals, and management of the pharmacy enterprise.

Graduates of the PGY2 residency program are prepared to understand the development, operations, management, contracting, and processes involved in independent pharmacy. Resident will help manage and operate newly developed transitional care program with Hoag Hospital. In addition, residents will be exposed to collaborations between pharmaceutical industry and independent pharmacy.  Residents will have the opportunity to understand the collaboration that exists between pharmaceutical industry and independent pharmacy and how to effectively manage those processes in order to provide medications to patients in the most timely, safe, and efficient manner possible.

Basic principles in which the resident will be expected to gain proficiency through experiences during their PGY2 are the following:

  • Independent Pharmacy Practice
  • Specialty Pharmacy Practice
  • Business Management
  • Pharmaceutical Company Management
  • Prior Authorization Management
  • Third Party Contracting

Learning Experiences

The resident will work closely with the residency program director (RPD) and will manage an independent pharmacy that is already established within Pacific Pharmacy Group. This task will be done over the course of the PGY2 year, where the resident will be responsible for overseeing the daily, weekly, and monthly duties required to effectively manage an independent pharmacy.

Working closely with CEO of Pacific Pharmacy Group and RPD, the resident will develop a mock business plan for a new pharmacy, in which location, demographics, focus of business, and many other factors will be considered. This will be presented to the PPG residency board. Resident will research laws, regulations, and licenses required prior to establishing a new independent pharmacy.

Once a location is chosen, the resident will research and understand the types of clinical practices within the immediate geographical area of the pharmacy that will help build its theoretical reputation as a dependable pharmacy.

  1. Develop financial projections and expectations within a timeline format.
  2. List all costs and considerations necessary to open an independent pharmacy

Resident will work with pharmacy compounding manager to research and understand the laws associated with a compounding pharmacy. Resident will work with the pharmacy compounding manager to become PCCA certified.

Resident will work closely with Director of Inventory Management to oversee pharmacy inventory buying from multiple vendors. Inventory purchasing will be overseen and critiqued by Pharmacist-In-Charge. Resident will learn different types of rebates and how each can help reduce overall pharmacy costs.

Resident will work with Vice President of Marketing to research one of the predominant disease states within the immediate geographical area, and develop a strategy that will facilitate the pharmacies ability in improving the care of the chosen disease state.

Resident will effectively communicate and collaborate with pharmaceutical representatives that work with medications within the chosen disease state.

Resident will work with the Vice President of Administration to construct a binder that depicts step-by-step instructions necessary for a pharmacy to become contracted with the most common third-party companies.

Resident will work with the Home Health Coordinator to develop more efficient processes to help reduce workload on pharmacies that participate, visit existing facilities and help assist in maintaining relationships already established.

Resident will work with COO of Specialty Pharmacy Services to develop a company policy that addresses the rules and regulations in assisting with prior authorizations for physician’s offices. He/she will develop a flow chart that depicts a deep understanding of the major third-party organizations as well as requirements that each may have for prior authorization submission.

Resident will manage our specialty pharmacy prior authorization service team and will be monitored by the COO of Specialty Pharmacy Services.

The resident will work with the RPD in choosing a specific program that the resident can oversee and ensure that each pharmacy is properly maintaining, and develop policies and procedures for a chosen specialty medication that is commonly dispensed to ensure that state and federal compliance requirements are being met.

The resident will work with the Vice President of Administration to apply and obtain an out-of-state license, and develop a binder listing each of the requirements for a pharmacy to become licensed in any chosen state within the United States.

The resident will work with the RPD in developing a quality assurance program that allows the company to review and improve its policies and procedures for a specific medication, and develop a business plan for obtaining URAC accreditation for a theoretical specialty pharmacy. This business plan will be presented to the PPG residency board at the end of the year.

 

Contact Us

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Naomi Florea, PharmD
Program Director, PGY-2 Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice Residency
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90089-9121
Telephone: (323) 442-2680
Email: florea@usc.edu

Gerard Rivera, PharmD
CEO, Pacific Pharmacy Group Program Director
Program Director, PGY-2 Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice Residency
Pacific Pharmacy Group / Newport Lido Pharmacy
351 Hospital Rd #107
Newport Beach, California 92663
Telephone: (949) 764-6580
Email: gerard.rivera@newportlidopharmacy.com

William C. Gong, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP
Director, Residency and Fellowship Programs
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90089-9121
Telephone: (323) 442-2625
Email: wgong@usc.edu, residentfellow@usc.edu