Community Pharmacy

Postgraduate Year 1

The Post Graduate Year 1 Residency in Community Pharmacy Practice offered through the USC School of Pharmacy prepares pharmacists to be change-agents and skilled patient care providers in the community pharmacy setting. The residency balances experiences in traditional ambulatory care, teaching, project management and pharmacy practice management.

Ongoing changes in the health care environment continue to generate a great demand for community-based ambulatory care pharmacists. This residency provides a broad range of experience in various types of practice and disease states. Past residents have gone on to obtain positions in academia, traditional ambulatory care, community pharmacy management, clinical coordinating and community pharmacy ownership.

The program has three main sites:

  • Ralphs Pharmacy (a division of The Kroger Company)
  • CliniCare Pharmacy (independent)
  • USC Campus Pharmacies

* Note: Candidates may rank one or more of these sites.

Clinical Practice

The resident will rotate through a variety of community/ambulatory care practices. Our 3 sites offer a unique perspective on various aspects of community pharmacy practice and emphasize direct patient care, teaching and project/practice management. Our Ralphs/USC site offers residents the opportunity to also experience chain community pharmacy from the store level to the corporate office, creating and managing clinical programs. CliniCare/USC in an entrepreneurial independent pharmacy with a robust set of patient care services as well an internal medicine practice right in the middle of the pharmacy. Lastly, our USC Campus Pharmacy sites afford residents the opportunity to create and practice in unique patient care settings, such as our USC Medication Management Center, while working alongside clinical pharmacy faculty.

Clinical practice activities at the above sites include:

  • Counseling, educating, and evaluating patients
  • Ordering new medications, adjusting medication doses, and refilling medications
  • Ordering laboratory tests
  • Performing physical assessments
  • Implementing patient care programs
  • Participating in training and education related to community pharmacy-based patient care techniques
  • Providing drug information to participating community pharmacy sites
  • Communicating with physicians and other health care providers regarding patient care services
  • Managing a clinical practice in a community pharmacy.


The resident will participate in teaching activities spanning all four years of the USC School of Pharmacy curriculum. This includes giving a classroom lecture to Year 1 students, precepting Year 4 community advanced pharmacy practice students, leading pharmacotherapeutic group discussions with Year 2 and 3 students, facilitating in a Year 2 self-care course, and facilitating Year 1 pharmacy practice labs. Additional teaching opportunities are available, including classroom lectures and medical and nursing in-services.

Research/Project Management

During the year, the resident will be required to complete a residency project and present findings at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors. Research classes and seminars will be provided. The resident is required to submit a manuscript for publication prior to the end of the residency.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Edith Mirzaian, Pharm.D., BCACP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
CTH, International Society of Travel Medicine
Program Director, PGY1 Community Pharmacy Practice Residency
Director, USC Medication Management Center
Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy
USC School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Office: 323-442-1345
Fax: 323-442-6815
Clinic: 323-442-5882


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