Infectious Diseases at LAC+USC Medical Center

This specialty residency is a 12 month postgraduate program offered by the USC School of Pharmacy and the affiliated practice of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. This program is designed to give the resident a broad range of experiences in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy, research, and teaching.  The LAC+USC Medical Center is a 600-bed academic teaching hospital, Level-One Trauma Center, with a diverse range of critical care units.  It primarily serves a medically underserved population, including a large immigrant population, thus the resident will be exposed to a diverse variety of cases including common and unique infectious diseases.

Upon completion of the program, the resident should be able to pursue an infectious diseases clinical pharmacist position.

Clinical Practice

The resident will be an active participant in Infectious Diseases related clinical services to the institution including providing patient care and administrative services. Patient care services include: Infectious Diseases Consult service, Antimicrobial Stewardship service, and other elective rotations, including critical care or internal medicine. During each rotation, the resident will be attending daily rounds with the physician teams, critically assessing clinical and therapeutic management of patients, and attending grand rounds or case conferences.

The resident will also participate in institutional administrative meetings for Antibiotic Subcommittee and Infection Control/Epidemiology. At the meetings, the resident will present data on antimicrobial use within the institution, recommendations for formulary changes of anti-infectives, antibiogram trends, and policies or protocols developed to improve effective antibiotic use within the institution.

Learning Experiences

The resident will receive coursework and seminars in the following areas:

  • Teaching methodology culminating with a Teaching Certificate
  • Physical assessment
  • Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Research methods
  • Review of clinical therapeutics
  • Professional development and leadership workshop

Teaching

The resident will lead case conference discussion as part of the Therapeutic modules at the USC School of Pharmacy. Other teaching opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Didactic lecture at the USC School of Pharmacy in the Infectious Diseases Therapeutics module
  • Developing case studies for the Infectious Disease module
  • Co-precepting pharmacy students and PGY 1 Pharmacy Practice Residents on clerkship rotations
  • Providing regular education or inservices to the housestaff

Research

The resident will be involved with all aspects of conducting research, including development of study design, IRB submission, data collection and analysis, manuscript submission for publications, and abstract submission for national infectious diseases meetings.

Contact Us

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

Emi Minejima, PharmD
Infectious Diseases Program Director
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles, California 90089-9121
Telephone: (323)-409-6644
Email: minejima@usc.edu

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