Managed Care

Postgraduate Year 1

The Post Graduate Year 1 Residency in Managed Care offered through the USC School of Pharmacy prepares residents to be well-rounded managed care pharmacists with the skills to practice in a variety of health care organizations, such as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), accountable care organizations (ACOs), and managed care organizations (MCOs). The residency is based at CareMore Health Plan in Cerritos, California, which serves Medicare and lives in multiple states, including California, Arizona, Nevada, and Virginia.

The residency provides a broad range of professional skill development experiences at CareMore Health Plan and the USC School of Pharmacy. Experiences at CareMore Health Plan includes: medication therapy management, clinical program development, drug utilization review, project management, data analysis, formulary development and maintenance, drug information, contracting and rebates, compliance, pharmacy benefits management oversight, direct patient care, health care professionals education, and the opportunity to participate in optional electives.

Accreditation status: This residency program is currently accredited under the AMCP/ASHP joint accreditation standard for PGY1 managed care pharmacy residency programs.


The resident will have opportunities to participate in teaching activities spanning all four years of the USC School of Pharmacy curriculum. Teaching activities can include lecturing in the classroom settings, serving as a conference leader facilitating pharmacotherapeutic group discussions with Year 2 and 3 students, and serving as a preceptor for fourth-year students in the advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). Additional teaching opportunities are available, including medical and nursing in-service programs.

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

Application for the residency program can be completed online using PhORCAS. For further information, please contact:

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