Postgraduate Year 1

The USC School of Pharmacy offers a PGY1 Residency Training Program in Pharmacy Practice (one position) at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital and our affiliated Keck Hospital at USC. This program offers an extensive hands-on experience in a well-balanced structure with resident actively participates in:

  • Clinical Practice (both Inpatient and Ambulatory Care)
  • Teaching (Case conferences group discussion and Didactic)
  • Research (Prospective and/or Retrospective Clinical Practice-based)
  • Administration (Drug Use Policy and Practice Management)

Residency rotations’ schedule and training is tailored and individualized, based on the interest and clinical experience of the resident.

Located on the USC Health Science Campus, the USC Norris Cancer Hospital is one of 39 Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) devoted to cancer treatment, research, prevention and education. The USC Norris Cancer Hospital is a 60-bed adult tertiary care facility, including a six-bed Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, and a seven-bed Intensive Care Unit.

The Keck Hospital of USC is a 411-bed facility comprising a 307-bed Medical/Surgical Adult Care Unit, a 94-bed Intensive Care/Coronary Care Unit and a 10-bed Acute Psychiatric Care Unit.

Clinical Practice

The Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at USC Norris Cancer Hospital offers hands-on clinical practice rotations at both the USC Norris Cancer Hospital and our affiliated Keck Hospital at USC. Required rotations are completed at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital with elective (one or two) rotations completed at our affiliated Keck Hospital of USC or other off-site facilities.

  • Clinical Practice rotations at USC Norris Cancer Hospital – Required
    • Pharmacy Practice (both Inpatient and Ambulatory Care)
    • Inpatient Medicine – Oncology
    • Inpatient Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplantation
    • Ambulatory Care – Oncology
    • Outpatient Hematology/Oncology
    • Special Project (Didactic Teaching & Research)
      • Administration (Drug Use Policy and Practice Management)
  • Clinical Practice rotations at USC Norris Cancer Hospital – Elective
    • Surgery (Urology or GI)
    • Pain Management
  • Clinical Practice rotations at University Hospital – Elective
    • Infectious Disease
    • Solid Organ Transplantation
    • Pulmonary/Critical Care
  • USC – LA County (LAC) Hospital – Elective
    • Cardiology/Coronary Intensive Care Unit
    • Total Parenteral Nutrition
  • Inpatient Hematology & Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplantation – City of Hope Medical Center (Elective)
  • Drug Information (Informatics) – Kaiser facility, Downey (Elective)
  • Pediatrics – USC/LAC or Children’s Hospital (Elective)


The resident receives a faculty appointment as lecturer with the USC School of Pharmacy for the 12-month period. Teaching responsibilities include co-precepting Level IV PharmD students in their clinical clerkship rotations, and facilitating clinical case conferences in the Clinical Therapeutics Series for Level II and Level III students. Didactic teaching experiences are also available. A teaching certificate is optional for resident interests in pursuing teaching and academia.


Research classes and seminars are provided to resident. During the year, the resident is required to:

  • Complete a residency project
  • Present the project’s findings at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and Preceptors
  • Submit a manuscript of the completed project for publication prior to end of the residency

Contact Us

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

Betty M. Chan, PharmD, BCOP
Program Director, Pharmacy Practice Residency-Oncology
USC Norris Cancer Hospital
1441 Eastlake Avenue, Suite 1355
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Telephone: (626) 696-2191
Fax: (323) 865-0146
Email: bchan@usc.edu

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
Email: wgong@usc.edu, Res-Fellow@pharmacy.usc.edu