The pharmacy practice residency programs are offered by the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy in conjunction with the LAC+USC Medical Center Health Network, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Huntington Hospital, Clinicare, Ralph’s Community Pharmacy, USC Campus Pharmacy, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, Keck Hospital of USC, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and various Community/Safety Net Clinics in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. PGY1 and PGY2 programs offered by the USC School of Pharmacy for the 2023-2024 residency year include the following:
What attracted you to the residency program at USC?
“At USC, pharmacists are able to practice at the top of their license and truly be independent providers, such as being able to initiate, monitor, modify and discontinue medication regimens, order labs/diagnostic tests and place referrals for other specialized care. Pharmacists at USC sites are valued as integral members of the healthcare team and have the autonomy to practice how they see is clinically fit. As a resident interested in ambulatory care, being able to have these types of clinical experiences was truly at the top of my list of why I wanted to choose USC.”
PharmD ‘22 (UCSD)
PGY1 Pharmacy in the Ambulatory Care setting
What has been your favorite part about your residency so far?
“Having a large group of co-residents outside of my immediate program and having the opportunity to interact with them on a weekly basis has been one of my favorite aspects thus far. It has been nice to have so many co-residents to lean on and support each other as we go through our residency journey.”
PharmD ’22 (USC)
PGY1 Pharmacy in the Ambulatory Care setting
Do you have any advice to prospective residents thinking about relocating to California for their residency?
“Relocating to California for residency at USC is an opportunity I would not think twice about doing again. As an out-of-state resident, my advice is to take the opportunity to relocate if you can. Embrace your residency year, as it will go by so fast! When applying, reach out to current residents at the program for information about the best places to live, the commute to rotation sites, California licensure information, and lastly, all the fun things to do in town.”
PharmD ’21 (Rutgers)
PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy
The residency programs offered through the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy are primarily designed to train and develop advanced skills in pharmacy practice, teaching, and research while increasing the resident’s knowledge base through direct exposure. Depending on the area and the resident’s focus, the resident will receive extensive clinical experience in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings. In the various practice setting learning experiences, the resident will refine their skills and develop expertise as a medication therapy specialist through the provision of patient care services. Teaching skills of the resident will be developed in both the clinical and classroom settings. A Teaching Certificate program is available for residents interested in a career in academia or working in settings which involve teaching (e.g., precepting student pharmacists/residents/other healthcare trainees, education of staff). Elective and assigned projects, including the required longitudinal residency research project, will enable the resident to develop administrative, analytical and research skills.
For an application to be considered by the USC Pharmacy Residency Programs, the following criteria, at minimum, must be met:
- Graduate or candidate for graduation from an ACPE accredited degree program or one in the process of pursuing accreditation
- Minimum of a 3.0 GPA (or equivalent for programs without GPAs)
- Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of California
- For PGY2 residencies, in process of completing or has completed an ASHP-accredited or candidate-status PGY1 pharmacy residency
Other broad criteria for selection to the USC School of Pharmacy residency program include leadership abilities, professional development, professional competence including in clinical situations, communication skills, scholastic achievements, and dependability and ability to work with others. Consistent with the USC School of Pharmacy strategic plan, the USC Pharmacy Residency Programs specifically seeks candidates from underrepresented minority populations and from outside the state of California with the goal of having a diverse and inclusive residency class each year.
Some of the benefits available to residents as full-time USC employees include the following:
- Annual salary of approximately $61,000 for PGY1 and $67,000 for PGY2 residents
- Vacation, sick, and professional leave
- Paid holidays
- Fringe benefits including health care insurance
- Adjunct voluntary faculty appointment
- Discounts associated with the USC identification card (e.g., bookstore, events)
Reimbursement for some professional meeting expenses
Leadership Opportunities and Awards
There are multiple leadership opportunities for residents within the USC Pharmacy Residency Programs including the following:
- Resident Representatives
- Resident Social Chairs
- Resident Wellness Committee
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Liaisons
- Resident Leadership Council
All residents are eligible to be nominated and selected for the following awards which are presented at the Residency Banquet which occurs at the end of the residency year in June:
- Resident of the Year
- Excellence in Teaching
- PGY1 Resident Project of the Year
- PGY2 Resident Project of the Year
A description of the resident leadership opportunities and awards can be found in the USC and USC Affiliate Pharmacy Residency Program Manual. The most recent version of this manual (2022-2023) is posted on the USC School of Pharmacy Residency Programs webpage.