Residency Programs

The residency programs at the USC School of Pharmacy prepare pharmacists to be skilled clinical practitioners, researchers and educators. The programs are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Residency Settings

USC offers both Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) and Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) pharmacy practice residency programs in the following settings:

Residency training is held at the following sites:

  • Community/Safety-Net Clinics
  • Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center
  • Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Huntington Hospital, Pasadena
  • LAC+USC Medical Center and Clinics
  • Ralphs Pharmacy
  • USC Campus Pharmacies
  • USC/Norris Cancer Hospital
  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Resident Responsibilities

All residents in the School of Pharmacy participate in various patient care, teaching and educational activities, including:

  • Coordinating courses with faculty mentors
  • Giving lectures and conducting small-group discussions to first-, second- and third-year pharmacy students
  • Serving as a preceptor and role model for students during their clinical clerkships
  • Participating in the Residency Candidate Mentoring Program (RCMP)
  • Proposing and completing a project suitable for presentation and publication
  • Presenting their project at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors
  • Completing and submitting a manuscript for publication prior to completion of the residency

Coursework and seminars are provided for residents throughout the year, offering instruction and experience in:

  • Teaching skills
  • Physical assessment
  • Emergency medicine
  • BLS and ACLS training
  • Research methodology
  • Drug-use evaluation
  • Drug information systems
  • Adverse drug reaction reporting
  • Leadership and professional development

Resident activities also include community practice, primary care practice, inpatient pharmacy practice, pharmacokinetic consultations, drug therapy preparation and distribution, and clinical research. Clinical practice activities vary depending on the area of practice.

Resident Benefits

Individuals appointed to the School’s residency programs are entitled to the following:

  • Yearly stipend of approximately $59,000
  • Professional liability insurance provided at affiliated institutional sites
  • Fringe benefits including health insurance, 12 vacation days
  • Upon completion of their training, USC residents are highly sought after and typically accept positions in academia, pharmaceutical research, pharmacy management and clinical services.

Residency Programs Admission

The USC School of Pharmacy’s residency programs provide exceptional clinical preparation and education. Entry into the programs is competitive and applicants are encouraged to review all admission requirements and deadlines prior to beginning the application process.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


To be admitted to one of the USC School of Pharmacy’s residency programs, you must have obtained:

  • A Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (APCE)-accredited college of pharmacy
  • A license to practice pharmacy in California within three months of the residency year

Application Process

The application for the 2020-2021 cycle will be available October 1, 2020.

If you are applying for the PGY2 Residency in Infectious Diseases, or Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice which are not accredited, please apply through the USC School of Pharmacy online application.

You will be asked to supply:

  • Three references
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of intent
  • Official pharmacy school transcript

Application Deadline

January 2, 2021

Residency Training Program Manual

Residency Program Manual 2021-2022

For additional information on the programs, please contact:

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

2021-2022 Residents

Meet the 2021-2022 USC School of Pharmacy Residents.