Acute Care

Postgraduate Year 1

Residents in this program will be trained in acute care pharmacy practice and teaching, while increasing their clinical skills through direct patient exposure. Residents receive extensive clinical experience in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings. Through various rotations, residents refine their clinical skills, develop expertise as drug therapy specialists, and become proficient in running a de-centralized pharmacy operation. Residents will develop their teaching skills in both a clinical setting as well as in the classroom. Supplemental projects will aid in developing administrative, research, and analytical skills, in addition to improving the residents understanding of pharmacy practice in the hospital setting.

Clinical practice at Keck Hospital of USC

Opened in May 1991, Keck Hospital of USC is a modern academic center owned and operated by USC; staffed by the faculty of the USC School of pharmacy, and the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Keck Hospital of USC is a quaternary medical facility, ranked as the 21st best hospital in the nation by U.S. News & Report magazine in July 2010. Additionally, the hospital ranks in the top 50 in the nation for ophthalmology, pulmonology, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, and gynecology. The hospital offers expertise and sophisticated medical technology, combined with a personalized approach to health care in a comfortable, caring environment.

Statistics at Keck Hospital of USC

The hospital has 401 beds dedicated as follows:

  • Medical/Surgical Acute Care: 307
  • Intensive Care/Coronary Care: 94

Visits per year:

  • Outpatient Visits: 69,571
  • Admissions: 8,317
  • Average daily census: 175

Clinical Practice at LAC + USC Medical Center

LAC + USC Medical Center opened a new state of the art hospital in 2008 with approximately 600 beds. The medical center is a Level 1 trauma service hospital, which provides medical and surgical care services in obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, general medicine, burn ICU, and a specialized level III neo-natal ICU. LAC + USC Medical Center also offers psychiatric services for adults, adolescents and children. LAC + USC is one of the leading resources for health training of physicians, pharmacists, and allied health care personnel in the United States.

Clinical based practice

The residency consists of eight 6-week long rotations. The program consists of the following rotations:

  • Pharmacy Operations management, with the opportunity to choose a variety of preceptors who work in different management roles.
  • Ambulatory care: Variety of options, including but not limited to, HIV clinic, cystic fibrosis clinic, primary care clinic, anticoagulation clinic, etc.
  • Introduction to Hospital Practice

Rotations at the hospital sites may include, but are not limited to, infectious disease (at Keck Hospital of USC and LAC + USC), medical ICU, cardiac ICU, liver disease and transplantation, neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry, cardiothoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, and oncology. The program  allows the resident to be flexible when setting their rotation schedule for the program year. Residents will work in close contact with the residency director, primary preceptors, and pharmacy staff to establish a schedule individualized to each residents’ interest.

For the resident with an interest in infectious diseases, there is an opportunity for the resident to track into multiple rotations at LAC+USC Medical Center which will provide the foundation to pursue a PGY2 Residency in Infectious Diseases or practice in infectious disease setting. The candidate can indicate this interest at the time of the application.


Residents will serve as adjunct professors and are required to lead weekly Therapeutic Modules for second and third year students through the school of pharmacy. Each resident is given the opportunity to take an active participatory role in the case conference process by designing a case conference scenario, and providing a general overview of the topic to co-residents. Residents will also have the opportunity to earn their teaching certificate through providing classroom lectures, such as over-the-counter drugs, and ACLS training. Additionally, residents will act as co-preceptors for the fourth year pharmacy students while on their clinical clerkships. These opportunities will not only be beneficial for the students, as they seek out the residents’ expertise, but it will provide the necessary training for residents to hone their education skills in a teaching scenario, as well as clinical educators.


Research classes and seminars are provided to residents. During the year, residents are 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 for publication prior to the end of the residency

Contact us

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

Kevin Forrester, PharmD
Program Director, USC Pharmacy Practice Residencies
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Keck Hospital of USC
1500 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Telephone: (323) 442-8584
Fax: (323) 442-8638

Emi Minejima,PharmD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Infectious Disease Specialist
LAC+USC Medical Center
University of Southern California
1985 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121
Telephone: (323)409-6644

William C. Gong, PharmD, FASHP
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
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