PGY2 Ambulatory Care - Population Health Pharmacy Residency

The Ambulatory Care-Population Health pharmacy residency is a post-graduate second year (PGY2) residency program offered by the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. The emphasis on population health is a unique focus of this program enabling residents to identify clinical areas or patient populations with the greatest need for medication optimization and to implement a new clinical pharmacy service in the identified area. The primary site will be based at LAC+USC Medical Center primary care clinic. The resident will work closely with USC School of Pharmacy ambulatory care faculty, LAC+USC primary care medical leadership, and LAC+USC pharmacy leadership to advance and expand clinical pharmacy services. Upon completion of the program, the resident will obtain clinical, teaching, and project skills and knowledge necessary to be a competent ambulatory care pharmacy practitioner who has a future goal of pursuing an academic position or a clinical coordinator.

Clinical Practice

The resident’s home site will be at LAC+USC Medical Center Primary Care Clinic, which primarily serves medically underserved populations with diverse cultural backgrounds. The resident will be practicing under the collaborative practice agreement as with LAC+USC ambulatory care pharmacists and USC ambulatory care faculty, with full prescriptive authority. The resident will have other sites available, both at LAC+USC and Keck Medicine of USC, allowing residents to be exposed to various disease states, patient population, and clinic sites. The resident will also participate in various pharmacy-driven initiatives and their meetings to assist with service expansion.


PGY2 residents will participate in various teaching and educational activities, including but not limited to:

  • Coordinating an endocrine course with faculty
  • Providing didactic lectures to second-year pharmacy students for endocrine course
  • Creating patient cases and fun in-class activities for endocrine course or other primary care related topics
  • Serving as a preceptor, role model, and discussion leader for PGY1 residents and IPPE/APPE students

In addition, a teaching certificate is offered by USC, which is consistent with national pharmacy education standards.


The resident will participate and collaborate with ambulatory care pharmacy faculty in their ongoing project or choose any topic of interest. The resident is required to present at the ASHP summer meetings and exhibitions the following year and may also present at the Western State’s Conference.


Please submit your CV, Letter of Intent, and 3 professional reference letters by January 31, 2019. Please submit your materials to Michelle Chu, the residency director of PGY2, directly at

Contact Us

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

Michelle Chu, PharmD, CDE, BCACP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care-Population Health Pharmacy Residency Program
USC School of Pharmacy
University of Southern California
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP 217-D
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
Tel: (323) 442-1556

William C. Gong, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP
Director, Residency and Fellowship Programs
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
USC School of Pharmacy
University of Southern California
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90089-9121
Telephone: (323) 442-2625