Postgraduate Year 2

The goals of this residency are to advance the evidence-based knowledge, skills and abilities of the resident, with particular emphasis on cardiology and critical care pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy. This is achieved through experiences in a diverse range of cardiology and critical care units at primarily LAC+USC Medical Center County Hospital with select learning experiences at Keck Hospital of USC and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The hospitals also serve as the main teaching hospitals for the medical school.

Upon completion of training, the resident should be well equipped to pursue a clinical career or clinical-track academic position in cardiology or critical care.

Clinical Practice at USC

The program will consist of approximately eight six-week rotations (flexible timeframes), to be pursued with the following minimums:

  • Three rotations in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • One rotation in the Emergency Department
  • One rotation in the Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • One rotation with the Cardiology Consult Service
  • One longitudinal rotation in the Cardiology Clinic
  • Optional rotations can be undertaken in any of the services listed above; CT surgery, advanced heart failure team, infectious diseases, and burn ICU experiences are also available.

During each rotation, the daily activities of the resident will include: participation in daily multidisciplinary rounds with pertinent physician teams; devising and monitoring pharmacotherapeutic management plans for patients; therapeutic discussions with the preceptor; performing pharmacokinetic calculations as needed; and attending various conferences/continuing education programs/grand rounds as available.


The resident will participate in the resident-led case conference discussions which are part of the therapeutic modules as scheduled by the USC residency director. The resident will serve as a co-preceptor to pharmacy students during their medicine clerkship rotations in the CICU. The resident will also prepare and deliver at least 3 hours of formal didactic lectures as part of the Cardiovascular Therapeutics Module. In addition, there will be opportunities to provide didactic lectures to PA students, and educational conferences to the physicians of the Cardiology Section and/or nurses of the CICU.


Research classes and seminars will be provided with the resident responsible for the development, conduct, analysis, presentation and publication of one primary research project related to cardiovascular therapeutics. The resident is expected to present the research results at the annual Western States Conference for Residents, Fellows, and Preceptors. In addition, the resident will participate in other scholarly activities as appropriate. These additional activities include participation in the conduct of ongoing research projects of the preceptor, opportunities for co-authorship of manuscripts, and peer-review of manuscripts for journals.

Contact Us

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

Tien M. H. Ng, PharmD, FHFSA, FCCP, BCPS AQ Cardiology
Program Director, PGY2 Pharmacy Practice Residency-Cardiology
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Medicine
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121
Telephone: (323) 442-1840

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