Community-Based Practice

Postgraduate Year 1

The Post Graduate Year 1 Residency in Community-Based Practice offered through the USC School of Pharmacy develops pharmacists who are skilled patient care providers, educators, scholars and leaders in advancing the practice of pharmacy in the communities that they serve. The residency balances experiences in traditional ambulatory care, teaching, project management and pharmacy practice management.

Pharmacist residency education and training in community-based practice aims to develop pharmacist practitioners who are community-focused practice leaders capable of improving the health of patients within the communities they serve wherever health and medication needs arise. The residency program offers a unique perspective on various aspects of community pharmacy practice and emphasizes areas such as clinical practice, teaching, research and project management, collaborative practice development, entrepreneurship, leadership, and community service.

Ongoing changes in the health care environment continue to generate a great demand for
community-based pharmacists and advanced practice pharmacists. This residency provides a broad range of experiences in various types of practice settings and disease states. Clinical practice activities at the above sites include:


 Comprehensive Medication Management / Disease State Management

  • Anticoagulation, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Hypertension

 Fitness, Nutrition, and Weight Management

 Health Screenings

  • Cholesterol, Diabetes, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, Mental Health


 Medicare Part D Enrollment

 Medication Reconciliation

 Medication Therapy Management

 Pain Management

 Smoking Cessation

 Specialty and Transplant Medication Management

 Travel Health

 Tuberculosis (TB) Screening and Latent TB Infection Treatment


The program has four main sites:

  • USC Campus Pharmacies
  • Ralphs Pharmacy (a division of The Kroger Company)
  • CliniCare Pharmacy (independent)
  • USC Specialty Pharmacy

* Note: Candidates may rank one or more of these sites.

Clinical Practice

The resident will rotate through a variety of community/ambulatory care practices. All of our sites offer a unique perspective on various aspects of community pharmacy and ambulatory care pharmacy practice and emphasize direct patient care, teaching and project/practice
management. Our practice settings include the following:

 CliniCare Pharmacy & Internal Medicine Offices

 Community/Safety-Net Clinics

 Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center

 Keck Medicine of USC Specialty Pharmacy

 Ralphs Corporate Division

 Ralphs Pharmacies

 USC Campus Pharmacies

 USC Community & Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Clinics

 USC International Travel Health Clinic

 USC Medication Management Center (MMC)

 USC Pain Center

 USC Student Health Centers


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 advanced pharmacy practice experiences

 Proposing and completing a project suitable for presentation and publication

 Presenting their project at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and

 Completing and submitting a manuscript for publication prior to completion of the residency

Research/Project Management

During the year, the resident will be required to complete a residency project and present findings at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors. Research classes and seminars will be provided. The resident is required to submit a manuscript for publication prior to the end of the residency.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Edith Mirzaian, Pharm.D., BCACP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
CTH, International Society of Travel Medicine
Program Director, PGY1 Community Pharmacy Practice Residency
Director, USC Medication Management Center
Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy
USC School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Office: 323-442-1345
Fax: 323-442-6815
Clinic: 323-442-5882


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