Psychiatric Pharmacy

Postgraduate Year 2

The psychiatric pharmacy specialty residency is a post-graduate second year (PGY2) residency program offered by the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy in cooperation with the Keck School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences.

The overall goal of the PGY2 program is to develop competent psychiatric pharmacy practitioners with emphasis on clinical skills, clinical teaching and knowledge necessary for psychiatric practice. The PGY-2 resident will be qualified to take on a clinical faculty or clinical psychiatric specialist position and apply for Board Certification in Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP).

Applicants must have completed a PGY1 residency prior to starting their PGY2 residency year. Four nationally known psychiatric pharmacy faculty members— Drs. Dopheide, Goldstone, Park, and Stimmel—are involved in training the resident during different clinical rotations and during didactic and experiential teaching. Additional pharmacy and medicine faculty provide selective learning experiences.

Clinical Practice

Residents provide clinical services including: drug therapy monitoring, drug consultation to staff and patient education. Each resident also acts as primary therapist for a caseload of patients for the entire year. The residency’s major training sites include Keck Medical Center of USC, the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic, and the Center for Community Health Safety Net Clinic. The hospital has 60 adult beds and 10 adolescent beds. The Center for Community Health (CCH) clinic’s psychiatric caseload varies from 25 to 40 patients.

Responsibilities of the resident include provision of clinical services (e.g., drug therapy monitoring, drug consultation to staff and patient education). Currently, the PGY2 resident provides CMM to a designated caseload of patients at CCH throughout the year.  This clinic site may continue or may change for the 2018-2019 residency year depending on available faculty supervision.

Specialty clinics (e.g. geriatrics, epilepsy) are optional for the PGY2 year.

Additional Requirements

Beyond the coursework provided to all pharmacy residents at USC, psychiatric pharmacy residents attend selected seminars and conferences offered by the Department of Psychiatry. In addition, residents participate in regularly scheduled psychiatric pharmacy business meetings for program planning. Residents also select from a range of selective options in psychiatric pharmacy- related areas, including:

  • Acute Care Psychiatry
  • Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Geriatrics Psychiatry
  • HIV Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction
  • PGY2 clinical rotations and preceptors 


Residents are actively involved in the Therapeutics curriculum for teaching PharmD students by providing didactic lectures and developing psychiatric case studies with preceptor supervision.

While at the clinical site, residents are responsible for student supervision, including pharmacy rounds, participation in teaching conferences and participation in oral examinations. PGY2 residents develop clinical teaching skills by serving in a supervisory role for fourth year PharmD students during one – 6-week block.

Residents are actively involved in providing education (lectures and discussions) to physicians, psychologists, social workers and other allied health care practitioners on the pharmacotherapy of psychiatric disorders.


Residents may collaborate with any of the psychiatric pharmacy faculty in their ongoing research or choose another topic of interest. Psychiatric faculty research interests include:

  • Psychiatric pharmacy services/expanded roles (Drs. Stimmel and Dopheide)
  • Depression in rheumatology and geriatric patients (Dr. Stimmel)
  • Adult and pediatric psychiatry (Dr. Dopheide)
  • Sleep disorders (Drs. Dopheide, Wincor and Stimmel)
  • Consultation and liaison psychiatry (Dr. Park)
  • Psychoneuroimmunology and adult psychiatry (Dr. Park)
  • Rheumatology and geriatric psychiatry (Dr. Stimmel)
  • Advanced technology and teaching (Dr. Wincor)

Dr. William Gong, the overall residency program director, offers a research seminar series to guide the resident’s project development and completion along with their primary preceptor. Residents are required to present at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual meeting and may also present at the Western State’s Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Lecturers.

Contact Us

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

Julie A. Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP
Program Director, PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90089-9121
Telephone: (323) 442-1454
Fax: 818-442-1681
Cell: (818) 749-4999

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