Residency Class 21-22

MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center offers an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program and also a PGY2 in Pharmacy Administration.

PGY1 General Practice Residency

  • 4 resident positions
  • NMS Code: 140313

Important Dates

  • Virtual Open house: November 17th
  • January 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM – Application deadline via PhORCAS
  • January 24 - February 4, 2022 – Personal interviews will take place. All interviews will be virtual.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Overview

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Program Purpose

Our PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Our Vision

We are recognized in California and nationally by pharmacy schools, pharmacists, and hospital administrators as a premier acute care pharmacy residency training program. Graduates of our program receive a wide variety of inpatient pharmacy training from experienced preceptors that make them clinical specialists and patient advocates who provide comprehensive and innovative pharmaceutical care to adult patients in the acute care setting. Our graduates are confident, have a love of learning, and contribute to the pharmacy profession as clinical leaders, researchers, educators, and administrators.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The PGY1 pharmacy residency is focused on providing direct patient care to a broad range of patient populations in the acute care setting. In addition, this residency provides longitudinal opportunities to gain management and leadership experience in various medication safety, medication use and other medication-related department initiatives. Our residents obtain teaching experience through formal lectures to pharmacists and other healthcare providers, in-services to the health care team during multidisciplinary rounds and by co-precepting pharmacy students on rotations at our medical center.
4 resident positions
NMS Code: 140313

Stipend and Benefits

The resident receives a yearly stipend of $50,000+. In addition, the resident receives a total of 24 days of paid time off (vacation, holidays, and sick leave) and time to attend educational meetings; health insurance is provided after 30 days of employment.

Rotation Information
Core Rotations

The resident will have clinical rotations in the areas of:

  • Adult Critical Care
  • Medicine- incl. Oncology, Orthopedics, Neurology, Surgery and Rehabilitation
  • Emergency Department
  • Transitions of Care
  • Drug Distribution
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship

During each rotation, the resident will be responsible for serving as a member of the healthcare team and providing care to patients by participation in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, dosing and monitoring pharmacy-regulated therapies, and involvement with cardiopulmonary emergencies. In providing pharmaceutical care to patients, the specific pharmacy-regulated therapies the resident will be involved with include:

  • Aminoglycosides
  • Vancomycin
  • Parenteral Nutrition
  • Heparin
  • Warfarin
  • Other Drug Therapies

During orientation at the beginning of the residency program, residents will receive pharmacokinetic training. Emphasis will be placed on the resident’s understanding of:

  • Pharmacokinetic principles
  • Performing calculations
  • Analysis of serum concentration data

In addition, the resident will gain experience in providing sophisticated, computer-assisted consultation on difficult-to-interpret patient drug therapy problems.

Other rotations include:

  • Sterile IV Compounding
  • Drug Information
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Medication Safety

Elective rotations include

  • Teaching
  • Pediatrics (Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU)
  • Ambulatory Care (Outpatient Infusion Center, Home Infusion, Home Care Pharmacy, Outpatient Pharmacy)
  • Palliative Care
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Additional time in core rotations

Residents will design and conduct a research project that will be presented at the Western States Conference.

Other projects completed by the residents as part of the program include: drug formulary reviews, medication-use evaluations, an ACPE-accredited Continuing Education program to the pharmacist staff, educational programs/in-services to other healthcare members, journal clubs and other projects based on current department and hospital initiatives.

How to Apply
Application Requirements

Interested applicants must apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Please provide the following via PhORCAS:

  • Completed application submitted on PhORCAS
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) References – reference writers should complete the standard reference form in the PhORCAS system. A separate “letter of recommendation” is not required.
  • Pharmacy Residency Supplemental Information Form.doc
    • sign, scan, and upload the document into PhORCAS
Additional Information
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