MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center offers an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

  • 4 resident positions
  • NMS Code: 140313

Important Dates

  • Virtual Open house: November 1, 2023 and November 16, 2023
  • January 3, 2024 at 11:59 pm – Application deadline via PhORCAS
  • January 29 – February 9, 2024 – Personal interviews will take place. All interviews will be virtual.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Overview

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 $53,227. In addition, the resident receives a total of 24 days of paid time off (vacation, holidays, and sick leave). The resident may request time off to attend educational meetings and conferences. Conference/travel requests for sponsorship by the hospital will be evaluated by hospital leadership on a case by case basis annually. The final decision will be communicated to the resident prior to conference registration deadlines. Medical, Dental and Vision insurance is provided after 30 days of employment.

Rotation Information

All residents will complete the required learning experiences. Residents may select from the elective learning experiences listed below for their elective time or may choose to spend more time in an area they have already rotated through. All residents will complete orientation together in the beginning of the residency year. Thereafter, schedules are individualized, taking into consideration the residents’ personal goals (i.e., PGY2). Elective weeks generally fall in the second half of the year. Staffing weeks are distributed throughout the year.

Required Learning Experiences
  • Orientation – 5 weeks
  • Adult Critical Care – 6 weeks
  • Medicine – 7 weeks
  • Emergency Department – 3 weeks
  • Transitions of Care/Discharge Services – 2 weeks
  • Sterile Compounding – 2 weeks
  • Drug Distribution – 2 weeks
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship – 2 weeks
  • Medication Safety – 2 weeks 
  • Administration – 3 weeks plus longitudinal experience
  • Teaching – Longitudinal experience
  • Staffing – 9 weeks as a longitudinal experience (staffing is distributed as 1 week blocks throughout the year)
Elective Learning Experiences (11 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (Neonatal ICU, Drug Distribution) – 4 weeks
  • Investigational Drug Service – 1 week
  • Informatics – 2 weeks
  • Ambulatory Infusion Center – 2 weeks
  • Home Infusion Pharmacy – 4 weeks
  • Spend additional time in a required learning experience

Residents will design and conduct a year-long research project. Residents will complete a formal medication use evaluation and administrative longitudinal project.

Other projects completed by the residents as part of the program include: a new drug/drug class formulary review, an ACPE-accredited Continuing Education program to the pharmacist staff and an additional program for nurse practitioners/nurses, educational programs/in-services to other healthcare members, journal clubs and other projects based on current department and hospital initiatives.

Residents will be active members of assigned multidisciplinary committees.

Clinical and Administrative Lectures

Lectures on pertinent clinical practice topics and administrative topics will be given to residents by the coordinators, directors, and clinical pharmacists throughout the residency year.

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.
Additional Information
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