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Come learn more about our ASHP-accredited PGY1 program and opportunities at Huntington Hospital!
Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California has developed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program in compliance with accreditation standards set by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In existence since 1992, the program is a one-year postgraduate residency with an emphasis in pharmaceutical care.
The PGY2 EM Pharmacy Residency Program provides opportunities to serve a diverse patient population, educate learners of all levels, and collaborate with a dynamic ED team. From day one, I was immersed in a stimulating learning environment cultivated by preceptors who continually support my personal growth and challenge me to apply evidence-based medicine. I am confident that these experiences will equip me with the necessary skills to handle future challenges as an EM pharmacist.
Christine Vo, PharmDCurrent PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident
About Our PGY1 Program
The resident is offered the opportunity to develop and apply their didactic pharmaceutical knowledge in areas of adult and pediatric acute care, ambulatory care, and practice management.
The PGY1 pharmacy residency program is designed to give residents optimum independence in a supportive, state-of-the-art environment, allowing self-structuring for highly motivated individuals. The overall purpose of Huntington’s residency program is to develop the necessary skills to become a competent pharmaceutical care practitioner. The residency will emphasize the development of clinical, teaching, and leadership abilities.
The pharmacy department at Huntington Hospital offers 24-hour services. With over 30 clinical pharmacists on staff, pharmaceutical care is provided in a wide variety of areas including emergency medicine, pediatrics/neonatology, critical care, general medicine, general surgery, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases and an outpatient anticoagulation clinic.
Outcomes of the PGY1 Residency
Upon completion of the residency, the resident shall be able to:
- Manage and improve the medication-use process.
- Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management.
- Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
- Demonstrate project management skills.
- Provide medication and practice-related education/training.
- Utilize medical informatics.
- Conduct pharmacy practice research.
- Participate in the management of medical emergencies.
- Contribute to formulary decisions.
Meet our current PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy residents (2023-2024)
Nathan Garnica – PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Dr. Nathan Garnica is originally from Fillmore, California. He received his Bachelor of Science in Microbial Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California. His professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care. His interests outside of pharmacy include playing basketball, managing his fantasy sports teams, and playing video games.
Christine Nguyen – PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Dr. Christine Nguyen is originally from West Covina, California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her professional interests include emergency medicine and oncology. Her interests outside of pharmacy include iced coffee, working out, and karaoke.
Christine Vo – PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident
Dr. Christine Vo is originally from Santa Clara, California. She went to the University of California, San Diego for her undergraduate, and she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. Her emergency medicine professional interests include reversal agents, trauma, and resuscitation. Outside of pharmacy, Christine enjoys cooking/baking, hiking, exploring new coffee/boba shops, and food-blogging.
Adriana Gardner – PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident
Meet our current PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy residents (2021-2022)
Jennifer Le, PharmD – PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Dr. Jennifer Le is originally from Garden Grove, California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Her professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care. Outside of pharmacy, Jennifer enjoys painting, making clay jewelry, listening to live music, and spending time with friends, family, and her cat Olive.
Michelle Su, PharmD – PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Dr. Michelle Su is originally from Diamond Bar, California. She received her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of the Pacific Pre-Pharmacy Program and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific Thomas J Long School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include infectious diseases and general medicine. Her interests outside of pharmacy include spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and playing Tetris.
Jeremie Aviado, PharmD – PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident
Dr. Jeremie Aviado is originally from Laguna Niguel, California. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his PGY1 pharmacy residency at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. His professional interests include emergency medicine. Outside of pharmacy, Jeremie enjoys hip hop dancing, listening to music, and traveling.
Diana Le, PharmD – PGY2 Infectious Disease Pharmacy Resident
Diana Le is originally from Anaheim, California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of California, Irvine and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at Keck Medical Center of USC. Her infectious diseases-related interests include multidrug resistant invasive fungal infections and clinical outcomes research. Outside of pharmacy, Diana enjoys spending time with her Pomeranian, true crime podcasts, and coding.
Huntington Hospital’s PGY 1 Program participates in the Phorcas Application Service.
All applications are due no later than January 2, 2024.
Requirements for Acceptance
All candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Matched with Huntington Hospital through the ASHP Resident Matching Program.
- Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of pharmacy and maintain a competitive GPA.
- Be eligible to apply for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of California within the first 90 days of start date.
- Have completed a professional curriculum inclusive of significant clinical clerkship experience.
- Fulfill all organizational requirements which include but are not limited to: Background check (criminal and current/previous work history), physical exam (drug screening, TB test, hearing and vision test), provide documentation required for the residency position (Basic Life Support Certification, graduation documentation, etc).
General Residency Program Information
- Number of positions: 2
- Period of appointment: 12 months from July 1st through June 30th
- Salary: Approximately $52,000
- Vacation: 2 weeks
- Professional leave: 2 weeks to attend professional meetings (CSHP Seminar, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and judge Preceptors). Allowance for registration and travel to be determined.
- Health Insurance: Includes medical, dental, and vision plans; provided after 30 days of employment
Certification Upon Residency Completion
After the resident has satisfied all requirements of the program, a Certification of Completion shall be issued. A certificate will not be offered if the resident has not completed all the requirements, such as completion of core rotations, a research project, a peer-reviewed educational event or non-licensure as a pharmacist in California. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis and in accordance with organizational policies on leaves of absence. For more detailed information regarding the requirements for completion, email Nicole Cho, Pharm.D.
Standards of Business Conduct
The organization will expect all employees to uphold the organization’s standards and conduct all activities in a lawful and ethical manner.
Below we highlight the learning experiences included in the PGY1 Program.
For more information email Nicole Cho, Pharm.D
Acute Patient Care
The resident is required to rotate through clinical rotations in the areas of medicine, critical care, pediatrics/neonatology, and hematology/oncology. Each rotation will be six weeks in length. As a member of the medical team, the resident is expected to proficiently and competently provide pharmaceutical care as well as staff the clinical area for the last two weeks of the rotation. Additionally, the resident will have the opportunity to rotate through the emergency department on an emergency medicine rotation. The resident will utilize clinical skills to enhance patient care and improve patient outcomes. Activities include active participation in patient care, attending rounds, monitoring and regulating patient drug therapies, pharmacokinetics, and consultation in drug information. Regulation of drug therapy involves appropriate drug and dose selection and dosage adjustments based on patient specific parameters, clinical status, and response. Additional responsibilities include providing in-service lectures to the pharmacy, nursing, and medical staff; as well as precepting fourth-year pharmacy students.
The resident is required to rotate through a six-week rotation in infectious diseases. The resident will develop a broader understanding of the pharmacotherapy of a wide variety of infectious diseases. T he resident will apply pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, adverse drug reaction profile, clinical use, and relative cost information of antimicrobials to maximize treatment outcomes for patients. Activities include formulating individual monitoring plans, making recommendations regarding patient management and monitoring parameters involved with the patient’s drug therapy as well as precepting fourth-year pharmacy students.
The resident will participate in the hospital’s pharmacist-managed anticoagulation clinic for a total of three weeks. The first two weeks will include orientation and training and the last week will consist of staffing the clinic. The resident will review and update patient profiles, adjust Warfarin doses based on the pertinent lab results and co-morbid conditions, provide patient education and precept fourth-year pharmacy students.
The resident will become oriented to the functions and concepts of pharmacy administration within the hospital setting. This exposure will enable the resident to make administrative judgments and assume responsibility. The resident will be intimately involved in medication error and adverse drug reaction reporting and evaluation. Additionally, the resident will develop problem-solving abilities related to operational and organizational management. Activities include attending and participating in the Pharmacy, Therapeutics, and Diet (PT & D) Committee, Medication Safety Committee, pharmacy staff meetings, management meetings, and interdepartmental committees. The resident will understand the role of the PT & D Committee in developing, implementing, and regulating drug usage policies and procedures. Topics discussed in practice management are people skills and key relationships, cost and profit analysis, budget preparation, drug distribution systems, and drug inventory control.
Pharmacy Research Project
In addition to various short-term projects assigned throughout the year, the resident is required to undertake a year-long project under the direction and guidance of a faculty preceptor. The resident is expected to research and analyze administrative and/or clinical problems. The project will be presented as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December and as a platform presentation at the annual Western States Conference in May. The results may also be published in pharmacy journals as well as presented at state/national pharmacy conferences.
The teaching affiliations with the local schools of pharmacy provide the resident an opportunity for precepting fourth-year pharmacy students on clinical rotations. Additionally, the resident will be required to provide educational in-services to the pharmacy, nursing, and medical staff. Lastly, the resident will also be required to develop and present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program to the pharmacy staff.
The Pharmacy Residency Program includes two main programs: Infectious Disease and Emergency Medicine.
This specialty residency is a 12-month postgraduate program offered jointly by the USC Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Huntington Hospital in Pasadena since 2000. Our program director, Dr. Annie Wong-Beringer is recognized by the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacist inaugural “Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award” 2022. This program centers on developing the resident with advanced competencies necessary to provide pharmaceutical care to patients with infectious diseases through direct clinical care, teaching in didactic and clinical settings, leading outcomes-driven antimicrobial stewardship program, and conducting clinical research in the area of infectious diseases. Past residents have been invited to present at international conferences and published first-authored papers on their research. The program is designed to provide high flexibility for tailoring the training towards the resident’s specific goals and interests. Graduates from this program have successfully obtained clinical faculty positions and infectious diseases specialist positions throughout SoCal and beyond; a few have pursued advanced research fellowship training.
The resident provides clinical services with a focus on anti-infective therapy through participation in medical system committees, antimicrobial stewardship program and patient care activities on the:
- Infectious Disease Consult Service
- Critical Care Service
- Internal Medicine Service
- Emergency Department
- Outpatient HIV/AIDS Clinic
Huntington Hospital serves as the primary training site for the resident. The hospital is a 619-bed community teaching hospital affiliated with the USC Mann School of Pharmacy and and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Keck School of Medicine.
Clinical services include drug therapy monitoring and consultation to pharmacy and medical staff with an emphasis on anti-infective therapy. In addition, the resident participates in the antimicrobial stewardship program as a core member to ensure optimal use of antimicrobial therapy within the institution. Antibiogram trends will be tracked, antimicrobial prescribing patterns will evaluated and feedback to prescribers as well as ongoing education on antimicrobial use will be provided to pharmacy, medical and other healthcare providers. The resident partakes in formulary management through the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to antimicrobial utilization as part of the effort for continuous quality improvement in anti-infective use.
The resident is actively involved in:
- Leading conference sessions
- Providing didactic lectures
- Developing infectious disease case studies with preceptor supervision
- Serving as a role model for the students and pharmacy practice residents during their clinical clerkships in Infectious Diseases
- Presenting regular staff development lectures to pharmacy and medical staff at the clinical site on related topics
The resident receives training via coursework and seminars in the following areas:
- Microbiology laboratory techniques
- Analytical methods
- Biostatistics/research methodology in preparation for participation in clinical investigations
The resident also attends one national infectious disease conference.
The resident actively participates in all aspects of an infectious disease clinical investigation which include:
- Research study design
- IRB submission, data collection
- Data analysis
- Submission of manuscript for publication
- Presentation of findings at a national meeting of a professional organization (e.g. ICAAC or IDSA)
Applications may be submitted through the USC School of Pharmacy here.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact:
Annie Wong-Beringer, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA
Program Director, PGY2 Residency-Infectious Diseases
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Associate Dean for Research
University of Southern California
USC School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles CA. 90033
Phone: (323) 442-1356 | Fax: (626) 628-3024 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The PGY2 specialty residency in Emergency Medicine (EM) Pharmacy Practice at Huntington Hospital is a 12-month post-graduate intensive training program that will prepare the resident to provide advanced clinical pharmacy services in an emergency department (ED). The EM resident will learn to provide direct consultative and bedside care for critically ill patients and manage urgent pharmacotherapeutic, toxicologic, and drug-related problems in the emergency department. The program is designed to provide the resident flexibility to tailor the residency towards his or her specific goals and interests.
The resident will be involved in clinical, administrative, and teaching activities throughout the year including participation in interdisciplinary committees such as pharmacy and therapeutics, trauma, stroke, emergency preparedness, and medication safety. The resident will serve as a preceptor for pharmacy students and PGY1 residents throughout the year. Longitudinal ED-related projects will be completed, including a research project and manuscript for publication. The resident will be provided opportunities to attend regional and national pharmacy and emergency medicine conferences to supplement their learning. The resident must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule including evening and weekend shifts.
The resident will spend 7 months in an advanced ED rotation and the remaining months in core learning experiences in the following areas: Critical Care/Trauma, Pediatrics/NICU, Infectious Diseases, and Administration. Other elective experiences at Huntington Hospital include: Emergency Medical Services/Pre-Hospital Care, Medicine, Cardiology, Oncology, Nephrology, and Ambulatory Care. The resident will have the opportunity to obtain certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS/BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and respond to cardiac / respiratory arrests, and other interdisciplinary code activations (Trauma, Stroke, STEMI).
The overall goal of the residency will be to develop strong and competent EM clinical pharmacist specialists with the skills necessary for independent pharmacy practice. The Huntington Hospital pharmacy residency programs are designed to give residents optimum independence in a supportive, state-of-the-art environment, allowing self-structuring and flexibility for highly motivated individuals.