Pharmacy Residency Program FAQs

City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. Will my residency experience be broad enough as a first-year resident?

As a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency site, City of Hope is governed by ASHP standards to ensure that the residency will be broadly based in medication management. While the patients at City of Hope have an underlying diagnosis related to cancer, each resident will gain a comprehensive scope of pharmacy practice.

When was the residency program accredited?

The residency was first accredited May 14, 1984. There has been at least one resident each year since the inception. Currently there are 3 PGY1 residents.

Is City of Hope a teaching institution?

City of Hope is a teaching institution that trains medical fellows and residents in Oncology, Hematology, Surgery, and Radiation Oncology. Nursing staff and ancillary staff also train a wide variety of students. The Department of Pharmacy has a close relationship with all the staff and is well integrated into every team. 

Do the pharmacists have opportunities to teach?

City of Hope has teaching agreements with local pharmacy schools including USC, Loma Linda, UCSF, and Western. Fourth year APPE programs include Infectious Disease, Intensive Care, Hospital Practice, Pediatrics, Ambulatory Care, Administration, and Clinical Information Systems. Pharmacists are encouraged to precept pharmacy residents and students in their respective areas of expertise. Each resident will have an opportunity to precept students and provide lectures to medical and nursing staff.

What types of services are provided by the pharmacy?

The pharmacy department provides inpatient and ambulatory care services. In addition, the department operates a retail pharmacy for prescription services.

What are some of the clinical duties of the pharmacists?

Clinical pharmacists participate in multidisciplinary rounds, manage therapies under protocol, and participate on the code blue and rapid response teams, and various operational duties. In addition, pharmacists have the opportunity to participate in clinical research, policy and procedure development, and activities through the Investigational Drug Service.

Where are former residents practicing currently?

Many of the former residents are still employed at City of Hope. However, the goal of the program is to develop pharmacists who will have the skills and knowledge to achieve excellence in any pharmacy environment. Upon completion of the City of Hope Residency Program, pharmacist clinicians will be prepared for patient care, adjunct faculty positions, or to enter PGY-2 training in an area of choice.

What are the staffing requirements?

By the end of every rotation, each resident should have the autonomy to staff each service area commensurate to a current pharmacist. During the final portion of the year, approximately 4 weeks will be dedicated to staffing throughout the institution. Each resident will also be required to staff one major holiday and one minor holiday.

What are the research opportunities at City of Hope?

Along with a required research project to be presented at the Western States Conference at the end of the year, residents will be at the forefront of clinical and biomedical research. A large number of patients are on research studies and protocols in all areas of hematology and oncology. Residents will also have an opportunity to participate in protocol reviews, the Clinical Investigation Training Program, and Beckman Research Institute seminars. Every resident is strongly encouraged to publish their research.

What administrative duties are required of each resident?

Each resident will be presenting at the monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics and the Safe Medication meetings. They will also be the lead facilitators for the CSHP and ASHP conferences. Each resident will have a focused administration rotation and also have administrative responsibilities throughout the year. Residents may also choose an additional elective rotation experience in pharmacy administration.

What are the Code Blue expectations at City of Hope?

Each resident will obtain BLS and ACLS certification funded by City of Hope. They will be expected to be an integral part of the code blue team throughout the year.

Are most residents from the local area?

There is not a geographical limitation to where City of Hope accepts residents.  Residents from out-of-state are encouraged to start California Board of Pharmacy requirements early in order to meet all licensure deadlines.

How many interviews does City of Hope grant?

While there is not a limit to the number of interviews, the Resident Selection Committee will interview as many candidates as possible. In previous years, the number of interviews ranged from 25-35.

Does the staff have opportunities to attend educational events?

City of Hope encourages its pharmacy staff to attend educational events in their areas of service. To assist in staff development, City of Hope is accredited by the Accreditations Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of pharmacy education. In addition, City of Hope offers many educational opportunities on site through grand rounds and other lecture series.

How much vacation time is available?

All full-time employees receive a benefits package that includes vacation time. Upon employment, Human Resources will provide detailed information.

What is included in the benefits package?

Each resident will receive a full compensation package including health, dental, vision care, and paid time off during the year.

What is the resident salary at City of Hope?

Each resident is a non-exempt employee. The residents will earn approximately $50,000 annually based on an hourly rate that will be outlined in the official offer letter.

Are there any financial incentives for pharmacists with specialty board certifications?

City of Hope offers salary incentives for pharmacists who have earned their specialty certifications such as Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist or Board Certified Pharmacotherapy specialist. Over 20 percent of the staff are certified in at least one specialty.

Do all staff receive the same raise at the same time, or are raises based upon merit?

All staff receive performance evaluations on an annual basis. Pharmacist and pharmacy technician raises are based upon the merit system.

When is Open House for resident candidates?

The open house typically occurs in late December. Please check the website or contact us for a specific date and how to attend.