PGY2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Residency

Purpose

The PGY2 pharmacy residency in Medication-Use Safety and Policy is a one-year advanced training program designed to prepare the resident to assume a leadership role as a subject matter expert in implementing medication use system improvements to enhance patient safety, compliance, and quality.

Practice Setting

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a world-renowned research, patient care and educational facility consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer treatment. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.
 
Our 217-inpatient bed and ambulatory care facility is located in Duarte, California. We are ideally situated near stunning beaches and the incredible restaurants and attractions of Los Angeles. Our lush 110-acre campus boasts beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views of the panoramic vistas of the Angeles National Forest. The City of Hope Enterprise also includes an extensive network of community clinic sites throughout Southern California in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties.
 
The City of Hope Pharmacy Enterprise is committed to delivering best in class pharmaceutical care. Our reputation for groundbreaking discoveries, innovative treatments, and compassionate patient care makes us an excellent place for highly motivated pharmacists who are interested in establishing an exceptional career in a progressive clinical setting.

Program Overview

The City of Hope PGY2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Residency accepts one candidate each year. The PGY2 resident will work under the direction of the Medication Safety Officer/Residency Program Director to:
  • Complete the ASHP/ISMP Medication Safety Certificate program
  • Critically evaluate and identify vulnerabilities in the 11 elements of the medication-use system:
    • Prescribing
    • Prescription Order Communication
    • Product Labeling
    • Product Packaging and Nomenclature
    • Compounding
    • Dispensing
    • Distribution
    • Administration
    • Education
    • Monitoring
    • Use
  • Cultivate expertise in regulatory and accreditation requirements, including Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations, Joint Commission Medication Management Standards and National Patient Safety Goals, and California Board of Pharmacy laws
  • Apply performance improvement principles (e.g., Plan Do Study Act, Lean Six Sigma)
  • Optimize technology and automation to support safe and efficient medication-use workflows
  • Design robust drug utilization reviews and comprehensive audits to assess the medication-use system and measure improvement outcomes
  • Strengthen verbal and written communication skills by developing policies, guidelines, and reports, presenting at multidisciplinary committees, and composing a research manuscript
  • Lead teams and task forces focusing on safety, compliance, or quality

Program Contact

Wyndie Tse, PharmD
Residency Program Director, PGY2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Residency
Medication Safety Officer