PGY1 Goals and Curriculum

PGY1 Goals and Curriculum

Program Goals

Upon completion of the City of Hope Pharmacy Residency Program, pharmacist clinicians will be prepared for patient care, adjunct faculty positions or to enter PGY2 training in an area of choice.
Residents will grow the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve excellence in any pharmacy environment by developing core competencies to:
  • Care for patients in different clinical settings
  • Educate medical, pharmacy, and allied-health personnel
  • Function as a member of a health-care team
  • Foster a commitment to professionalism
  • Manage their own practice
  • Exercise leadership in improving safety of the medication-use system



The curriculum of City of Hope’s Pharmacy Residency Program involves three components: core rotations, elective rotations and project based activities.

Core Rotations

By completing these core rotations, pharmacy residents gain the necessary breadth of knowledge to confront a variety of clinical problems:
  • Administration and Medication Safety
  • Critical Care
  • Hematology
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Staffing


For pharmacy residents who seek additional training in specialty areas, the following elective rotations are offered (rotation length varies depending on particular rotation and scheduling considerations):
  • Administration II (Special Projects)
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic - Hematology
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic - Medical Oncology
  • Hematopoetic Stem Cell Transplantation II
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Pediatrics II (Inpatient and Ambulatory Care Clinic)
  • Supportive Care (Pain Service)

Other Resident Activities

All residents are required to participate in the following activities:
  • ACPE Accredited CE Lecture
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
  • Safe Medication Committee
  • Medication Monograph and Formulary Review
  • Adverse Drug Reaction and Pharmacy Intervention Review
  • Weekly Pharmacy Professional Enrichment Series (Seminar)
  • Western States Conference Resident Project Presentation and Manuscript
  • Medication Utilization Evaluation
  • Various Residency Projects


Program Contacts

Tina Nguyen, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist
Coordinator, Residency Program

Brian Chu, Pharm.D, BCOP
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Program