PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency at City of Hope is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
This program builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies. 
The residency program starts on June 30 of each year.


  • A registered California pharmacist license is required for this residency program.
  • Each resident may be required to staff all services provided by the department.


The curriculum of City of Hope’s PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program involves three components: Required learning experiences, Elective learning experiences and Project based activities.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  •  Administration and Medication Safety (Longitudinal) 
  • Critical Care (4 weeks) 
  • Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation (8 weeks)
  • Hospital Practice (4 weeks)
  •  Infectious Disease (6 weeks)
  • Inpatient care unit operations (6 weeks)
  • Medical Surgery (4 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (4 weeks)
  • Staffing (1 weekend per month after licensure)
  • (*duration is approximate)

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Administration II (Special Projects)
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic - Hematology
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic - Medical Oncology
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation II
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Pediatrics II (Inpatient and Ambulatory Care Clinic)
  • Supportive Care (Pain Service)

Additional Resident 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 Research Project Presentation and Manuscript
  • Medication Utilization Evaluation
  • ACLS/BLS certification
  • State and National Pharmacy Association conferences
  • Various Residency Projects

Program Contacts

Brian Chu, Pharm.D, BCOP
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Program
[email protected]

Ishmum Hasan, Pharm.D.
Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Program
[email protected]


PGY1 Open House

The Open House sessions are available for all resident candidates to learn more about the program and meet current residents and clinical staff.
We will be holding a virtual Open House on Monday, November 6th, 2023 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. If you are interested in attending, please use the link below to sign up for updates. We look forward to meeting you! 

Open House Link