PGY2 Pharmacy Programs

The Pharmacy Residency Program includes two main programs, Infectious Disease and Emergency Medicine.

Infectious Disease

infectious disease medical studentsThis specialty residency is a 12-month postgraduate program offered jointly by the USC School of Pharmacy and an affiliated clinical site, Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. This program centers on developing the competencies necessary to provide pharmaceutical care to patients with infectious diseases by providing balanced training in patient care, teaching, and clinical research in the area of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy.

Clinical Practice

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 School of Pharmacy 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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact:

Annie Wong-Beringer, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA
Program Preceptor, Pharmacy Practice Residency-Infectious Diseases
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Vice Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy
University of Southern California
USC School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles CA. 90033

Phone: (323) 442-1356 | Fax: (626) 628-3024 | Email:

Emergency Medicine

emergency medicine medical studentsThis specialty residency in Emergency Medicine (EM) Pharmacy Practice is a 12-month intensive training program that will prepare the resident to establish and provide clinical pharmacy services in an Emergency Department (ED). Responsibilities of the EM pharmacy resident will include provision of direct patient care in the ED including, consultative and bedside care for emergent and urgent pharmacotherapeutic and toxicologic problems, evaluation and assessment of drug-related problems, drug-induced disease states, and discharge counseling. The resident is a key source of drug information for physicians, nurses and patients, as well as investigation and reporting of adverse drug events for ED patients.

The resident will have approximately 7 months in the ED and the remaining months in other directly related areas such as Medical, Surgical, Pediatric, and Neonatal Intensive Care. The resident will have flexibility to develop and tailor this residency toward their specific goals and interests. Other potential rotations at Huntington include: Emergency Medical Services / Pre-Hospital Care, Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, Hematology / Oncology, Cardiology, and Ambulatory Care. The resident will be certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and respond to cardiac and respiratory arrests.

The resident will serve as a preceptor for clerkship students and PGY1 residents rotating through the ED. A number of ED-related projects will be assigned and completed throughout the year, including a year-long research project and manuscript for publication.

The residency does not have an additional staffing requirement, however, due to the nature of Emergency Medicine the resident must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule including evening and weekend shifts.

The overall goal of the residency will be to develop competent emergency medicine pharmacy practitioners with an emphasis on clinical knowledge, administrative, research and teaching skills necessary for independent emergency medicine pharmacy practice. Huntington Hospital pharmacy residency programs are designed to give residents optimum independence in a supportive, state-of-the-art environment, allowing self-structuring for highly motivated individuals.

For further information please contact:

Click to email Huntington Hospital ED Pharmacy

(626) 397-3043