Pharmacy Residency Program

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Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California has developed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program in compliance with accreditation standards set by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In existence since 1992, the program is a one-year postgraduate residency with an emphasis in pharmaceutical care.

The staff at Huntington Hospital consistently go above and beyond expectations in their dedication to teaching students and residents of all levels. I am more than excited to continue my advanced training in Emergency Medicine at an institution that is committed to providing the highest quality care.

Evan Adintori, PharmD – PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident

About Our PGY1 Program

The resident is offered the opportunity to develop and apply their didactic pharmaceutical knowledge in areas of adult and pediatric acute care, ambulatory care, and practice management.

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program is designed to give residents optimum independence in a supportive, state-of-the-art environment, allowing self-structuring for highly motivated individuals. The overall purpose of Huntington’s residency program is to develop the necessary skills to become a competent pharmaceutical care practitioner. The residency will emphasize the development of clinical, teaching, and leadership abilities.

The pharmacy department at Huntington Hospital offers 24-hour services. With over 30 clinical pharmacists on staff, pharmaceutical care is provided in a wide variety of areas including emergency medicine, pediatrics/neonatology, critical care, general medicine, general surgery, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases and an outpatient anticoagulation clinic.

Outcomes Of The PGY1 Residency

Upon completion of the residency, the resident shall be able to:

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process.
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management.
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
  • Demonstrate project management skills.
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training.
  • Utilize medical informatics.
  • Conduct pharmacy practice research.
  • Participate in the management of medical emergencies.
  • Contribute to formulary decisions.

Meet our current PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy residents.

Evan Adintori, Pharm.D. – PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident

Dr. Evan Adintori is originally from Laguna Niguel, California. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacological Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. Evan completed his PGY1 pharmacy residency at Huntington Hospital. His professional interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and precepting pharmacy students. Outside of pharmacy, Evan enjoys relaxing with a good cup of coffee, surfing, and spending time with friends.

Email Evan.Adintori@huntingtonhospital.com 

Phone: (626) 397-2647

Lena Haddad, PharmD – PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Dr. Lena Haddad is originally from Diamond Bar, CA. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and Minor in Chemistry from Chapman University, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include infectious disease and critical care. Her interests outside of pharmacy include spending time with family/friends, watching reality television, competitive swimming, and going to the beach.

Email Lena.Haddad@HuntingtonHospital.com 

Phone:(626) 397-8533

Gabriella Hernandez, PharmD – PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Dr. Gabriella Hernandez is originally from Pasadena, California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacological Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care. Outside of pharmacy, Gabi enjoys cooking with her family, walking her cats, and hiking with friends.

Email Gabriella.Hernandez@HuntingtohHospital.com 

Phone: (626) 397-8591

Corey Kelsom, Pharm.D. – Advanced Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident

Dr. Corey Kelsom is originally from Aiea, Hawaii. She is a Trojan through and through— she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences, Master of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at LAC+USC Medical Center, after which she pursued her PGY2 in Infectious Diseases at Huntington Hospital and is staying on for an additional year as an Advanced Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident. Her infectious diseases-related interests include multidrug resistant Gram-negative bacteria and the host-immune response to bacterial infections. Outside of pharmacy, Corey enjoys returning to the islands to spend time with family, watching very low-quality reality television, and eating every carbohydrate in sight.

Email Corey.kelsom@huntingtonhospital.com 

Phone: (626) 397-8530

Application Information

Huntington Hospital’s PGY 1 Program participates in the Phorcas Application Service.

Click here to begin your application. All applications are due no later than January 6, 2020.

Requirements for Acceptance

All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Matched with Huntington Hospital through the ASHP Resident Matching Program.
  • Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of pharmacy and maintain a competitive GPA.
  • Be eligible to apply for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of California within the first 90 days of start date.
  • Have completed a professional curriculum inclusive of significant clinical clerkship experience.
  • Fulfill all organizational requirements which include but are not limited to: Background check (criminal and current/previous work history), physical exam (drug screening, TB test, hearing and vision test), provide documentation required for the residency position (Basic Life Support Certification, graduation documentation, etc).

General Residency Program Information

  • Number of positions: 2
  • Period of appointment: 12 months from July 1st through June 30th
  • Salary: Approximately $52,000 Vacation: 2 weeks
  • Professional leave: 2 weeks to attend professional meetings (CSHP Seminar, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and judge Preceptors). Allowance for registration and travel to be determined.
  • Health Insurance: Includes medical, dental, and vision plans; provided after 30 days of employment

Certification Upon Residency Completion

After the resident has satisfied all requirements of the program, a Certification of Completion shall be issued. A certificate will not be offered if the resident has not completed all the requirements, such as completion of core rotations, a research project, a peer-reviewed educational event or non-licensure as a pharmacist in California. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis and in accordance with organizational policies on leaves of absence. For more detailed information regarding the requirements for completion email Lisa Serrano, Pharm.D.

Standards of Business Conduct

The organization will expect all employees to uphold the organization’s standards and conduct all activities in a lawful and ethical manner.

Below we highlight the learning experiences included in the PGY1 Program.

For more information email Lisa Serrano, Pharm.D.

Acute Patient Care

The resident is required to rotate through clinical rotations in the areas of medicine, critical care, pediatrics/neonatology, and hematology/oncology. Each rotation will be six weeks in length. As a member of the medical team, the resident is expected to proficiently and competently provide pharmaceutical care as well as staff the clinical area for the last two weeks of the rotation. Additionally, the resident will have the opportunity to rotate through the emergency department on an emergency medicine rotation. The resident will utilize clinical skills to enhance patient care and improve patient outcomes. Activities include active participation in patient care, attending rounds, monitoring and regulating patient drug therapies, pharmacokinetics, and consultation in drug information. Regulation of drug therapy involves appropriate drug and dose selection and dosage adjustments based on patient specific parameters, clinical status, and response. Additional responsibilities include providing in-service lectures to the pharmacy, nursing, and medical staff; as well as precepting fourth-year pharmacy students.

Infectious Diseases

The resident is required to rotate through a six-week rotation in infectious diseases. The resident will develop a broader understanding of the pharmacotherapy of a wide variety of infectious diseases. T he resident will apply pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, adverse drug reaction profile, clinical use, and relative cost information of antimicrobials to maximize treatment outcomes for patients. Activities include formulating individual monitoring plans, making recommendations regarding patient management and monitoring parameters involved with the patient’s drug therapy as well as precepting fourth-year pharmacy students.

Ambulatory Care

The resident will participate in the hospital’s pharmacist-managed anticoagulation clinic for a total of three weeks. The first two weeks will include orientation and training and the last week will consist of staffing the clinic. The resident will review and update patient profiles, adjust Warfarin doses based on the pertinent lab results and co-morbid conditions, provide patient education and precept fourth-year pharmacy students.

Practice Management

The resident will become oriented to the functions and concepts of pharmacy administration within the hospital setting. This exposure will enable the resident to make administrative judgments and assume responsibility. The resident will be intimately involved in medication error and adverse drug reaction reporting and evaluation. Additionally, the resident will develop problem-solving abilities related to operational and organizational management. Activities include attending and participating in the Pharmacy, Therapeutics, and Diet (PT & D) Committee, Medication Safety Committee, pharmacy staff meetings, management meetings, and interdepartmental committees. The resident will understand the role of the PT & D Committee in developing, implementing, and regulating drug usage policies and procedures. Topics discussed in practice management are people skills and key relationships, cost and profit analysis, budget preparation, drug distribution systems, and drug inventory control.

Pharmacy Research Project

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In addition to various short-term projects assigned throughout the year, the resident is required to undertake a year-long project under the direction and guidance of a faculty preceptor. The resident is expected to research and analyze administrative and/or clinical problems. The project will be presented as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December and as a platform presentation at the annual Western States Conference in May. The results may also be published in pharmacy journals as well as presented at state/national pharmacy conferences.

Teaching

The teaching affiliations with the local schools of pharmacy provide the resident an opportunity for precepting fourth-year pharmacy students on clinical rotations. Additionally, the resident will be required to provide educational in-services to the pharmacy, nursing, and medical staff. Lastly, the resident will also be required to develop and present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program to the pharmacy staff.

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

Infectious Disease

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This 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.

Teaching

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

Education

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.

Research

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: anniew@usc.edu

Emergency Medicine

group of five pharmacy residents

This 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