Pharmacy Residency Program

The Pharmacy Residency Program at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center is committed to the following purpose and goals:

The purpose of our PGY-1 residency program is:

  • To build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training
  • Through direct observation and feedback from practicing pharmacists and preceptors, our resident will learn the fundamentals of acute care practice and management of patient conditions in which medications are the primary treatment.
  • As a participant in the affiliated-USC School of Pharmacy Residency teaching program, the resident will also develop and improve upon their own teaching skills through providing lectures as well as leading case-based practice discussions with advanced practice pharmacy students

The goals of our PGY-1 residency program are:

  • To develop outstanding pharmacists who have excellent clinical and communication skills.
  • To encourage personal growth and develop pharmacists with humanitarian and leadership qualities who are active in their communities.
  • To understand the cultural and economic diversity of the communities we serve, and to develop the attitudes and skills necessary to deliver quality care to these populations.
  • To educate pharmacists within a broad scope of practice enabling them to provide care throughout the life cycle.
  • To teach pharmacy residents the optimal use of patient chart to enhance continuity of care.
  • To help pharmacy residents easily access and navigate medical references for practice guidelines, for answers to clinical inquiries, and for the latest evidence-based medicine.
  • To educate pharmacist in the proper use of consultants and to coordinate services for integrated patient care.
  • To fully integrate pharmacists into multi-disciplinary health care teams.
  • To teach learners how to become teachers, how to best educate their colleagues and patients, and the art of giving and receiving constructive feedback.

Required rotations for the Resident will include:

  • Pharmacy Operations (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Residency Orientation (2 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine / Oncology (6 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases (6 weeks)
  • Critical Care (6 weeks)
  • Pediatrics/Neonatal Intensive Care (6 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Administration (6 weeks)
  • Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Teaching (Longitudinal)
  • Research Project (Longitudinal)

Elective rotations the Resident may choose include:

  • Infectious Disease
  • Geriatric/Long-term Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • USC/Norris Cancer Center
  • Those that may be created by the Resident

Residency Research Project

Residents are required to complete an original research project suitable for presentation at the annual Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and Preceptors as well as submit a manuscript for publication.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Residents have the opportunities to precept 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th level pharmacy students during their rotations.
  • The residency is affiliated with the USC School of Pharmacy and offers residents the option of a teaching certificate and appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the USC School of Pharmacy.  A separate interview with USC is required.

Requirements for Acceptance

All residency program applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy
  • Must be licensed or eligible for California pharmacist licensure by July 1st of the start of residency year.
  • Have completed a professional curriculum inclusive of significant clinical clerkship experience
  • Participate and adhere to the rules of the National Matching Service (NMS) program

Criteria for selection into the HPMC residency program include evaluation of candidate’s:

  1. Leadership abilities
  2. Professional development
  3. Professional Competence
  4. Communication Skills
  5. Scholastic achievements
  6. Dependability and ability to work with others

General Information

  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Period of Appointment: Twelve months from July 1 through June 30.
  • Salary: Approximately $50,000 annually
  • Health Insurance: Paid. Supplemental coverage available at additional expense.
  • Vacation: Four weeks

Application Process

Submit the following application materials:

  • Application must be submitted through PhORCAS
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Pharmacy School Transcript (including Fall Rotation Grades)

For more information on our residency program, please contact:

Avetis (Avo) Karapetyan, PharmD, APh, BCPS
USC-HPMC Residency Program Director
T: 323.913.4376 | F: 323.913.4824