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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The Postgraduate (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency at City of Hope is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
 
Pharmacists completing this program will be competent and confident clinicians capable of directing patient care in many environments.
 
At the conclusion of the program, residents will be able to:
 
  • Be responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as members of a health-care team.
 
  • Skillfully educate other health-care professionals and patients on drug-related topics.
 
  • Exercise leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system.
 
  • Demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring their own performance and exhibiting commitment to the profession.
 
While in the program, participants will also:
 
  • Complete projects chosen with the program director’s input
 
  • Attend educational meetings and conferences
 
  • Gain experience in hospital pharmacy administration through a structured program provided by the director of pharmacy.
 
  • Be given the opportunity to obtain ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certification.
 
The residency program starts on June 30 of each year.
 
 
Requirements
 
  • A registered California pharmacist license is required for this residency program.
 
  • Each resident may be required to staff all services provided by the department.
 
For further information:
 
Brian Chu, PharmD, BCOP
PGY1 Residency Program Coordinator
Email: bchu@coh.org
Office: 626-301-8305
 
Carl Kildoo, PharmD, FCSHP
Director of Pharmacy
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Email: ckildoo@coh.org
Office: 626-301-8305
 

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
 
 
Curriculum
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:
 
  • Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease
 
  • Intensive Care Unit
 
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
 
  • Medical Oncology
 
  • Hematology
 
  • Medical Surgery
 
  • Administration
 
 
Electives
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):
 
  • Pediatrics
 
  • Hematology Ambulatory Care Clinic
 
  • Medical Oncology Ambulatory Care Clinic
 
  • Investigational Drug Service
 
  • Administration II
 
  • Clinical Informatics
 
Other Resident Activities
All residents are required to participate in the following activities:
 
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
 
  • Safe Medication Committee
 
  • ACPE Accredited CE Presentation
 
  • Drug Utilization Evaluation
 
  • Medication Monographs and Formulary Review
 
  • Presentation of Residency Research Project at the Western States Conference
 
  • Pharmacy Professional Enrichment Series
 
  • Administrative Projects
 
  • Community and Patient Events
 

PGY1 Application Process

The City of Hope Pharmacy Residency Program uses the PhORCAS tool to manage the application process. All materials must be submitted via PhORCAS (portal.phorcas.org) by January 10.
 
Resident Qualifications
 
  • The candidate must be a graduate of an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy.
 
  • The candidate must be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of California by September 1.
 
  • The candidate should possess a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.
 
  • The candidate should be comfortable and competent in clinical situations.
 
Selection Process
Criteria for selection to the City of Hope Pharmacy Practice Residency Program include:
 
 
  1. Academic record
    Each residency candidate should possess a GPA of at least 3.0 and will be given the opportunity during the interview to address any significant findings in the academic record. Each residency candidate is asked to submit a copy of their pharmacy school transcript. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review this document.
     
  2. Letters of reference
    Each residency candidate is asked to submit three letters of reference as part of his or her application. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review these documents.
     
  3. Resident’s Statement of Intent
    Each residency candidate is asked to submit a personal statement of intent for the City of Hope Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review this document.
     
  4. Performance during interview
    Each residency candidate who has passed the other selection requirements is granted an interview, where he/she is asked a series of questions. Each response is rated on verbal communication skills, poise and personal presentation, leadership abilities, professional competence, and degree of match between the resident’s needs and that of the program.
 
 
Resident Selection Committee
As described in the Application Process section, the Resident Selection Committee is responsible for interviewing and reviewing application materials of each residency candidate. This committee consists of selected preceptors, members of the residency management team and current residents.
 
Following the review of interview results and all documents in the application process, each member of the Resident Selection Committee ranks each candidate. The committee reviews the final results and ranks the individual candidates for the National Matching Program.

 

 

PGY2 Oncology Specialty Residency

The PGY2 Oncology Specialty Residency at City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a structured one year program designed to provide the resident with a solid foundation of core experiences in hematology, oncology and stem cell transplant. The program provides broad-based rotational experiences to help develop and refine the resident's clinical skills in the pharmaceutical management of cancer patients. A resident completing the PGY2 Oncology Residency at City of Hope will be a highly qualified independent practitioner able to provide and be responsible for drug therapy outcomes for individualized patients as an integral member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

The goal for our PGY2 Specialty Oncology Resident is to:
 
  • Develop expertise, knowledge and skills in oncology therapeutics.
 
  • Be responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
 
  • Skillfully educate other healthcare professionals and patients on drug-related topics.
 
  • Exercise leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system.
 
  • Strengthen verbal and written communication skills by leading discussion, presenting lectures and writing manuscripts.
 
  • Demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring his/her own performance and exhibiting commitment to the profession.
 

While in the program, participants will:
 
  • Complete projects chosen with the program director’s input.
 
  • Attend educational meetings and conferences.
 
  • Gain experience in hospital pharmacy administration through a structured program provided by the residency director and director of pharmacy.
 
  • Be given the opportunity to obtain ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certification.
 
 

Electives
For the pharmacy resident who seeks additional training in specialty areas, the following elective rotations are offered (rotation length varies depending on particular rotation and scheduling considerations):
 
 
  • Investigational Drug Service
 
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
 
  • Critical Care
 
  • Administration II
 
  • Other (Clinical Nutrition, Respiratory Therapy, etc.)
 
 

 
Research Project
The resident is required to design, develop and complete an original hematology or oncology-related research project. To expand understanding of and compliance with research requirements, the resident is required to design and submit a research proposal to IRB for approval. Additionally the resident is expected to present the findings at a national hematology/oncology meeting and produce a manuscript. The residency project will be selected based on the resident’s interest and developed in conjunction with the program director and project preceptors.
 
 

Other Resident Activities
The resident is required to participate in the following longitudinal activities:
 
  • Committee Involvement:
    • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

    • Safe Medication Committee
 
  • Projects:
    • Research Project

    • Administrative Projects
 
  • Educational Lectures:
    • A one-hour ACPE-accredited CE presentation to the pharmacy staff

    • A one-hour lecture for Western University pharmacy students

    • Journal club presentations, patient case presentations and other rotation-based talks and in-services

    • Presentation at Pharmacy Professional Enrichment Series
 
  • Other:
    • Teaching/precepting pharmacy students and residents

    • Drug Utilization Evaluation

    • Medication Monographs and Formulary Review

    • Presentation of Residency Research Project at National Meetings

    • Community and Patient Events

    • Attending multi-disciplinary conferences
       


Resident Qualifications
 
  • The candidate should be comfortable and competent in clinical situations, motivated, independent and self-directed.
  • The candidate must be a graduate of an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy and possess a Pharm.D. degree.
  • The candidate must have completed a first year PGY1 residency.
  • The candidate must be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of California by September 1 of the year in which he/she will start the PGY2 residency.
     


General Residency Info
Program Director
Sepideh Shayani, Pharm.D., BCOP

Pharmacy Director
Carl Kildoo, Pharm.D.

The residency program starts during the first week of July.
 

PGY2 Curriculum and Core Rotations

General Residency Info
 
Program Director
Sepideh Shayani, Pharm.D., BCOP

Pharmacy Director
Carl Kildoo, Pharm.D.

The residency program starts during the first week of July.
 
Curriculum
 
The curriculum of City of Hope’s Pharmacy Residency Program involves three components: core rotations, elective rotations and project based activities. Most rotations are 4-8 weeks in length.
 
Core Rotations
 
By completing these core rotations, the pharmacy resident will gain the necessary breadth of knowledge to be involved in treatment of patients with cancer:
  • Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant I
  • Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant II
  • Palliative Care
  • Infusion Clinic/Inpatient Staffing
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Oncology, Inpatient
  • Medical Oncology, Outpatient
  • Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Genitourinary Malignancies
  • Breast Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Other Solid Tumors
 

PGY2 Application Process

The City of Hope Pharmacy Residency Program uses the PhORCAS tool to manage the application process. All materials must be submitted via PhORCAS (portal.phorcas.org) by January 10.
 
Resident Qualifications
  • The candidate must be a graduate of an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy.
 
  • The candidate must be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of California by September 1.
 
  • The candidate should possess a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.
 
  • The candidate should be comfortable and competent in clinical situations.

Selection Process
Criteria for selection to the City of Hope Pharmacy Practice Residency Program include:
 
  1. Academic record
    Each residency candidate should possess a GPA of at least 3.0 and will be given the opportunity during the interview to address any significant findings in the academic record. Each residency candidate is asked to submit a copy of their pharmacy school transcript.  All members of the Resident Selection Committee review this document.

  2. Letters of reference
    Each residency candidate is asked to submit three letters of reference as part of his or her application. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review these documents.

  3. Resident’s Statement of Intent
    Each residency candidate is asked to submit a personal statement of intent for the City of Hope Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review this document.

  4. Performance during interview
    Each residency candidate who has passed the other selection requirements is granted an interview, where he/she is asked a series of questions. Each response is rated on verbal communication skills, poise and personal presentation, leadership abilities, professional competence, and degree of match between the resident’s needs and that of the program.
 
Resident Selection Committee
As described in the Application Process section, the Resident Selection Committee is responsible for interviewing and reviewing application materials of each residency candidate. This committee consists of selected preceptors, members of the residency management team and current residents.

Following the review of interview results and all documents in the application process, each member of the Resident Selection Committee ranks each candidate. The committee reviews the final results and ranks the individual candidates for the National Matching Program.

Pharmacy Residency Program FAQs

City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. Will my residency experience be broad enough as a first-year resident?

As a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency site, City of Hope is governed by ASHP standards to ensure that the residency will be broadly based in medication management. While the patients at City of Hope have an underlying diagnosis related to cancer, each resident will gain a comprehensive scope of pharmacy practice.

When was the residency program accredited?

The residency was first accredited May 14, 1984. There has been at least one resident each year since the inception. Currently there are 3 PGY1 residents.

Is City of Hope a teaching institution?

City of Hope is a teaching institution that trains medical fellows and residents in Oncology, Hematology, Surgery, and Radiation Oncology. Nursing staff and ancillary staff also train a wide variety of students. The Department of Pharmacy has a close relationship with all the staff and is well integrated into every team. 

Do the pharmacists have opportunities to teach?

City of Hope has teaching agreements with local pharmacy schools including USC, Loma Linda, UCSF, and Western. Fourth year APPE programs include Infectious Disease, Intensive Care, Hospital Practice, Pediatrics, Ambulatory Care, Administration, and Clinical Information Systems. Pharmacists are encouraged to precept pharmacy residents and students in their respective areas of expertise. Each resident will have an opportunity to precept students and provide lectures to medical and nursing staff.

What types of services are provided by the pharmacy?

The pharmacy department provides inpatient and ambulatory care services. In addition, the department operates a retail pharmacy for prescription services.

What are some of the clinical duties of the pharmacists?

Clinical pharmacists participate in multidisciplinary rounds, manage therapies under protocol, and participate on the code blue and rapid response teams, and various operational duties. In addition, pharmacists have the opportunity to participate in clinical research, policy and procedure development, and activities through the Investigational Drug Service.

Where are former residents practicing currently?

Many of the former residents are still employed at City of Hope. However, the goal of the program is to develop pharmacists who will have the skills and knowledge to achieve excellence in any pharmacy environment. Upon completion of the City of Hope Residency Program, pharmacist clinicians will be prepared for patient care, adjunct faculty positions, or to enter PGY-2 training in an area of choice.

What are the staffing requirements?

By the end of every rotation, each resident should have the autonomy to staff each service area commensurate to a current pharmacist. During the final portion of the year, approximately 4 weeks will be dedicated to staffing throughout the institution. Each resident will also be required to staff one major holiday and one minor holiday.

What are the research opportunities at City of Hope?

Along with a required research project to be presented at the Western States Conference at the end of the year, residents will be at the forefront of clinical and biomedical research. A large number of patients are on research studies and protocols in all areas of hematology and oncology. Residents will also have an opportunity to participate in protocol reviews, the Clinical Investigation Training Program, and Beckman Research Institute seminars. Every resident is strongly encouraged to publish their research.

What administrative duties are required of each resident?

Each resident will be presenting at the monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics and the Safe Medication meetings. They will also be the lead facilitators for the CSHP and ASHP conferences. Each resident will have a focused administration rotation and also have administrative responsibilities throughout the year. Residents may also choose an additional elective rotation experience in pharmacy administration.

What are the Code Blue expectations at City of Hope?

Each resident will obtain BLS and ACLS certification funded by City of Hope. They will be expected to be an integral part of the code blue team throughout the year.

Are most residents from the local area?

There is not a geographical limitation to where City of Hope accepts residents.  Residents from out-of-state are encouraged to start California Board of Pharmacy requirements early in order to meet all licensure deadlines.

How many interviews does City of Hope grant?

While there is not a limit to the number of interviews, the Resident Selection Committee will interview as many candidates as possible. In previous years, the number of interviews ranged from 25-35.

Does the staff have opportunities to attend educational events?

City of Hope encourages its pharmacy staff to attend educational events in their areas of service. To assist in staff development, City of Hope is accredited by the Accreditations Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of pharmacy education. In addition, City of Hope offers many educational opportunities on site through grand rounds and other lecture series.

How much vacation time is available?

All full-time employees receive a benefits package that includes vacation time. Upon employment, Human Resources will provide detailed information.

What is included in the benefits package?

Each resident will receive a full compensation package including health, dental, vision care, and paid time off during the year.

What is the resident salary at City of Hope?

Each resident is a non-exempt employee. The residents will earn approximately $50,000 annually based on an hourly rate that will be outlined in the official offer letter.

Are there any financial incentives for pharmacists with specialty board certifications?

City of Hope offers salary incentives for pharmacists who have earned their specialty certifications such as Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist or Board Certified Pharmacotherapy specialist. Over 20 percent of the staff are certified in at least one specialty.

Do all staff receive the same raise at the same time, or are raises based upon merit?

All staff receive performance evaluations on an annual basis. Pharmacist and pharmacy technician raises are based upon the merit system.

When is Open House for resident candidates?

The open house typically occurs in late December. Please check the website or contact us for a specific date and how to attend.

Meet Our Residents

Dr. Grace R. Chen (PGY2 Resident) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.  She graduated from the University of Michigan where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Area in Stockton, CA, where she discovered a strong interest in pharmacy administration and medical oncology.  Her hobbies include playing tennis, playing video games, and exploring new places.
 
 

Dr. Edward Thanasombat (PGY1 Resident) received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego.  He graduated from the University of Southern California where he obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  Over the past years, he gained an interest in oncology and a passion for enhancing the quality of patient care.  Currently, he is a pharmacy practice resident with professional interests in critical care, medical oncology, and solid tumor cancers.  In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and running, volleyball, watching movies and television shows, and discovering new restaurants with friends and family.
 
 

Dr. Vickie Yang (PGY1 Resident) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California.  She graduated from the University of Southern California where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Throughout her academic career, she developed a passion for critical care medicine, solid tumor cancers and preserving a patient's quality of life. She sees a career in clinical practice and plans to return to academia in a role that allows her to mentor pharmacy students. In her spare time, she enjoys covering songs on her drum set, catching up on her TV shows and finding the best coffee cafes around town.
 
 
Dr. Iris Zhao (PGY1 Resident) received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego.   She graduated from the University of California, San Diego where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  After completing a rotation in oncology during pharmacy school, she developed a passion the field and for enhancing the quality of patient care through compassion and leadership.  Currently, she is a pharmacy practice resident with professional interests in medical oncology, infectious diseases, and academia.   In her spare time, she enjoys spending time going on food crawls, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and traveling the world with her family and friends.    
 
 
 

Open House

The Open House event is available for all resident candidates. We will provide an overview of the program and an opportunity for candidates to tour the facilities and meet current residents as well as clinical staff. This event is designed as informational for those who can attend but will not be a factor in any candidate evaluation.
 
R.S.V.P. by the date below.
 
Open House Date: TBD
 
R.S.V.P. Deadline: Dec. 5
 
R.S.V.P. Email: Stephanie Arias sarias@coh.org (please indicate if you will be attending for PGY2 or PGY1 program)
 

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The Postgraduate (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency at City of Hope is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
 
Pharmacists completing this program will be competent and confident clinicians capable of directing patient care in many environments.
 
At the conclusion of the program, residents will be able to:
 
  • Be responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as members of a health-care team.
 
  • Skillfully educate other health-care professionals and patients on drug-related topics.
 
  • Exercise leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system.
 
  • Demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring their own performance and exhibiting commitment to the profession.
 
While in the program, participants will also:
 
  • Complete projects chosen with the program director’s input
 
  • Attend educational meetings and conferences
 
  • Gain experience in hospital pharmacy administration through a structured program provided by the director of pharmacy.
 
  • Be given the opportunity to obtain ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certification.
 
The residency program starts on June 30 of each year.
 
 
Requirements
 
  • A registered California pharmacist license is required for this residency program.
 
  • Each resident may be required to staff all services provided by the department.
 
For further information:
 
Brian Chu, PharmD, BCOP
PGY1 Residency Program Coordinator
Email: bchu@coh.org
Office: 626-301-8305
 
Carl Kildoo, PharmD, FCSHP
Director of Pharmacy
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Email: ckildoo@coh.org
Office: 626-301-8305
 

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
 
 
Curriculum
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:
 
  • Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease
 
  • Intensive Care Unit
 
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
 
  • Medical Oncology
 
  • Hematology
 
  • Medical Surgery
 
  • Administration
 
 
Electives
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):
 
  • Pediatrics
 
  • Hematology Ambulatory Care Clinic
 
  • Medical Oncology Ambulatory Care Clinic
 
  • Investigational Drug Service
 
  • Administration II
 
  • Clinical Informatics
 
Other Resident Activities
All residents are required to participate in the following activities:
 
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
 
  • Safe Medication Committee
 
  • ACPE Accredited CE Presentation
 
  • Drug Utilization Evaluation
 
  • Medication Monographs and Formulary Review
 
  • Presentation of Residency Research Project at the Western States Conference
 
  • Pharmacy Professional Enrichment Series
 
  • Administrative Projects
 
  • Community and Patient Events
 

PGY1 Application Process

PGY1 Application Process

The City of Hope Pharmacy Residency Program uses the PhORCAS tool to manage the application process. All materials must be submitted via PhORCAS (portal.phorcas.org) by January 10.
 
Resident Qualifications
 
  • The candidate must be a graduate of an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy.
 
  • The candidate must be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of California by September 1.
 
  • The candidate should possess a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.
 
  • The candidate should be comfortable and competent in clinical situations.
 
Selection Process
Criteria for selection to the City of Hope Pharmacy Practice Residency Program include:
 
 
  1. Academic record
    Each residency candidate should possess a GPA of at least 3.0 and will be given the opportunity during the interview to address any significant findings in the academic record. Each residency candidate is asked to submit a copy of their pharmacy school transcript. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review this document.
     
  2. Letters of reference
    Each residency candidate is asked to submit three letters of reference as part of his or her application. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review these documents.
     
  3. Resident’s Statement of Intent
    Each residency candidate is asked to submit a personal statement of intent for the City of Hope Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review this document.
     
  4. Performance during interview
    Each residency candidate who has passed the other selection requirements is granted an interview, where he/she is asked a series of questions. Each response is rated on verbal communication skills, poise and personal presentation, leadership abilities, professional competence, and degree of match between the resident’s needs and that of the program.
 
 
Resident Selection Committee
As described in the Application Process section, the Resident Selection Committee is responsible for interviewing and reviewing application materials of each residency candidate. This committee consists of selected preceptors, members of the residency management team and current residents.
 
Following the review of interview results and all documents in the application process, each member of the Resident Selection Committee ranks each candidate. The committee reviews the final results and ranks the individual candidates for the National Matching Program.

 

 

PGY2 Oncology Specialty Residency

PGY2 Oncology Specialty Residency

The PGY2 Oncology Specialty Residency at City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a structured one year program designed to provide the resident with a solid foundation of core experiences in hematology, oncology and stem cell transplant. The program provides broad-based rotational experiences to help develop and refine the resident's clinical skills in the pharmaceutical management of cancer patients. A resident completing the PGY2 Oncology Residency at City of Hope will be a highly qualified independent practitioner able to provide and be responsible for drug therapy outcomes for individualized patients as an integral member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

The goal for our PGY2 Specialty Oncology Resident is to:
 
  • Develop expertise, knowledge and skills in oncology therapeutics.
 
  • Be responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
 
  • Skillfully educate other healthcare professionals and patients on drug-related topics.
 
  • Exercise leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system.
 
  • Strengthen verbal and written communication skills by leading discussion, presenting lectures and writing manuscripts.
 
  • Demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring his/her own performance and exhibiting commitment to the profession.
 

While in the program, participants will:
 
  • Complete projects chosen with the program director’s input.
 
  • Attend educational meetings and conferences.
 
  • Gain experience in hospital pharmacy administration through a structured program provided by the residency director and director of pharmacy.
 
  • Be given the opportunity to obtain ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certification.
 
 

Electives
For the pharmacy resident who seeks additional training in specialty areas, the following elective rotations are offered (rotation length varies depending on particular rotation and scheduling considerations):
 
 
  • Investigational Drug Service
 
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
 
  • Critical Care
 
  • Administration II
 
  • Other (Clinical Nutrition, Respiratory Therapy, etc.)
 
 

 
Research Project
The resident is required to design, develop and complete an original hematology or oncology-related research project. To expand understanding of and compliance with research requirements, the resident is required to design and submit a research proposal to IRB for approval. Additionally the resident is expected to present the findings at a national hematology/oncology meeting and produce a manuscript. The residency project will be selected based on the resident’s interest and developed in conjunction with the program director and project preceptors.
 
 

Other Resident Activities
The resident is required to participate in the following longitudinal activities:
 
  • Committee Involvement:
    • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

    • Safe Medication Committee
 
  • Projects:
    • Research Project

    • Administrative Projects
 
  • Educational Lectures:
    • A one-hour ACPE-accredited CE presentation to the pharmacy staff

    • A one-hour lecture for Western University pharmacy students

    • Journal club presentations, patient case presentations and other rotation-based talks and in-services

    • Presentation at Pharmacy Professional Enrichment Series
 
  • Other:
    • Teaching/precepting pharmacy students and residents

    • Drug Utilization Evaluation

    • Medication Monographs and Formulary Review

    • Presentation of Residency Research Project at National Meetings

    • Community and Patient Events

    • Attending multi-disciplinary conferences
       


Resident Qualifications
 
  • The candidate should be comfortable and competent in clinical situations, motivated, independent and self-directed.
  • The candidate must be a graduate of an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy and possess a Pharm.D. degree.
  • The candidate must have completed a first year PGY1 residency.
  • The candidate must be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of California by September 1 of the year in which he/she will start the PGY2 residency.
     


General Residency Info
Program Director
Sepideh Shayani, Pharm.D., BCOP

Pharmacy Director
Carl Kildoo, Pharm.D.

The residency program starts during the first week of July.
 

PGY2 Curriculum and Core Rotations

PGY2 Curriculum and Core Rotations

General Residency Info
 
Program Director
Sepideh Shayani, Pharm.D., BCOP

Pharmacy Director
Carl Kildoo, Pharm.D.

The residency program starts during the first week of July.
 
Curriculum
 
The curriculum of City of Hope’s Pharmacy Residency Program involves three components: core rotations, elective rotations and project based activities. Most rotations are 4-8 weeks in length.
 
Core Rotations
 
By completing these core rotations, the pharmacy resident will gain the necessary breadth of knowledge to be involved in treatment of patients with cancer:
  • Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant I
  • Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant II
  • Palliative Care
  • Infusion Clinic/Inpatient Staffing
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Oncology, Inpatient
  • Medical Oncology, Outpatient
  • Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Genitourinary Malignancies
  • Breast Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Other Solid Tumors
 

PGY2 Application Process

PGY2 Application Process

The City of Hope Pharmacy Residency Program uses the PhORCAS tool to manage the application process. All materials must be submitted via PhORCAS (portal.phorcas.org) by January 10.
 
Resident Qualifications
  • The candidate must be a graduate of an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy.
 
  • The candidate must be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of California by September 1.
 
  • The candidate should possess a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.
 
  • The candidate should be comfortable and competent in clinical situations.

Selection Process
Criteria for selection to the City of Hope Pharmacy Practice Residency Program include:
 
  1. Academic record
    Each residency candidate should possess a GPA of at least 3.0 and will be given the opportunity during the interview to address any significant findings in the academic record. Each residency candidate is asked to submit a copy of their pharmacy school transcript.  All members of the Resident Selection Committee review this document.

  2. Letters of reference
    Each residency candidate is asked to submit three letters of reference as part of his or her application. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review these documents.

  3. Resident’s Statement of Intent
    Each residency candidate is asked to submit a personal statement of intent for the City of Hope Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. All members of the Resident Selection Committee review this document.

  4. Performance during interview
    Each residency candidate who has passed the other selection requirements is granted an interview, where he/she is asked a series of questions. Each response is rated on verbal communication skills, poise and personal presentation, leadership abilities, professional competence, and degree of match between the resident’s needs and that of the program.
 
Resident Selection Committee
As described in the Application Process section, the Resident Selection Committee is responsible for interviewing and reviewing application materials of each residency candidate. This committee consists of selected preceptors, members of the residency management team and current residents.

Following the review of interview results and all documents in the application process, each member of the Resident Selection Committee ranks each candidate. The committee reviews the final results and ranks the individual candidates for the National Matching Program.

FAQs

Pharmacy Residency Program FAQs

City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. Will my residency experience be broad enough as a first-year resident?

As a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency site, City of Hope is governed by ASHP standards to ensure that the residency will be broadly based in medication management. While the patients at City of Hope have an underlying diagnosis related to cancer, each resident will gain a comprehensive scope of pharmacy practice.

When was the residency program accredited?

The residency was first accredited May 14, 1984. There has been at least one resident each year since the inception. Currently there are 3 PGY1 residents.

Is City of Hope a teaching institution?

City of Hope is a teaching institution that trains medical fellows and residents in Oncology, Hematology, Surgery, and Radiation Oncology. Nursing staff and ancillary staff also train a wide variety of students. The Department of Pharmacy has a close relationship with all the staff and is well integrated into every team. 

Do the pharmacists have opportunities to teach?

City of Hope has teaching agreements with local pharmacy schools including USC, Loma Linda, UCSF, and Western. Fourth year APPE programs include Infectious Disease, Intensive Care, Hospital Practice, Pediatrics, Ambulatory Care, Administration, and Clinical Information Systems. Pharmacists are encouraged to precept pharmacy residents and students in their respective areas of expertise. Each resident will have an opportunity to precept students and provide lectures to medical and nursing staff.

What types of services are provided by the pharmacy?

The pharmacy department provides inpatient and ambulatory care services. In addition, the department operates a retail pharmacy for prescription services.

What are some of the clinical duties of the pharmacists?

Clinical pharmacists participate in multidisciplinary rounds, manage therapies under protocol, and participate on the code blue and rapid response teams, and various operational duties. In addition, pharmacists have the opportunity to participate in clinical research, policy and procedure development, and activities through the Investigational Drug Service.

Where are former residents practicing currently?

Many of the former residents are still employed at City of Hope. However, the goal of the program is to develop pharmacists who will have the skills and knowledge to achieve excellence in any pharmacy environment. Upon completion of the City of Hope Residency Program, pharmacist clinicians will be prepared for patient care, adjunct faculty positions, or to enter PGY-2 training in an area of choice.

What are the staffing requirements?

By the end of every rotation, each resident should have the autonomy to staff each service area commensurate to a current pharmacist. During the final portion of the year, approximately 4 weeks will be dedicated to staffing throughout the institution. Each resident will also be required to staff one major holiday and one minor holiday.

What are the research opportunities at City of Hope?

Along with a required research project to be presented at the Western States Conference at the end of the year, residents will be at the forefront of clinical and biomedical research. A large number of patients are on research studies and protocols in all areas of hematology and oncology. Residents will also have an opportunity to participate in protocol reviews, the Clinical Investigation Training Program, and Beckman Research Institute seminars. Every resident is strongly encouraged to publish their research.

What administrative duties are required of each resident?

Each resident will be presenting at the monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics and the Safe Medication meetings. They will also be the lead facilitators for the CSHP and ASHP conferences. Each resident will have a focused administration rotation and also have administrative responsibilities throughout the year. Residents may also choose an additional elective rotation experience in pharmacy administration.

What are the Code Blue expectations at City of Hope?

Each resident will obtain BLS and ACLS certification funded by City of Hope. They will be expected to be an integral part of the code blue team throughout the year.

Are most residents from the local area?

There is not a geographical limitation to where City of Hope accepts residents.  Residents from out-of-state are encouraged to start California Board of Pharmacy requirements early in order to meet all licensure deadlines.

How many interviews does City of Hope grant?

While there is not a limit to the number of interviews, the Resident Selection Committee will interview as many candidates as possible. In previous years, the number of interviews ranged from 25-35.

Does the staff have opportunities to attend educational events?

City of Hope encourages its pharmacy staff to attend educational events in their areas of service. To assist in staff development, City of Hope is accredited by the Accreditations Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of pharmacy education. In addition, City of Hope offers many educational opportunities on site through grand rounds and other lecture series.

How much vacation time is available?

All full-time employees receive a benefits package that includes vacation time. Upon employment, Human Resources will provide detailed information.

What is included in the benefits package?

Each resident will receive a full compensation package including health, dental, vision care, and paid time off during the year.

What is the resident salary at City of Hope?

Each resident is a non-exempt employee. The residents will earn approximately $50,000 annually based on an hourly rate that will be outlined in the official offer letter.

Are there any financial incentives for pharmacists with specialty board certifications?

City of Hope offers salary incentives for pharmacists who have earned their specialty certifications such as Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist or Board Certified Pharmacotherapy specialist. Over 20 percent of the staff are certified in at least one specialty.

Do all staff receive the same raise at the same time, or are raises based upon merit?

All staff receive performance evaluations on an annual basis. Pharmacist and pharmacy technician raises are based upon the merit system.

When is Open House for resident candidates?

The open house typically occurs in late December. Please check the website or contact us for a specific date and how to attend.

Residents

Meet Our Residents

Dr. Grace R. Chen (PGY2 Resident) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.  She graduated from the University of Michigan where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Area in Stockton, CA, where she discovered a strong interest in pharmacy administration and medical oncology.  Her hobbies include playing tennis, playing video games, and exploring new places.
 
 

Dr. Edward Thanasombat (PGY1 Resident) received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego.  He graduated from the University of Southern California where he obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  Over the past years, he gained an interest in oncology and a passion for enhancing the quality of patient care.  Currently, he is a pharmacy practice resident with professional interests in critical care, medical oncology, and solid tumor cancers.  In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and running, volleyball, watching movies and television shows, and discovering new restaurants with friends and family.
 
 

Dr. Vickie Yang (PGY1 Resident) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California.  She graduated from the University of Southern California where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Throughout her academic career, she developed a passion for critical care medicine, solid tumor cancers and preserving a patient's quality of life. She sees a career in clinical practice and plans to return to academia in a role that allows her to mentor pharmacy students. In her spare time, she enjoys covering songs on her drum set, catching up on her TV shows and finding the best coffee cafes around town.
 
 
Dr. Iris Zhao (PGY1 Resident) received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego.   She graduated from the University of California, San Diego where she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  After completing a rotation in oncology during pharmacy school, she developed a passion the field and for enhancing the quality of patient care through compassion and leadership.  Currently, she is a pharmacy practice resident with professional interests in medical oncology, infectious diseases, and academia.   In her spare time, she enjoys spending time going on food crawls, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and traveling the world with her family and friends.    
 
 
 

Open House

Open House

The Open House event is available for all resident candidates. We will provide an overview of the program and an opportunity for candidates to tour the facilities and meet current residents as well as clinical staff. This event is designed as informational for those who can attend but will not be a factor in any candidate evaluation.
 
R.S.V.P. by the date below.
 
Open House Date: TBD
 
R.S.V.P. Deadline: Dec. 5
 
R.S.V.P. Email: Stephanie Arias sarias@coh.org (please indicate if you will be attending for PGY2 or PGY1 program)
 
Fellowships and Residencies
City of Hope offers a number of exciting fellowships and residencies in laboratory cancer and diabetes research, administration, clinical applications and other areas.

City of Hope is one of only 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, the highest designation awarded by the National Cancer Institute to institutions that lead the way in cancer research, treatment, prevention and professional education.
Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is internationally  recognized for its innovative biomedical research.
Students and professionals at City of Hope can access a plethora of medical databases, scientific journals, course materials, special collections, and other useful resources at our 12,000 square foot Lee Graff Library.
City of Hope has a long-standing commitment to Continuing Medical Education (CME), sharing advances in cancer research and treatment with the health-care community through CME courses such as conferences, symposia and other on and off campus CME opportunities for medical professionals.
Learn more about City of Hope's institutional distinctions, breakthrough innovations and collaborations.
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