Program Description

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at White Memorial Medical Center (WMMC) adopts the ASHP PGY-1 standards to provide a rich learning/practice experience in advanced clinical practice. Longitudinal activities include MUE, P&T, Journal-Club, Readmission, Community-Outreach, preceptorship, WCU teaching-credential and didactic-lecture, research/publication, Quality-Improvement/Quality-Assurance.

White Memorial pharmacy residents enjoy a side-by-side training relationship with the medical residents through several team activities: oversight by and report to the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC), 2-week cross orientation and training, teaching rounds, projects, daily interaction, morning reports, grand rounds, well-being retreats, community outreach, access to the wellness center (gym), medical library, lounges, and more.

The residents will work under P&T approved protocols in many clinical areas of inpatient care including infectious disease, anticoagulation, diabetes services, pain management, and parenteral nutrition. The program can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual residents to promote learning in areas where the resident is most interested in. Residents will also be expected to serve as preceptors to pharmacy students and interns from affiliated pharmacy schools. The residents are expected to attend various clinical and medical rounds during their rotations. The residents will also be expected to complete a research project to be presented at the Western States Conference. Writing skill for publications is part of the residency curriculum.

The residents are involved in many decision-making processes as part of leadership training: improvement of the program, Resitrak setup, operational and clinical processes. They have coordinated several events: accreditation survey preparation, residency showcase, open house, matching and community outreach, and attended several committee meetings at the Pharmacy & Therapeutics, Sepsis task force, ICU Best Practice task force, Glycemic task force, MERP, etc.

The residents have opportunities to learn how to develop teaching materials, give didactic lectures, facilitate classroom discussions, and earn teaching credential from WCU as part of the training.​

Hospital Description

White Memorial Medical Center (WMMC) is a 353-bed acute-care teaching community hospital providing a full range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic services to the communities of Los Angeles County for over 100 years. Established in 1913 as a training site for medical students by Adventist Health, today our non-profit, faith-based teaching hospital has become one of Southern California's most respected and advanced medical centers.

Ranked 28th out of 440 California hospitals by U.S.News, its several specialties include STEMI-Receiving and Stroke centers, Research&Publication Department, Adult-ICU/PICU/NICU, Emergency, Orthopedics, Surgeries, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, Oncology, Cardiology/Heart-Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology, OB/GYN, Pulmonary, and Gastroenterology. State-of-art technologies include eMAR, Computerized Physician Order Entry (COPE), Barcode Medication Administration (BCMA), and automated-dispensing system.

Decentralized pharmacists, pharmacy residents and faculty members in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases from West Coast University provide advanced protocol-driven clinical services in pharmacokinetics; antimicrobial-stewardship; therapies on erythropoietin, nutrition, pain, anticoagulation, insulin, antiepileptics. They attend several medical and clinical rounds in Geriatrics, ID, Adult-ICU/PICU/NICU, Stroke, and emergency codes.

Facts and Statistics (2013 figures): Admissions: 20,516, Emergency Visits: 51,833, Outpatient Visits: 66,385, Employees: 1,943; Staff Physicians: 557; Resident Physicians: 69


Vanessa Murillo
Administrative Assistant
White Memorial Medical Center
Department of Pharmacy Services
(323)-268-5000 Ext. 1870

Thao Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS
Director, Department of Pharmacy Services
Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Office: (323) 268-5000 ext. 1403
Fax: (323) 260-5854