The residency program at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center/ Miller Children's and Women's Hospital Long Beach (LBMC/MCWHLB) provides the highly motivated new pharmacist with a wide ranging experience in advanced pharmacy practice at a large not-for-profit community hospital with a well established clinical pharmacy program. There is specialized emphasis in clinical practice, drug information skills, and clinical pharmacokinetics. In addition, the residents complete clinical projects, new drug reviews and other P&T Committee - related activities, medication-use evaluations, and receive training in practice management concepts and principles. The residents are provided with opportunities to team teach pharmacy students along with pharmacist mentors.
The residency program supports the new pharmacist in a structured environment as (s)he transitions from pharmacy school to active hospital practice. One residency year results in the accumulation of several years of experience due to exposure to a variety of activities. Because the residency occurs in a community hospital setting, all of the skills learned: clinical, research, communication and public speaking, and more, enable the resident upon completion of the year to fully function in an acute care hospital with advanced pharmacy practice. While the resident learns to practice independently, the resident also learns the benefits and rewards of being part of an advanced clinical team. Through the resident’s exposure to management, the resident gains an appreciation for the complexity and inner workings of a large medical center, information that will form the foundation for a long career in hospital pharmacy.
The residency with emphasis in pediatrics provides experience in the management of adult patients similar to those offered through the general PGY1 pharmacy residency. In addition, residents in this program will spend more time training in the pediatric areas and will have more pediatric-focused projects.
About MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center & Miller Children's and Women's Hospital Long Beach
MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach have a combined 829-licensed beds and a combined average daily census of approximately 500 patients. LBMC and MCWHLB provide patient care services to emergency, critical, acute medical, and rehabilitation patients. Specialty areas for LBMC include Memorial Heart and Vascular Institute, Todd Cancer Center, Level 2 Trauma Center, Wound Care Unit, and Rehabilitation Hospital. MCWHLB provides specialized services to both pediatric patients and Center for Women patients. Specialty services include a regional, tertiary care referral center for the treatment of high-risk pregnancies and newborns and the Jonathan Jaques Cancer Center.
Inpatient and ambulatory pharmacy services are provided by a staff of 115 pharmacists and 135 support staff. On the inpatient side, medications are provided using automated dispensing cabinets as well as a cassette system. Cassettes are filled utilizing a robot and state of the art packaging equipment. Intravenous solutions are made in a USP 797 certified clean room, and automated compounders are used for complex solutions. In addition to the central pharmacy, ...medications are provided from three inpatient satellites. Ambulatory services are provided by three outpatient pharmacies including a home infusion service. There is an adult and pediatric infusion center. LBMC and MCWHLB have implemented electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry featuring the Epic System. Pharmacy school teaching affiliations for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) exist with the University of Southern California, University of California, San Francisco, Western University, University of California, San Diego, and University of the Pacific. The pharmacy department has provided an ASHP-accredited residency program since 1972.
The medical staff consists of approximately 1,200 physicians covering all medical specialties. Physician residents-in-training are represented in areas of critical care medicine, family practice, surgery, pediatrics, OB-GYN, and pathology. An affiliation exists with the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.