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Residency Match Day 2018

Mar 20, 2018

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO MATCHED during Phase I of the Residency Match!

By choosing to do a residency, you have taken an important step toward achieving ASHP’s vision that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time. This is a bold statement that we as pharmacists must strive every day to achieve on behalf of our patients. Importantly, you are the future pharmacy leaders who will ultimately bring our shared vision to reality.

The 2018 Match was another resounding success. Of our total 4,833 residency positions, 4,407 are now filled, with the remainder to be filled in Phase II of the Match. If you didn’t match in the first round, please plan to participate in Phase II, as there are still unfilled positions at excellent programs nationwide.

We continue to see pharmacy residency training in the United States expand significantly. Over the last five years, the number of PGY1 residency positions has increased by 35%, and the number of PGY2 residency positions has increased by 71%.

Specifically, the number of PGY2 ambulatory care residencies continues to increase, with 12% more residencies than last year. Since 2017, the number of emergency medicine residencies has grown by 23%, internal medicine residencies by 15%, and infectious disease residencies by 11%. The ongoing growth in the number of residencies shows that residency-trained pharmacists are in high demand.

ASHP has a number of valuable resources to support you on your professional journey. Please plan to continue to read and contribute to AJHP Residents Edition. ASHP is the only organization with this exceptional peer-reviewed platform for pharmacy residents, and its success is fully attributed to you and the great work you will be doing as a resident. During your residency, keep up with best practices in research by viewing the ASHP Foundation’s Essentials of Practice-Based Research for Pharmacists. Please also make sure to stay involved in the ASHP New Practitioners Forum, which provides a multitude of resources and opportunities, including in-depth information about preparing for career transitions.

Again, congratulations to all of you, and good luck in your residency. We are all extremely proud of you and have complete confidence that you will lead our great profession into an even brighter future. I look forward to seeing you at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Anaheim in December!

Sincerely,

Paul

 

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