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December 21, 2015

Second Chance for Residency Match

John A. Armitstead, M.S.,R.Ph., FASHP

John A. Armitstead, M.S.,R.Ph., FASHP

NEXT TO GRADUATION, Match Day is likely the most anticipated day on the calendars of soon-to-be pharmacy graduates. Years of hard work and months of pursuing just the right residency position culminate in the one email that reveals the next stop on a student’s pharmacy journey.

Residencies are fertile ground for passing on the knowledge and skills needed for contemporary pharmacy practice, so I’m encouraged to see so many student pharmacists pursue this important training and the accompanying surge in new residency programs. But even with a record number of applicants and residency positions participating in the 2015 Pharmacy Residency Matching Program, there were nearly 400 unfilled positions and more than 1,750 unmatched applicants.

Traditionally, this gap was bridged during the post-Match Scramble, where applicants and positions call or email their contacts in an effort to find a position or candidate. In an effort to further optimize this process for individuals who are seeking residencies, ASHP plans to institute a Second Residency Match. The Second Match will ensure that student pharmacists and PGY1 residents seeking a second-year residency position will have another structured opportunity to connect with open positions. The new Second Match will help level the playing field and will provide an orderly application process.

The list of programs participating in the Match is now available online. Applicants who do not match in Phase I can submit applications to participate in Phase II, the Second Match. Results of the Second Match will be announced in early April. The post-Match Scramble won’t entirely go away, but we believe that the new Second Match will help ensure that a predictable and fair process is available for both students and residency programs.

Next spring, as pharmacy graduates are gearing up for their commencement exercises, the next steps of their careers as patient care providers will be clearer, and the profession can look forward to a new corps of practitioners who are well prepared to fulfill our mission of providing optimal care for patients. Good luck to you, the pharmacy students and graduates. I wish you all the best in your perfect match for your residency program.


A Well-Deserved Tribute to a Pharmacy Legend: Dr. Joseph A. Oddis

Filed under: From the CEO — jmilford @ 1:58 pm
Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

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

We’ve just returned to ASHP headquarters after a spectacular 50th Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans. One of the highlights was the opportunity for us to pay tribute to someone whose vision and extraordinary leadership were instrumental in building ASHP into the strong and influential organization it is today — ASHP CEO Emeritus Dr. Joseph A. Oddis. In case you were not able to attend, I thought you might be interested in a recap of our tribute to Dr. Oddis.

Dr. Oddis led ASHP for nearly four decades, from 1960 until 1997, transforming ASHP from an organization with 3,300 members and one staff person to the organization we are today, with nearly 45,000 members and a staff of more than 200.

Many of the initiatives that ASHP carries on today can be traced to Dr. Oddis’ leadership. Under his direction, ASHP cultivated our core strength in drug information and introduced the acclaimed American Hospital Formulary Service, initiated the accreditation of pharmacy residency programs, created the ASHP Foundation, and expanded continuing education opportunities for our members with the meetings that would become the ASHP Summer Meetings and the Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Dr. Oddis was an early advocate for pharmacists as patient care providers on interprofessional teams, championed the creation of education and certification programs for pharmacy technicians, and drove early efforts to improve global pharmacy.

On a personal note, when I served as president of ASHP, I had the great pleasure of working very closely with Dr. Oddis. He was a mentor to me then, and I still seek his advice and wisdom today.

It is clear that Dr. Oddis has had a profound and lasting impact on the creation of modern clinical pharmacy practice. His contributions have undoubtedly improved patient care and public health, while setting the stage for pharmacists to play an ever-increasing role in advancing healthcare. He certainly deserves our thanks and appreciation for all that he has done to secure the future of our profession.

On behalf of the ASHP staff and the Board of Directors, please accept our best wishes for an enjoyable holiday season. We look forward to working with you to continue Dr. Oddis’ legacy in 2016.



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