(April 15, 2019) Seventy-three percent of residency applicants preparing to graduate this May have been matched to a postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency. This exceeds the national rate of 67 percent. This represents placement during phase I and II.
A majority of those who matched in the Class of 2019 participated in the College’s Residency-Fellowship Preparation Program. This is a unique program, established in 2011, where College faculty and preceptors provide direct mentorship and guidance through the residency and fellowship application and interview processes. This program starts at the beginning of students’ fourth year and includes various sessions on CV and letter of intent preparation, career guidance and program selection, candidacy review, and mock interviews.
The graduates who matched will complete residencies in academic medical centers, community health systems, Veterans Affairs health systems, ambulatory care settings, community pharmacy settings, and managed care settings. They will represent the UA College of Pharmacy across the U.S., including the states of Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.
Over the years, pharmacy residencies have become increasingly competitive as the number of applicants outweighs the number of open positions. In Phase I and II of the PGY1 Pharmacy Resident Matching Program, 5,475 prospective students, nationwide, from the Class of 2019 applied for residency. Of the applicants, 3,667 students matched to residency programs, resulting in a 67% match rate nationally.