Congratulations to all who matched during Phase I of the 2019 Residency Match! By pursuing a residency, you have chosen to distinguish yourself by furthering your education and training. You are on the path to becoming the medication expert on the patient care team in all settings of care.
This year marks 56 years since ASHP began accrediting residencies and 40 years since ASHP’s Residency Match program began. Of our total 5,134 residency positions in 2019, 4,697 are now filled, with the remainder to be filled in Phase II of the Match. If you did not match during the first round, I encourage you to enter into Phase II of the Match, as there are still a number of exceptional programs with unfilled positions. ASHP’s Residency Guide: Preparation for Phase II of the Match, created by members of the New Practitioners Forum, can help you get ready for the next round.
ASHP is committed to continuing to increase the number of residency programs available in the years to come. Over the last five years, PGY1 residency positions have grown by 34% and PGY2 positions by 64%. Specifically, PGY2 residencies in ambulatory care grew by 112%, infectious disease residencies by 68%, and oncology residencies by 40%. Expansive growth occurred in emergency medicine residencies, which grew by 230%, and in pain management and palliative care residencies, which increased by 127%.
This remarkable growth shows that residency-trained pharmacists are in demand. I know that the year ahead will reward you and challenge you, creating a unique experience in your professional journey. As your professional home, ASHP is here to support you as you take this exciting step. ASHP offers a variety of resources tailored for residents, including the AJHP Residents Edition, an exceptional peer-reviewed platform dedicated to pharmacy residents, and the Career Transitions Resource Center. During your residency, stay up-to-date with best practices in research by viewing Essentials of Practice-Based Research for Pharmacists. Finally, be sure to stay involved in the ASHP New Practitioners Forum, which provides career guidance, clinician well-being and resilience resources, and opportunities for volunteer leadership.
On behalf of ASHP, congratulations once again! We are very proud of your accomplishments and wish you the best of luck throughout your residency training. I look forward to seeing you in December at the Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas.
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