Congratulations to all who matched during Phase I of the 2020 ASHP Residency Match! All of your hard work and dedication have led you to this very important moment in your pharmacy career. Your residency will strengthen your leadership and interprofessional skills, broaden your clinical knowledge base, and prepare you to contribute as essential members of the patient care team across all settings.
If you did not match in Match Phase I, we encourage you to participate in Match Phase II, as there are still a number of unfilled positions at exceptional programs all across the country. Take advantage of ASHP’s Residency Guide: Preparation for Phase II of the Match, created by members of the ASHP New Practitioners Forum, as you prepare for the next phase.
ASHP is proud of the countless residents who have participated in the ASHP Residency Match program over the last 40-plus years and the hundreds of programs that are a part of our nearly 60-year history of accrediting pharmacy residency programs. Residency training is very important to improving patient care, advancing pharmacy practice, and developing the future leaders of our profession.
We are excited about the continued growth and success of residency programs. This year, there were 4,923 positions matched, and 404 positions representing 327 programs remain to be filled in Match Phase II.
Over the last five years, PGY1 residency positions have grown by 27% and PGY2 positions by 56%. Specifically, PGY2 programs in ambulatory care residencies grew by 85%, infectious disease residencies by 66%, and critical care residencies by 34%. Expansive growth also occurred in emergency medicine residencies, which grew by 141%, and in pain management and palliative care residencies, which increased by 145%. The growth that we are seeing is encouraging as we seek to support the increasing demand for pharmacists with advanced training to fill medication expert roles on the patient care team and as we work to close the gap overall between residencies and residents.
As new PGY1 and PGY2 residents, you can anticipate a rewarding year ahead filled with many challenges and even more opportunities for personal and professional growth. ASHP is here to support your success at every step, as your professional home. ASHP offers a variety of resources tailored for residents, such as the Career Transitions Resource Center and the ASHP Foundation's Essentials of Practice-Based Research for Pharmacists. Please plan to continue to read and contribute to AJHP Residents Edition, an exceptional peer-reviewed platform dedicated to pharmacy residents. Also, make 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.