The College of Pharmacy registered one of its most successful residency match days in history with an impressive 84 percent of student pharmacist applicants being successfully placed in postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency programs for 2012-2013.
A total of 37 members of the anticipated 2012 Pharm.D. graduating class participated in the residency matching program for PGY1 residencies that are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Thirty-one students were successfully matched with programs throughout the U.S. All eight UT Pharm.D. graduates who applied for second year specialty residencies (PGY2) were successfully matched as well.
"This was an absolutely stellar year for our student pharmacists," said Dean Lynn Crismon. "The percentage of students who successfully matched into PGY1 residencies (first year) is higher than ever before."
Postgraduate residency training for pharmacy graduates began with hospital-based program. ASHP has served as the organization responsible for the establishment of residency training standards and accreditation of programs since 1962. With the expansion of pharmacy specializations, the number of residency opportunities has also expanded moving well beyond the hospital setting. Nationally, a total of 3,708 applicants competed for the 2,413 available residency positions.
Prospective residents interviewed with residency program directors at ASHP's Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Both the prospective residents and the residency program directors rank their choices. ASHP works to "match" the two into a successful placement. Students who do not "match" in the first round are eligible to review the sites that did not secure a resident, leaving open the option for still more placements for the coming year.
This year the college's applicant pool represents approximately 25 percent of the anticipated graduating class, as the number of Pharm.D. graduates seeking postgraduate training continues to increase.
The University of Texas ranked at the top of the six colleges of pharmacy in the state in terms of total numbers and percentages of students who participated and successfully matched for the upcoming year.