As the practice of pharmacy continues its momentum from a product oriented profession to one that is patient focused, increasing numbers of recent Pharmacy Doctorate (Pharm.D.) graduates are considering advance residency training before launching into their careers.
In December, representatives from the UT College of Pharmacy joined their contemporaries from colleges and schools around the country in one of the nation's largest recruitment efforts for students interested in post Pharm.D. advanced clinical training. These efforts were a major component of the Midyear Clinical Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At UT Austin, residency programs are under the direction of Associate Dean William McIntyre.
Pharmacy residency training was first introduced in the early 1930s. During the early 1970s, interest in residencies increased at a rapid rate. Today, McIntyre estimates that approximately 25 to 30 percent of recent Pharm.D. graduates choose to pursue at least one year of residency training. The college continues to accept applications for residency positions through mid-January.
The residency opportunities are available in several forms within the college including the Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) program, advanced specialty residencies, and residencies offered in conjunction with academic programs leading to M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. The College currently has 48 pharmacist pursuing residencies in affiliated healthcare institutions, and another 8 individuals pursuing a MS degree combined with a residency.
PGY1 residencies are designed to give students advanced competence in general clinical pharmacy practice. Students interested in training beyond the one-year program often pursue specialty programs to secure more advanced training in a specific practice area such as mental health, cardiology, or oncology.
The M.S. residency and Ph.D. residency programs afford students an opportunity to combine advanced clinical training with specialized research education.
The college conducts its residency programs in cooperation with numerous health care facilities.
For more information on UT College of Pharmacy residency programs, access the website at: http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/divisions/pharmaco/postdoc/index.html.