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School of Pharmacy Graduates Attain Near Perfect Residency Match Rate

April 27, 2016

For SIUE School of Pharmacy (SOP) graduates seeking to advance their educations and health care careers, pharmacy residency programs provide one such avenue.

Residencies provide postgraduate training, allowing the resident to practice direct patient care and practice management under the supervision of an experienced preceptor. Residents gain a competitive advantage in the job market, more clearly defined career goals, and a better perspective on which area of care best suits their interests.

The SOP works with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to match applicants into residency positions. Similar to matching programs used in other health professions, including medicine and dentistry, “the Match” provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain positions in residency programs of their choice and to help programs obtain applicants of their choice.

While 66 percent is the national average for being successfully matched as a resident, 90 percent of the SOP’s graduates pursuing residencies obtained a match.

“Our success in residency match reflects the quality of our students and the School’s PharmD program, as well as our amazing faculty's devotion to helping students,” said Jingyang Fan, PharmD, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice.

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