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Landing a Residency

ASHP defines pharmacy residencies as an organized, directed, postgraduate training program in a defined area of pharmacy practice. Completing a residency after finishing your Pharm.D is a great way to continue your education and further enhance your personal brand and skillset!

 Residency - General Information and Application Deadlines

Most residencies will require students to qualify and apply for the residency match. The match occurs in the spring each year.  A 2-phase process will begin in spring 2016 and both phases will take place in the spring.

In addition, residents will complete a PGY1 (professional graduate year 1) residency prior to applying for a PGY2 (professional graduate year 2) residency program. As with most educational experiences, the PGY1 program will provide the skills needed to be successful in a PGY2 program, which is typically specialty-driven.

The match process is deadline driven and timing is extremely important. Therefore, it’s imperative for you to plan ahead, so you can meet the deadlines!


 Residency Qualifications and Website Search Resources

Because qualifications may vary from residency to residency, it’s best to contact the residency program where you plan to apply for specific details.  There are residency programs located throughout the United States and internationally. You can use the links below to begin your initial search, and you can search by location, program specialty or both.


 Application Resources

There are several resources available for assistance during the residency process.  First, contact your faculty members!  The Distance Degrees and Programs faculty members and many course instructors have completed a residency and can provide insight about the overall process.

ASHP provides many resources to assist students planning to apply for residencies.  Two resources that may be helpful as you get started include the Why Should I Do a Residency? brochure and the ASHP Residency Checklist.

You should also consider attending one of the annual meetings for ASHP or ACCP.  Both meetings include sessions for residency applicants and provide an opportunity to learn more about accredited programs from preceptors or program representatives. 

Once you’re ready to apply, you can utilize The Writing Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus for help with your application materials! To set up an appointment, visit The Writing Center webpage.