Hi all, sorry for the long hiatus from this blog. I just wanted to talk a little about my residency application experience in hopes to encourage and give tips to those thinking about this career path.
I remember back fall when I was starting to look at residency programs and found my head spinning in the various different types and the sheer quantity and variety of programs out there. It was truly overwhelming trying to narrow my search to a handful of programs. And to be honest, then I didn’t really know much about what I wanted out of a residency nor the differences between each program. Also something I struggled with was how do I find out all this information; what questions should I start asking and who should I ask? Therefore, my best piece of advice is while you’re on rotations or when you get an opportunity to ask someone who knows about residencies, ask! I asked questions like, what is a typical day of a resident like, what are some things about this/your program that makes it special, what’s the difference between type X residency and type Y. I think this will give a good base knowledge to help you navigate what a resident actually does and the opportunities available at various programs.
Next, do some soul searching…….Figure out what type of experience you want. What areas of pharmacy are you interested in. I know this is difficult, especially if you haven’t had much exposure, but make a list of experiences you’d like to have and start there. Once you’ve done that start asking about programs to see what experiences/rotations they can provide and see if there is overlap.
Here are some helpful resources to start looking for various programs:
ASHP Residency Directory: (accredited residencies only)
ACCP Residency/Fellowship Directory: (all programs)
More to follow but as always if you have questions/comments please ask!