Years of training and education proved beneficial for 130 graduates of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy who secured highly competitive pharmacy residency positions in 2018. The stellar showing allowed UF to maintain its No. 1 national ranking in total students matched into American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, or ASHP, residency programs. This is the third consecutive year UF has ranked No. 1 nationally in total residency matches.
The ASHP Resident Matching Program includes postgraduate year one, or PGY1, and postgraduate year two, PGY2, pharmacy residencies. UF’s 130 residency matches included 102 students matching PGY1 and 28 students matching PGY2.
“Earning the number one national ranking affirms that the UF College of Pharmacy provides a well-rounded education that positions our graduates for successful pharmacy careers,” said Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., dean and distinguished professor in the UF College of Pharmacy. “Securing a pharmacy residency is a highly competitive process, and we commend all of our graduates and soon-to-be graduates for standing out among the top pharmacy residency candidates this year.”
From Seattle to Miami, UF pharmacy graduates matched at hospitals and health care facilities in 19 states. The majority will continue their training in Florida, with 84 graduates matching in the Sunshine State.
More than 4,800 pharmacy residency positions were available in this year’s match. ASHP uses a mathematical algorithm to pair applicants with a mutually interested residency programs. After multiple applications and interviews, pharmacy students and programs rank their preferences before a computer completes the match.