For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Florida College of Pharmacy matched more students and graduates into pharmacy residencies than any other pharmacy college in the nation. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, or ASHP, match concluded April 8, and 145 UF graduates and soon-to-be graduates matched with a residency program in 2020.
ASHP’s match program pairs thousands of student pharmacists across the country with a variety of pharmacy practice settings, including hospitals and community pharmacies. More than 5,300 postgraduate year one, or PGY1, and postgraduate year two, or PGY2, residency positions were available this year.
UF’s 145 residency matches included 101 PGY1 and 44 PGY2 placements.
“Securing a pharmacy residency is a highly competitive process, and 2020 proved once again that UF College of Pharmacy graduates are among the most sought after in the country,” said Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., dean and distinguished professor. “To lead the nation in pharmacy residency placements five years in a row reflects the high-quality education and training provided by our faculty at UF and the drive and determination of our students.”
From Miami to Seattle, residency programs across the nation selected Gator pharmacists to support their health care institution. UF pharmacy graduates matched with residencies in 23 states and Washington, D.C. The majority will continue their training in the state of Florida, with 95 matching in the Sunshine State.
Residency programs have grown in popularity amongst graduates in recent years, because they build upon a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and provide advanced pharmacy practice training. UF graduates have used the experience to specialize in areas such as infectious disease, oncology and pediatrics and position themselves for successful careers in pharmacy.