The University of Florida College of Pharmacy finds itself in a familiar position atop the national pharmacy match rankings after a record 153 fourth-year students and graduates secured residency positions in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, or ASHP, match in 2022.
ASHP’s match program pairs thousands of student pharmacists across the country with a variety of pharmacy practice settings, including hospitals and community pharmacies. Nearly 5,800 postgraduate year one, or PGY1, and postgraduate year two, or PGY2, residency positions were available this year.
UF’s 153 residency matches included 113 PGY1 and 40 PGY2 placements.
“To consistently lead the nation in residency matches year after year reflects upon the outstanding pharmacy education that our students receive in the UF College of Pharmacy, and more importantly is an indicator of our outstanding students,” said Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., dean and distinguished professor in the UF College of Pharmacy. “We congratulate all those Gator pharmacy students and graduates who matched this year, and we can’t wait to see the impact they will have on patient care in their residency positions and in the years to come.”
Residency programs from coast to coast will welcome Gator pharmacy students and graduates this summer. UF’s matches featured programs in 22 states and Washington, D.C. Most pharmacy students and graduates will continue their training in Florida, with 105 matching in the Sunshine State.
The popularity of residency programs has grown in recent years, as graduates look to build upon their Doctor of Pharmacy degree and receive advanced pharmacy practice training. Some UF graduates have chosen to enter specialized areas of pharmacy and matched with programs in infectious disease, oncology, pediatrics, emergency medicine and critical care, among others.