Record-Setting Residency Match Rates Rank in Top Four Nationwide
Wegmans School of Pharmacy Graduates’ Residency Match Rate Far Outpace National Statistics
A record-breaking 27 graduates from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2019 will engage in year-long residency experiences, training in medical centers, community pharmacies, and health centers around the nation.
This marks the highest number of graduates pursuing Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) residencies in the School’s history. The percentage of students pursuing residency is also the highest-ever at Fisher, with 33 percent of the Class of 2019 matching with residencies, a growing trend for the School. In the last four years, the percentage of each graduating class to match with a program has steadily increased, jumping from 15 percent in 2015 to 25 percent in 2018 to 33 percent in 2019.
This year also yields an outstanding overall match rate compared to national statistics. Fisher’s match rate for pharmacy graduates was 84.9 percent, compared to 64.4 percent nationally. Fisher ranks in the top four among 140 schools of pharmacy and number one in New York State for match rates.
“We are extremely proud of the Class of 2019 and the number of graduates securing these highly-competitive advanced clinical training programs,” said Dr. Christine Birnie, dean of the School. “These high match rates are consistent with the excellence in the intellectual, professional, and civic engagement we foster in our students.”
In addition, 11 graduates of the School will engage in Post-Graduate Year 2 residencies, an experience that leads to further specialization in a specific field of interest.
This year’s PGY-1 residency-bound graduates include:
- Lauren Allen, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Jersey)
- Joelle Arieno, Upstate University Hospital – SUNY (New York)
- Sarah Bisesi, University of Rochester Medical Center (New York)
- Ashley Blaakman, Wegmans Food Markets Inc./St. John Fisher College ( New York)
- Sareli Bonilla, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (New Jersey)
- Mikaela Brown, University of Rochester Medical Center (New York)
- Alexander Cain, UPMC Mercy (Pennsylvania)
- Jessica Colmerauer, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (Massachusetts)
- Bashiyra Doss, Family Pharmaceutical Services, LLC (New York)
- Ronni Ehlers, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (Ohio)
- Carrie-Jo Farrugia, Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center (New York)
- Mariah Haley, The Unity Hospital of Rochester (New York)
- Nicholas Husak, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport (Louisiana)
- Bethany Lane, Cleveland Clinic (Ohio)
- Karlie Mahan, Christiana Care Health System (Delaware)
- Samantha Mahar, Kaleida Health/Buffalo General Hospital (New York)
- Alixandra Mann, University of Louisville Hospital (Kentucky)
- Morgan Mastin, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital (Florida)
- Spencer Phillips, Nicklaus Children's Hospital (Florida)
- Kristin Reindel, University of Rochester Medical Center (New York)
- Mackenzie Roberts, University of Rochester Medical Center (New York)
- Raquel Roberts, Highland Hospital (New York)
- Alyssa Romaine, Erie VA Medical Center (Pennsylvania)
- Jordan Siembor, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center (Connecticut)
- Bethany Toole, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center (New Jersey)
- Christey Wilkinson, Millcreek Community Hospital/LECOM (Pennsylvania)
- Stacy-Ann Wright, Tabula Rasa Healthcare, Inc. (New Jersey)
In addition, Michelle Ubowski will be pursuing a highly competitive one-year post-doctoral Oncology Medical Affairs Fellowship at Seattle Genetics in Bothell, Washington.