Wegmans School of Pharmacy Pilot Program Leads to Successful Residency Matches
During the 2015-2016 academic year, the School of Pharmacy piloted a structured program to help students navigate the residency match process. Of the 17 students who participated in the program and completed the match and ranking process for residency programs, all were successful in matching with one of their ranked choices.
Funded by a faculty grant, the program taught students interview skills, offered professional mock interviews and case studies. In addition, guidance was provided on optimizing a solid curriculum vitae (CV) and letters of intent.
"Because the match is so competitive, students must be high academic achievers and have excellent CVs, recommendation letters, and interview skills,” said Dr. Deirdre Pierce, assistant professor of pharmacy practice. “We covered all stages of the application and interview processes comprehensively."
Students that were invited to interviews and ranked their preferred programs through the American Society for Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) National Matching Service. In addition to several students matching with regional hospitals in Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse, Fisher pharmacy graduates will engage in postgraduate year one residencies at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont; and even as far as the Sheridan VA Health Care System in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Three former students successfully gained postgraduate year two positions, heading to the University of California/San Diego Health System, in San Diego, California; the Kaleida Health/Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, New York; and the University of Toledo College Of Pharmacy in Toledo, Ohio.