According to the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), a pharmacy residency is “a structured, directed, salaried, postgraduate training program in a defined area of pharmacy practice, typically lasting one year.” If you have decided to pursue a residency the next step is choosing the best program that matches your career goals and meets your unique needs. Unfortunately, there is no list of top ranked pharmacy residency programs, simply because they are all so different, and each individual is looking for something unique from a residency program. Consider these aspects of residency programs when evaluating residencies.
One Year Or Two Year Program?
Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Residency is “an organized, directed, accredited program that builds upon knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities gained from an accredited professional pharmacy degree program” and must be completed before a Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Residency. PGY2 residency builds on what you learned in a PGY1 program, and is “focused in a specific area of practice…where board certification exists”.
Residencies require 1-2 years of full commitment to the program, so there are many things to consider.
Is The Program Accredited?
The ASHP Commission of Credentialing (COC) is a non-governmental, non-profit pharmacy association that is responsible for accrediting pharmacy residency programs. To receive accreditation, a program must meet certain quality standards and fulfill the requirements designated by ASHP. These standards are readily available for programs to review. There are approximately 1,600 accredited programs, and more are going through the accreditation process every day.