PCOM Georgia Pharmacy Students Celebrate ASHP Match 2023
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PharmD Students Celebrate Matching to Residencies

March 20, 2023
Headshot photo of pharmacy student Sara Hernandez (PharmD '23) wearing her white coat.
Sara Hernandez (PharmD '23) matched with a PGY1 residency in Dublin, GA.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) graduates are eligible to match into residency programs, just as their physician counterparts do. However, with pharmacists, a residency is optional and is often pursued to further develop skills learned during pharmacy school. Residency positions – either postgraduate year one (PGY1) or postgraduate year two (PGY2) are offered to applicants through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program, also known as the “Match.”

Prior to the Match, pharmacy students or even practicing pharmacists apply to programs they are interested in. Following an evaluation period, both the programs and the applicants submit rank order lists and matches are made.

According to the ASHP website, residency matches occur in two phases and the process of making and accepting offers is simplified as all placements occur simultaneously. The website further states that “the Match guarantees that each applicant and residency will get the best possible result that is available to them.”

Headshot photo of pharmacy student Barry Brown, Jr. (PharmD '23) smiling and wearing a white coat.
Barry Brown, Jr. (PharmD '23) matched at Emory Decatur Hospital.

Phase One Match Results Day occurred on March 15, 2023. And Phase Two Match Results Day is April 14, 2023. A post-match process provides an opportunity for applicants without matches to obtain positions that remain open.

Seventeen members of the PCOM School of Pharmacy's Class of 2023 matched to residencies, with 13 in Georgia and four out of state.

Shawn Spencer, PhD, RPh, dean and chief academic officer of the PCOM School of Pharmacy said, “Matching for pharmacy residencies is the end result of years of dedication to the program, our community and their careers. I am extremely proud of our pharmacy students and alumni for their outstanding achievements.“

“Our students realized a 63% success rate among those applying for PGY-1 residency programs, an all-time high for the program,” Dr. Spencer said.

Those matching to Phase One PGY1 residency programs in Georgia include:

Matching out of state was Breann Prophete (PharmD '23) who matched in ambulatory care at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, New Orleans. Prophete said she pursued this residency program for its ambulatory care track. “No program in Georgia had a specific track for ambulatory care,” she said. “This program allows me to complete one year of residency and be certified in ambulatory care.”

Also matching out of state were Christopher Claudius (PharmD '23) who matched to community pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, Sung Mo Eun (DO '23), who matched to the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Karan Shah who matched to Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

Five members of the Class of 2022 matched to PGY2 residency programs including:

View more Match Day news and stories.

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