Bethany Taylor (PharmD '21) March 31, 2021
Match Day 2021
Students from the class of 2021 celebrated one of the most exciting days in their
professional journey—Match Day. Here they share their personal match story, what has
inspired them along the way and what advice they would give to students starting the
Where did you match?
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia
What inspired you to go into pharmacy?
I became interested in the medical field in high school and began shadowing different
medical professionals in college. I had the opportunity to shadow a family friend
that was a pharmacist and really enjoyed that pharmacy involves diverse patient care
in which attention to detail is a key component.
How did you feel when you found out you had matched?
I felt the most relief I have probably ever felt in my life. There is so much preparation
that goes into applying for residency. From working on every research project I could
get my hands on to staying late every day on APPEs to try and build my reputation,
it all felt worth it as soon as I saw that wonderful word, MATCHED!
What advice would you give to year one pharmacy students just starting their journey?
The advice I would give is to say yes to everything you can. I know that it's sometimes
difficult to get your foot in the door with research, publications and making vital
connections, but when you start saying yes to opportunities, eventually they add up
and you end up having a lot of experiences under your belt to build your CV and make
you a stellar candidate. The opportunities that seemed the most intimidating and scary
to me ended up being the most rewarding!
What is one memory you will take with you from PCOM?
There are too many to choose from!
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would just like to say how grateful I am to the professors, preceptors and faculty
members that invested so much of their time and energy into me. There were many times
that I found it difficult to see the potential that they saw in me, but thankfully
I was surrounded by mentors that encouraged me to push the limits I had set for myself.
They have all inspired me in different ways and I could not thank them enough!
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