Ted Sukhdeo (PharmD ’22) March 25, 2022
Residency Match 2022
Students from the class of 2022 are celebrating the next step in their professional
journey. Here they share what has inspired them along the way and what advice they
would give to new students.
Where did you match?
PCOM School of Pharmacy/WellStar North Fulton, Roswell, Georgia
Why did you pursue a residency?
Prior to starting pharmacy school, I knew what a residency was and the opportunities
it created if you completed one. However, at the time, I did not know any pharmacists
who had completed a pharmacy residency. Nonetheless, I made sure to keep my grades
above average so I would have the option of pursuing a residency program after my
What solidified me pursuing a residency is when unfortunately during my second year
of pharmacy school, my mom ended up in the emergency room. She was diagnosed with
cardiomegaly. At the time, I was learning hypertension and heart failure in my pharmacotherapy
Rewind two years prior to me starting pharmacy school, my mother broke her right femur
bone. After two surgeries, she ended up in rehab. While in rehab she went back to
the emergency room, now diagnosed with hypertension. The cardiologist at the time
prescribed a medication which is not first line therapy for treatment of hypertension,
and at the time, I did not know this and did not object to his recommendation.
Now fast-forward two years in my second year of pharmacy school, I learned what first
line therapies for treatment of hypertension were; and when blood pressure is not
controlled, it could lead to heart failure. I quickly researched a medication, consulted
with my professor, and he reconfirmed my choice.
I went back home and told the cardiologist I wanted my mother on a different medication.
Two years later my mom's blood pressure has been adequately controlled, and she has
had no emergency room visits.
After successfully treating my first patient, my mom, I knew right away I wanted to
use my baseline clinical skills I had acquired and take them to the next level. I
know completing a PGY-1 pharmacy residency will not only help me master my clinical
knowledge but also help me to become a board certified clinical pharmacist.
How did you feel when you found out you had matched?
I was enthusiastic! I could not wait to finish my day at my rotation site to tell
all my family members and friends who have vigorously supported me throughout my entire
journey of not only applying to pharmacy school and getting in but also supporting
me unconditionally these past four years. Without them, especially my mother, I would
not have made it through successfully by passing all my courses, assessments, and
examinations without repeating a course, failing an assessment, and/or not making
anything less than a B.
What advice would you give to a first year pharmacy student starting their journey?
My advice would be to make sure you take pharmacy school seriously. You cannot utilize
the same study habits you did while in undergrad. Be sure to be comfortable with change
which includes being able to change your study habits. Also be willingly to sacrifice
a lot; pharmacy school is anything but easy, however if you sacrifice, I guarantee
it will pay off in the end.
Also, if you have the slightest indication you may want to do a fellowship and/or
residency, grades matter! Lastly, be sure to get involved, not only in organizations
but also in leadership positions. I believe that is important when institutions review
Is there anything else you would like to share?
It does not matter the road you take to get to where you would like to go; all that
matters is that you get there. Do not look at others with envy and jealously. Make
your own way, put in the work, and it will pay off. Remember that on any day of the
week, hard work beats talent every time.
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