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Timothy Coyle (PharmD '20) 
Match Day 2020

April 6, 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic, students from the class of 2020 at PCOM Georgia 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 journey today.

Timothy Coyle (PharmD '20)What inspired you to go into pharmacy?

I was interested in the sciences throughout high school and went to college with the intent to go into health care. When I graduated, people in my family told me that it was worth the time and energy to go into health care and pursue a higher degree. I felt pharmacy school would be a good career decision because I enjoyed chemistry and I wanted to see where it could be applied to health care. Upon starting a job as a pharmacy technician, I was intrigued by the sheer number of drugs, the incredible developments made in modern medicine, and the need for those in the community to have access to clear, accurate information to make the best decisions for their health care. I decided to pursue pharmacy to improve health outcomes and to help people learn how to take control of their health to the best of their ability.

Where did you match?

PCOM/Wellstar North Fulton Hospital, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice, Suwanee, Georgia

Why did you pursue a residency?

Throughout my academic career I have found great enjoyment in asking questions and solving problems. I felt that I was more suited for a career as a clinical or hospital pharmacist where I could be a part of an interdisciplinary team to influence health outcomes of the patient. A residency would help me gain the experience that I need to be an effective clinical pharmacist.

How did you feel when you found out you matched?

I was relieved that my work in pharmacy school had paid off, thankful to all the people who had invested time and energy in me throughout my life, and excited to have the opportunity to take on the challenge of a residency program.

What advice would you give to year one pharmacy students just starting their journey?

Remind yourself of why you are pursuing your goals. Prioritize your faith, value your relationships and be supportive. Also prioritize your physical health. Learn so that you can give a confident, verifiable answer when asked a question by a patient, not just to answer a test question. Go to class even when you don’t feel like you’ll get anything out of it. Keep up with a hobby to reduce stress. Know that almost everything is influenced by networking and marketing, and learn to use that to your advantage by developing your soft skills including small talk, social cues, public speaking, resume building and dressing well. Finally, always be open and willing to learn from different points of view.

Read more Match Day stories from the Class of 2020.