A Survey of the Impacts of the Pandemic on Pharmacy Residency Applications, Interviews, and Selection Factors

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Am J Pharm Educ. March 2022 29:8954. doi: 10.5688/ajpe8954. Online ahead of print.


Objective. To assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pharmacy residency application/interview processes, match rate, and factors influencing the ranking of matches at a single school of pharmacyMethods. In the spring of 2020 and 2021, an anonymous survey of applicants for fourth-year (PY4) professional residency at a college of pharmacy was administered. Survey responses were compared to explore trends in showcase participation, number/type/geographic spread of applications submitted, invitations to interviews, grade point average (GPA), research experience, and match rate. Thematic analysis assessed common factors influencing match rankings.Results. Responses were collected from 75 of 99 (75.8%) students seeking residency in 2020 and 79 of 94 (84.0%) in 2021. Students in 2021 reported applying to a median number greater than number of programs, with no significant difference in the reported average number of programs. interview invitations or match rates. ASHP’s mid-year virtual storefront led to a reported median savings of $1,000 with no significant impact on perceived value. Virtual interviews led to a reported median savings of $430. Thematic analysis revealed that feel/culture, location, and learning experience options were the most prevalent deciding factors for game rankings in both years.Conclusion. The pandemic has led to an increase in the number of residency applications per student and has resulted in net savings. There were no differences in the number of interviews offered, match rate, or in the deciding factors influencing match ranking. As the pandemic evolves, schools must maintain a flexible and dynamic approach to supporting students.

PMID:35351797 | DO I:10.5688/ajpe8954

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