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ASHP's Pharmacy Residency Match Shows Steady Growth in Postgraduate Training

Published: April 12, 2018
ASHP Press Release

2018 Results Demonstrate Continued Demand for Available Positions 

ASHP’s 2018 Match concluded today, as 4,777 individuals matched with more than 2,300 pharmacy residency programs across the country. The Match was conducted in two phases to meet the needs of the rapidly growing number of pharmacists and student pharmacists seeking residencies as well as residency programs seeking applicants. Over the last five years, residency positions have increased by 1,450 positions, or 43%.

“The 2018 Match results show stable growth in both applicants and positions to meet the demand for residency-trained pharmacists,” said Janet A. Silvester, Pharm.D., M.B.A., FASHP, Vice President, ASHP Accreditation Services Office. “The growth of PGY2 positions in the last year has outpaced the growth of PGY1 positions, with 8% and 5% growth, respectively.”

Now in its third year, ASHP’s Phase II of the Match gives applicants who did not match in Phase I another opportunity to connect with a postgraduate training program. Phase II of the Match resulted in 370 positions filled, in addition to the 4,407 positions filled during Phase I.

The 2018 Post-Match Scramble will begin with submission of applications on April 13 at noon Eastern Time. Only 59 positions remain to be filled in the Post-Match Scramble. ASHP recommends that programs make their offers to candidates beginning on April 19. ASHP will also host a Virtual Career Fair on April 19 for those applicants who did not match with a residency program.

About ASHP
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s 45,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For more than 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,


Posted April 12, 2018

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