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ASHP 2019 Residency Match Phase I Shows Continued Increase in Positions

Published: March 15, 2019
ASHP Press Release

Phase I of ASHP’s 2019 Match today was a resounding success for thousands of student pharmacists. With a total of 5,134 residency positions, 4,697 positions are now filled, with the remainder to be filled in Phase II of the Match.

Over the last five years, PGY1 residency positions have grown by 34% and PGY2 positions by 64%. Specifically, PGY2 residencies in ambulatory care residencies grew by 112%, infectious disease residencies by 68%, and oncology residencies by 40%. Expansive growth occurred in emergency medicine residencies, which grew by 230%, and in pain management and palliative care residencies, which increased by 127%.

“The 2019 Match results for Phase I demonstrate remarkable expansion in residency programs and available positions,” said Janet A. Silvester, Pharm.D., M.B.A., FASHP, Vice President, ASHP Accreditation Services Office. “PGY2 growth continues to outpace PGY1 growth, supporting the market demand for pharmacists with advanced training to fill medication expert roles on the patient care team.”

In recent years, the number of student pharmacists who wish to match with residencies across the U.S. has increased significantly. In 2016, ASHP collaborated with National Matching Services (NMS) and the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) to create a two-phase Match process to help meet the needs of not only the rapidly growing number of pharmacists and student pharmacists who are seeking residencies, but also residency programs that are seeking applicants.

Now in its fourth year, ASHP’s Phase II of the Match gives student pharmacists who did not match in Phase I another opportunity to apply for a number of exceptional postgraduate training programs. The deadline to register to participate in Phase II of the Match is April 2, 2019. The informal post-match scramble will be held following Phase II of the Match to ensure that individuals have as many chances as possible to connect with a residency program.

Visit ASHP’s Match Day Resources for guidance on navigating the Match process, advice for Phase II of the Match, interview tips, and more. In addition, National Matching Services Inc. provides an overview of the 2019 ASHP Match process.

About ASHP
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s nearly 50,000 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 March 15, 2019

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