Programs Overcome Challenges Posed by COVID-19
ASHP’s 2020 Residency Match concluded today, as 5,269 individuals matched with 2,551 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 1,664 positions, or 46 percent, nationwide.
“ASHP congratulates the more than 5,200 future pharmacists who matched with PGY1 and PGY2 residencies this year,” said Janet A. Silvester, Pharm.D., M.B.A., FASHP, vice president, ASHP Accreditation Services Office. “We would also like to recognize the commitment to residency training demonstrated across the country as residency programs interviewed applicants for the match, sometimes virtually, during the escalating pandemic. Residency programs kept an eye to the future while dealing with multiple other priorities.”
Now in its fifth year, ASHP’s Match Phase II gives applicants who did not match in Phase I a second opportunity to connect with a postgraduate training program. Phase II of this year’s Match resulted in 346 filled positions, in addition to the 4,923 positions filled during Phase I.
Only 43 positions remain to be filled in the 2020 Post-Match Scramble, which will open for applications on April 9 at noon Eastern Time. ASHP recommends that programs make their offers to candidates beginning April 15.
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s nearly 55,000 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, ashp.org, or its consumer website, SafeMedication.com.