Applicants, Programs Undeterred by Pandemic-Related Challenges
Phase II of ASHP’s 2021 Match concluded today, with 347 positions filled adding to the 2,398 positions filled during Phase I. In total, 5,467 individuals matched with 2,654 pharmacy residency programs across the country. Over the last five years, residency positions have increased by 1,325 positions, or 33%.
“ASHP congratulates the nearly 5,500 student pharmacists and residents who matched with pharmacy residencies this year,” said Janet A. Silvester, Pharm.D., M.B.A., FASHP, vice president, ASHP Accreditation Services Office. “The 2021 Match results demonstrate the resilience of our residency programs and applicants given the pandemic-related hardships that challenged the recruitment process this year. We are pleased to see the sustained growth of these critically important training programs that equip pharmacists with the necessary skills to navigate today’s challenging healthcare environment."
Only 53 positions remain in the 2021 Post-Match Scramble, which will open for applications on April 15 at noon Eastern Time. ASHP recommends programs make their offers to candidates beginning April 21.
In recent years, the number of student pharmacists who wish to match with residencies across the United States has increased significantly. In 2016, ASHP collaborated with National Matching Services and the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service 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.
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s nearly 58,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For 79 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.