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Get The Residency: ASHP's Guide to Residency Interviews and Preparation 1st Edition

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Doody’s Review:

Melissa M. Ranieri, BS, PharmD (Temple University School of Pharmacy)


This is a handbook of practical advice for pharmacy students seeking a postgraduate residency. Since securing a residency has become more competitive in recent years, this book is particularly timely. From CV preparation to interview skills, it contains information to help students navigate the residency application process.


This book was inspired by an elective course taught by the authors on the skills necessary to pursue a pharmacy residency. In collaboration with ASHP, they created this resource of the most essential information that was taught in that class. They hope to provide guidance to pharmacy students across the country and equip them with the tools necessary to succeed in this process. Various faculty, clinicians, and residency program directors were also consulted and offer their insight. The end result is a handbook of practical information that pharmacy students certainly will find helpful in the sometimes tricky process of securing a residency.



Pharmacy students who are interested in or contemplating a residency after graduation will find this to be an invaluable resource. For each pharmacy year, suggestions are offered for how to best prepare for a residency, including a focus on academics, exploring organizations, and traveling to meetings. Additionally, the residency application process is simplified and seems less intimidating after reading this book. The Midyear Clinical Meeting is even explained, including when to plan ahead and how to approach the residency showcase. Get the Residency: ASHP's Guide to Residency Interviews and

Preparation is certainly worth the investment for pharmacy students applying for a post-graduate residency. Much of the information provided can be easily implemented and could significantly improve an applicant's chance of matching with a desirable program.



Practical advice in applying for a residency is offered, including CV writing, interview technique and follow-up, and the matching process. The chapter on formatting a CV is particularly helpful, especially because it is specific for pharmacy students. Tips for organizing a personal statement are also offered, including the format of each paragraph. Key lessons conclude each section and help readers to focus on the most essential information. Real stories about residency applicants and pharmacy students are also told from the perspective of clinicians and residency program directors, which help students understand the qualities and skills deemed important in potential applicants. Tips are also shared that help students stand out from other applicants, whether it is a hand-written thank-you note or a hard copy of a portfolio. This useful information will help students feel more confident and prepared when applying for a residency.



This resource contains practical and essential advice that cannot easily be found elsewhere and will be invaluable to pharmacy students seeking a residency. From formatting a CV to what to expect from the match process, it offers guidance for every step of the application process. After reviewing this information, pharmacy students can highlight their strengths and increase their confidence in securing a residency.




Weighted Numerical Score: 97 - 5 Stars!


(Melissa M. Ranieri, BS, PharmD Doody's Review Service 2012-12-21)

About the Author

Joshua Caballero, PharmD, BCPP is an Associate Professor at the Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy. He completed a BA in Psychology from the University of Florida and received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Afterward, he completed a Psychiatric Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at The Ohio State University. He has participated in the Department of Health and Human Services Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities profession capacity building program and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Focused Investigator Training (ACCP FIT) program. He currently serves on the Specialty Council on Nuclear Pharmacy for BPS, the Incoming Senior Editor for the Mental Health Clinician, and educational committees at national levels.   

Academically, Dr. Caballero is a preceptor for students in their Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiences, and coordinates one of the Therapeutics sequences and Pharmacy Residency elective course. Dr. Caballero primarily lectures on psychiatric and geriatric topics. His residency course has an over 80% success rate. He has been a past recipient of the yearly Golden Apple Award (2008, 2012), given to the best professor in the College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Caballero is board certified in psychiatric pharmacy and has worked extensively with diverse populations in developing and maintaining practice sites in outpatient and inpatient settings. Dr. Caballero has published in the areas of psychiatry, and most recently authored an ADHD chapter in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy. Additionally, he has a strong interest in academic research and has published in that area as well.    

Kevin A. Clauson, PharmD, is an Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy and
Adjunct Associate Professor at the College of Medicine – Biomedical Informatics Program
at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Dr. Clauson also serves as the Director of NSU’s
Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research, where he directs a Fellowship in
Consumer Health Informatics. He previously served as director for a PGY2 program that
produced residents who now occupy positions in academia, industry, and community settings.

Dr. Clauson received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee – Memphis
and completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He has a
strong interest in technology-mediated educational models and is a past Chair of the ASHP
Section Advisory Group in Pharmacy Informatics Education, has served as an Item Writer
for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and is a recipient of
the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Clauson has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of consumer health
informatics and has published over 50 journal articles. His research has generated
coverage by sources such as the New York Times, CBS-TV, Forbes, and BBC Radio.  He has
also reviewed and consulted for organizations including the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the
World Health Organization. Dr. Clauson’s current research includes mHealth
initiatives such as the use of text messaging to improve medication adherence and the
evaluation of consumer online health information seeking behaviors.


Sandra Benavides, PharmD, is an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Benavides received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco.  She then went on to complete a general practice residency at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center and a Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at The Ohio State University. Her clinical practice is in the area of pediatrics in a variety of pediatric settings including inpatient, ambulatory, and community.

Dr. Benavides has authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters in the area of pediatrics and education. She is the lead editor for the upcoming book Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, the first pediatric pharmacy text written for students.  Dr. Benavides also reviews for several pharmacy and medical peer-reviewed journals.

Throughout her years as an academician, Dr. Benavides has mentored many students on residency and career paths both at NSU and nationally. She was co-coordinator of the Residency Interview Preparation Seminar (RIPS) at NSU and has been involved in organizing and participating in Mock Interviews for students, residents and fellow through her involvement in national committees. Her dedication to students has reflected in her selection as a Teacher of the Year, Golden Apple Award finalist.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585283657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585283651
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether you have just started pharmacy school or are entering P4 year, this book is valuable for all pharmacy students who are preparing for residency. It is an easy and fast read, thoroughly enjoyable, and filled with interesting anecdotes. Each chapter is tailored for a specific purpose so you can skip to the chapters that are most pertinent to you depending on what stage you are in of the application process.

What I found useful in the book:
Appendix F: Questions to Ask & Avoid During Interviews - I was asked a lot of these same questions on every interview. I would recommend for future applicants to practice these questions.
Ch. 2 Developing Your Curriculum Vitae and Personal Statement - I keyed in on some glaring errors I had previously made and it helped streamline my CV.
Ch. 3 Contacting Residency Directors and Fellowship Directors - This laid out for me when the most appropriate time is to contact RPDs.
Ch. 4 ASHP Midyear and Clinical Meeting: Residency Showcase and PPS - If you are wondering whether to participate in PPS, if you're reading this and have no idea what PPS is, the book covers all these points. Also, the first time you go to ASHP Midyear it is quite overwhelming so knowing in advance what to expect is important.
Ch. 6 Interview Day - I was invited to several interviews and re-read this chapter prior to each interview to help me prepare.

At the end, I was able to secure a residency and definitely think reading this book gave me a competitive edge.
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This book is helpful, but mostly if purchased prior to attending mid-year. The tips regarding the interview process are helpful and many practice questions are included as well. Overall, the book is a good purchase but not an essential tool for navigating the residency application / interview process.
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I used this book throughout the my search in finding a residency. From suggestions about picking the right programs and what expect for ASHP Midyear to interviewing tips to describing the MATCH and post-MATCH, this is a great resource for the anyone trying to enter pharmacy residency. It has been a wonderful guide and helped me in securing the residency I am extremely excited to begin in July. This easy read puts anyone's mind at ease while enduring the stressful residency process. It is a MUST have supplemental guide for any P1 - P4 pharmacy student interested in becoming a future pharmacy resident or fellow.
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I purchased "Get The Residency" near the beginning of my P4 year to guide me through the residency application process. From ASHP Midyear to match day is a strange, stressful time and I was thankful to purchase this book. Overall it served as a great resource for some difficult to find information. The most useful sections are ASHP Midyear, Interview Day, After the Interview, and the potential interview questions.

There are times when the authors recommend actions that seem overly polite or unnecessary such as writing thank you notes to every person who interviews you (when you have 7 interviews with 12 people each it starts to add up) or contacting residency directors months before ASHP Midyear. At Midyear some directors were impressed I emailed them before meeting and others had no idea who I was when I offered my name. However, I learned throughout interviewing that residency directors have different expectations. Going overboard with politeness will not hurt you nearly as much as a director considering you to be rude.

In the end, the recommendations and examples given by the authors will only help your chances of getting into a residency high on your list. I followed their advice and happened to match at a very competitive program that was my first choice. Highly recommended for any pharmacy student hoping to get into residency. For the price it's a no-brainer.
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