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!
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.