Anahit Tiivriktsyan, PharmD Candidate 2020
This seminar presented by Dr. Chan was very helpful because I didn’t have an idea of how to apply for residency and which characteristics they consider for applicants. He first mentioned the statistics of how many people apply for residency and how many people get matched. After the statistics, it was clear that it is very challenging to be matched and a lot of factors play a role. I thought they only consider GPA, but I was wrong. Dr. Chan emphasized that it is very important to be intelligent and proactive. It is important to communicate well, including strong presentation skills, because we will be presenting in front of many professionals. Characteristics such as being able to handle pressure, multi-task, to be punctual, courteous all come into play when we are applying. After the seminar, I will consider Dr. Chan’s advice in being more involved with organizations, such as running for an office member, and visiting professors during their office hours. It is very important to seek for mentorship and maintain consistency of participating in activities all 4 years of pharmacy school. It is really great to hear advice like Dr. Chan’s in the beginning of the first year of pharmacy school to plan ahead.
Taraneh Ziaeianhosseinain, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr Chan11/02/2016There are over 4000 student pharmacist participate for match, which 66% of them will bechosen. Those who have been chosen must have some characteristics such as being proactiveand taking responsibility for their learnings, communicates well and strong presentation skills,can be a team –player and at the same time be independent, multitasking and can handlepressure, receptive to criticism and think about each criticism as an ability that they do nothave and they really want to achieve it. They should show that they’re enthusiastic by beingpunctual and having good attitude. The essentials to apply for residency are: pharmacyknowledge and clinical skills, extracurricular activities, work experience, research (which is aweakness of most of the residency applicants), and leadership. According to our speaker, GPAis the primary and fastest way to screen out applications. Therefore, Rho Chi Honors Societywhich are the top 20% of the class should mention their membership at this organization intheir CV. Finally, P1 students should be aware of which therapeutics area are in their best ofinterest and make investments through these four years to apply for the residency whichwould be more competitive each year.