Reflection #1: Yoonsun Nam, PharmD Candidate 2019
Residency Education Series, Match Me, was held on September 22, 2015 at HPC Amp 1, and Dr. Schwartzman gave a great speech regarding residencies. I did not know anything about residencies before, so this seminar introduced me to the new world of pharmacy. Also, I was able to learn the importance of residency that students need to consider because it is a competitive advantage in the job market now. Residency is one year optional post-doctoral training program which focuses on direct patient care and practice under the supervision of an experienced preceptor. There are two types of residency, which are PGY1 (post graduate year 1) and PGY2 (post graduate year 2). PGY1 focuses on general practitioner and it helps to prepare for advanced training that accelerates growth beyond entry level competence. PGY 2 focuses on specific areas of pharmacy practice, and it helps to develop greater depth of experience for more complex patients. Dr. Schwartzman explained that we need to consider several factors, including accreditation, work environment, patient population, and services offered, for selecting the right residency. She mentioned about fellowships, including research/academic setting and pharmaceutical company setting, and she also explained WesternU's programs. This seminar gave lots of information regarding the residency, and it was a great opportunity to learn and experience about the residency. I learned that the residency is not only the crucial factor for competitive advantage in the job market, but also good chance to prepare myself for advanced training. Moreover, it was a meaningful time that I can learn about the great resources, including WesternU residency programs, teaching certificate program, and research training program. I will keep the general information and the importance of residency in my mind, and try to find the opportunity which I can improve myself in the pharmacy field.
Reflections #2: Amy Tran, PharmD Candidate 2019
Residency is a one year post doctorate program where one can work directly with patients and develop different skills. Some programs are accredited and some are not, but accreditation is not required. By joining a residency program, you are able to improve your qualifications and skills as a pharmacists, which in turn will open doors for more opportunities such as working at a clinic. Residency and Fellowships are different in terms of what they offer. Fellowships are more research and academic based rather than clinically. One keeper that I got from this presentation is that I should start planning out my strategy for picking a residency program. Not only that, I should go to the residency events to see what questions the third years ask so that I know what types of questions to ask when it is my turn to do so. In addition, there are several websites available that I can use to find residencies and fellowships. All in all, if I do not know if I want to do a residency, I should still apply.