Reflection #1 Jessica Flores Knechel, PharmD Candidate 2019
This Wednesday Dr. Schwartzman gave a seminar on tips that would be helpful when applying for residencies. This was part of a series of residency talks she has given, and this seminar focused specifically on the components of the application that would have to be submitted on PhoRCAS. She discussed that the required materials included a letter of intent, CV, three letters of recommendation, official transcript, and might include a supplemental application. She discussed the optimal structure of the letter of intent, gave advice on how to obtain good letters of recommendation, and writing tips. In addition, she described the matching program that places applicants into their residency programs. The matching process is based on ranking and compatibility. The applicant ranks their desired programs while the residency programs rank their preferences for the applicants they would like to accept. If not accepted the first time, there is a second matching opportunity, and if there still is no placement, there is a scramble in which students call programs for availability in case there are still slots open. All of this information helps me establish a plan for pharmacy school that way I can optimize my chances of being placed into a good, well-matched residency. She mentioned that this seminar would be best suited for those applying soon, but as first years I feel that it is better to prepare and gather information (like this seminar) ahead of time.
Reflection #2 Robert Brawders, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Schwartzman described the process for applying for a residency. All residencies have different due dates for submitting applications. You can only apply to accredited programs via PhoRCAS. For PGY 2, you need to be licensed, completed a PGY1, or did 3-4 clinical years of experience in the field. You will get automatically filtered if your application is incomplete. Take this application process very seriously, or you will be cut. Make the application look nice. When you enroll in match, you are bound to go to the residency, if you don’t go, you will be blacklisted. Don’t rank if you don’t want to do a residency, only rank the programs you are interested. There are other opportunities to match if you don’t match on the first round.
The keeper I took from this seminar was to take this applying process very seriously if you truly want to do a residency, I will put a lot of time and effort into the application process for residencies.