The American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Residency
By Valeria Adimkpayah, Pharmacist Intern
The American University of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy continues to promote and enhance the learning opportunities of students who embark on their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. For students navigating towards the end of their academic training at the school of pharmacy, pharmacy interns are prepared to tackle more challenging professional careers which, numerous pharmacy organizations have rallied to promote throughout the years.
The American Society of Health- System Pharmacist (ASHP) which was established in 1942, over the years has transformed the definition of service provided to patients in all medical and non-medical settings. ASHP set a standard to motivate pharmacy interns into pursuing a more directive, distinct and advanced training to equip prospective candidates to embrace various career enhancement opportunities. ASHP proposed a standard for various established programs that intend to register their residency programs so as to gain accreditation and certify institutional training bodies eligible to advertise, interview, match, and enroll successful candidates into pharmacy residency programs. ASHP is governed by detailed rules for both participating programs and prospective candidates to adhere to while identifying prospective candidates.
The ASHP residency program has proven to strengthen students with strong backgrounds in hospital and health systems, ambulatory service, managed care, acute care/general medicine, critical care, oncology, long-term care, leadership, and more.
Essentially, candidates are generally final year students, are completing their pharmacy education, or have completed their pharmacy education and passed their respective licensing exams.
Cohort 2, the second pharmacy class of the School of Pharmacy participated in the 2023 ASHP match and 100% of the applicants who completed the process were successful in matching into respective programs at the end of the phase I and II match process. The accomplishment of the students who participated in the matching process is highly recognized by the School of Pharmacy and is celebrated, which encourages more students to strive towards taking on the challenge and seeking to take more career advancement opportunities.