WSU pharmacy graduates set record with residency matches

WSU Doctor of Pharmacy graduates set a record-breaking year in residency matches. The College has seen consistent growth in residency matches each year, which is facilitated by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). Nearly two-thirds of students who participated in the match received residency.

“I am so incredibly proud of our student pharmacists. Each year, our graduates continue to impress us with the number of residency matches setting a record from previous years. These residency and fellowship experiences represent incredible opportunities for our students as they prepare for future successful careers,” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, interim dean for the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

39 fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy students matched with an ASHP-accredited postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency. In addition, two graduates secured an ASHP-accredited year two (PGY2) residency. The residencies are situated across 12 states, including Washington. Students took residencies in various fields including community pharmacies and health system administration and leadership.

Residencies help student pharmacists apply the skills and knowledge they learned in school to real patients, situations and settings. Through residencies, student pharmacists develop leadership skills, improve patient care, refine skills and advance their growth in clinical judgement. One of the best ways to expose new graduates to various career paths in pharmacy has been through residencies.