Concordia's pharmacy school match day results continue to outperform the national average.
Pharmacy school match day brings students into March madness
Concordia’s School of Pharmacy is performing above the national average for matching pharmacy students into residency programs across the country. 80% of our students matched with their top choice for their first year of pharmacy residency (PGY-1). The national average is 72%. And then more amazing results for our pharmacy students early committing to their second year of residency (PGY-2), with an 84% match rate compared to the national average of 75%.
Sarah Peppard is the Assistant Director of Experiential Education and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin. She expressed pride for her students and all those who support this process. “Congratulations to those that were successful in their pursuits to this point,” Peppard began. “It takes a lot of people across our student body, staff, preceptors, partners, and faculty to work hard together to make this success. We should all be very proud and thankful for this effort and result.”
The benefits of pursuing a residency
After four years of pharmacy school, students have the option to complete post-graduate residency. A pharmacy residency is an organized, directed, postgraduate training program in a defined area of pharmacy practice. It provides the knowledge and experience to further one’s training with a clinical focus. During residency, a pharmacy resident performs as a licensed practitioner while still training under the supervision of an experienced preceptor.
As many as 42% of Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy graduates pursue either a residency or a fellowship. During the first year of residency (PGY-1), individuals engage in more generalized training that exposes pharmacy residents to a board range of clinical scenarios. And then in the second year (PGY-2), residents select a specific area of interest that will lead to specialization in that field. The intensive training completed in residency provides pharmacists with additional opportunities to practice their skills and further develop their expertise. The knowledge attained during this two-year residency is equivalent to approximately three to five years of clinical experience working as a pharmacist.
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Concordia’s pharmacy program develops pharmacists dedicated to providing value-based, patient-centered care that are also servant leaders in their communities. Our faculty is committed to students, patients, the pharmacy profession, and service. As a student at Concordia’s School of Pharmacy, you will develop the skills, expertise and mindset to provide equal and compassionate care to all your patients.
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