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Michelle Colvard, Marie-Thérèse Jackson, Rosana Oliveira, Karin Scholtes, Steve Burghart, Cynthia A. Gutíerrez, Troy A. Moore, Shannon N. Saldaña, and Amy VandenBerg (2017) Consumer satisfaction with National Alliance on Mental Illness written medicine information. Mental Health Clinician: March 2017, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 74-80.

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Atkinson TJ, Gulum AH,Forkum WG. The Future of Pain Pharmacy: Driven by Need.Pharmacy Practice Research.2016; 5:33-42.

Bagwell A, Loy A, Mcfarland MS, Tessmer-neubauer A. Oral Acyclovir in the Treatment of Verruca. J Drugs Dermatol. 2016;15(2):237-8.

Lister JF. Pharmacogenomics: A Focus on Antidepressants and Atypical Antipsychotics.” Mental Health Clin. 2016; 6 (1): 48-53.

Maxwell LG, McFarland MS, Baker JW, Cassidy RF. Evaluation of a Pharmacist Led Telehealth Clinic on Diabetes-Related Goals of Therapy in a Veteran Population.Pharmacotherapy.2016;36(3):348–356

Salvig BE, Gulum AH, Walters SA,Edwards LB,Fourakre TN,Marvin SC,McKenzie MS,Moseley MV, Ansari IJ. Pharmacist Screening for Risk of Osteoporosis in Elderly Veterans.Consult Pharm.2016; 31:440-449.

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Warstler A,Bean J.Antimicrobial-induced cognitive side effects.Mental health Clinician.July 2016; 6(4): 207-214.

Riesselman A. Raising Mental Health Awareness in a College of Pharmacy By Utilizing Community Resources, Artistic Reflection and Social Media. J Pharm Pract 2016; 29(3): 284.

Atkinson TJ, Cleary J, Fudin J. 10 Pain Medication Myths: Challenges in Selecting the Appropriate Analgesic.Pract Pain Mgmt. Publication Pending September 2016.


Salvig BE, Easterling JL, Moseley MV, Patel EL, Joppich HM,Bean JR. Improving antipsychotic use in a Veteran Affairs Community Living Center. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging. 2015; 23(3): 35-39.

Lister JF, Voinov B, Thimothy L,Bean JF. Drug-Induced System Hypersensitivity Reaction Associated With Ziprasidone: An Atypical Occurrence. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2015; 35 (4): 478-480.

Riesselman A, El-Mallakh RS. Akathisia with azithromycin.Ann Pharmacother. May 2015; 49(5):609.

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Baker JW, Bean J,Benge C, McFarland MS. Designing a Resident Research Program. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. April 2014: 71: 592-598

McFarland MS, Wallace JP, Parra J,Baker J.Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction with Diabetes Management Provided by Clinical Pharmacists in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. March 2014: 7(1): 115-21

Baker JW, Larue C.Diabetic patient Education Pit Fall Regarding Insulin Administration. Pending Publication October 2014 Federal Practitioner.

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Atkinson TJ, Fudin J, Jahn HL, Kubotera N, Rennick AL, Rhorer MK. What’s New in NSAID Pharmacotherapy? Pain Medicine. 2013; 14(Suppl 1):S11-S17.

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What questions should I ask a pharmacy residency program? ›

List of Pharmacy Residency Interview Questions
  • Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
  • What motivated you to become a pharmacist?
  • Why did you attend pharmacy school?
  • What do you perceive to be the role of the pharmacist?
  • Can you describe your experience working in the pharmacy profession?
2 Feb 2022

What are the most competitive pharmacy residency programs? ›

Top Pharmacy Residency Programs 2018-19
  • Johns Hopkins Pharmacy Residency Program.
  • University of North Carolina–Chapel HillPharmacy Residency Program.
  • University of Minnesota Pharmacy Residency Program.
  • University of California–San Francisco Pharmacy Residency Program.
4 Oct 2018

How many letters of recommendation do you need for pharmacy residency? ›

Even though 3 recommendations is the standard, it may be beneficial to ask 4 or 5 individuals to write letters of recommendation for you, in case one or 2 are unable or unwilling to do so. You read that correctly: some preceptors, mentors, and colleagues may not want to write letters or recommendations.

How do you answer why do you want to do a pharmacy residency? ›

Pharmacy residencies allow you to apply the knowledge and skills you've learned in school to real patients, situations, and settings. You will also be exposed to different facets of practice and learn about the many and varied career paths available to pharmacists today.

How many interviews do pharmacy residency programs offer? ›

Candidates will be invited to interview in order of final ranking. A total of 5 applicants will be interviewed for each residency position offered.

How do you introduce yourself in a pharmacy residency interview? ›

Introduce yourself well

It should have the structure of past, present and then future. Do not be too long-winded, but describe where you came from and what brought you to today. Then talk about what you are currently doing and interested in. Close out by talking about where you want to go / your future goals.

When should I get letters of recommendation for residency? ›

When should I request letters of recommendation for residency? You should request letters of recommendation at least one month before September 29th. Ideally, you would request letters of recommendation at the very beginning of a rotation, especially if you know it's a specialty you hope to pursue for residency.

Can residents write letters of recommendation? ›

There are two types of residency letters of recommendation that we program directors care about, honestly. The first type of residency letter of recommendation is written from someone who knows you very well—whether clinically, because you worked on some research project together, or both.

What do pharmacy schools look for in recommendation letters? ›

Pharmacy schools will want letters of recommendation from established professionals who can speak about your work ethic, interest in pharmacy, time management, professionalism, intellectual curiosity and personal character.

Is it worth doing a pharmacy residency? ›

The average resident salary is around $45,000, well less than half of the national average pharmacist salary of $120,000. Completing a residency for one year means you are would be losing out on $75,000 and for 2 years $150,000. This doesn't account for the student loan interest that will accumulate during this time.

How do I ace a residency interview? ›

With so much at stake, it's no wonder many applicants feel nervous, anxious, and even some trepidation when facing interviews.
Six Ways to Ace Your Residency Interviews
  1. Impress with your answers. ...
  2. Do your homework. ...
  3. Don't be on the wrong end of a technical glitch or background mistake.
2 Dec 2021

What are your strengths pharmacy residency interview? ›

Typical strengths include good communication skills, ascertaining others' needs, patience, dependability, accountability, flexibility, paying attention to detail, and problem solving. In interview situations, however, these answers may sound canned and scripted.

What is the hardest residency to get into? ›

Competitive programs that are the most difficult to match into include:
  • General Surgery.
  • Neurosurgery.
  • Orthopedic Surgery.
  • Ophthalmology.
  • Otolaryngology.
  • Plastic Surgery.
  • Urology.
  • Radiation Oncology.

What is a good GPA for residency pharmacy? ›

Pre-requisites for PGY1 programs including the two year combined programs: Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school or college; minimum GPA of 3.0.

What are the least competitive residencies? ›

The 10 Least Competitive Specialties in Medicine
  • Psychiatry.
  • Emergency Medicine.
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Neurology.
  • Child Neurology.
  • Pathology.
  • Internal Medicine.
  • Anesthesiology.
10 Sept 2022

Is it hard to match to a pharmacy residency? ›

Only 51.8% of the students that apply for the Match actually get a residency. Your odds are basically 1 in 2.

What is a residency showcase? ›

Additional Information A local residency showcase provides a platform for interested students and residency program representatives to meet one another. As a student, you can get a feeling for programs and requirements to help you make an informed decision about pursuing residency training.

How long should interview answers be residency? ›

Once you have your main speaking points jotted down, you'll need to rehearse. Ideally, your response should be a couple of minutes with three minutes being the maximum length. If it's any longer than that, you risk losing your audience's attention.

What are your weaknesses pharmacy interview? ›

If you have experience with pharmacy work, tell the interviewers about tricky situations you've experienced, and how it helped you become a better pharmacist. And if you lack experience, or even apply for your very first job, you can always point out lack of experience as your biggest weakness.

What a good response for tell us about yourself? ›

A simple formula for answering “Tell me about yourself”

Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and perhaps a big recent accomplishment. Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention previous experience that's relevant to the job and company you're applying for.

What makes a great letter of recommendation for residency? ›

A great letter of recommendation for residency applications typically includes exactly how the letter writer knows the student. The letter writer should provide context around how and when you worked together, in what specialty, and outline your aptitude and passion for that specialty.

What makes a good residency letter of recommendation? ›

Demonstrate experiences specific to the specialty to which you are applying. Demonstrate good rapport with multiple physicians. Showcase work ethic, commitment to the specialty, and contributions to medicine. Exemplify personal characteristics, academic performance, and involvement.

How do you get a good residency letter of residence? ›

Top Tips for Residency Letters of Recommendation
  1. Know what a good letter of recommendation includes. ...
  2. Find awesome attendings at your clinical experiences. ...
  3. Always waive the right to view your letters. ...
  4. Choose your letter writer based on specialty. ...
  5. Don't ask your friends or family for letters.
12 Sept 2019

Do residency programs talk to each other? ›

During the recruitment process, residency programs and applicants actively communicate with one another to gather information to make more informed decisions. When these communications occur after interviews, but before rank order lists are submitted, they are termed “postinterview communications.”

How many LORs are required? ›

At most, universities require three LORs, while a few universities may ask for more than three LORs, but this is usually up to the applicant. Similarly, LORs for PhD should be academic LORs that demonstrate the applicant's ability and potential for research and interest in the subject/field of study.

Should you email program directors? ›

Most often it is best to address your correspondence to the Program Coordinator and CC the Program Director or mention them in your letter. Program Coordinators are the gatekeepers (as Program Directors don't usually like being contacted for routine matters).

Who should write a letter of recommendation for pharmacy school? ›

For most schools, 1-2 evaluation letters from science faculty who taught you in a course, 1 from a non-science college instructor, and 1-2 letters from pharmacists should be enough. Some schools will specify exactly how many and from what type of authors and you should, of course, provide exactly what they request.

Can you submit application before recommendations PharmCAS? ›

You can submit your application before your transcripts and evaluations are received. Please note, however, that we will not review your application until all of your transcripts, payments, and evaluations are received.

What type of pharmacists make the most money? ›

10 Highest paying pharmacy jobs
  • Pediatric pharmacist.
  • Oncology pharmacist. ...
  • Compounding pharmacist. ...
  • Hospital pharmacist. ...
  • Ambulatory care pharmacist. ...
  • Informatics pharmacist. National average salary: $127,874. ...
  • Nuclear pharmacist. National average salary: $123,806. ...
  • Community pharmacist. National average salary: $107,372. ...
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What makes a good pharmacy resident? ›

The most critically important subjective characteristics in defining a successful resident as ranked among PGY1 residency programs are dependability, professionalism, self-motivation/initiative, and work ethic.

Why do hospitals use pharmacy residency? ›

The purpose of a pharmacy practice residency is: To refine professional competence in direct patient care, through supervised practice under the guidance of model practitioners, pharmacy operational services and project management gained during study in an accredited pharmacy professional degree program.

Is it better to interview earlier or later residency? ›

Scheduling early or late does not necessarily help or hurt your application. Many opinions exist on this issue. If you interview early, you may have a better chance of being reviewed when interviewers and committee members have fewer competitive applicants to compare you against.

How many residency interviews should I go on? ›

Therefore, the typical applicant should aim for 11–12 interviews.

How can I introduce myself during interview? ›

Greet your interviewers and tell your name to start the formal introduction. It is always a good idea to prepare for this most expected question beforehand. Do not hesitate to include some informal, personal information, such as your hobbies, or what you do on weekends.

What is considered a personal strength? ›

Personal strengths: These are your unique qualities (e.g., reliable, flexible, kind, hard working, creative, punctual, and positive).

Why should we hire you answer pharmacist? ›

I have a lot of respect for other people. No doubt other applicants for a job in this great pharmacy also have their strengths and dreams, and can offer you a lot as employees. I also have my strengths–communication, empathy, enthusiasm, and believe you had a chance to recognize them during this interview.

What are strengths and weaknesses interview? ›

When hiring managers ask about your strengths and weaknesses, they evaluate a few things: How you conduct a self-assessment. Whether you are aware of your positive traits and how you use them in the workplace. Whether you can address your weaknesses and how you've worked to improve them.

What are your strengths pharmacy residency interview? ›

Typical strengths include good communication skills, ascertaining others' needs, patience, dependability, accountability, flexibility, paying attention to detail, and problem solving. In interview situations, however, these answers may sound canned and scripted.

What questions are asked in a pharmacy interview? ›

35 Common Pharmacist Interview Questions and Answers
  • Tell me about yourself. ...
  • Tell me about your experience as a pharmacist. ...
  • Why did you become a pharmacist? ...
  • What do you like best about being a pharmacist? ...
  • What do you like least about being a pharmacist? ...
  • What is your greatest strength? ...
  • What is your greatest weakness?

What is PGY1 pharmacy residency? ›

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1)

“Postgraduate year one of pharmacy residency training is an organized, directed, accredited program that builds upon knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities gained from an accredited professional pharmacy degree program.

What is your greatest strength answer samples pharmacist? ›

Example: “My greatest strength is my ability to remain calm under pressure. I have worked at several pharmacies where the workload was high, but I always managed to stay focused on helping patients. One time, there were three pharmacists out sick, so I had to work alone for an entire day.

What is your weakness in pharmacy interview answer? ›

If you have experience with pharmacy work, tell the interviewers about tricky situations you've experienced, and how it helped you become a better pharmacist. And if you lack experience, or even apply for your very first job, you can always point out lack of experience as your biggest weakness.

What is considered a personal strength? ›

Personal strengths: These are your unique qualities (e.g., reliable, flexible, kind, hard working, creative, punctual, and positive).

What is your weakness best answer? ›

Answer “what is your greatest weakness” by choosing a skill that is not essential to the job you're applying to and by stressing exactly how you're practically addressing your weakness. Some skills that you can use as weaknesses include impatience, multitasking, self-criticism, and procrastination.

Why is the snake the symbol of pharmacy? ›

The snake was a symbol of wisdom, immortality and healing in Middle and far Eastern cultures far older than that of ancient Greece, although its association with Aesculapius has been attributed to snakes used at a temple dedicated to him in Epidaurus in the north eastern Peloponnese.

What are your 3 weaknesses? ›

How to answer “What are your weaknesses?”
  • Example weakness 1: self-critical. ...
  • Example weakness 2: lacking confidence. ...
  • Example weakness 3: difficulty asking questions. ...
  • Example weakness 4: lacking experience. ...
  • Example weakness 5: procrastination. ...
  • Example weakness 6: perfectionism.

What is a good GPA for pharmacy residency? ›

A candidate with a 4.0 GPA but no extracurriculars is less impressive than a candidate with a 3.3 GPA but a variety of high-quality experiences and excellent letters of recommendation.

Which type of pharmacist makes the most money? ›

High Paying Pharmacist Jobs
  • Pharmacometrician. Salary range: $143,000-$162,500 per year. ...
  • Pharmacy Informaticist. Salary range: $57,000-$159,500 per year. ...
  • Clinical Pharmacologist. ...
  • Inpatient Pharmacist. ...
  • Pharmaceutical Physician. ...
  • Clinical Staff Pharmacist. ...
  • Hospital Pharmacist. ...
  • Chief Pharmacist.

What is the difference between PGY1 and PGY2? ›

Interns are referred to as PGY-1. If an Intern is a Preliminary Resident, they may be an Intern again if they Match into a different program in the future. Transitional residents are an Intern their Transitional year, and then they are considered a PGY-2 once they get to their Categorical Residency.


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