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Valued characteristics of community pharmacy residency applicants
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (2016)
  • Alissa A Scalise
  • Gabrielle S Ležaja
  • Eric C Nemec, II, Sacred Heart University
  • Joshua J Spooner, Western New England University School of Law
  • Daniel R Kennedy
Abstract
Objectives
To determine the attributes of postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) community pharmacy residency applicants and candidates that are most appealing to community residency program directors (CRPDs).
Design
A 22-question online survey, designed to collect residency demographics, desirable characteristics for consideration for interview invitation (applicants), and characteristics that should be displayed during an interview (candidates).
Setting
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)–recognized community pharmacy residency programs (CPRPs).
Participants
The CRPDs of 109 ASHP-recognized CPRPs throughout the United States.
Intervention
Not applicable.
Main outcome measures
Minimum applicant requirements; rank order of valued characteristics at application and interview stage of hiring process.
Results
The response rate was 71/109 (65.1%). Applicant work experience in chain pharmacy (90.1%) and independent pharmacy (77.5%) was most highly valued by CRPDs, with 85.9% preferring applicants with a minimum of 1 year or more of community pharmacy experience. A large majority of CPRPs (91.4%) indicated a preference for applicants who have been an officer of a student organization. Among CPRPs that required minimum grade point averages (GPAs), a mean GPA of 2.88 ± 0.34 was reported (range 2.0 to 3.5; mode 3.0). Pharmacy work experience (68.1%) and letters of recommendation (59.4%) were most frequently cited as top factors in the decision-making process for selecting candidates to interview. At the interview stage, CRPDs rated interest and knowledge about the residency (62.3%), time management and prioritization (50.7%), and self-awareness and commitment to improvement (43.5%) as the most important skills for candidates to demonstrate.
Conclusion
Community pharmacy work experience, organizational leadership experience, and positive letters of recommendation appear to be the most valued attributes of a community pharmacy residency applicant. Applicants should consider aligning themselves with these characteristics to successfully match to a community pharmacy residency.
Publication Date
2016
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.japh.2016.06.011
Citation Information
Alissa A Scalise, Gabrielle S Ležaja, Eric C Nemec, Joshua J Spooner, et al.. "Valued characteristics of community pharmacy residency applicants" Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/eric-nemec/15/