STLCOP Residency Provides Practical Experience

Published on 06 November 2015

As the leaves change and the year comes to a close, P4 students start looking ahead to graduation and life after the completion of their Pharm.D. For pharmacy students, there are a variety of options to consider. Students enjoy postgraduate opportunities ranging from practice settings in community or clinical pharmacy, working in federal regulatory agencies, providing home care, joining the pharmaceutical industry, or even continuing to expand their health care knowledge and skills through a residency program.

According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), more than 1,500 pharmacists participate in nearly 800 residency programs across the United States each year. John M. Burke, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCPS, associate dean of postgraduate education, has advice for students interested in pursuing a pharmacy residency.

Why Residency?

Enrolling in a pharmacy residency program provides a clinical foundation for leadership in direct patient care. Pharmacy residencies provide the additional experience and specialization that today’s changing health care environment requires.

In addition, residents receive real-world training to effectively manage increasingly complex drug therapies for patients. Through residencies, residents are able to develop teaching skills by leading small group case discussions in pharmacotherapy courses, serving as instructors in practice labs, delivering didactic lectures to pharmacy students, participating in research projects, and completing resident seminar presentations.

Why Choose STLCOP?

For more than 20 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has partnered with world-renowned hospitals, teaching institutions, managed care organizations, and major health care corporations in the St. Louis area. These partnerships provide nearly 50 different residency sites.

At STLCOP, residents are able to customize their experience through electives and a variety of tracks within each residency program. Residents also have the opportunity to enroll in a teaching and learning curriculum, participate in research, and learn from highly-qualified preceptors.

The College’s exceptional location in one of the world’s preeminent biomedical complexes, provides residents with the opportunities to collaborate with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals.

How to Apply?

Students may apply to STLCOP 2016-17 residency programs through the ASHP PhORCAS system for application by Jan. 2, 2016. Students can become more competitive candidates by participating in extracurricular activities, conducting research, serving as a mentor, or gaining work experience while still in pharmacy school.

In order to determine which pharmacy residency program best fits students’ career goals, fifth- and sixth-year students are encouraged to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition and discuss their interests with faculty members.

More Information

The College will host students from across the nation on Thursday, Nov. 12, for this year’s Annual Residency Showcase. This event provides students the opportunity to explore residency programs located throughout the St. Louis and Metro East region.
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