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What is a pharmacy residency?

A pharmacy residency is an organized, directed, postgraduate training program in a defined area of pharmacy practice. It provides the knowledge and experience that pharmacy practitioners need to face challenges in today's complex health-care environment, while also providing essential skills to meet the practice demands of the future. Increasingly, many employment opportunities indicate a strong preference for individuals who have completed an ASHP-accredited residency.


How can I become a strong candidate?


  • Programs look for well-rounded students with clear professional and personal goals. Grades are not the most important component in getting a residency.  Good communication skills are vital.

  • Get involved in pharmacy organizations and community service activities that match your goals.  It is not the quantity but the quality that matters.

  • Select rotations that are clinically challenging or unique.  Make sure you go above and beyond the rotation expectations.

  • Consider co-authoring or doing a poster presentation.

  • Develop strong relationships with faculty, preceptors and employers who will provide you with a strong reference letter.


How to apply for a residency


Applications for the 2016-2017 year will be accepted beginning in fall 2015 using PhORCAS. All applicants must register for The Match-ASHP Resident Matching Program and submit an application through the PhORCAS website. The deadline for applications and all special requirements for acceptance is  in the beginning of January. Please review the residency checklist and timeline for details.

General information to help you with your residency needs:


What is  a residency? Video


How will you benefit? Video


Recent ASHP residency postings.

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 Selecting the right residency

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Glossary of residency terms

  • Click here to find out the different terminology and acronyms that are used when it comes to residencies.


  • Residency checklist & timeline

  • ​Don't miss important dates to prepare for your residency interview and submission of your application. Click here to open the residency timeline. 


  • Understanding residencies   

  •  To learn more about PGY1 and PGY2 residencies click here.


Round 2 of the Match

ASHP to begin offering second Residency Match in 2016

Click here for schedule of dates



How many Pacific students are placing into residencies and fellowships each year?

"Results from the AACP Curriculum Improvement Surveys from 2010-2015 indicate that Pacific's graduating students feel prepared to enter practice (85-90% vs. 95% national) [AACP Survey Results 2012-15]. However, graduates appear to be practice ready based on Pacific 2012-2015 NAPLEX passage rates ranging from 96-98% (vs. 96-97% overall in California), ASHP residency matching rates ranging from 17-22% (vs. 18-20% national), and 21-28% placement in post-graduate training and education during the period from 2012 to 2014 [NAPLEX CPJE Results 2012-2015, Postgraduate Training & Education]."


In the same Self-study report of University of the Pacific, a former student from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy shared this:

                "UOP not only has a good academic program, but I feel that they do a terrific job instilling professionalism. I was able to be very involved in the community, as well as in the national and state pharmacy organizations. UOP also has terrific preceptors for clinical rottions, which helps students in their determination of a career path. The encouragement to participate in a residency program was always noted, much more than at the university  I currently work for. Compared to other universities, UOP really instills in students from the very beginning that this is a career path, not just a degress. I feel that this really helps in all of the aspects listed above. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it at UOP with the same classmates I had. I really couldn't have asked for a better experience. "


Why should I do a  pharmacy residency?