Pharmacy residencies are designed to further prepare pharmacists for advanced professional practice. Not only does residency completion offer residents a competitive advantage in the marketplace, but residency programs train residents in a variety of patient care settings and provide opportunities to interact and network with many different types of health care practitioners. They give students exposure to innovative practice styles and settings.
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Besides gaining experience in direct patient care, education and leadership, residents also develop an understanding of how the healthcare system works. Employers desire, or in some cases, require residency-trained clinical pharmacists for entry-level positions. By the year 2020, all entry-level positions with direct patient care responsibilities may require residency training (Crouch, pg. 13, 2013).
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