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College of Pharmacy exceeds national residency match average

By Roby Hill
S.C. College of Pharmacy

Students at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy continued to excel in residency placement as 88 percent of the college’s residency candidates successfully matched.

The national average for pharmacy residency placement is around 55 percent. Last year, the College of Pharmacy placed 85 percent of its prospective residents and has placed close to 90 percent of candidates for the past three years.

“One of our most important quality measures is how many of our students go on to additional postgraduate training and where they go,” said Joseph DiPiro, PharmD, executive dean of SCCP.

Caitlin Musgrave, chief resident in the medical center’s College of Pharmacy residency program, counsels William Aigeltinger as part of a patient evaluation. Musgrave graduated from the S.C. College of Pharmacy in 2011 and placed at MUSC, where she is in her second year of residency.
Caitlin Musgrave, chief resident in the medical center’s College of Pharmacy residency program, counsels William Aigeltinger as part of a patient evaluation. Musgrave graduated from the S.C. College of Pharmacy in 2011 and placed at MUSC, where she is in her second year of residency. 

Forty-three of the 49 students who applied matched, landing in some prestigious residency programs. The total represents around 24 percent of the student body and included multiple students at six programs, 14 students among all eight in-state programs and a record five students in community residency programs.

This year’s residents are heading to assignments at the University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt University, Auburn University, Indian Health Service, Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Suburban Hospital in Maryland, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Cleveland Clinic and the VA at Charleston, Columbia, West Palm Beach, Orlando and Salisbury.

Residents also went to SCCP partners Palmetto Health Richland, Spartanburg Regional, McLeod, Greenville Health System, Carolinas Medical Center and the nationally recognized program at MUSC.

“Fewer than 30 percent of pharmacy graduates go on to do residencies but there are even fewer residency slots, and it’s highly competitive,” said Brandon Bookstaver, vice chair of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences at the SCCP. “That our students do so well is certainly a reflection of their outstanding ability and a testament to our faculty mentors and preceptors. Also, our pre-residency track has created a roadmap for success in achieving a match.”

Katherine Shugart, PharmD, will fill the inaugural community residency at the Medicine Mart in Columbia; the college announced that new partnership through the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center earlier this year. Four other community residencies were filled as well in the growing community residency program.

May 22, 2013
 
 
 

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