For fourth-year medicine students, Match Day happens on a single day nationally, when students across the country are notified where they will do their residencies. While residencies are not required for pharmacy students, many still choose to pursue residencies through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program (the Match). National Matching Services Inc. conducts the Match on behalf of ASHP in a two-phase process that collectively results in the Match.
Similar to other matching programs, the Match provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain positions in residency programs of their choice, and to help programs obtain applicants of their choice. This year, Phase 1 results were announced on March 20 and Phase 2 results will be announced on April 12. Phase 2 provides additional opportunities for students and programs as a result of unfilled positions in Phase I, new programs or positions that receive funding after Phase 1, and applicants who did not participate in Phase 1 of the Match. As a result, a unified celebration and recognition by the University will occur after the completion of Phase 2.
In realizing that the ASHP’s official two-phase process presents a delayed announcement for the Match, recognition to the individuals who were successful in Phase 1 was done through a personalized phone call from the College of Pharmacy’s Timothy Ulbrich, Pharm.D., R.Ph., associate dean of student success. Each student will also be personally congratulated by Richard J. Kasmer, Pharm.D., J.D., the College’s dean.
A Match Celebration for all College of Pharmacy students who match in Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be held Wednesday, April 18. The broader NEOMED community will be made aware of this event in the coming weeks.