Where Will they Land?

The South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) continues to blister the national average in residency match success.

On Match Day 2015 (March 20), 43 of the 56 SCCP students who applied were placed in programs repreresenting 16 states, landing in some highly prestigious residency programs. The SCCP has matched close to 80 percent of its students seeking residencies for five straight years, compared to a national average around 55-60 percent.  

The total residents represented around 23 percent of the student body and included multiple students at two programs, 14 students among all eight in-state programs, three students in community residency programs, and one student in a coveted veterinary pharmacy program (only one of its kind).

For those on social media, the College used #SCCPMatch2015 to track/post match results live on Twitter.  

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) runs a matching program in which an algorithm matches interested residencies with student-preferred placements.  In 2015, 5,373 applicants enrolled in the post-graduate year one (PGY1) match program and 4,358 applicants entered the match (with approximately 3,000 positions available for PGY1).

For the last five years, the number of applicants has risen in increments of 500 while available placements have risen in increments of around 200.

 “In the dynamic pharmacy job market and expanding service roles for pharmacists, I feel residency training will continue to move towards a standard as the next step in the pharmacy education and training process.” said Brandon Bookstaver, vice chair of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences at the SCCP.  

Many employers in health-system pharmacy strongly prefer residency experience and increasingly community pharmacists – the pharmacist at the corner store – expect it as well. PGY1 programs offer general post-graduate training and some residents go on to a post-graduate year two (PGY2) or fellowship program that is typically more specialized.

At least 27 SCCP alumni followed up their PGY1 residency by successfully matching for a PGY2 this year.

The College’s success in placing residents reflects an emphasis on preparation.

“That our students do so well is certainly a reflection of their outstanding ability and a testament to our faculty mentors and preceptors,” Bookstaver said. Bookstaver and SCCP assistant professor Celeste Rudisill-Caulder, along with two others, published Roadmap to Postgraduate Training in Pharmacy in 2013. “Our pre-residency track has created a roadmap for success in achieving a successful match.”  


Last, First  Program Specialty (if applicable)  State Campus   Number to PGY1/Fellowship Fellowship Community    
Adamson, Rebekka Seton Healthcare Family   TX MUSC Total: 45* 1 3    
Baird, Haley Moses Cone   NC USC USC 25*  1 3    
Ball, Dani Cook Children's Hospital   TX USC MUSC 20 - -    
Berry, Holly New Hanover Regional Med Center   NC MUSC   *Includes 1 fellowship (USC) outside residency match    
Bliven, Katie University of Utah   UT MUSC      
Brant, Caitlin Lexington VA Medical Center   KY MUSC        
Cook, Alli UT Medical Center   TN USC            
Cook, David Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center   SC MUSC        
Corboy, Alex WJB Dorn VA   SC USC            
Deleener, Michael Shore Medical Center   NJ MUSC            
Dicker, Tara Southeastern Regional Med Center   NC USC            
Evans, Taylor SCCP/KPIC Medicine Mart Community SC USC            
Giles, Amber Spartanburg Regional   SC MUSC            
Haggard, Emily LSU Medical Center   LA USC            
Hagedorn, Maureen Mercy Hospital   IL USC            
Henderson, Olivia Memorial Health Univ Medical Center   GA MUSC            
Hirschhorn, Joshua Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center   SC MUSC            
Jindracek, Lauren VA Healthcare in Ozarks   NC MUSC            
Jumper, Mark CaroMont Regional Med Center   NC USC            
Kane, Connor CVS/Caremark Fellowship RI USC            
Kunselman, Danae Barney's Pharmacy Community GA USC            
Lundberg, Tim Johnson City Medical Center   TN MUSC            
Macdonald, Jennifer University of Colorado   CO MUSC            
Mediwala, Krutika University of Kentucky   KY USC            
Miller, Ashley St. Vincent's Hospital (Jacksonville)   FL USC            
Miller, Jordan Oregon Health Sciences Univ.   OR MUSC            
Pasciolla, Michelle NY Presbyterian   NY USC            
Patel, Ravi Presbyterin   NC MUSC            
Perkins, Dayna Promedica Toledo Hospital   OH MUSC            
Pietras, Alex Georgetown Univ. Hospital   DC USC            
Rac, Hana Emory University   GA USC            
Reese, Meghan UVA   VA MUSC            
Rost, Erika NC State Veterinary Pharmacy NC MUSC            
Sabat, Carly Moses Cone   NC USC            
Sebring, Ethan MUSC Ambulatory Care PGY1/2 SC MUSC            
Shah, Pooja Greenville Health System   SC USC            
Smith, Jocelyn Spartanburg Regional   SC USC            
Stoessel, Andrew Jackson Memorial Hospital   FL USC            
Tanner, Heather WJB Dorn VA   SC USC            
Thornhill, Ann Columbus Regional Med Ctr   GA MUSC            
Timmons, Matthew St. Anthony's Hospital (Baycare)   FL USC            
Venezia, Nicole Mercer Univ/Kroger Community GA USC            
Waddington, Lindsay St. Vincent's Hospital (Indy)   IN USC            
Wagner, Michael Greenville Health System   SC MUSC            
Whitfield, Lauren Palmetto Health Richland   SC USC            
Morgan, Elisa* Temple Univ.   PA USC            
Mehta, Meera* Vidant Medical Center   NC USC            
*Previous graduate who entered in 2015 match