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Attending DVSHP Residency Showcase as a Third Year Pharmacy Student

Tuesday, November 26, 2019  
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Written by: Samuel Lin, PharmD Candidate 2021, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

On October 29th the Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists (DVSHP) hosted a Residency Showcase involving over 40 different residency programs.  This year, the showcase followed the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP) Annual Assembly, a large-scale event hosted every year by PSHP that offers multiple tracks of learning (some that offer CE credits) for students, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacists. The showcase itself is similar to ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting Residency Showcase, the national residency showcase, that is held every year. The only difference is that the programs that attended this showcase were within PA and its surrounding states (NJ, NY, DE).  Therefore, although the showcase is on a smaller scale, it is nevertheless still a great opportunity to prepare for ASHP Midyear Residency Showcase or for those that may be interested in a program in the local area.

Personally, as a third-year pharmacy student, I initially believed that it was a bit too early to actively look into residency programs.  Most of the students who attended were in their final year of pharmacy school and they were almost free of the shackles of student life. The whole scene was filled with conversations.  Interactions were going on between the students and the residency program, whether with the residency director or a current resident.  Each student around me was earnestly probing for the program that best fit their needs and their personalities.  For me personally, being exposed to this type of environment made me realize that coming to this showcase or similar events tremendously helps in preparation for next year.  It was a relief to be able to use this year as a test run that can help better prepare me for next year’s showcase. 

The programs themselves were vastly diverse.  My personal goal is to obtain a Leadership and Administration residency, which is usually advertised as a PGY1/PGY2 combined program.  The two programs I had talked to had similar but different responsibilities for their Administration Residency.  It involved what projects a resident could potentially spearhead, staffing responsibilities, clinical exposure, and the potential to obtain a masters (public health or business administration).  Overall, as a third-year pharmacy student, it was a great learning experience and I certainly look forward to next year’s residency showcase.

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