Alternate Pathway Series: How to be a Stand Out Community Pharmacy Residency Candidate

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This episode looks at how to be a stand-out community pharmacy resident candidate. We are joined by Nataša Živak, a clinical pharmacist and residency program coordinator/residency director of The Centers for Families and Children's Community-Based PGY1 Pharmacy Residency.

Questions we discuss:

  1. Are there specific things that a standout to programs when evaluating PGY1 community-based candidates?
  2. What sort of leadership experience do you value in candidates?
  3. Does business experience help, for example having an MBA or experience as an entrepreneur?
  4. We learned in our first episode that a lot of graduates go on to create new positions. If you were like this, where you knew you wanted to do a community residency, and you had a broad idea of where you wanted to be in 5/10 years and knew this was the right choice to get you there, BUT you did not have specifics to exactly what you would walk out of residency doing, is there a way to explain that in your Letter of Intent?
  5. What are some soft skills (example being self-awareness, communication, emotional intelligence) that are important to have in a candidate?

Key Take-aways:

  1. Community volunteer experience can be very beneficial for your CV and application
  2. If you are unsure what you plan to do after community residency then try to tailor your materials to the patient population you want to work with or are passionate about.
  3. Time management and working with others well is necessary, especially in larger programs where your face-to-face time with the residency program director is not on a daily basis.

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