Doing a Residency.

Whether you’re in pharmacy school or in considering a career change, a residency may be in your future. In Episode 3 of Rx Radio, we talk with a PGY2 pharmacist and get his take on preparing to be an ideal candidate, what to expect, and whether a PGY2 residency is a good option. Link to that episode is right below.

When I was in my 4th year of pharmacy school I made the official decision not to do a residency. I was prepared to do one, as I really wanted to keep my options open. But I knew early in my first year of pharmacy school that community pharmacy was probably where my career would begin, and that’s exactly what happened. At the time of my graduation, there were Community Pharmacy residencies, but that just didn’t seem like it made sense as a career move for me. I would love to hear from anyone who did complete one though to see what their experiences were. I did prepare to do a residency by making sure I was involved on and off campus in pharmacy while maintaining a competitive GPA. I made sure I was a very well rounded student and became proficient at being a leader and being able to tell stories as to help better lead and showcase my abilities. These were my personal keys to success. In the episode, Dr. Dominick Curry provided his views on what it takes to be the ideal candidate for a residency.

In addition, there were couple things that stuck out to me during the interview. First, Dr. Curry mentioned how being successful in a residency has a lot to do with having a great attitude. But, this is not only important in residencies but in any setting really. I guarantee you that if you always have an excellent attitude at your place of work you will be successful. Obviously other things must come with it, but a bad attitude never will equate to being successful at what ever it is that you do.

Another thing he mentioned was putting patients first. Again though, this is imperative really in any healthcare setting. Unfortunately, in community pharmacy sometimes this isn’t always the case which is a horrible thing if you ask me. Patient’s should always come first, no matter how much dollars you may or may not make off of that one patient.

Lastly, Dr. Curry mentioned how one thing he wasn't prepared for was gauging how long certain things can take. This can make it difficult for proper time management. So, I’d like to introduce you to the time management matrix, if you haven’t already heard of it.

To my knowledge, it was created by Stephen Covey, author The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. It’s extremely useful because it help with prioritizing to maximize productivity and time management. I use this matrix daily and probably every hour.

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Richard Waithe, PharmD |

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