A match made in almost heaven: Pharmacy residency class includes 19

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Despite recruiting during the COVID-19 pandemic, the WVU Medicine WVU Hospitals Department of Pharmacy increased its class of residents for 2021-22 to 19 from 16, including six from the previous class who elected to stay for their second year of training.

The class was announced on March 19 during National Residency Match Day. Match Day is an event where medical and other healthcare students learn in which U.S. residency programs they will continue their training.

The new pharmacy class includes residents from eight schools in seven different states. The six who remained with the program is the largest number to stay for their second year, according to Lisa Keller, PharmD, clinical manager-residency and education and PGY1 Pharmacy residency program director.

“It’s exciting that many want to stay and complete both years of training in our program when they have the option to apply for other programs for their second year,” Keller said. “Overall, we had an outstanding recruitment and match, matching with many of our highly-ranked candidates.”

Recruitment was all done online, including interviews and virtual tours of the pharmacy department and campus.

Each candidate did an “About Me” presentation and answered four questions about their interests, Keller said.

“This helped us to get to know their personality and fit for our residency culture. The candidates really enjoyed sharing information about their interests and getting to know each other.”

The residents mainly have rotations at WVU Hospitals but one program, the PGY1 Community Pharmacy, is with the Allied Health Solutions Specialty Pharmacy.