Alternate Pathway Series: How to be a Stand Out Community Pharmacy Residency Candidate
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:
- Are there specific things that a standout to programs when evaluating PGY1 community-based candidates?
- What sort of leadership experience do you value in candidates?
- Does business experience help, for example having an MBA or experience as an entrepreneur?
- 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?
- What are some soft skills (example being self-awareness, communication, emotional intelligence) that are important to have in a candidate?
- Community volunteer experience can be very beneficial for your CV and application
- 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.
- 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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