Episode 54

PGP Fundamentals: Letters of Recommendation

This episode is all about securing reference writers for letters of recommendation for pharmacy residency applications. Joining us is Dr. Brandi Bowers, a faculty member at UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU.

Questions we discuss:

  1. What is contained in the reference letter.
  2. Who to ask to writer your reference letter.
  3. When to ask for a reference letter.
  4. How to communicate and best inform your reference writer to improve your chances of obtaining a pharmacy residency interview.

References from the episode:

  1. Article we discuss: https://accpjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jac5.1929
  2. Letter of Recommendation template form (as of 11.24.23): https://www.ashp.org/-/media/assets/professional-development/residencies/docs/11-14-23-PhORCAS-New-Evaluation-Form.pdf

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Sean Smithgall

Assistant Clinical Professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. Completed a PGY1 pharmacotherapy residency at Geisinger Medical Center and a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at East Tennnessee State University, Gatton College of Pharmacy. Interests include family medicine, post-graduate training preparation, and making podcasts.