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Pharmacy Residency Podcast: Residency Interviews and Advice


Sep 27, 2022

I'm going to go over an in-depth analysis into the state of Iowa's residencies and my premise is that you can learn a lot from a residency by the alma maters of its residencies. While there is an expectation for meritocracy and opportunity for all, there is a huge difference between college admissions where you are looking to study somewhere and earning a job placement, a residency.

Iowa, like many other states, has over half of its residents coming from schools within the state, but when you look at the individual residencies you'll see a few different mixtures. Still, residencies often want their residents to stay on and if you're from Iowa or the Midwest, that's much more likely that you'll take a post residency graduation position there.

Here are those mixes:

  1. All residents are University of Iowa graduates
  2. All residents are only University of Iowa or Drake grads (in-state)
  3. Residents include in-state and out-of-state pharmacy graduates (AMC)
  4. Residency has NO in-state graduates

When you look at the rankings of the schools that the students come into these residencies, to earn a placement, you really needed to be in the top 1/3 of the country in match rate for most, but as an out-of-stater at some sites, you needed to be top 20 in the country like Michigan (14), Minnesota(20), UMKC (11), or MCW (6) to earn that placement.

I got the rankings from my book: https://www.amazon.com/Pharmacy-School-Rankings-Residency-Applications-ebook/dp/B0BCWT6VFB/