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Past PSF Executive Committee Message January 2017

Adam Smith
Member, Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee

January 2017

Greetings Pharmacy Student Forum,

It is hard to believe the fall semester has quickly come to an end. On behalf of the Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee, I want to congratulate you on a successful academic semester!

Midyear Clinical Meeting Review

The 2016 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, NV was a major success! With over 15 sessions this year, we offered a wealth of programming designed just for students! At the SSHP Leaders Workshop, student leaders from across the nation joined to network and share best practices at their respective universities. Students just entering pharmacy school benefitted from sessions such as Effective CV and Resume Writing and Fundamental Strategies to Secure as Residency. Meanwhile, students preparing to graduate utilized the Residency Showcase and the Personnel Placement Service (PPS) to kick start their job search. Students specifically interested in residencies also benefitted from sessions geared specifically towards navigating PhORCAS and the Match. To those of you that attended, thank you for making 2016 the LARGEST and one of the best Midyear Clinical Meetings of all time.

Clinical Skills Competition

Thank you to all of the student societies that participated in the 2016 Clinical Skills Competition. This year, ASHP had 131 SSHPs compete in the Clinical Skills Competition! I would like to highlight 1st – 3rd place finishers:

1st Place: Chelsea Mitchell and Jillian Bishop, University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

2nd Place: Prutha Lavani and Jill Zaccardelli, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy

3rd Place: Jessica Lorenson and Abigail Buchman, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy

Residency Inspiration

I hope many of you took advantage of the Residency Showcase and Personnel Placement Service (PPS) at the Midyear Clinical Meeting. These resources are provided by ASHP for YOU! The residency search process can be stressful, but it is important to remember this is also a very exciting time in your life. All of your hard throughout pharmacy school is finally going to pay off! As you finalize your residency applications and prepare for on-site interviews, I challenge you to pause and take a moment to read Charles Daniels’s John W. Webb Lecture Award lecture. Dr. Daniels gave an inspirational speech at the 2014 ASHP Leadership Conference where he raised the question: “who will sit in my chair” as we look to the next generation of pharmacy leaders. As a reminder, the ASHP Student Residency Guide is your home to everything you need to secure the residency you want!

Interview Advice

As the residency application cycle concludes within the next few months, I wanted to pass along some advice that may be helpful as you start to prepare for on-site interviews. Remember, your accomplishments listed on your CV got you this far. Once invited on-site, you are equally as qualified as every other candidate. At this stage, it is just as important for you to interview the program as it is for them to interview you. You want to find the program that best fits YOU and your interests. I highly recommend checking out ASHP’s interview prep webinar. This webinar explains good practices for communication with prospective residency programs, proper interview techniques, and how to look and act during an interview. Do you really want to stand out as a residency candidate? Consider downloading current and past issues of the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Forecast. Pharmacy Forecast predicts important developments in eight domains that are likely to challenge pharmacy practice leaders in hospitals and health systems.

I hope you find the information in this email useful. It has been an honor to serve as your Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee Member.

Happy Holidays!


Adam Smith
Pharm.D. Candidate 2017
Member, Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee