Program to prepare pharmacy students for their postgraduate training search

Am J Pharm Educ. 2010 Feb 10;74(1):9. doi: 10.5688/aj740109.


Objective: To design and assess an educational program for preparing pharmacy students for success during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting (ASHP-MCM) and postgraduate training search.

Design: An informational handout packet was prepared and a 1-hour educational forum was conducted prior to the 2007 and 2008 ASHP-MCMs. Following the ASHP-MCM, participating students were invited to complete an anonymous online survey instrument.

Assessment: Among the 66 participating students, 73% agreed they were adequately prepared for the ASHP-MCM, with 89%, 80%, and 79% agreeing the educational forum equipped them for their activities preceding, during, and following the ASHP-MCM, and 90%, 83%, and 69% agreeing the informational handout packet equipped them for their activities preceding, during, and following the ASHP-MCM. Among 14 students seeking a residency during the 2008 ASHP-MCM, 86% were successfully placed with a program.

Conclusion: An educational program was useful in preparing students for success during the ASHP-MCM and postgraduate training search.

Keywords: Midyear Clinical Meeting; pharmacy student; postgraduate training; residency.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice
  • Education, Pharmacy / methods
  • Education, Pharmacy / standards
  • Humans
  • Internship, Nonmedical / methods
  • Internship, Nonmedical / standards*
  • Program Evaluation / methods
  • Program Evaluation / standards*
  • Societies, Pharmaceutical / standards
  • Students, Pharmacy*
  • Vocational Guidance / methods*
  • Vocational Guidance / standards*