Evaluation of a Resident-led Residency Preparation Series for Fourth Year Pharmacy Students

  • Katelyn Elizabeth Brammer Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Lisa Brennan Wingate University School of Pharmacy
  • Diep Phan UCLA Medical Center
  • Lauren Walter UNC Children’s Hospital
  • Asima Ali Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Steven Davis Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Sarah Nisly Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Keywords: Residency training, experiential education, mentoring, interprofessional education


Description of Problem: The increased interest in residency programs nationwide has made the application process more competitive and complex.

Statement of Innovation: In 2015, Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) created a resident-led residency preparatory series (RPS) to assist advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) students in preparing for residency applications. This study sought to evaluate the perceived value of the resident-led RPS by fourth year APPE students.

Innovation: This single-center, survey-based, descriptive study aimed to evaluate the perceived impact of a resident-led RPS. All APPE students during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years who completed rotations in the Triad region of North Carolina were invited to participate in the RPS. Surveys were sent to eligible students and data was captured for respondents who indicated an interest in pursuing residency and attendance to at least one RPS. Survey questions evaluated satisfaction with the RPS. Survey data was collected and analyzed using Qualtrics©.

Critical Analysis:  A total of 84 students were invited to attend the RPS. Thirty-three respondents participated in the RPS and indicated an interest in applying for a residency. The resident-led RPS was consistently well received by the majority of students over the course of two years, with over two-thirds of all respondents finding every session extremely or very useful. The majority of students agreed or strongly agreed with all confidence statements.

Conclusion A resident-led RPS resulted in positive student perceptions and increased confidence in the residency application process.


Article Type: Note


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Received 2019-02-05
Accepted 2019-09-23
Published 2019-11-25