Match Day a success for pharmacy students

TTUHSC School of PharmacyLike their medical student colleagues, fourth-year TTUHSC pharmacy students interested in completing a residency found out March 17 at Residency Match Day where they would spend the next 1-2 years of their training.

Nationwide, there were 4,913 applicants for PGY-1 programs and 3,235 (68.5 percent) were successfully matched. TTUHSC’s School of Pharmacy had 45 students across all four campuses seeking residencies and 34 were successfully matched. Unfilled positions go into the Phase II match in April.

“The 75.6 percent match rate is the school’s best ever, so a special thanks to everyone that assisted our students in every step of the process,” Steven Pass, Pharm.D., said. “As always, we will announce each student and their program at the commencement ceremony in May.”

The list of TTUHSC pharmacy students who will do pharmacy practice residency next year (and the location of their residency) include: Shelby Anderson (Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas); Paige Baize (Texas Health Presbyterian-Dallas); Nancy Benavides (Denver Health Medical Center-Denver): Delilah Blanco (Tampa General Hospital-Tampa, Florida); Monica Chintapenta (Tufts Medical Center-Boston); Lee Congdon (Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Providence, Rhode Island); Nicole Correll  (St. John Medical Center-Tulsa, Oklahoma); Amrita Das (Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital-Fort Worth, Texas); Louise DeSouza (UT Southwestern Medical Center-Dallas); Vida Haddad (Baptist Saint Anthony's Hospital-Amarillo, Texas); Carlo Henson (Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota-Minneapolis); Kayla Hodges (Baptist Saint Anthony's Hospital-Amarillo, Texas); Ashitha Jayachandran (University of Texas Medical Branch Health-Galveston, Texas); Nicole Khatibi (Dignity Health Hospitals-Mercy General/Mercy San Juan-Carmichael, California); Sydney Kutter (Central Texas Veterans Health Care System-Temple, Texas); Irene Kwon (Medical Center Arlington-Arlington, Texas); Trisha Lalapet (University of California Davis Medical Center/Ambulatory Care-Sacramento, California); Laura Martin (Providence St. Peter Hospital-Olympia, Washington); Shelby Needham (Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Tennessee); Damilola Omopariola (Kaiser Permanente, Mid Atlantic States-Washington); Michael Romero (Baptist Saint Anthony's Hospital-Amarillo, Texas); Joshua Sanchez (Baptist Saint Anthony's Hospital-Amarillo, Texas); Lauren Schwaner (Texas Health Presbyterian-Dallas); Sara Solomon (Doctors Hospital at Renaissance/Texas A&M Rangel-Edinburgh, Texas); Lauren Staton (CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System-Tyler, Texas); Christina Tran (Froedtert & MCW Froedtert Hospital-Milwaukee); Jessica Tran (Lenox Hill Hospital-New York); Lauren Hodges Yancey (Texas Health Presbyterian-Dallas).

In addition, Lyndsay Cole (Baylor Health Enterprises-Dallas) and Hannah Lenamon (TTUHSC School of Pharmacy-Amarillo, Texas) will do a community pharmacy residency; Abraham Amos (Caremark-Irving, Texas) will do a managed care residency; Brandi Dahl (TTUHSC School of Pharmacy-Amarillo, Texas) and Jennifer Hardcopf (MUSC Medical Center/College of Pharmacy-Charleston, South Carolina) will do a pharmacotherapy residency; and James Milner (Providence St. Peter Hospital-Olympia, Washington) will do a pharmacy administration residency.

Though Match Day 2017 was successful for the School of Pharmacy, Pass said there is more work to be done.

“We will be working with all of the students planning to participate in Phase II to help them reach their goals of residency training,” he added.

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The School of Pharmacy was established in 1996 and now has campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and Abilene. Since its inception, the school has played a significant role in addressing the state's pharmacist shortage. Today, more than 90 percent of its graduates remain in Texas.

The school requires its students to complete more clinical training hours than any other pharmacy program in the country, making its students some of the most sought after graduates.