Pharmacy Students Find Residency Matches

TTUHSC Pharmacy ResidencyTTUHSC pharmacy students interested in completing a residency after they graduate in May found out in March and April where they would spend the next stage of their training during the Pharmacy Residency Match Day.

By the conclusion of Match Day April 10, a total of 5,937 fourth-year pharmacy students from across the country had applied for one-year postgraduate year (PGY-1) residency programs and 3,822 (64.4 percent) were successfully matched. A combined 48 students from all four TTUHSC School of Pharmacy campuses sought residencies and 37 (77.1 percent) were successfully matched. Four other TTUHSC pharmacy students also earned PGY-1 residency assignments outside the matching process.

“Our success rate of 77 percent is above the national average, so a special thanks to everyone who assisted our students in each step of the process,” Steven Pass, Pharm.D., vice chair for residency programs and Dallas regional dean said.

TTUHSC pharmacy graduates who will complete PGY-1 pharmacy practice residencies next year (and the location of their residency) include: Aubree Bast (Corpus Christi, Texas); Casey Bryant (Provo, Utah); Caitlin Burton (Dallas); Nicole Buzzard (Columbia, South Carolina); Rincy Chacko (Tulsa, Oklahoma); Sheena Chokshi (Sacramento, California); Brendon Clough (Dallas); Austin Crissman (Temple, Texas); Whitney Cunningham (Fort Worth, Texas); Erica Dominguez (Amarillo, Texas); Lilliana Gonzales (Dallas); Lydia Halim Girgis (Augusta, Georgia); Jackson Hager (Tyler, Texas); Jesney Jacob (Southaven, Mississippi); Taylor Mills (Monroe, Louisiana); Karen Mok (Dallas); McKenzie Moore (Minneapolis); Vanessa Moreno (San Antonio); Charlie Nguyen (Irving, Texas); Adam Oleson (Portland, Oregon); Tina Ou (Temple, Texas); Rishi Pahuja (Amarillo, Texas); Peter Palmere (Abilene, Texas); Alexander Parish (Fort Worth, Texas); Candace Searcy (Big Spring, Texas); Chelsi Simmons (Lubbock, Texas); Millad Sobhanian (Houston); Vakula Tummala (Sapulpa, Oklahoma); Jerry Vettemthadathil (Amarillo, Texas); and Joseph Vu (Amarillo, Texas).

In addition, Arsany Gadallah (St. Louis) will complete a health system administration & leadership residency; Christian Tulio (Columbus, Ohio) will complete a health system administration & leadership/masters residency; Nika Hakim (Oklahoma City), Katherine Henson (Temple, Texas) and Stacy Wilson (Temple, Texas) will do community pharmacy residencies; and Taylor Benavides (San Antonio), Edward Bergman (Lubbock, Texas), Neely Hudson (Lubbock, Texas), Nicole Moreno (Amarillo, Texas) and Jennifer Rivas (San Antonio) will complete pharmacotherapy residencies.

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School of Pharmacy


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.