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For the fourth year in a row, more than 50 Harrison School of Pharmacy graduates and soon-to-be-graduates were accepted to residency programs. In all, 57 found their place among the best and brightest to begin or further their career in hospitals, clinics and universities around the country.

The residencies are post-graduate training in an organized and directed program that builds upon knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities gained from the pharmacy degree program. While many first-year programs, or PGY-1, are general in nature, some allow students to specialize in certain areas, such as managed care, ambulatory care, community pharmacy and health system administration. Some choose to pursue a second-year residency, or PGY-2, that can focus on specialty practice areas, such as infectious diseases, oncology, pediatric and psychiatric.

In all, those accepted to PGY-1 and PGY-2 residencies are spread among 16 states with 25 remaining in-state to care for those in Alabama.

“It is an interesting time in health care and these future and recent graduates are coming in at a time when patients need them most,” said Richard A. Hansen, dean of the Harrison School of Pharmacy. “This is the fourth year in a row for the Harrison School of Pharmacy to have more than 50 selected to these highly-competitive residency programs. It speaks volumes of our faculty and staff and their work in preparing practice-ready graduates.”

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