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If you want someone to just give you some general pointers, send me your letter of intent to email@example.com I can quickly let you know where you're probably tiered relative to where you're applying and I'll give you three things you can work on. What I do, is for lack of a better term, is just fix LOIs and edit them professionally. If you want to work one-on-one with me go to https://residency.teachable.com/
You're going to Midyear to develop a genuine connection with a number of residency sites and many expect the residency showcase to provide that. I assure you it won't, but there is a time when you can get true connections with your future residency site. Need one-on-one help with residency applications, check out https://residency.teachable.com/
Some PGY-2 specialties are much more competitive than others, but how can you tell? I go through the stats on availability, early commit, and looking at your own college's success scores to help you decide where to apply, a PGY-1 with or without an Early Commit may mean the difference between getting and not getting a PGY-2. Need one-on-one help? https://residency.teachable.com/
Grammarly is a great tool, but you have to know quite a bit about English grammar and syntax to use it well. In the second episode, I go over the non-Grammarly things that need to be fixed. Need one-on-one help, sign up at https://residency.teachable.com/
It may seem like it's too far away, but talking about PGY-2s and board certification makes a lot of sense when you are moving towards a specialty PGY-1 like at a children's hospital. Need my one-on-one help? Go to https://residency.teachable.com/
IHS and VA are some of the most sought-after residencies especially for ambulatory care pharmacists, however, over half will NOT be at the ASHP showcase, check out their availability here https://www.pbm.va.gov/PBM/education/IHSVA_Virtual_Residency_Showcase_Participant_List.xlsx
Some PGY-1s provide a strong elective group that can give you an advantage when applying to a PGY-2 or allow you to simply get that specialized career without a PGY-2. Need help on your LOI or CV, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://residency.teachable.com/
ASHP reduces their rates. Need help with your LOI, CV, or Interview, check out https://residency.teachable.com/ Want to learn more about Michelle and Long Term Care, check out the Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LTCPharmacistConnection
Here's a preview of the Top 300 Drugs book I wrote and the narrator Aaron Smith, here's a link where you can get the book free if you've never had an Audible book before https://www.audible.com/pd/B09JVBHRXK/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-281667&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_281667_rh_us
Although pharmacy school acceptance rates have moved to 88.6% from 81.4% 5 years ago, fewer students are going to pharmacy school as each of the last 3 years 500 students fewer have been listed as accepted applicants. Need help with your residency application, hit me up at https://residency.teachable.com/
Ultimately, you want to distinguish yourself as a candidate, but there are two, not one key ways to do this and failing to include details that make clear you've done your homework can be disastrous. Want to work with me, go to shttps://residency.teachable.com/
If you're looking for the types of positions that pharmacists can have longevity with financial freedom, flexible hours, and personal fulfillment here is a great list https://www.audible.com/pd/Finding-Your-Unicorn-Job-for-Pharmacists-Audiobook/B07RSDRQK6?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-151638&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_151638_rh_us
Program showcases are starting in early October also called Virtual Information Sessions. I talk about how you can find them and take advantage of the early start on residency applications. Need to reach me https://residency.teachable.com/ or email@example.com
Make sure to check your NAPLEX Score if you failed to ensure that you really did, this is on Twitter and Reddit, but the big thing is to make sure you don't lose a job or residency because you actually passed when you thought you failed.
If you've ever though about becoming a physician, it's still possible. The residency application process and medical school application process are eerily similar in percentages and so forth. Want to get a hold of me, firstname.lastname@example.org or https://residency.teachable.com/
While it looks like residency pay seems somewhere in a certain range, when you look at cost of living, it changes quite a bit. However, if you can find inexpensive housing, most areas of the country are relatively similar in other categories. While it may seem strange to look backward from where people you can live with are, that may be a tactic to get into areas you might not otherwise consider. Check out https://residency.teachable.com/ for one-on-one help with the residency process.
On August 30th, ASHP announced Midyear will be virtual, this poses a lot of opportunities for those students that understand what this means for the way programs recruit their next class of residents. Visit https://residency.teachable.com/ for one-on-one help with LOI, CV, and interview.
I go over why I believe graduates of public Colleges of Pharmacy have an advantage over Private Colleges in interview percentage, match rate, and overall rate of earning a placement versus those who started the process. Want my one-on-one help visit https://residency.teachable.com/
If you've never been to Orlando for Midyear there are some things you want to know about where to stay and how to save some money. Need help with your Letter of Intent or Interview, connect with me at https://residency.teachable.com/
So much is made of rankings of the pharmacy schools as a whole, but when we talk about paying the least amount of money for the best chance at earning a residency placement, those lists get turned upside down. Find the sheet I use at https://residency.teachable.com/
You have a lot more control over how well you do in the residency admissions process than you think. So much depends on where you go to school, where you choose to complete your rotations, and where you apply. Need one-on-one help go to https://residency.teachable.com/
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I received the green light to submit a book chapter on prepharmacy and pharmacy residency admissions and am looking for co-authors. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Visualizing the Endpoint and seeing yourself accepting a residency appointment is a great place to start as you move towards a residency application. Need help, drop by https://residency.teachable.com/ or email email@example.com
Having the right APPEs not only impacts your ability to get a residency interview but to succeed in the interview. The easiest way to determine if your APPEs will match up to the residencies you want is to start now. If you want to work one-on-one with me sign up for the Extreme LOI Makeover course here: https://residency.teachable.com/
In this episode I recommend a book, a non-traditional job website, and free courses you can take as you pivot from your residency application to other avenues. Here's the book link read by a nontraditional pharmacist https://www.audible.com/pd/Finding-Your-Unicorn-Job-for-Pharmacists-Audiobook/B07RSDRQK6?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-151638&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_151638_rh_us
The Phase 2 Interview Score depends a lot on your Case/Clinical in addition to your traditional Interview, I go into detail of some of the aspects you need to know. If you want to see the full course, head here: https://residency.teachable.com/p/interview
Match Day is here, congratulations to those that match, but for those 2500 that didn't go to https://residency.teachable.com/courses then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your old LOI, CV, and your #1 choice for Phase 2 so we can get your LOI redone in less than 48 hours
We've worked together to create a residency webpage for Phi Delta Chi, please let me know what topics you are MOST interested in for future videos/episodes at email@example.com Here is the link: https://www.phideltachi.org/page/residency_resources AAAE, Tony
How should you rank residency sites where you interviewed? I give my though on seven areas that I think are most important. 1. Relationship with the immediate supervisor 2. Co-residents 3. Location 4. Electives 5. Teaching and precepting opportunities. 6. PGY-2 Availability 7. Staffing Requirements Need help with your Interview or LOI for Phase 2, go to https://residency.teachable.com/courses/
It's terrible to think about, but 1500 applicants who did not get an interview already know they will not match in Phase 2. What is troubling is that another 2500 applicants will learn, at the exact same time, they did not match. Here are my five steps for success in Phase 2 and where you can go for one-on-one help https://residency.teachable.com/courses The Five Steps to Take If You Don’t Match Introduction These are the five steps to take If you don't match. I am Tony Guerra, PharmD of the Pharmacy Residency Podcast. And I want to talk a little bit first about the emotional impact of the match and then how little time you have to take that next step. And I'll tell you why. And it has a lot to do with the numbers, but let's first take a look at that [match] day and how you might feel if you don't match. You're going to feel like you let your teams down, not just your college, but your friends, family, and everyone that has kind of supported you. Maybe you have an immediate family and you're married, have kids, all of these things. And you're going to have this feeling that you made mistakes and you didn't do well enough. You also are going to feel that you let yourself down. You worked hard, but in hindsight now you might be able to see some of the opportunities that you had, that you didn't take. And under the duress of all the work that you had to do, it was really, really hard for you to make the right moves and you weren't able to do it. The feeling is going to be one that your heart is going to be pulled out of your chest. The problem is that if you're going to apply for phase two, you have literally hours till the list comes out. And then just a few days until you have to get your application in to the next step, because when you go into phase two, the issue is that you have 2,500 other people that just found out that they didn't match - in addition to the 1500 people that already knew that they wouldn't match because they had no interview invitation. Now there are approximately 4,000 people that are going to try to either move into phase two or move into the job market. It's pretty clear the road will be difficult. I work out and do CrossFit and two of the people that I work out with sometimes are pharmacy supervisors. They've already seen the uptick in applications of students who want to quotation fingers, get back to the community,. This is really saying, “the residency thing didn't work out, I gave it a shot. I'm not going to try for phase two.” But many people will try for phase two and they have about 96 hours from just before the weekend to the next week. You have to get your application in, as soon as it opens because there is such a flood of applications that even if the residency sites don't shut their site down, they will stop looking at applications because they're going to have enough. As we move along it’s accelerated in phase two. It's more competitive, it's accelerated, and it's just tougher. Think about it as moving from a sport that was high school competition to now going to state or even nationals. You have to revise your letters of intent, articulate clearly why this site and how you match and you have to change around your CVs, especially if you're changing from [applying to] acute care to ambulatory care, ambulatory care to community, community, to ambulatory care or something like that. The order of your APPEs is the biggest thing where you need to have the most relevant sites that you went to at the top. Let’s say for example, that you had it in chronological order and you were applying to ambulatory care sites, but you put your acute care sites at the top, which may or may not make a lot of sense or your electives at the top, just because they were first in order. That's not what you want to do. The next thing includes the recommendations which I've talked about before. Not only do you have to let your recommenders know you're going to phase two, you also need to figure out if one of those recommendations or maybe more than one was toxic. Now it is absolutely the most painful thing to think that someone that you trusted did not give you a positive recommendation. But the question you have to ask yourself is, did you ask them if they would give you a positive recommendation? What is absolutely brutal, and this is one of those aspects I don't want to call a secret, but it's certainly something few talk about. Many times it is a faculty member at your own college that writes an honest recommendation. They're doing their job to write an honest recommendation, but the [unwritten] expectation is that if they are not able to write a positive recommendation after you spent a quarter of a million dollars on this education, it would have been nice for them to tell you, “I will write it, but I'm just letting you know that it would difficult for me to write a recommendation as positive as it might need to be for you to be successful in this residency search.” I have done that clearly articulating the nature of the recommendation and said, although you've done well, I don't think that the recommendation I will give will support you as well as maybe someone who came after me when you knew a little bit better what was expected [in rotation]. So, you have this very small window to get everything done and you need a team. I will be there from the time that everybody hears they didn't get it residency to the time where the application needs to be turned in. I'll be turning around letters of intent within 48 hours, usually sooner. And it's just going to be a matter of making sure that you know where your top site is, because what I do is I take that top site and help you make a letter of recommendation for that top site. And then I give you a template from that one so you can build your other letters and I can help you with those other ones if you want. But the fee for the course is for this one letter and if you want other ones, that's fine, but we can talk about that later. Right now, we need to focus on the team. Who are they? Whether it's your pharmacy fraternity, your college pharmily, or your friends. This may be the hardest thing for you to do, but you must let everyone know you did not match. If you do this quickly, it will be like pulling the Band-Aid off really quick or diving into a cold pool where once you get underneath the water, it’s fine. You must let everyone know you did not match because of what's going to happen with social media. The majority of the social media feeds are going to be filled with people putting pictures up of the that they matched and where they matched. But it is rare, and I mean one in a hundred or one in fifty that an applicant will l put up that they did not match. What applicants need to post, if they did not match, is that, “I need your help.” People cannot help you if they don't know you didn’t match. What's going to happen when you tell a group whose primary responsibility is to help people that you need help? The first thing they're going do is reach out to you and, and try to help, and that’s what you need, from a little word of encouragement to a recommendation to them saying, “Oh my gosh. I can't believe you didn't match. Let's talk a little bit about what happened.” We might find that you applied to the top four sites and you only applied to four sites because that is what the initial application fee paid for. They can put a good word in for you, but they cannot help if they don't know. Let's talk about the five steps for phase two and how you should approach it. The Five Steps Read the Book I've written a book I need you to listen to or read. The phase two book will take an hour. It needs to be your first step. Don't start looking at the menu of sites that are open. Don't start doing anything that would take you down the negative road of what did I you wrong. Just listen to my advice for an hour on what you need to do and what phase two is all about.I assure you that if invest that one hour in listening to the book, it will make it a lot easier for you to get to where you want to go a lot faster. Identify Sites Then, and only then after you have that perspective, identify the sites in phase two that you are interested in. For example, you might live in a state where there might only be four or five available sites in that state. In general, there are around 200 spots. There were about 3,500 to 4,000 spots in phase. Of those, there's about 200 to 250 left. The issue is that there were 8,000 applicants for 4,000 sites and now there are 4,000 applicants, potential applicants, It's not that many, for 250 sites. So, the competition is much higher. Contact Sites Before the Application You must contact them about your interest. This is not an application. This is starting the conversation. Hey, I saw that you didn't have a match in phase two. I am also available. I just wanted to let you know that I will be submitting an application to you. Is there anything specific that I should know about your process and what you're doing? From these, you might get a conversation, but this is not a formal interview. You may get some informal interviews. Revise Your Letters of Intent, CVs, and Recommendations LOIs. You can send a past letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to have me look at it and I can tell you in about five or ten seconds what the primary issues are and if I can help you. If you have a letter of intent that looks perfectly good, then it's something with your CV or your recommendations. But if I look at it and I see the UCSF template or the ACCP template, and I'm not going to judge you, but I'm just going to tell you that this is a generic letter of intent. We have a couple of hours to make this into a letter of intent that shows how you uniquely matched better to that site, better than anyone else. That's your goal. CVs. You need to, especially if you are changing from ambulatory care to community, community to ambulatory care, or acute care to ambulatory care, whatever it is, you need some revision, but maybe not as much as the LOI. Recommendations. And then the recommenders, you need to let them know right away. Hey, I'm going to need recommendations for phase 2. I want to go for it. Will you be willing to write a positive letter of recommendation for me? It is so important to put the word positive in because if they cannot, this gives them an opening that yes, I could write a letter of recommendation, but I don't feel that it would be positive at the level that you would need. And what that also does is tells you why maybe you didn't match in phase one. Immediate application. You must apply when the applications open at that hour. Crash the servers. Do what you must because there are literally hundreds of applications going to these sites that maybe before they didn't get a lot of applications. They're going to get them now because the numbers are so overwhelming. Again, it was 8,000 applicants for 4,000 spots. Now it's 4,000 available applicants for 200 spots - an order of magnitude different. Let's walk through these steps. Step 1. Read the Book – Expanded First we're going to get perspective and listen to a book about a student who matched in phase 2. The book is called Crushing the Phase 2 Pharmacy Residency Match: Proven Tactics to Earn a Clinical Pharmacist Training Position. Before you can even start this process, you first need to believe, and I know that's cliché but you can match in phase 2. eBook If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can already get the eBook for free. It's part of your Kindle Unlimited. I have made it that way so you can have access to it. It's like 10 bucks if you get the eBook without Kindle Unlimited. Audiobook If you've never been on Audible.com before, you can get on and get this audiobook for free, or you can email me at email@example.com. I have 20 free codes left. I've given a couple of them away, already to people that have asked me for them that know that they didn't unfortunately get an interview opportunity. But, I do have a couple of free codes left. I don't think it's expensive though. I think it's like $5 or something like that, but it is under $10 to get the audiobook. But what I need you to do is not only understand how phase two works, but I need you to hear a story about someone who did it, and this is the key. They matched in an academic medical center, one of the toughest residencies to get. Parts of the Book There's an introduction explaining the numbers from a year ago because it takes so long to write a book like this and get it published in audio format, but the information is still relevant. You will learn about match day, the four day weekend, 96 hours when phase two opens for applications and how you use match statistics to inform your application. So, if you're coming from a school that matches well traditionally, then phase two sites are going to be very excited about your application. For example, if you’re at Kentucky or UNC or Drake or Iowa or Minnesota, or UCSF and someone sees your application, then they will look very favorably on your application. Are they just going to look at your school? Imagine if you got 200 applications in a single day and you have four residents and yourself who thought the process was over and now you and those four residents need to somehow evaluate 200 applications. What's the very quickest way to do it? Look at the top schools. Dr. Key Gales, who worked for me for a couple of years helping as a college teaching assistant matched in phase two, not only in PGY-1, but in phase two of PGY-2. It's a story about someone who was well qualified, who did something that is very difficult to pull off. He applied to acute care sites, being very honest about his goal to be an ambulatory care. But I think he actually ended up wanting acute care after he began his residency. He matched to a highly sought after academic medical center, which is hard enough to do in phase one, which is nearly impossible to do in phase two. And I don't think that if he didn't come from Drake, one of the top schools in that year, I don't think he would've had a chance. But he was a Midwesterner coming to a Midwest site and I'll talk more about location later. And then there's a chapter about another book that I've written called Finding Your Unicorn Job for Pharmacists: Financial Freedom, Flexible Hours, and Personal Fulfillment Beyond the Pharmacy Counter. The misconception is that a unicorn job is when there is only one of them. And what I am really saying is that it's a job that you create because it's exactly a perfect fit for what you want. But again, I made the Crushing Phase 2 Book intentionally just an hour so that you can get through it on the drive home. Step 2. Identify Sites Expanded The first thing you want to do is get your head around is that this is a people game, not a qualifications game. When you have 200 people applying for the same spot, that means that the director needs a way to sort it out. And I've talked to RPD after RPD, and they all say the same thing. It doesn't matter what we do with the rubric. Everybody's a couple points from each other. We need to know people and we need some kind of connection. Sites Where You Know People The very first place you want to go is where you know someone or where someone, you know, knows someone. And this is where it becomes so important that you were in an organization, especially if you were in a leadership position. And from that leadership position, you can reach out to other people. If you did an APPE at the site, you've already done a five-week interview and you can let them know, “Hey, I didn't match. Are you open to an interview?” You can communicate with them and get that started. But also, you can speak to your faculty, and say, “Hey, you know, I didn't match.” And they will help not just because it looks better for the school if extra students match, but because they genuinely have been building you up and developing you and they want you to succeed. In-State Sites, then Regional, then National I would definitely prioritize sites in your own state, then sites in your own region and then sites nationwide - in that order. It is really hard in phase two with the speed that all of this happens for someone in the Southeast to articulate their value to someone in the Pacific Northwest or someone in the Southwest to articulate their value to someone in new England. You have to build that relationships. Maybe with APPEs or through connections, but you might be in a state that has only one or two available spots and you'll expand to your region. And then from that region, you'll go nationwide. But again, we are going to start talking about contacting sites because the process really is going to start happening the day that that notice goes out at noon. Step 3. Contact sites before application day. One. Sites often schedule informal meetings before the application day, but they cannot accept your application, that has to go through PhORCAS. Don't think that good places aren't in phase 2. Maryland was in phase 2, which gets easily 200 applications per position. Cleveland clinic was in Phase 2 last year. There are many, many very good programs in phase 2. And they are there because they didn’t need to rank everybody that they looked at in Phase 1, because they know that there's going to be plenty of good applicants in phase 2. Yeah, it's going to be a pain, but they know that the quality of their residents will remain very high. Two. An email of interest that allows you to see which sites are receptive to you. They really want to hear from you and this may sound strange, but you're going to be thinking, well, I don't want to bother them if they're going to have all this volume. Well, what needs to happen is that you need to contact them, make the application, and then build a relationship and you have to do this very quickly. I have heard of students emailing 30 or 40 sites and actually hearing back from maybe half that, 15 to 20, and then making applications to those where they got a positive response. And what that does is it halves your work, instead of hoping that these sites are going to be receptive to you, you're going to find the sites that are actually receptive to a quick email back saying, “I definitely think you should apply to our site. I think we're good fit.” Here is best practice. You should attach and put your information in the body of the email. I remember when I was hiring during the housing market crash and I was still running a real estate practice. Because there were so many real estate agents going out of the business, I had plenty of work to do, and I was hiring, but I was getting all of these applications. And what I would find is that maybe they application was in Pages, which is Mac or Apple's word processing program. I couldn't open it because I had a Dell at the time. Now I have a Mac. Make sure that you put a relevant part of your cover letter or CV in the actual body of the email. So that instead of that need for an extra click, the director can quickly scroll down and immediately and see, “Oh, wow, they've got a bunch of these rotations that they've done at nearby hospitals. This person might be a really good person to interview. So again, attach and put the same information in the body of your email. Step 4 Revise LOIs, CVs, and Recommendations – Expanded LOIs This is the book I've written it, The Strong Residency Letter of Intent: Writing to Be Interviewed with a Cover Letter that Earns the Invite. You must revise your letter of intent. The LOI is not why you are the best, someone will always have more qualifications. This is the number one reason that someone did not get an interview. They are trying to win a marathon against a marathoner and they are a 5k runner, or they don't work out much at all. There is always going to be someone more qualified. What you must do is match them best and show how you are the best fit that the marathoner may not be a very good fit with a group that likes to play hockey. And I'm just making up some sports analogies. Show don't tell how you match. Let's say there's a Children's Hospital that has an opening available. And you say, this is a story about my experience in the PICU. And I want to talk about the PGY-2 rotations that you have that are really something that I would love to build on the experience that I had in the PICU. That is showing why you are qualified. What is telling that you are qualified is to say “I want to do pediatrics.” The big thing with this phase 2 is making sure that you are able to show them quickly in a scannable document. What that means is that the most important thing is in the first couple of sentences that you are writing a unique letter to them. You cannot pull off a generic LOI in phase 2, it's just not going to work. The Illusion of Explanatory Depth. A letter of intent is, and when you wrote it the first time you may have just taken a template, written a letter, made sure the grammar is right and sent it in. It's just a letter about you. It should be really easy. This is the illusion of explanatory depth. So why is it so hard to write a good letter of intent? And this is an excerpt from the Strong Residency Letter of Intent Writing To Be Interviewed With A Cover Letter That Earns The Invite. Here's a nerdy answer. Can you tell me how a microwave works? You'd probably say sure, but then when i asked you to give me a detailed explanation with drawings, you would really struggle. This is the illusion of explanatory depth, which basically says, most people think they understand something better than they do until they have to explain it to someone else in detail and I should have put after that “or do it themselves.” We need to write a cover letter that tells us about your past, about how your experiences match the site’s offerings. We need you to do it in a single page and please use 11-to-12-point font with one-inch margins and proper business formatting, making sure to double space between the paragraphs. Okay. Got a little harder. Right? So, when you try to write a letter of intent, you are the victim of this illusion. You've written emails, papers, maybe a resume or CV, but properly crafting a letter of intent that earns you an interview takes a specific skillset that you likely haven't honed. It's not that you couldn't do it if you were given enough time, but in 96 hours, you have to write maybe 10 letters. That's why people come to me because what I do is I help them write that first template, the perfect unique template to them, to that first site. Then I helped them with the template for the second through 10th letter. While the people I'm working with are banging out those letters, no problem, getting them done and moving on to the CV and recommendations, fine tuning their emails to those people that they want to talk others are wondering what went wrong with their letter. I've read hundreds and hundreds of letters. It takes me seconds to figure out what was wrong. And it takes me a little while longer to make it right, but I assure you that I can. And if you've not worked with me before you just go to residency.teachable.com/p/extremeLOI and sign up for the course, email me your letter and CV and first choice residency and we will be off and running or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I mentioned this before, you must prioritize the rotations they offer in the APPEs you match to. You don't have to list APPEs chronologically, which often makes no sense. And if you're listening to this on audio and can't see the image here is the image of someone who doesn't seem like they didn't match. They're relaxing on their backpack, on a beach, just typing with the waves in the background, what you want to do as you're doing the CV is relax. As you're writing the letter of intent is acting as if you are going to match and that if you don't match, no problem. It's a very tough feeling to pull off. But what you want to do is not write this in this frenzy. What I hear over and over again from the people I work with is that “I feel so much more confident. Now my anxiety is so much less. Now, at least I know that I did the very best I could in this area.” There are no guarantees or anything like that, but what I can do is change the feeling that you have from one of scattered, chaotic confusion, and lack of confidence for a better term, to a confident, well-articulated argument that you match to. If you can't see the image, it's a soccer coach talking to a group of kids sitting down and showing the game plan. You want to gather your recommenders and game plan with them. They will fight for you if they really liked you and they want you to succeed. They will make the calls for you. You never know if in the background, someone called someone to say, “Hey, I think you should really take a look at this person. I know that they're going to apply.” Okay. What, what was the person's name? How do you spell that last name? Okay, great. And you say, no, that really doesn't happen. I assure you. It happens all the time. Pharmacy is a small world. We know a lot of people. When you have a preceptor and especially if they're in a specific field, they have an even smaller group, but they can let you know about some opportunities that you may not have heard of, or that are coming up. But again, the network, the organization that you have put your time into, that's where you really want to go and make sure that the recommenders know what they need to do. Apply on the first day - Expanded Even if the sites don't formally close, the sites will stop taking applications. They will stop answering emails. If you've ever been in a community pharmacy where maybe two people called out and you don't even have time to answer the phone, it’s like that. You must apply on the first day and early in that first day as many Phase 2 sites have never done Phase 2 before. Let's use the number 200 if 4,000 matched. Okay. That means that only 5% of sites would not have matched in the past year. And I know that this math is not exactly right, the way that I'm doing this, but that means that if we had 4,000 sites every year, and if every year, 200 didn't match, that means that it would take 20 years between times they didn't match. It is at least a rare event that Phase 2 sites have not matched. So, when you say, gosh, they seem really disorganized. What you want to do is provide the solution. Let me help you. Let me tell you why I can solve your problem. Let the other applicants go. I am your solution. Obviously. You're not going to write that, but that's what you've got to think is that, Oh, wait a minute. They're really struggling, they've got to scramble to get the interviews in, to get this job hire person hired, because if they don't get hired, the institution may cut that person from the budget. The volume is absolutely overwhelming on their side. In this last part I want to talk about a sports analogy. And I don't want to call it little league because it's soccer, but my daughters are nine years old, and they've been very successful in soccer. And the reason is because of a small shift and a single book that I read, and yes, I've been coaching them. But when we started this and I mentioned this in the number of my books, I was not good. We lost games, a lot of games. We only won a few. And I said, okay, well, this is my fault. Let's see what are the things that we can do? And I became a student of soccer so that I could serve them at the highest level. Now I'm going to help you become a student of the Phase 2 process and how to do this in such a way that you can maximize your chances. The book on soccer, the book is from Dan Blank, who was a Division I coach for a little while, but his fame actually came from being, I think, an NAIA coach where he clearly articulated what the things are that a student of the game would need to know. And I'm going to tell you three of those things and how they relate to the residency process. The Holy Grail of Soccer and Phase 2 - Speed of play where everything is faster to tactics. We'll talk about the 50/50 throw-in ball and odds as you have to know where you stand based on your college. And if you're applying in-state / out-of-state and all of those things to know how many applications and where to apply Right place, right time. The kids used to wear wristbands. And I bought them these wrist bands where blue would be the strikers pink would be the midfielders and then white would be the defenders or backs. What we would do is we would set it up in such a way that they would know exactly where they need to go and we would make these shifts as we're transitioning people in. And they would know exactly what their role is as they went in, because they were getting this wristband now in COVID. We couldn't do it. But again, that's, the approach that we took. Let me talk about the Strong Letter of Intent Book excerpt, as I relate to speed of play tactics and being at the right place and right time In applying for residency, you don't realize your speed of play is not up to par until a professor rejects your recommendation requests, because she has too many already. When you spend weeks on your CV compared to hours on your letter of intent and recommendation, your tactics are off. The LOI and recommendation letters count much more than your CV and four years of school. When you try to talk with the residency director during the mob, that is the residency showcase you're not meeting in the right place and right time, meaningful conversations happen at the evening, relaxing state and college gatherings later in the day, I don't want you shut out. Like my team was in that game. I want you to be a member of the team to beat. You have to increase your speed of play, study, successful tactics, and put yourself in the right place at the right time. Speed of play: Take everything you do and do it faster In soccer. I remember this game so clearly, and I remember the other coach screaming at the ref, and there's nothing I could have done. And the ref couldn't hear him. My daughter was so fast at getting the throw in and throwing it in that she no longer cared if it was our throw in or the other teams. The ref, it was their very first time refereeing a game, but she didn’t stop my daughter who just kept throwing it in for us. This coach is just screaming and there's nothing I could do. Because everyone in the team knew where the ball was going to go, they didn't have to bother setting up. They were already running towards the goal. The other speed of play aspect, which is a little bit tougher, and this is really more when you're kind of getting to 9 and 10 year olds and maybe 11 year olds is the one touch pass, where the ball comes to you and you don't sit there and wait with it, kind of look around and then make a decision. But rather you've already made the decision as the ball is coming to you. And in one touch, you make the pass so that the defender can't attack you or tackle you. In residency, you must apply on day one of phase 2 and you must communicate before the application turn-in day. That is an increased speed of play. You are talking to them beforehand. You are not waiting, hoping that you’re going to submit the application and cross your fingers and hope for the best. You are an active person, making sure to lean into your network and to talk to those people ahead of time and apply on the day. Tactics The picture is actually the daughter that does the throw in thing. I became a student of the game and I found out that in soccer, throw ins are a 50/50 ball. That is whether you are throwing it in towards your team or not, you will lose the ball fifty percent of the time. In such a short field, if you throw it at their goal, instead of throwing it back to our goal, to maybe one of our players, to bring it up the field, you have not only gained 15 feet towards the goal, but not lost an additional 15 feet towards our own goal. In residency, you must apply to local versus national first. That's your best chance where you have relationships. You want to apply where your pharmacy school has had historical successes. Some pharmacy schools traditionally have sent many, many students to residency. I've mentioned this before, but the top 10 schools send 500 students to residency. That is an order of magnitude of 10. If your school is at the bottom, you know that you must increase the number of applications and you must apply locally. You must increase your connections to the people who are making the decisions. If you're in the top, you must lean into the network. Take advantage of that. And hopefully you have a local site to apply to. Right place, right time. Position yourself for success In soccer. The shape must change in offense and defense, and it was completely my fault, but we lost the game because of just this tactic. When you are in offense, your defenders should be spread out and should be up closer to the midline which is the second image on the right. If you are defending, you should contract and you should both be really at the top of the goal box. For about six minutes of the game, I had wwo players that thought they were wings and not defenders. And it was up to me to clarify that and clear it and figure it out. And I didn't, and we lost the game by one, but in that six minutes, the other team scored four goals as they just attacked right down the middle, right down the middle. We just opened it up that lane for them because we were in the wrong shape, in the wrong position. Local equals less risk for the residency site. And for the applicant, if they know you're from around here, then you'll probably stay around here, and it'll be a better deal. How do we start? How can I help? I have helped almost 200 students this season, in just this season. So, we're talking that of the entire national applicant pool to residency this year. I have helped 3% of that entire group. I will be helping students with letters of intent all weekend from the time they find out where to the time that you need to apply, I will be returning those letters of intent within 24 to 48 hours. People ask, well, how many revisions do I get? You don't need them. I'm a PhD level trained English, major undergrad has done master's work and PhD work in English. I have taught Composition I and Composition II and Comp II is most important because it talks about the arguments and logos, ethos, and pathos. That is what you're really doing is making an argument as to why emotionally, logically and through evidence that you should be the one that matches. Go to http://residency.teachable.com/p/extremeloi It's $95, if you want to work with me. And if you are PDC, please let me know because a portion will be going to national. That's a new thing, but I just want to let you know that if you are a PDC, please let me know when you send me your old letter of intent and your CV. I will always look to see. So even if you don't tell me, I can see if you were the worthy prelate or in another position. LOI Course But it is $95 if you want to work with me, but I assure you that turnaround and the quality that you get. Ask somebody who's worked with me as I've worked with so many people. There's probably someone at your school that have worked with and my track record speaks for itself in terms of success. I have had a student I've worked with who has, I believe, 15 interviews and another one, who was perfect, getting interviews at all the places they applied. While I can't guarantee that you will get the residency position, I can guarantee that it will be the best that you can possibly do given the amount of time. And it will be a very high-quality letter, but that is my specialty. I can look at CVs and things like that, for an additional charge, but I I'd really recommend you use me for the letter of intent. I'm good at grammar and syntax with CVs and seeing what needs to be where, but in terms of formatting, that's just not my thing. Interview Course And then if you do get an interview, I do have an interview course, residency.teachable.com/p/ interview that will, in three hours, explain the point system to you. So, if you did have interviews and you asked, “Why didn't I match?” With the interview course you get up to six months of email support from me. So, if you have questions like this is my thank you email, is this grammatically correct? And I'll say, okay, well, no, it's not. Here's what it should be. And then I'll help fix it for you, or I'm trying to rank these. Can you help me with the rankings? Yeah, sure. I can do that for you. Past Interview Review If you want me to do this, and I only do this for a couple of people for $295, I will listen to up to an hour of your interview that you have had or a half hour of interview questions that you will answer. And I will provide my feedback on what happened, why didn't you match with the answers that you had. But again, that $300, that's kind of a premium service. I only do it with a dozen people. If you really want it, I'll do it. I do enjoy it, but again, I know that's a lot of money for someone that just spent a couple of hundred thousand dollars, but again, the payoff is of course, hopefully getting, the residency in Phase 2 but sometimes the easiest thing to do is just email me: email@example.com. Sometimes it might just be easiest to just contact me with a question that you have, and I'll let you know if I can or can't help you. I apologize if you're emailing me during that busy time. I'm going to prioritize those that have already enrolled in the course and that have sent me their letter of intent and CV, but I'll try to do my best to help you, but the volume is immense during that weekend. and I've cleared my schedule for that so that I can honor that promise of returning a high-quality letter to you within 24 to 48 hours. But if you have a question now has been a better time to ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last month more future pharmacy students applied and sent in applications keeping residencies competitive. I've written a book with a physician that helps outline the best steps you should take as a student to ensure your spot in a residency program. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WKQN1FP
I've made access to my new CV course available free for a limited time to my PDC brothers, use the password in the episode to get in here free https://residency.teachable.com/p/cv There is a day where our Phi Delta Chi student brothers will need us more than any other and that is March 19th, 2021, if they are on the tough side of match day. In this episode, I talk about what I think we can do to help as brothers for life.
While many condemn social media as a liability, Reddit continues to provide many great pearls for succeeding in residency. However, out of fear, many residents and RPD shy away from posting, it's pretty obvious who made a post if there's only one resident at a site. Need help with interviews, check out https://residency.teachable.com/p/interview
Make sure you are either on my email list at http://residencyplanner.com/ Subscribe to TonyPharmD on YouTube or join the Facebook group to keep up with podcast episodes. https://www.facebook.com/groups/residencyplanner/ In this episode, I go over the six major milestones in the residency application process.
Foreign graduates applying to pharmacy residencies have a tough road, but it is possible, 7 out of 61 that were interested earned a placement. In this episode, I outline some of the best practices in getting that spot. https://residency.teachable.com/
While you put your heart and soul into your application, you may never hear anything back from some programs. The lower your application ranks, the more likely you'll hear nothing. In this episode, I cover how to communicate with a program that sent no formal email and how to improve your academic English. Need help with Phase 2, check out the courses at https://residency.teachable.com/