Pharmacy News

By Alison Lobkovich, Pharm.D., PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy resident, Detroit Medical Center, MSHP Residency Committee co-chair

Across the country, fourth year pharmacy students interested in pursuing a residency are faced with the daunting task of navigating the residency pool to identify high-quality programs that best suit their needs. In 2018, there were 31 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-Accredited post-graduate year one programs that participated in the match from the state of Michigan.1 While students from the local colleges of pharmacy are likely more familiar with the statewide programs, pharmacy students across the nation may not be aware of the high-quality residency training available in the state of Michigan. Therefore, as residency training continues to grow, the need for resources that highlight the value of Michigan residency programs is essential.

The Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Residency Committee has been working hard over the past few months on a variety of committee charges focusing on “Demonstrating Our Value.” This year, the Residency Committee was tasked with developing dashboard content for the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) website to measure and promote the quality of Michigan residency programs.

This Committee, which consists of several residency program directors, has worked diligently to identify quality metrics to advance the quality of Michigan residency programs. The data collected will not only provide residency programs a mechanism to benchmark themselves against quality metrics within the state, but will also facilitate national recruitment by increasing visibility for participating programs and the quality of Michigan residency programs across the country. Data collected will concentrate on residency program graduates and current preceptors. Selected metrics include:

1.      Percent of residency graduates with board certification.

2.      Percent of resident research projects published.

3.      First position after completion of post-graduate training.

4.      Average years of experience of pharmacy preceptors.

5.      Percent of preceptors who completed residency training.

6.      Percent of preceptors with board certification.

This initiative will be rolled out gradually over the next few years with continued improvement and expansion. The initial data collection will only include post-graduate year one data with plans to eventually expand the metrics and include post-graduate year two programs.

If you are a Michigan residency program director, you should have received an email inviting your program to participate in this dashboard. Every year, participating residency programs will receive recognition through publication of aggregate data on the MPA website, access to de-identified aggregate data, individual data in order to facilitate quality improvement activities and summarized residency quality metric benchmarking data. For further information regarding this service or for any comments or concerns, please contact Andrea Schweitzer, MPA liaison at


1.      American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Online Residency Directory. ASHP website. aspx?pageno=1. Accessed July 2018.

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