by Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
The School of Pharmacy Division of Experiential Education is implementing a new set of strategies aimed at increasing the success of our students during the residency application and match process. Among the new programs that are being implemented are Professional Development Seminars on the topic, as well as networking events intended to increase the dialog and interaction between our students and pharmacy residency program directors and current residents.
The first program was held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the School of Pharmacy, on campus at Loma Linda University. Speakers for the day included Drs. Lee Lam and Jua Choi from Cedars Sinai Medical Center, as well as Drs. Marissa Schroer, Norm Hamada, and LaDonna Oelschlager from Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy & Medical Center.
The evening reception held at the Mission Inn provided an excellent opportunity for students to network with residency program directors and current residents from nine residency programs. Students had an opportunity to meet representatives from Desert Regional Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente-Fontana, Kaiser Permanente-Panorama city, Kaiser Permanente-Riverside, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, V.A. Loma Linda Healthcare, and CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.
In addition, the School of Pharmacy will be hosting its first annual Residency Showcase. This event is intended to bring together PharmD candidates with representatives of residency programs from throughout California. The Residency Showcase will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Redlands Country Club in Redlands, California.
Questions regarding the Residency Showcase at the Redlands Country Club, please contact Jen Mathew at (909) 558-7378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Professional development seminar held Sept. 27, 2012 at the Mission Inn, Riverside, California.