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ASHP Match Rules & Eligibility

The 2018 ASHP Match


Match Agreements and Rules

Each applicant and residency must accept the Match Agreements when they register to participate in the Match.

Applicant Agreement Residency Agreement

All residencies and applicants that register to participate in the Match must abide by the ASHP Match Rules and the Schedule of Dates of the Match.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for participating in the Match are summarized below.

  • Applicants

    All Applicants

    Any applicant interested in obtaining a PGY1 or PGY2 pharmacy residency position that is offered through the matching process must register for and participate in the Match.

    To participate in the Match, an applicant must be a graduate of or graduating from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy, or otherwise be eligible for licensure.


    Applicants Who Graduated from a Foreign School of Pharmacy

    Applicants who are graduates of a foreign school of pharmacy must provide, prior to registering for the Match, either a copy of their license for each state in which they are licensed, or a copy of their Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).


    Applicants for PGY2 Positions

    To participate in the Match for a position that starts training at the PGY2 level, an applicant must have already completed a PGY1 residency, or currently be in training in a PGY1 residency program that will be completed before the start of the PGY2 residency. Applicants interested in PGY2 training who have not completed a PGY1 residency, but who have practiced at least three years as a pharmacist, are licensed to practice as a pharmacist in the US, and believe they have postgraduate experience that may be equivalent to PGY1 training, may apply directly to the ASHP for a special exemption from this requirement.

    Current PGY1 residents who are interested in continuing their training in a PGY2 residency offered by the same sponsor as the applicant's PGY1 residency (e.g., the same or an affiliated organization) may be able to obtain the position through the Early Commitment Process. Applicants who are committed to a position in this manner do not need to register for or participate in the Match.

  • Residencies

    All PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residencies that are ASHP-accredited, have preliminary accreditation, or are in a candidate or pre-candidate status, must offer all positions through Phase I of the Match. Only residencies conducted by the Indian Health Service and residencies that offer positions exclusively to commissioned pharmacy officers of the Department of Defense or the Public Health Service are exempt. Additionally, accredited or accreditation pending international programs conducted outside of the United States are exempt from the Match, although some may choose to participate in the Match with ASHP approval.

    "Candidate" status is granted to a program that has applied to ASHP for accreditation and is awaiting the official site survey, and review and evaluation by the Commission on Credentialing. "Preliminary" accreditation may be granted to a program by ASHP, upon a recommendation by a site survey team. This may occur after the document review and site survey have been completed, and will be based on the finding that the program appears to meet the requirements for accreditation. Preliminary accreditation is conditionally granted until ASHP grants accreditation to the program.

    "Pre-candidate" status is granted to a program that has indicated to ASHP that the program intends to apply for accreditation and wishes to participate in the Match in order to meet the ASHP accreditation application requirements. Programs interested in becoming Pre-candidates must contact ASHP at asd@ashp.org for additional information. The number of times a program that is in Pre-candidate status can participate in the Match will be limited

    The accreditation status of each program is shown in the ASHP Online Residency Directory.

    PGY2 pharmacy residencies must initially register all of their positions that start training in 2018 with the Match. Under certain circumstances a PGY2 residency program may commit a position to a current PGY1 resident in advance of the matching process, through the Early Commitment Process.

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