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Frequently Asked Questions


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Do you prefer candidates from Arizona?
It is common for residency programs to have more local candidates. However we appreciate diversity in the prior training programs of our residents and encourage out of state candidates. 


Do residents have to work holidays?
Residents are expected to work one of the major holidays. This is arranged with the Program Director and Operations Manager with input from the resident. The major holidays to choose from include: Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, New Year’s day, and Memorial day.  

When does the residency start?
For the 2018-19 residency year, residents will start July 2, 2018. 

Do I need an Arizona pharmacist license?
It is the responsibility for the resident to look into requirements for licensure in the state of Arizona immediately after matching with SJHMC. The resident has 90 days to become licensed. If the resident is not licensed within 90 days of the residency year, the program director has the authority to dismiss the resident from the program. If necessary, this will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Note: when scheduling the NAPLEX and AZ MPJE, please keep in mind that it takes the Arizona Board of Pharmacy 7-14 days after successful completion of the last exam to process a pharmacist license. 

What precepting and teaching opportunities are available?
SJHMC takes APPE students from The University of Arizona, Midwestern University, and Creighton University. Student rotations are scheduled throughout the year. All preceptors who take students and residents allow for co-precepting opportunities if a student and resident are scheduled at the same time. The degree of autonomy to precept is based on the resident’s abilities. 

Does the residency program offer a teaching certificate program?
Yes, residents are required to complete the Midwestern University Clinical Educators Program. 

Do residents have the opportunity to publish research?
Yes. A number of our preceptors have extensive experience with publishing and are dedicated to helping motivated residents achieve this goal.

Do the residents have a place to call “home”?
Yes, our residents have designated work spaces and access to resources.  Residents share an office with a number of the clinical specialists and have their own desks.

Do residents have access to parking and other services in the hospital.
Yes, residents enjoy free parking in the primary hospital parking garage. Residents also have access to the scrub laundry service at the hospital.

How are candidates evaluated?
Candidates are initially evaluated on their completed PhORCAS packets. Candidates should possess the following: good academic performance, strong interpersonal skills, a history of work experience, the ability to adapt to new situations and learn from them, and strong performances on completed inpatient clinical APPE. Candidates are encouraged to have references speak to these attributes in their letters of recommendations with specific examples whenever possible. Additional attributes that are preferred but not required include demonstration of personal or group leadership and scholarly activity in the form of completed and presented research. Candidates will be ranked sequentially based on the above characteristics, with the top candidates being asked to come for an on-site interview. Upon completion of all of the interviews, candidates will be re-ranked and the rank list submitted into the PhORCAS system as part of the Match process.