Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

A prescription for success in Our Backyard

July 20, 2015 by chris

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The University of Rhode Island’s pharmacy program ranks 10th in the USA among 127 schools for matching 86 percent of its participating students with top-notch, post-graduate residency programs, according to Kristina Ward, who oversees URI’s Residency/Fellowship Preparation Program.

URI ranked ahead of nationally known schools like Ohio State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Wisconsin. Regionally, URI is tied for first in New England.

As the nation’s pharmacists play an increasing role in health care delivery, students everywhere are finding that the competition for acceptance is getting tougher and tougher.

URI’s Residency/Fellowship Preparation Program prepares students to compete nationally with mock interviews performed by faculty, reviews of students’ resumes and letters of intent, and feedback that enable students to submit polished applications that make them more attractive candidates.

“I think our high match-rate speaks very highly of the students,” says Ward. “We have some really motivated students who love pharmacy, and they’re matching with really high-caliber programs across the country.”