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Ninety percent of graduates from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy landed the residences they wanted in 2016. That’s well above the national average of 68 percent, according to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

As recently as a decade ago, it was far less common for pharmacists to complete residencies after graduation, but they’re becoming more common as a way of providing soon-to-be-pharmacists with extra training—and to make them more competitive job candidates.

The number of residencies nationwide, however, has not kept pace with the growing number of pharmacy schools. In addition, a transformation in the way pharmaceutical services are delivered requires pharmacists to know and do more than ever before.

As a result, competition for residencies is fierce.

"We’re in an extraordinarily competitive environment," says Donald Letendre, dean of the UI College of Pharmacy. "That so many of our students are getting residencies speaks to the quality of our students. It speaks to their education and training, and it speaks to the dedication of our faculty."

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Iowa Now